Instructure releases Teacher Tools, a new app that helps teachers do the awesome things they already do and make their jobs easier.
Teacher Tools requires a Canvas account. If your school is not yet using Canvas by Instructure, create a free account and leave your notecards and popsicle sticks at home.
Download Teacher Tools in the Play store. Version 1.0 requires Android 4.0.3 or later.
Because of the simplicity of this app, documentation is not currently available in the Canvas Guides.
Randomly Select Students
The Hot Seat option helps teachers randomly choose a student in the class; no longer do they have to mentally remember who they’ve already called on. Just tap the icon, select a course, and the app selects a student for class participation activities. In the Settings menu, teachers can choose to have the app remove a student’s name after the name has been selected.
Study Student Names
If an institution allows profile pictures (avatars), the Guess Who option helps teachers learn names and faces for students in their courses. The app first shows the photo of the student and includes a link to flip the card and see the student’s name.
Make Student Notes
The Student Notes option lets teachers make notes about a student. Notes automatically transfer to the Canvas Gradebook.