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Bringing real-world lessons to the classroom

How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish they’d taught us that in school”? We’re excited to be providing our global education community with teachable lessons that build skills for the future and prepare students for real-life experiences.

Through Canva for Education(opens in a new tab or window), we’re providing classrooms with an all-in-one platform to streamline the teaching process and make learning engaging for students. We’re passionate about a future where education goes beyond academics, and empowers students with the skills to thrive in a dynamic, ever-evolving world. These essential skills not only play a pivotal role in personal development, but also set individuals up to tackle life's diverse challenges with confidence.

In October, we launched the biggest changes to our education platform(opens in a new tab or window) yet, including the capability to create and deliver lessons directly within Canva. While we launched this with a range of curriculum-aligned content, it was just as important to us to provide our growing community with courses that build practical skills and prepare students for real-life experiences.

We've collaborated with industry experts like NASA and are featuring articles from reputable sources like The New York Times to craft a series of Future Skills lessons that perfectly complement the core curriculum. These courses feature activities and worksheets for hands-on engagement to ensure students actively reinforce their learnings.

From mastering your finances to discovering your life’s passion, these are some of the lessons you wish you had learned in school.

Becoming a Critical Thinker with articles from The New York Times

We’re enhancing students’ critical thinking skills by curating lessons that feature articles from The New York Times. These lessons not only cover essential topics for 15-18 year-old students but also encourage them to form their own conclusions. The Becoming a Critical Thinker(opens in a new tab or window) course explores everything from the evolution of social media and its transformative power to the rise of AI’s influence across different fields or the varying perspectives on climate change.

Stay tuned for more critical thinking lessons set to be released throughout 2024!

The Eclipse Explorer’s Guide with NASA

We collaborated with U.S. government agency NASA(opens in a new tab or window) to craft an engaging and digestible 3-part course on eclipses for students aged 8-11 – The Eclipse Explorer’s Guide(opens in a new tab or window) – bringing together the expertise of space science with interactive and visual learning. Teachers can expand their students’ understanding of the fascinating world of eclipses: what they are, why they happen, and how often they occur.

Becoming a Money Ninja with Ladies Finance Club

Navigating the world of finance can be difficult at any stage of life, so educating young people about the ins and outs of personal finance can help them take control of their future.

In partnership with Ladies Finance Club(opens in a new tab or window), the Becoming a Money Ninja(opens in a new tab or window) course is designed for students aged 14-18 and explores budgeting tricks, savvy saving strategies, conquering debt, an introduction to investing, and more.

Be the Change with Upschool

With Upschool(opens in a new tab or window), we’re inspiring young students to create change in the world with goals and actions in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Through the Be the Change(opens in a new tab or window) course, students (we recommend aged 5-10) can choose a goal that resonates with them and develop ten inspiring actions for their community to pursue. The course incorporates a range of activities to foster student creativity and create tangible, meaningful impact.

Silent Superpowers with Curious Cardinals

Together with Curious Cardinals(opens in a new tab or window), we’re encouraging students aged 14-18 to harness their executive functions (mental skills that help us plan, focus, juggle tasks and more), paving the way for heightened success in learning, relationships, and overall life. With Silent Superpowers(opens in a new tab or window), students can learn about the nitty-gritty of planning and prioritizing, embracing failure as a learning opportunity, and how to form meaningful relationships.

The Foundations of Typography with Monotype

We know the world is becoming increasingly visual(opens in a new tab or window) – and typography plays a vital role in visual communication, often influencing how information is perceived and understood. With students aged from 13-18 in mind, we worked with world-leading typeface design company Monotype(opens in a new tab or window) to delve into The Foundations of Typography(opens in a new tab or window) – from the history of letters and fonts and how they help people connect to how they can shape our feelings and affect brand image.

The Curiosity Chronicles with Justin Jones

With adventurer, presenter, documentary producer, and motivational speaker Justin Jones(opens in a new tab or window), we’re igniting the curiosity of young minds and building their understanding of the scientific method through hands-on, real-world applications. Recommended for ages 10-14, The Curiosity Chronicles(opens in a new tab or window) shows students how to go beyond just looking and start truly seeing, by exercising deep thinking and educated guessing.

A Youth Guide to Protecting the Ocean with The Ocean Project

A Youth Guide to Protecting the Ocean(opens in a new tab or window) delves into marine ecosystems and the fascinating world of the ocean, developed in collaboration with global network The Ocean Project(opens in a new tab or window). Students aged 8-16 will be educated about the wonders of the ocean, issues that impact coastal areas, and ways to protect and conserve the ocean.

Your Path to Purpose with Purpose Project

Understanding what truly motivates you lays the foundation for making more informed decisions in life, empowering anyone to navigate their academic, professional, and personal journeys with more clarity and authenticity.

Your Path to Purpose(opens in a new tab or window), created in collaboration with digital platform Purpose Project(opens in a new tab or window), guides students aged 13 and over through discovering their life’s purpose – from the power of self-reflection to how to create a positive impact for a cause they care about.

Setting students up for success

With these courses, educators can prepare their students for the future by providing content and skills that extend beyond traditional classroom learning. These carefully crafted lessons, designed to complement the core curriculum, cover a spectrum of subjects that are crucial for success in today's dynamic world – and we’re thrilled to be providing these to our education community, 100% free.

Explore our collection of ready-to-teach, Future Skills Lessons here(opens in a new tab or window)!

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