Getting Started with Canva

Learn how to bring assignments and tasks to life with Canva for Education. Registration begins July 3.
CPS AP Literature Class two females and older male student

Course Description

Canva for Education is a powerful design tool, allowing teachers and students to create visually stunning designs for any subject or age level. Whether a user decides to create their own designs, or select from a free to use library full of templates, there is something for everyone. The possibilities are truly endless - from presentations, posters, and infographics, to worksheets, project-based learning, and lesson plans. This course will help participants get started with exploring several key features of Canva for Education - focusing on student engagement strategies. This course will allow you to differentiate your instruction, no matter the content/subject. We will explore a variety of student engagement strategies. You will leave this session feeling confident in using Canva in your classroom. Participants will also learn how to integrate the tool with Google Classroom. Come learn how to bring some assignments and tasks to life.

This course contains content needed to fulfill the DESE Individual Professional Development plan requirement of at least 15 PDPs in a content area of training related to renewal of licensure. Fitchburg State University’s Center for Professional Studies is a DESE-approved PDP provider. 

Audience:  Any teacher seeking PDPs for recertification and content knowledge related to SEI, Special Education, and Technology. 
Mode:  Synchronous/online in Google Meet with asynchronous assignments specified in syllabus

Dates:  Tuesdays, Dec 5, 12, and 17, 2024
Time:  4 - 6 p.m.

15 PDPs
Cost: $247
Course Number:  PRDV 6189P  CRN: TBD

1 Graduate Credit
Cost: $347
Course Number:  PRDV 6189  CRN: TBD


*IMPORTANT*: The CRN and Course Number will be needed when you register so please make sure to write down this information. Follow the directions listed on the registration site.

Registration begins on July 3, 2024 

Registration deadline: Nov. 23, 2024

Please Note

  • Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to pay for your course. The registration may take 24-48 hours to process.
  • You are required to pay within 48 hours of receiving your course payment email. Not paying for a course does not constitute a withdrawal from the course. You may withdraw prior to the start of a course. Once a course starts, you are not eligible for a refund.

Additional Information

A week prior to first class, students will receive an email from the instructors, detailing how to access and join the Fitchburg State Google classroom, as well as the pre-assignments below. These assignments must be completed before the first-class meeting. The pre-work (2 hours of time) will entail the following:

  • Complete a survey
  • Logistical introductory tasks
  • Readings, which may include blog posts and/or podcasts
  • Activating accounts to tools/websites referenced in class

Mary Marrotta and Craig Scheil 

Mary Marotta and Craig Sheil

Mary Marrotta is an Educational Technology Consultant and Instructional Technologist. Mary is also a Google Certified Trainer, as well as an adjunct instructor for Fitchburg State University. She has been working for the Nashoba Regional School District for 24 years. Mary has degrees from Fitchburg State in Science, Elementary and Special Education, as well as an M.Ed. from Lesley University in Technology Education and a Certificate in Distance Learning from Northeastern. 

Craig Sheil is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, is a Digital Learning Specialist at a public high school in New Hampshire. He has been in the education field for a total of 18 years, with the first 8 years teaching high school mathematics. He has helped integrate Google Workspace for Education and a 1-to-1 Chromebook program at his high school. Craig can be found presenting at conferences, giving professional development to school districts and co-teaching Google Workspace for Education graduate courses. Craig loves teaching and more importantly, loves learning. He has a bachelor’s degree from Keene State in Mathematics and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Fitchburg State University. 

Questions? Get in touch!