These workshops can be used for live instruction and cover topics ranging from the fundamentals of graphic design to practical everyday business projects.

Lesson plans

These resources are for teachers looking to inspire their students to think and express themselves creatively through visual design.

Written by John Spencer

John Spencer is an author, speaker, blogger and assistant professor in Newberg, Oregon. He is passionate about seeing students embrace creativity. It's why he co-wrote Wendell the World's Worst Wizard and co-founded Write About.

  • Visual Poetry

    Students will explore examples of visual poetry and will learn about how it is different than text-based poetry.

  • Presidential Report Card

    Students will develop a set of criteria for ranking a president's legacy.

  • Market a Product

    Students will learn how to identify persuasive marketing strategies in environmental text.

  • Graphic Instructional Text

    Students will create a functional text by creating a step-by-step instructional visual.

  • Extreme Graph Makeover

    Students will learn how to identify various flaws in graphical representations of data.

  • Career Infographic

    Students will research information by using correct keyword searches, identifying sources, and analyzing facts.

Written by Monica Burns

Monica is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. She's presented to teachers, administrators and tech-enthusiasts at numerous national conferences and Apple Education events. She's a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a contributor to Edutopia and appoLearning.

Written by Paul Hamilton

Paul is the Head of Learning Technologies (Primary) at Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Queensland, Australia. A leader and innovator in the edtech world, renowned for his work in Augmented Reality and iBeacon technology, Paul is a best selling published author, app developer, and sought after keynote speaker.

Written by Steven Anderson

Steven is a blogger, speaker, Educational Evangelist, author, and Dad. A former teacher and Instructional Technology Director and best known as @web20classroom, his expertise is in edtech integration and learning through social media. He also helped create #edchat, the most popular educational hashtag on Twitter.

Written by Terri Eichholz

Terri Eichholz teaches gifted students in Kinder through 5th grades in San Antonio, TX. She's been an educator for 24 years, and is a proponent of guiding students to create, problem-solve, and personalize their own learning. You can read more on her blog, "Engage Their Minds," or follow her on Twitter (@terrieichholz).

  • Puzzle it Out

    Students will acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate words and phrases.

  • Put Your Stamp on History

    Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence.

  • Guess the Mystery Artist

    Students will learn about different art movements and artists who are exemplars in each movement.

  • An Element Wedding Invitation

    Students will learn which elements create compounds when combined in a chemical reaction.

  • A Character’s Journey

    Students will understand how a specific character changes throughout a novel.

  • A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures

    Students will analyze the development of a theme over the course of a text.

  • To Make A Long Story Short

    Students will identify themes within a text and analyze their development over the course of the text.

  • Real World Ratios

    Students will learn about the concept of a ratio and how to use ratio language to describe the relationship between two quantities.

  • Order in the Court

    Students will recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

  • Initial Selfies

    Students will learn how to isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.

  • From Page to Stage

    Students will take an in depth look at a character featured in a piece of text they are studying. 

  • Illustrative Infographics

    This lesson plan is about using infographics to illustrate information. 

Written by Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. She writes the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, hosts the Every Classroom Matters show, and writes about how technology can be used to connect students to the rest of the world. Vicki is working hard to teach the Canva staff how to use the word "y'all" in everyday speech.

Written by William Ferriter

Bill has many different titles. He's an author and a professional development provider with expertise in modern learning spaces and in establishing collaborative communities. What he is most proud of, though, is that he is still a full time practitioner, teaching science to sixth graders in a middle school outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Using Images in School Projects

    Students will explore the ethical use of digital content.

  • Sugar Kills

    Students will learn more about the amount of added sugar that they are supposed to consume on a daily basis.

  • Biodiversity Matters

    Students will learn about the important role that biodiversity plays in a healthy ecosystem.