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.