7 Free Premium Accounts for Teachers

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With education budgets being stretched further than ever, the pressure on schools to provide the necessary resources for teachers and students is never ending. Thankfully, there are a number of benevolent edtech companies that have created free premium plans for schools. These plans frequently include features that their business customers have to pay for. To help draw attention to these generous companies, I decided to write about seven of the best free education accounts that you can sign up for. Some of these services are just for teachers, but others include student accounts too, so make sure you read the fine print and see what you qualify for.

1. Pixlr

First up is the relatively recent launch of Pixlr Education. Pixlr is a digital design suite that includes Pixlr E, an advanced online photo editor, and Pixlr X, a quick and easy graphic design tool. It is compliant with GDPR, CCPA and COPPA to keep, protect students and data safe. The Pixlr for Education comes with these features for free:

  • Access to over 4000 extra overlays. 
  • Access to over 7000 extra icons & stickers.
  • Access to over 5000 decorative texts. 
  • Ad-Free editing at both versions Pixlr X & Pixlr E. 
  • Learn Pixlr with specifically curated videos & tutorials courses at Pixlr Academy.
  • Google Classroom Integration (coming soon)

Learn more and apply for your free account here.

2. Miro

Next up is Miro, an online collaborative whiteboard platform that was designed to
bring people together, anytime, anywhere. If Jamboard doesn’t have enough options for you, then Miro is your next logical step. It features real-time collaboration, an infinitely zoomable canvas, prebuilt templates and all the tools you need for a premium online whiteboard experience.

Learn more and apply for your free account here.

3. Canva

The Canva Education program has been around for a while, but I still come across people that have yet to upgrade to the education account. It might not look a lot different, but it definitely has a lot more to offer when compared to the free account. Here is a quick overview of what you can expect:

  • 420,000+ templates
  • 75 million+ premium stock photos, videos and graphics free-to-use
  • 3,000+ fonts
  • Publish assignments and activities for your students
  • Access your content from Google Drive, Dropbox and Folders
  • Bring your designs to life with Bitmoji, Giphy and YouTube
  • Share your designs to Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams and Remind.

Learn more and apply for your free teacher account here.

4. mmhmm

Regular readers may recall that I have written about mmhmm before. It’s an app for Mac or PC that was designed to add interactive elements to your video calls. It works with Zoom, Google Meet, Teams and more. mmhmm lets you choose from a variety of virtual backgrounds or add your presentation slides as your background. There are also a variety of special effects that let you grow, shrink or turn yourself invisible. With some advance planning, you can absolutely use mmhmm to better engage your students in online learning.

Learn more and apply for your free teacher account here.

5. TextHelp

This next company gives teachers two products for the price of none. Read&Write is a literacy support toolbar that boast features like text to speech, text annotation, a picture dictionary and a text complexity tool. It is available for Windows, Mac, Chome, Edge, iPad and Android devices.

Also from TextHelp is EquatIO, a digital math app that lets you create equations, formulas, and more. It was designed to make math and STEM classes more accessible and engaging for every student. Math can be a hard thing to do well on a computer, so tools like EquatIO really help make that transition a lot easier.

Learn more and apply for your free teacher account here.

6. Headspace

The last year and a half has been a stressful time for everyone, but educators have gone above and beyond to make learning possible during a pandemic. Education experts talked a lot about the social and emotional toll on students, but it has been tough for teachers too. Thankfully, Headspace offers free access to all K-12 teachers, school administrators, and supporting staff in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Their mindfulness app is a great way to help you unwind and keep a positive outlook when everything else seems a little gloomy.

Learn more and apply for your free teacher account here.

7. Loom

Have you made many screencasts recently? I bet you have. Teachers are making more screen recordings than ever before as they look for ways to support their students both in and out of the classroom. The Loom for Education account offers a number of worthwhile upgrades that teachers can take advantage of for free. Here is an overview of some of the best features:

  • Unlimited videos
  • Up to 45 minute recordings
  • Folders for organization
  • Team Library
  • HD video
  • Password protection
  • HD video
  • Calls to action after your video

Learn more and apply for your free teacher account here.

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