Introducing Canva for Education

A piece of paper on a desk. Various stationery surrounds the paper. Text on the paper reads Free Canva Pro Accounts for Schools.

Canva, one of my favorite online graphic design apps, had a big announcement for schools today. They’re calling it Canva for Education. This new offering gives teachers and their students access to premium tools for absolutely no additional cost. Intrigued? I was too. Here’s what you need to know.

What is Canva for Education?

Teachers who sign up for Canva for Education get free access to the Canva Pro, which normally cost $9.95 per month. That means more fonts, more photos, more icons, and more folders. It also means you can create templates, animated designs, brand kits, and you can automatically resize your graphics for all your favorite social media platforms.

A comparison chart that shows the features of Canva Free vs Canva Pro

Apply for Canva for Education

In order to be eligible for Canva for Education, you need to be a teacher at a qualifying education institution. Canva defines that as, “a public or private primary or secondary school that has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency within its applicable local, state, provincial, federal or national government and has the primary purpose of teaching its enrolled students.”

If that fits your job description, you can apply for Canva for Education today. Simply fill out the form on Canva’s website with your school information, and then wait a week or so for approval by the education team. You will need a Canva account in order to apply. If you don’t have one, you can create one for free at canva.com.

Using Canva with Students

Once you are approved by Canva, you can use your Canva Pro account with up to 30 students. This is perfect for elementary teachers, but it certainly leaves some unanswered questions for secondary teachers who undoubtedly see far more than 30 students each day. We may have to wait and see how that one plays out. Personally, I prefer the model that Adobe implemented with Spark for Education. Schools can register a domain address and use existing Google or Microsoft EDU accounts to sign in to Adobe Spark.

Canva for Education can be used with students under the age of 13, so long as they are directly supervised by a parent, guardian or another authorized adult, (such as a teacher), who has agreed to be bound by their Terms of Use.

Final Thoughts

As I stated earlier, Canva has always been one of my go-to tools. It is a fantastic resource for both teachers and students. You can use it across the curriculum and create stunning designs with very little effort. They even have a great Design School where you can learn the basics of graphic design. As such, I have no doubt that the new Canva for Education will be immensely popular with educators. I just hope they find a way to make it work better in middle and high schools, because that 30 student limit is going to take some additional creativity on the part of secondary teachers.

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