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WEEK OF 2016-07-29

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This Day In History: NASA Was Created

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This day in History: NASA Was Created

 

As the most innovative and up and coming country around, we couldn't sit around and let Russia out do us when it came to space exploration. On October 4, 1967, Russia successfully launched Sputnik 1, which was their first satellite in space. With Russia's release came the space race.

 

The United States answered Russia's satellite with a one up, with Neil Armstrong's successful mission, and completion as the first man to ever walk on the moon. This was possible due to the new organization known as NASA, who provided funding for these once unimagined projects in space.

 

 

Release Notes

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Canvas Beta Release Notes (2016-07-25)

In this beta release, Canvas has a new feature for Assignments and Files. Updates are also available in Authentication, Reports, and SpeedGrader, as well as the accessibility keyboard shortcut icon and APIs.

 

Canvas by Instructure Release Notes (iOS 3.13)

In this Canvas by Instructure update, the app supports Next and Previous Modules navigation and multiple grading periods.

 

Canvas by Instructure Release Notes (iOS 3.14)

In this Canvas by Instructure update, users can view multiple grading periods. Several app areas also include minor design updates.

 

 

Canvas Events: CanvasCON and User Group

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CANVAS ROUNDTABLE AT DARTMOUTH - SHARE, BUILD COMMUNITY, INNOVATE

Where: Dartmouth College
Murdough Center, Cook Auditorium
Tuck School of Business
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

When: Friday, August 12, 2016 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

 

Event Overview

Join higher ed Canvas users (and prospective users) from New England at the fourth annual Canvas Roundtable at Dartmouth College.  As the last of three 2016 summer Canvas events, the Roundtable is an opportunity to follow up on and delve deeper into questions raised at the June 6 Canvas User Group  and ideas from InstructureCon, while also providing a chance to discuss new topics not raised at these other events. The day will be a mix of large group discussions and breakout sessions where we’ll explore topics of interest to different groups – managers, instructional designers, tech support, and prospective Canvas users.  Click here to register.

 

 

Tips and Tricks

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Fast Track Series

 

 

One of the most successful training tools we have seen is using the Fast Track Videos to get your faculty and staff excited about a new feature in Canvas. Set them up for success by showing them the quick 2.5-5 minute video on the new feature (hopefully they won’t get bored after 2.5 minutes) and then teach them how to utilize it in their classrooms. Let them play around with the feature before setting them free and watch the feature come to life! We promise, it works.

 

Canvas Engagement: Canvas Fasttrack Video Series

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-6352

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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InstructureCon 2016 Post-Conference Feedback

 

This is an open discussion where you all can publicly share your qualitative thoughts and feedback about InstructureCon 2016!  Please post before reading the comments from others. Then feel free to reply to others! Click here to read more!

 

 

K12 Bullentin Board

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K12 Bulletin: Unpacking the Classroom for Admins

 

Join us for our study hall where we provide a live webinar where you can participate and ask questions right then and there. We will provide information on how to get everything ready for school!

 

K12 Study Hall: Unpacking the Classroom for Administrators and Teachers

 

 

Top Ten Guides: July 17 - July 23, 2016

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Jive Analytics (guides.canvaslms.com)

  1. How do I find my institution's URL to access Canvas apps on my mobile device?
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  3. Canvas Interface Overview (Instructors) [Video]
  4. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  5. How do I submit an online assignment?
  6. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  7. How do I use the Dashboard?
  8. How do I edit my profile in my user account?
  9. How do I change the Course Home Page?
  10. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?

 

Google Analytics (guides.instructure.com)

  1. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  3. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  4. How do I submit a peer review to an Assignment? (Student)
  5. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  6. How do I add new people to an existing conversation? (Instructor)
  7. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas? (Admin)
  8. How do I import content from another Canvas course? (Instructor)
  9. Canvas Overview (Video)
  10. How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor? (Instructor)

 

 

 

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WEEK OF 2016-07-15

Your weekly newsletter for the latest and greatest about all things Canvas!

 

This Day In History: Movie Trivia

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Yippee-Ki-Yay!

 

This Day in History: July 15, 1988: Movie Trivia-Die Hard

 

Bruce Willis was not a well known actor until this day in 1988 when his hit movie Die Hard debuted.  Three sequels followed this first movie, and “Die Hard” became an adjective in the movie world.

 

The movie was “Based on Roderick Thorp’s novel Nothing Lasts Forever, Die Hard.”

