We’re really excited to share that ThingLink has today announced an integration with Canva, the global visual communications platform. An option to create base graphics with Canva is added directly to ThingLink’s creation flow, allowing users to quickly create professional-looking interactive materials for online education, training, marketing, and communications.
UPDATE! Join us on May 6th @11am PDT - 1pm CDT - 7pm BST for an exclusive joint webinar for our global educators. Learn how to create interactive, accessible and engaging learning experiences with Canva and ThingLink. Register via this thinglink or watch live on Facebook.
Canva launched in 2013, and has today more than 55 million monthly active users in 190 countries creating everything from presentations to infographics, reports, videos, websites and more. Many teachers and visual content professionals are already using Canva and ThingLink together to create interactive resources for websites and online learning. Now we’ve made it even easier to combine the two!
ThingLink’s integration makes Canva’s library of design templates available to ThingLink’s 8 million content creators within a simple, user-friendly drag and drop interface. This makes the creation process for high quality interactive visuals easier and faster. After signing up to thinglink.com, users can choose a base image from connected image libraries, or design a new base image within the Canva interface, reducing time and increasing flexibility. ThingLink will also be publishing a variety of Canva templates designed to support ThingLink’s most popular user cases such as interactive maps, brochures, CVs, infographics and virtual tours to further help their creators maximize the Canva platform within ThingLink.
“We are excited to have Thinglink on board as a partner through the Canva Button integration, as we have so many users in common,” said Laura Haines, the Group Lead for Print and Partnerships at Canva. “We know so many organizations are striving for better ways to drive engagement through visual media which we both support. The ThingLink and Canva partnership helps deliver on that vision and more.”
In addition to combining graphic design and image augmentation to the same creation flow, ThingLink and Canva users now have an opportunity to get new engagement data for their creations. For example, if they created an interactive infographic with embedded videos and other micro learning opportunities, they can now see which areas of the infographic have been viewed and clicked the most.
“Our focus has always been making it easy for anyone to create visually stunning interactive media, and Canva has the same approach to design. ThingLink’s editor together with Canva’s design capabilities is an unbeatable combination, and it’s definitely the easiest and fastest way to create top quality smart visual media assets for online education, training and communication. This is a must-have tool combination for millions of visual content creators, and we are absolutely thrilled about this partnership”, says Ulla Koivula Engeström, founder & CEO of ThingLink.
Get inspired with these ideas
Here are some top ways to get started with ThingLink and Canva:
- Infographic - perfect to visualize more technical subjects such as science or math, and link out to data sources and other resources. Check out how Teach for America used ThingLink and Canva together!
- Class calendar or daily agenda - linking to lesson plans, activities, videos, etc. (link to case study. Take a deep dive into how this teacher created her very own choice board to help families access resources at a wide range of levels.
- Virtual tour - upload images of different real-world spaces and link to key information, notes, and artifacts. Get inspired by ICS Budapest’s example, or use this Canva template to get started.
- Interactive resume - great for high school students to create their own portfolios, linking to work and projects they are proud of. Interactive resumes allow colleges or employers to experience a fuller insight into someone's skills and qualifications. Young people can express their qualifications and strengths in a more demonstrative and personalised way. Get more tips on how to help students visualize their skills!
Using Canva to create your interactive thinglinks gives you:
- Thousands of professional layout templates to choose from
- Millions of stock photos and illustrations, including images from Pixabay
- Photo filters, icons, shapes and other elements
- Hundreds of fonts
- Access to inspirational designs by other users
- Free access to the Canva Design School
- Collaboration with colleagues on your base media designs
How does it work?
Here's how to transform your Canva designs into interactive ThingLink experiences, in your classroom and beyond. If you wish to use the Virtual Tour Landing Page template in the video it's here!
- Login to your ThingLink account
- Click Create, and choose the interactive content you want to make
- Click Upload, and choose Design with Canva
- Once in the Canva editor, you can search for a ThingLink background in Templates to use as a base image, or, search graphics and images to choose from
- Add elements, text, buttons, and other graphics - you can even include Bitmoji!
- Click Save to ThingLink, and you’ll be directed back to the ThingLink platform
- Edit your design in ThingLink to make it interactive - add tags, text, and other media
- Save and share your work!
More Canva inspiration coming the next weeks! As always, please contact our education or support teams with any questions.