Check Out What My Kids Created with Canva

Regular Radical readers know that I’m a huge fan of Canva — the digital service designed to make visual design easier for everyone.  What makes Canva so powerful as a classroom application is that kids can create pretty darn stunning images with ease.

Need proof?  Then check out this bit whipped up by two of my sixth graders today:

Not bad, right?

The fact that with little effort, they were able to create a graphic that catches the eye and communicates a key message matters, y’all.  In a world where we are surrounded by visual content, being persuasive increasingly depends on our ability to work with still images and video content.  Kids typically struggle, however, to create clean and simple still images and video content.

A part of that is our fault:  We spend TONS of time on written persuasion in schools while visual persuasion is rarely taught outside of elective classes dedicated to multimedia content.  But a part of that is because the tools for creating influential visuals have always required a level of technical skill that even the savviest students struggle with — and when technical skill gets in the way of clean creation, students (and their teachers) quit quickly.

Canva can change all that.  It takes technical challenge out of the process, allowing kids to simply create — and the quality of the finished products that they can create will leave everyone motivated to tinker a bit more.

Give it a look.  You will dig it.


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  • JustinMinkel


    Bill, you make this look easy, but it’s incredibly rare to hit the trifecta embodied in that single piece of student work: creativity, tech, and instilling an ethic in students that they can act to make other human beings’ lives better.

    When I was in Shenzhen, China last month, I met two remarkable high school students who had created a poster similar in talent to the one your students made, about a partnership they were involved in with students in Kenya.

    Trying to hit the many, many strands we know are important for students–global citizenship, digital literacy, literacy in general, creativity, perseverance…–can seem overwhelming, like trying to whack those little goons that pop up in the game at Chuck E. Cheese where you pound them with a big old mallet. But student work and experiences like this remind us that you don’t need to teach a dozen separate lessons to teach a dozen critical abilities; you can integrate them into a single project.

    You do good work, my friend. The strange and wonderful thing about teaching is that that work we do is often clearest when it’s created by our students’ hands.

  • DeidraGammill

    Creative engagement!


    I discovered Canva a few weeks ago, introduced my students to it, and have loved watching them engage. Sometimes the best part of my day is the privilege of seeing the creative process at work in my students. I loved the ones your students created and can’t wait to share them with my students. It’s amazing how much they love feeling connected with their peers. 🙂

    Thanks, as always, for sharing the phenomenal work your students do under your skilled and caring guidance.