Canva is a free web tool (and iPad app) which allows people with limited knowledge of graphic design to produce effective presentations and other publications.

The platform allows users to visually express themselves with or without the technical knowledge of graphic design. It makes the designing process more streamlined for users who previously lacked the time or the expertise to make high quality graphics for themselves.

Canva provides plenty of ready-made layout options which can then be changed and modified. Text can be added quickly and easily. To add images, users can search from over 1,000,000 images, including photos and clip art. Drag onto the page and then resize.

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There are many different types of publication available, from standard PowerPoint-style presentations, to business cards, Facebook covers, social media graphics and photo collages.

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The finished presentations can be published as a PDF for printing or as a PNG file for use on the web. They can also be saved and shared to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

In addition, there is also the Canva Design School,  which is a teacher resource hub to help develop design skills. This includes:

  • Interactive Online Design Course. Take interactive tutorials on branding, fonts, layouts, images and more. Track your progress and share your results with friends.
  • Daily Design Publication. Read great content every day on Canva’s Design School blog. Our range of experts will share practical tips that you can use.
  • Teacher Resources Portal and Lesson Plans. A comprehensive series of workshops and lesson plans designed for teachers to use in the classroom. Teach your students the importance of visual communication with practical classroom activities.

Canva as an app can be used for free, but many images require users to pay $1 per image. So do be aware of this if you are planning on using it in schools – stick to the free images! You can also upload your own sets of pictures and use them for free.

The Canva iPad app is free to download, with in-app purchases to access some of the content.

You can access Canva at www.canva.com.

For more online alternatives to PowerPoint, check out this blog post.