 

 

Release Notes

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-07-15)

In this production release (July 16), admins can customize the Help link text and icon for their institution, manage the Theme Editor for sub-accounts, associate grading periods with terms, and view the total size of all source files in a course. Admins can also choose to enable a new feature option for the Rich Content Editor sidebar. Instructors can use MathML tags in the Rich Content Editor and view other small changes to better manage their courses. Additionally, international users in 13 countries can enable SMS messages for Canvas notifications.

 

 

Canvas Events: InstructureCON: The Time is Now!

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InstructureCON 2016: For information visit:

https://community.canvaslms.com/community/instcon/2016/pages/home

 

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You can register for Pre-Con Sessions now. Ed Camp is open and free for everyone to attend!

 

What to Expect When Expecting InstuctureCon 2016 (WEBINAR):

 

We’ve always felt like InstructureCon was summer camp for education-minded adults. But in 2016 we’re doubling down with a summer camp theme: Kumbayawesome! Come join us at Camp Canvas for all the education-driven, Canvas-based awesomeness you can shake an immaculately-whittled stick at. Plus campfires and boondoggles (!!!) and rivers and late night shenanigans and who knows what else! Come on, campers!

 

If you are one of the lucky ones coming to camp with us-WE ARE SO EXCITED. In our most recent K12 Assembly, we introduced guest presenter Jacquelyn Burrell. Jacquelyn, our Director of Events, presented  all about what to expect, when expecting InstructureCon at Keystone, CO 2016! Thank you to all of those that attended the webinar! If you were unable to attend, please see the recorded link below to watch! You won’t want to be the one left in the dark...

 

  • Why Keystone: Find out why we chose to hold this year’s InstructureCon in Keystone Colorado
  • The Venue: Learn about the Keystone venue, transportation, lodging, etc.
  • K12 Specific Sessions: This new focus comes straight from you, our K12 admins!
  • Activities: Get an insider's view of our Kumbayawesome activities happening that week.
  • How to Prep: Altitude sickness? Weather considerations? We’ve got you covered!  

 

To view the recording or download onto your local device, please see links below:

 

Download recording link:

HERE

 

Don’t forget! The schedule is HERE! Start scoping out which sessions you can’t wait to attend.

 

 

Tips and Tricks

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How are you going to replace Zaption? See the Community discussion HERE to read about other options that institutions are looking at.

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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K12 Bullentin Board

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Top Ten Guides: July 3 - July 9, 2016

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Jive Analytics (guides.canvaslms.com)

  1. How do I find my institution's URL to access Canvas apps on my mobile device?
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  3. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  4. Canvas Interface Overview (Instructors) [Video]
  5. How do I submit an online assignment?
  6. How do I use the Dashboard?
  7. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  8. ePortfolios (Students) [Videos]
  9. How do I edit my profile in my user account?
  10. How do I reply to a discussion as a student?

 

Google Analytics (guides.instructure.com)

  1. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  2. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  3. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  4. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  5. How do I submit a peer review to an Assignment? (Student)

  6. How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor? (Instructor)

  7. How do I subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Google Calendar? (Student)

  8. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas? (Admin)

  9. How do upload a file as an assignment submission in Canvas? (Student)

  10. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a student? (Student)

 

 

 

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WEEK OF 2016-07-08

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This Day In History: 8 July 1972  Bill Withers - Lean On Me - YouTube

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“Lean On Me” moves into the number one spot on the pop charts on this day in 1972.

 

At age 34, Bill Withers recorded the song “Lean On Me,” just two years after stepping into a recording studio for the first time.

 

“Withers was still a full-time factory worker when he wrote the song whose success would finally convince him to give up his day job. “For a long time I didn’t really accept my new career,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 1975. “It was like I was on vacation from the factory and at some point I would have to take my tool box and go back to work.”

 

“Lean On Me” even gained momentum in its popularity, and has been covered by many artists. It continues to be a song everyone knows and loves.

 

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“Lean On Me” begins its first stay at #1 - Jul 08, 1972 - HISTORY.com

Bill Withers Photos and song Lyrics | Metamansion

 

Release Notes

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-07-05)

In this beta release, Canvas has new features in Account Settings. Feature updates are available in Grades, Reports, the Rich Content Editor, and the User Account Menu, and minor changes have been made in Assignments, Conversations, Course Settings, the Rich Content Editor, Outcomes, User Settings, and APIs.

 

Beta features are subject to change based on user feedback and testing.

 

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Canvas Events: InstructureCON: One Week Left!

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InstructureCON 2016: For information visit:

https://community.canvaslms.com/community/instcon/2016/pages/home

 

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You can register for Pre-Con Sessions now. Ed Camp is open and free for everyone to attend!

