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Using Canva as a Tool for Accessible Graphic Design in the Classroom

Have you ever wanted to give your students the chance to digitally design a visual element for a project? Are you tired of using up coveted supplies for poster designs? Consider using Canva as a tool for students to use to easily create posters, infographics, social media graphics, and more!

What is Canva?

Canva is a simplified graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, vectors, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals.


As a teacher, I enjoy having my students use Canva as a way to quickly design an infographic or poster about a given subject. Canva has many pre-made templates to choose from, graphics and text are easily manipulated, and it doesn’t require installed software on a computer- you can work from any computer on their website. Students feel successful designing professional looking graphics for a project, and it doesn’t require in-depth knowledge about high end graphic design software.

Here is an example of a poster that I created using Canva:

Click here to access this large-format graphic in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I also used Canva to design a schoolyard garden scavenger hunt poster. The concept was to have this displayed in any schoolyard garden for students to participate in at any time.

For the large format graphic via TpT, click here

In order to learn Canva, I would encourage you to experiment! I became comfortable using the software in about twenty minutes. The first time I taught my students how to use the software, I did a live, projected demo in my classroom. In the future, I would like to screen record the tutorial so that students can access it at any time.

Have you ever used Canva in the classroom? Please feel free to share your experiences below. Happy designing!

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