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Teacher Appreciation 2020

 

Dear Pike Township Schools,

 

These are strange times we're in, unprecedented in so many ways. What isn't strange or unprecedented, however, is the dedication, creativity, and perseverance of the community of Pike Township schools in Indianapolis, Indiana. Trying to single out one person to appreciate would be like trying select the most beautiful spring flower or loveliest warm spring day. They are all using their wit, wisdom, and, now, Canvas to keep the lights shining in the lives of our students and community. 

 

Thank you to the teachers who had to transition their classroom prowess to the Canvas online platform. Your kind and personal videos, images, and messages to students make it a pleasure to click into your Canvas courses. The way you are embracing the online environment as a conduit to stay connected to your students is inspirational! By connecting virtually through Canvas conferences, video announcements, and personal messages, you are maintaining the classroom community and structure that our students are desperately missing right now. I know that you didn't sign up to be a full-time online teacher and that the technology is new and sometimes frustrating. You are doing such a great job of modeling grit and flexibility for our kids. Seriously, thank you. 

 

Thank you to our school counselors and social workers, special education professionals, physical and occupational therapists, and other support staff. You are finding so many ways to continue to reach out to our most vulnerable learners and keep them connected and supported. Those Canvas videos you make and share lift us all up! Creating school-wide Canvas announcements with virtual spirit days, motivational moments, and powerful reminders to keep going are not only helping the students, they are helping all of us! Thank you for reaching out to the students and staff via Canvas messages and announcements so they know when the Pike food pantry is open and the locations of our meal pick ups. You are literally feeding us mind, body, and soul. Seriously, thank you. 

 

Thank you to our school librarians. The depth of my appreciation knows no bounds when it comes to the literacy and technology support our Pike school librarians provide to our staff, students, and families. Utilizing the integration of our Destiny Library system into every Canvas course in the district, you have provided a portal into the best online resources, extensive library of on-demand eBooks and audio-books, and opportunities to inquire, wonder, and explore learning online from the safety of our homes. You are keeping us logged in, connected, and fully stocked with virtual field trips, STEM experiments, author visits, and, of course, reading material! The indispensable global nature of libraries is on full display with the Pike librarians. Seriously, thank you. 

 

Finally, thank you to our students and families. This work and learn from home situation is not ideal, but you are doing it. You are using our Canvas courses as not only a place for your kids to learn, but to find ways to help them learn. I have had the opportunity to work with many families as they set up their Canvas Parent accounts. Parents, siblings, families, I appreciate you as partners in this online teaching endeavor. I know you didn't sign up to be full-time teachers to your kids, but you're doing a great job. Your kids will remember these weeks with you for the rest of their lives. We all will. Seriously, thank you. 

 

I'm sure you can see why I can't single out just one educator during this unexpected time of innovation and creative problem solving. My appreciation isn't finished, I could go on about our administrators, technology team, facilities team, and all the other amazing people trying to make sure our Pike Township students are safe, healthy, well-fed, and well-taught during this time. Canvas has been an unbelievable asset to our efforts, and, therefore, I am also thankful for all the Canvas folks who help us keep the lights of learning turned on. I am humbled by the daily efforts of so many. Seriously, thank you. 

 

Seriously, Thank You (You're the Best!),

Lena Darnay

District Instructional Technology Specialist

Pike Township Schools, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Teacher Appreciation 2020

 

 

 

Dear Terri Spisso,

 

           I want it to be clear that you are a super-special educator who is providing continuity and stability through innovation. You're making a difference! Throughout this time when all of Rhode Island is switching to Remote Learning, all students and educators rapidly moving everything online you have been one of the few unsung heroes who has continuously offered assistance and guidance. Your calm demeanor has allowed for clear and precise support when hundreds are asking questions. You have shown, yet again, that you go above and far beyond the call of duty to serve those around you and that you persistently make the world a better place by just your being you! 

