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Educators love themselves some Canva, and over the last year Canva has added a bunch of new things for us to love . . . but I haven’t shared them here yet!
First, back at the end of 2021 (remember 2021?) they added a screen recorder to Canva. In most of their template options (potentially all) you can click “upload” and then “record my screen.” You can then you can record your webcam, your screen, or both with your webcam in a small circle window.
It’s a touch glitchy, for example, if you’re recording a certain tab, you have to navigate back to the original tab to press record, but then in the original tab it may still say “start recording.” Minor glitches aside, it’s super easy to use and it then allows you to trim the video and crop what shows on the screen! The crop is interesting because it can crop the screen part and leave your webcam, which is neat.
Is screen recording in Canva as good as in Camtasia, Screencastify, or Screencast-O-Matic? No, I’d say it’s not. But, it’s convenient, it’s built into a tool that you might be using, and it has some features that make it easy to whip up a slick looking video very quickly, so it’s worth mentioning.
Canva has also added a few other features that I haven’t covered here yet. First, they added a Comment Only sharing Mode. Previously, it was Edit or View . . . now you can give people an option in between those two.
Next, if you make presentations in Canva (did you know that was an option, btw?!) you can now have slides in your deck that are hidden. This is something I do regularly in Google Slides, so it’s nice that it’s in Canva now.
And, a few more with Canva:
You can now add projects into different folders and search for projects.
Also, when someone comments on a project – like you commenting on a student’s project – you can now use some simple emoji reactions!
Finally, Canva has a set of Magic Shortcuts for their live presentations. There are keyboard commands like D for Drumroll, C for Confetti and now two additional effects: U for a suspenseful and exciting Curtain Call and M for a presentation-ending Mic Drop moment.
Each video lesson has an activity attached to it, so kids watch for 2-5 minutes, then actually make something—which is fantastic. The lessons are on searching for and editing elements, uploading and editing media, recording yourself, adding and styling text, editing photos, adding animations, and using apps.
The activities are filled with slides for each element of that lesson. On the left, those slides show a short video of how to complete the task, then on the right is the space to complete the task. It really is a great format. To be honest, I think I might go through this course myself just to upgrade my Canva skills!
If you do it, you’ll learn how to upload photos, videos, and audio, record yourself and your screen, use the photo background remover, use the built-in draw, QR code, and YouTube apps, and more.Or use it as intended and your students will learn to do those things!
Below is an glimpse into the course, with their first short lesson—on searching and editing elements:
I think this would work great as a fun end-of-the-year activity, but I could also see it being fantastic at the beginning of the year so that your students can use those skills all year long!
This course is free for all and Canva for Education is free for all K-12 educators and students. Go directly to the course by clicking HERE.