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Canva: Make an Infographic


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Activity Description

Free Canva Account
Source: Free Canva Account page (License: Protected by Copyright (c) [i.e. screenshot])

For this project, students will make an infographic to illustrate a topic of their choice. They will then present their topic using the infographic to explain to the class what they learned. Canva's motto is Empowering the world to design. At the site, you can learn to design as well as use their tools to make a vast variety of materials including logos, presentations, photo collages, menus, posters, cards, and infographics. You can illustrate social media posts, documents such as letterheads, certificates, and resumes, blogging, flyers, postcards, invitations, and advertisements.

Use of the site is free, but if you use their images, some of them have a fee. There are plenty of images that are free and you can upload your own pictures to use.


  1. Go to new window
  2. Open an account
  3. Watch the tutorial on Infographics.
  4. To prepare to make an infographic, gather images.
  5. Make an example to show the class.
  6. Print the example document, How to Make an Infographic Using Canva.


  • Discuss with students how they can present information to others. (discussions, presentations)
  • Show Canva as a place to design Graphics to help with presenting information.
  • As a group, brainstorm a current topic.
  • Gather images using Google or some other search engine. Save them to the Pictures folder on the computer.
  • Open Canva and demonstrate how to make an infographic using the images gathered.
  • Assign student groups to make an infographic to share with the class.
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Teacher Tips

  • Go through the creation process yourself ahead of time to be able to demonstrate the process easily to the students.

More Ways

There is no end to the ways you can use Canva. You can use it with flyers, presentations, certificates, banners, online illustrations for social media and the list goes on and one.

Program Areas

  • ABE: Adult Basic Education
  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • ASE: High School Diploma
  • CTE: Career Technical Education


  • Low
  • Intermediate
  • High
  • All Levels
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Lesson Plan


Open a discussion of the use of graphics in media. Why are they used? Are they effective? Why? Using an example of an infographic, open a discussion about what it is communicating, how ettctive is it? Students turn to partner and discuss answers then join in full class discussion


Gather a variety of inforgraphics from the internet, newspapers, books etc. Hand them out to student pairs or small groups. (if this is done digitally, share different files with different groups.) Student groups discuss 

  • what is being communicated?
  • how effective is it?
  • if the message were in another format, would it be as effective? why/why not
Engagement Enhancement
  1. Open 
  2. Show a infographic you have created advertising the benefits of your class (or some other theme)
  3. Brainstorm infographic topics that are current for your class.
  4. Using one of the topics, demonstrate how to use Canva to create an infographic.
  5. Go through the process a second time, have students come and demonstrate each step.
  6. Discuss the steps. Have a student write them as the group decides on them. (something like: decide on topic, research facts, open Canva, decide on layout, color etc., create infographic
Engagement Enhancement
  1. Using pairs or small groups have students decide on an infographic topic (or you can integrate it into a subject you are already studying as a class
  2. Working together, students research the facts to include on the graphic
  3. Using Canva, each group creates an infographic
  4. Each group decides on how to share their inforgraphic with the whole group
Engagement Enhancement

As a group decide on what makes an effective infographic. Evaluate each group's infographic pointing out the best features. Discuss ways to improve the infographic. (possible evaluation points: easy to see/read, effective use of color/design, successfully communicates message etc)


Engagement Enhancement Extension
  1. Discussion: How can you use what you have learned at home? in the workplace? or in school?
  2. Students write a two-paragraph essay.
  • Paragraph one: summarize what you learned about infographics and Canva.
  • Paragraph two: give one example of a way you can use Canva outside the classroom.

  3. In pairs/group: On a Padlet screen post your group ideas of ways to use Canva outside the classroom.



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    • English 1-4
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CTE Anchor Standards

  • Anchor Standard 3: Career Planning and Management - Speaking and Listening Standard: Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
  • Anchor Standard 4: Technology - Writing Standard: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments and information.


  • Reading
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
    • CCR Anchor 7 - Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • Writing
    • CCR Anchor 6 - Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
    • CCR Anchor 8 - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.


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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.