            The Foster-Glocester Regional District is incredibly lucky to have you as a member of staff as you are knowledgable, eager, and evolving in your field. With everything that is rapidly changing one thing has stayed the same. You care about everyone and you always are there for help...

 

"Some people make the world go 'round. Thank you for being one of those people."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You (You're the Best!),

Mr. David Glasberg

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Teacher Appreciation 2020

 

 

 Dear Prof. Pareja and Dr. Sengupta,

 

In a very short period of time, I have witnessed how you have re-defined the term Champion, and have gone above and beyond helping your colleagues at FIU College of Business as you designed and implemented a 4 step plan to support them and shared it as well so everyone can benefit from it:

  1. Making sure any user who requires assistance has been provided a functional basic shell by copying a simplistic template created by our College.
  2. Provide short and simple topic oriented video guides for our faculty to see and review if necessary.
  3. Located additional departmental champions who are willing to assist users with more in depth processes.
  4. Provide remote technical assistance to our faculty 6 days a week.

You can be sure that you're making a difference!

 

 

 

Thank You (You're the Best!),

Lili Steiner

Senior Instructional Designer

FIU Online 

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Teacher Appreciation 2020

 

 

 

Dear Dr. Bowman,

 

Dr. Martha Bowman is my daughter's 8th grade science teacher in the Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana. The students and teachers are only on their second day of distance learning but I love how Dr. Bowman has integrated video of herself talking to the students about this new learning experience in announcements and is using the discussion forums in Canvas for the first time. She has asked the students to give her feedback about how things are going and is acting on that feedback. For example, she made some changes to when certain assignments would be released based on student communication with her. I really appreciate Dr. Bowman trying new things in Canvas to keep the students engaged, informed, and connected to the learning community.

 

 

 

 

Thank You (You're the Best!),

Chris Hitchcock

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Renee Carney

Educators, We See You!

Posted by Renee Carney Administrator Mar 26, 2020

In the face of disruption and uncertainty, educators are finding ways to provide continuity and stability through innovation. Some are reaching out directly to their students, some are lifting and educating other teachers, some are sharing their brilliance with anyone in the world—and some are doing all of these. If you’re in education, you’ve surely been influenced/inspired by an educator who has gone above and beyond in the current circumstances.


We love opportunities to celebrate our Community, so please help us by writing a letter to an educator whom you see making a difference! We'll sweeten the pot by providing an opportunity for you and your “appreciated educator” to each win one of 20 Amazon gift cards.

 

 

Here’s how to write your “Educator Appreciation” letter:

  • Log into community.canvaslms.com (Login Directions)
  • Access the “Dear Educator” template
  • Write a letter to the educator you appreciate. Tell us what they’re doing to make a difference in education right now. Have fun with it!
  • Share the letter on Twitter using the hashtag #CanvasFAM by 11:59 PM MST on Friday, April 17, 2020 for a chance for you and your appreciated educator to each win a $25 Amazon Gift Card (20 gift cards are up for grabs).

    So, from all of us at Instructure, thanks for being the best Community ever.

 

 

 

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Tl;dr status.instructure.com now includes a link to a per-instance historical status update.

 

The Canvas status page lives at status.instructure.com and tells Canvas users if all systems are running fine, or if Canvas is currently experiencing issues. We are excited to announce two recent updates to the status page to improve your experience.  

 

Historical Data

Before now, you probably visited the page to get a current snapshot of the status of Canvas, but the content contained no historical information. Now you can see how Canvas has fared over time.  Note that this historical data goes back to last December but will accumulate over time and eventually serve as a replacement for the Canvas Uptime Graphic currently found one the What is Canvas? page.

 

Custom Reports

The previous status page not only displayed one snapshot in time but also reported any problem for anyone using Canvas anywhere in the world. This approach used to make more sense when fewer people used Canvas and they were mainly logging in from the same geographic area. However, as the Canvas user base has grown and the way people use Canvas has become more complicated, having access to only a global status has become less useful. Going forward you can still see the overall Canvas status, but you can also enter your Canvas URL to see a custom report for just your account, including historical uptime information as well.