 

What to Expect When Expecting InstuctureCon 2016 (WEBINAR):

 

We’ve always felt like InstructureCon was summer camp for education-minded adults. But in 2016 we’re doubling down with a summer camp theme: Kumbayawesome! Come join us at Camp Canvas for all the education-driven, Canvas-based awesomeness you can shake an immaculately-whittled stick at. Plus campfires and boondoggles (!!!) and rivers and late night shenanigans and who knows what else! Come on, campers!

 

If you are one of the lucky ones coming to camp with us-WE ARE SO EXCITED. In our most recent K12 Assembly, we introduced guest presenter Jacquelyn Burrell. Jacquelyn, our Director of Events, presented  all about what to expect, when expecting InstructureCon at Keystone, CO 2016! Thank you to all of those that attended the webinar! If you were unable to attend, please see the recorded link below to watch! You won’t want to be the one left in the dark...

 

  • Why Keystone: Find out why we chose to hold this year’s InstructureCon in Keystone Colorado
  • The Venue: Learn about the Keystone venue, transportation, lodging, etc.
  • K12 Specific Sessions: This new focus comes straight from you, our K12 admins!
  • Activities: Get an insider's view of our Kumbayawesome activities happening that week.
  • How to Prep: Altitude sickness? Weather considerations? We’ve got you covered!  

 

To view the recording or download onto your local device, please see links below:

 

Download recording link:

HERE

 

Don’t forget! The schedule is HERE! Start scoping out which sessions you can’t wait to attend.

 

Tips and Tricks

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With so many of you preparing for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, we have received quite a few questions on your SIS rollover and how to import new courses, enrollments, sections, etc. We decided to include a few instructions below so you have the information you need.

 

If you are using PowerSchool...once you are ready to rollover your school year, let your CSM know. We will make the change in our SIS App so that your 2016-2017 courses and enrollments will show in your Canvas instance.

 

If you are using Skyward...contact your Skyward representative to rollover to the new school year.

If you are using Clever...please reach out to your CSM as we have paused all Clever syncs until we know when you will have all of your 2016-2017 data in Clever. We also have a few new features for Clever this year so we will want to discuss these new features with you before we sync the new years data.

 

K12 Bulletin AND Higher Ed Collective: New User Interface Change Over

 

This MANDATORY change is THIS SATURDAY. On July 9, 2016, the New Canvas Interface will no longer be a Feature Option in Canvas and will be enabled for all Canvas users as a standard feature. Enabling the New UI affects the user interface for the entire Canvas account.

 

Still haven’t decided to try out the new UI yet? Check outhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1vPGE62UkzLdNCc9iGmwmO0PV9Sa1vLrCpxxdeHZMYV8/editthis Google Doc our awesome CSM, Andrew Gooch, made that shows the differences between the old and new UI.

 

  • New UI Resource Materials click HERE and Canvas Video click HERE.
  • JULY 9, 2016 is your deadline.
  • Not sure if you have moved over or not? Reach out to your CSM with questions.

 

Here’s a tip: If you want to brand your instance to represent your school colors and logo, start by playing with the theme editor when you log in. If you notice that you are having issues with the preview not keeping your changes, make sure that the “high contrast UI” feature is turned off under the admin settings. This will prevent custom branding. You can even brand specific sub-accounts (if you have multiple schools in your district using Canvas). Check out our Community page HERE to learn how. Check out these resources in our Community on using the new theme editor:

 

 

Top Ten Guides: June 26 - July 2, 2016

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Jive Analytics (guides.canvaslms.com)

 

  1. How do I find my institution's URL to access Canvas apps on my mobile device?
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  3. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  4. ePortfolios (Students) [Videos]
  5. Canvas Interface Overview (Instructors) [Video]
  6. How do I set my Notification Preferences?
  7. How do I submit an online assignment?
  8. Grades (Students) [Video]
  9. Communication (Students) [Video]
  10. User Settings and Profile Picture (All Users) [Video]

 

Google Analytics (guides.instructure.com)

  1. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  2. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  3. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  4. How do I submit a peer review to an Assignment? (Student)
  5. How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor? (Instructor)
  6. How do I set my Notification Preferences? (Instructor)
  7. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  8. Canvas Overview (Video)
  9. How do I add a Profile picture? (Instructor)
  10. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas? (Admin)

 

 

 

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Getting

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Guides

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Answers

Canvas

Resources

Release

Notes

Feature

Ideas

Canvas

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Instructional

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