I know that by now, many of you will have applied for your Canva Education accounts, and if you are anything like me, you have probably already started to dig around and see what new features are available to you. In this post, I round up some of my favorite Canva Pro features to help you get the most of using your Canva Education account in the classroom. Here’s what you need to know.
If you have used Canva for a while, you will know the benefits of being able to sort and organize your work so that you can find it quickly when you need. The free account gives you two folders. The Pro account gives you an unlimited number of folders with which to sort and categorize your designs. Alongside folders, is an increased storage limit that allows you to save more designs in your Canva account.
Brand Kit Colors, Fonts & Logos
If you’ve ever wanted to save a color palette or a selection of logos so that you can use them again and again, then the brand kit is for you. This is great for saving color swatches that match your school colors, or adding mascots and other logos for quick reference. Not sure how to get the colors you need? Try the ColorZilla extension for Firefox and Chrome to get an exact match of any color on the web.
Resize to Any Format
Adobe Spark Post has a great feature where you can automatically resize any design so that it can be used in multiple places. Canva has this feature too, but it is only available on the Pro account. With Auto Resize, you can design a graphic for Twitter, then resize it for Facebook, and again for Pinterest, all with the click of a button. You can also choose to resize a design to any of Canva’s template sizes like posters, presentations, infographics and more.
More Download Options
Also exclusive to the Pro account are the increased number of download options. For instance, animated graphics can be downloaded as GIFs whereas in the free account, you are restricted to a video file. PNG files can be downloaded with a transparent background, which is great if you want something to layer on top of another design in Canva or somewhere else like Google Slides or PowerPoint. Lastly, you can specify the resolution that you want when you download your design. This gives you additional flexibility for publishing online or printing in different sizes.
More Photos and Fonts
There are lots of great places to find free media online, but having access to good quality images and videos inside of Canva makes life a lot easier. There are plenty of good options in the free account, thanks to Canva’s recent acquisition of Pixabay and Pexels, but the choice is a lot larger for those with Pro accounts. Look for the crown in the corner of the image to see media that is exclusive to Education Pro customers. Same goes for fonts. There are over 1000 fonts to choose from in the Pro accounts, and while that can be a little overwhelming at times, more is usually better when it comes to getting that design exactly the way you want it. You can also upload your own fonts via the brand kit.
Create and Share Templates
As well as access to premium templates, Canva Pro users can also create their own and share them with others. To create a template link, all you need to do is click the Share button on any design. The default option is to share a link to edit your design, but Canva Pro users can change that to share a link to use as a template. This means you can create a graphic organizer for students and share the link for your design on Google Classroom. When students click the link, they will make a copy of your original design and complete the graphic organizer in Canva, before returning it to you for grading.
The Canva Classroom
I haven’t spent a lot of time with the classroom features yet because although I spend most of my time supporting student learning in K-12 school buildings, my “students” are more often classroom teachers. However, I am looking forward to exploring more about how that will work. TechCrunch reported recently that Canva for Education launched as a beta in Australia where it had integrations with G Suite and Google Classroom, “to allow students to build out projects, and teachers to mark them up and review them,” so I am eager to see how that will work in practice.
If you have experience using the Canva classroom with students, I would love to hear how well it has worked for you.