Fluco Toolbox: Canva

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever wanted to design quick and easy flyers, posters, or postcards? Have you wanted to have the design process to be simple, and easy to understand?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: Canva

First, the basics:

Name: Canva
URL: http://www.canva.com
Cost: Free OR $120 per year for Canva for Work
Problem this tool solves: Allows the user to create beautifully designed posters, flyers, and more. Templates for social media, documents, blogging, and more are also available.

If you need to create flyers or posters for an event, look no further than Canva. With this tool, you can design professional looking media within minutes. Simply choose a design template, add your own text and images, and then download the result.

It’s easy to log into Canva if you’re part of a Google district. When logging in, choose the Google option and you’ll be set. Once you’ve logged in, you’re taken to your dashboard, where all created designs will be housed. From here, you have the option to create a new design as well. First, click the Create a Design button to the left of your screen.

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You’ll be taken to a new screen with different templates. Many of these are formatted to a correct size for various websites. For example, the Facebook ad and Twitter post are sized perfectly for those sites. The same goes for documents. Flyers are sized to 5 x 7 inches, and a magazine cover is 8.5 x 11 inches. Choose the type of design you want to create, but don’t worry about what it looks like at this point.

Once a design is chosen, you’ll be taken to a new page, ready to begin editing. For the purposes of this post, I have chosen to do a flyer. The first step once the page has loaded is to choose a layout design. There are many choices on the left side, but many are not free. Make sure the one you select has a “free” label in the lower right corner. This time I selected a winter themed flyer.

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Now that I have my work selected, I can work on modifying the text and background if I want. To edit text, double click on the words and a text box will appear. You can change font styles, layout, and color. You can also move the textbox to another location on the page.

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Don’t like what you see on the current template? Add it yourself! You can use the Elements feature on the left side of the page to add shapes, lines, and more to the flyer.

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It’s easy to change the background as well. Simply click the background tab on the left side of the screen. Then you can select to use one of Canva’s free backgrounds or upload your own.

In addition to adding elements, text and images can be uploaded as well. Canva does have a small library of free images that can be used on their site.

Perhaps one of the most important things to remember is to save often. Canva will automatically save your work, but don’t always rely on this method. If you need to save, go to File, then Save in the upper left corner.

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When the design is finished, download the result. Choose Download in the upper right area, and then choose the file type. PDF is going to be your best option, but you can download the design as an image as well.

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A tip to remember with Canva: template size matters. If you want to make a flyer, but want it to be bigger than 5 x 7, you’ll need to choose a different design template. Canva will not let you resize any template unless you are a paid member. Try to find the template size you want to work with first. Everything else can be modified and changed later on.

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