Pioneer Central School District, along with many other school districts in this region are familiar with Canva. Canva allows educators to sign up with free accounts, and by using your school email, you also have access to the educator “pro” tools and templates. Pioneer Middle School 7th Grade ELA Classes with Mrs. Irizarry have been using Canva alongside their research projects. Students were able to use the CABOCES resources such as the Gale and World Book databases to conduct research, Noodle Tools to save and cite their resources, and Canva to make their presentations come to life. Students first created presentation slides, then incorporated sounds and music, animation, and their own personal touches within their research presentations. Mrs. Irizarry commented that the overall student engagement, and student interest in all the Canva features was one of the best parts of the projects. Here is an example of a research project that a pair of students completed.
Ready to try it yourself?
To create your own presentation, create your school Canva account. Then, once logged in, click presentations.
Next, choose one template to begin your presentation with! The template will automatically load into your new project.
While Canva has several different presentation templates to choose from, you may want to use Slides Carnival to embed a presentation into Canva for your own educational or teaching use. Simply login to your Canva account. In a new tab, visit Slides Carnival, and choose a Free Template that has the Canva Logo.
Click the blue C, and then Use Template to create your next Science lesson!
Canva allows creativity and engagement for educators and students alike! We can’t wait to see your next Canva creation!
By: Jenna Tost, CA BOCES Professional Development
Canva is a free graphic design platform that's full of templates to create posters, presentations, videos, infographics and just about any graphic you can need. A drag and drop interface makes customizing the thousands of templates simple and easy while giving you the freedom to make them your own. Canva's wide array of features allow you to edit projects like a pro, even if you have little or no experience.
Many of us have used Canva personally and professionally, but recently we have been given the opportunity to explore Canva for Education. As soon as this became Ed Law 2D compliant (Thank you, Ryan McGinnis) districts immediately became eager to try it out and see how it can be used for both teachers and students.
Cattaraugus Little Valley jumped on board right away and tried it out with students and noticed the benefits to learning and student ownership that it can bring. Dave Conner, 7th grade social studies teacher used Canva for students to brainstorm and ultimately create/present their upcoming projects. They began with a simple template that was already on Canva.
Dave began with the above template, then was able to edit and make it match the exact needs he had for his project and his students. When the template was ready and to his liking, he could deploy it (assign it via Microsoft teams) directly to his students so they could have and edit their own copies. Dave could then review each students work and give them with feedback.
This is just one simple example, but as these students become more comfortable, they will be choosing and creating their own graphic pieces. I think of the many times our student clubs need to promote things such as school events or showcase things they have done. Rather than us, adults doing that for them they can now take ownership and create them themselves. To me, that student voice and ownership is the most important and useful part of Canva. If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look at Canva for education! This is a link to a helpful blog post of ideas for using Canva in the classroom!
By: Chelsea Skalski, CA BOCES Professional Development
Follow us on