 

We hope that you like these improvements to the status page. This is V.1 of the new custom report with more improvements planned.  Please share any questions or comments you may have below.

 

 

Have a great day!

 

Scott Dennis | Sr.Dir. Community Engagement
Bobby Pedersen

Loving the potential

Posted by Bobby Pedersen Champion Feb 27, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

Valentines is over, but my love for you continues. 

 

This week I loved you particularly when you gave a colleague of mine the opportunity to really S-T-R-E-T-C-H herself and her students through sharing deep understandings via the recording tool in Discussions. 

 

I've loved you because you are easy to support my friends to be even better teachers, even if we aren't working side by side. It's so simple to share a guide, or talk people through step by step to come to a happy result. 

 

I'm loving the current challenge you are offering me as I experiment with creating a course so I can share ideas, stories and just chat to my grand kids who live in New Zealand. We are even going to try swapping Minecraft information this way too. I'm even thinking A Joke of the Week might happen, reading stories to them, singing songs, keep our distant relationship healthy. 

 

I love the potential you offer teachers who are brave and want to blend the learning in exciting ways with their students. 

 

Finally, I love the way you bring so many wonderful people together in the Canvas Community. You help make our world feel exciting, friendly, challenging and filled with potential. 

 

Thank you. 

 

 

Love,

Bobby

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Canvas Love image 

Dear Canvas,

What can I say?  You came into my life at a time when everything was changing and fear of the unknown was terrifying! Then there you were!  All of those first moments in our relationship were so cute and awkward as we figured each other out. And then everything changed!   I was no longer a teacher learning to use Canvas in my classroom; I had to get used to being the Canvas administrator!

 

At first, this new turn in our relationship was even more awkward and uncomfortable, but oh how quickly that changed.  I learned that the Canvas Community was more of a family and there was great help everywhere I turned! I didn't know what I didn't know and sometimes I felt silly asking what I perceived to be the “dumb” questions, but the level of support I have with Canvas is simply astounding.  The Guides are thorough and complete, the Canvas Community is filled with helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly people, the Priority Services team is always at the ready, and the ever-present chat team is definitely a lifesaver!

 

If I didn't already love the fantastic support and resources that Canvas provides its users, the recently revived #CanvasChat has broadened my connections and expanded my Twitter PLN to an even more valuable level.  I'm what we lovingly call a "singleton" in our district. I'm the only one who is actively working and trying to figure some of these things out, so creating relationships with other Canvas users around the country and the globe provides me with reassurance and another level of support.  

 

Speaking of an extra level of support, I'm so fortunate to live in Indiana and be a part of our Indiana Canvas Users and Educators (INCUE) group.  It's reassuring to see how actively the Canvas team supports this group and encourages us to meet, grow and share. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my friends at The Canvascasters podcast - I’ve learned something new every single episode!

 

It's true that not all products are created equal and Canvas has most definitely won my heart.  Our relationship has a solid foundation and the support of an amazing community of like-minded people - we are sure to live a long life together.  I can’t wait to see where the future takes us!

 

Love,

Dianna

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

DEAR CANVAS STUDIO formerly known as Arc,

 

When you came into my life, it was instant love affair. Fireworks, chemistry, attraction, and I couldn't wait to tell everyone about you and shout your former name up and down the hallways to anyone who would listen and even louder to those who wouldn't. I would spend days with you, learning your features and buttons. So simple, so easy to please.  And each day you would stare lovingly into my eyes as I endlessly recorded quick tips and training tutorials for my faculty, staff, and students throughout campus, on not only academics and Canvas topics, but how to submit their credit card statements online and new features in Google.  Even our CFO recorded a video or two.

 

And when you decided to re-evaluate your life and make changes, we stood by you. You changed your name and added video quizzing. Wow. What a game changer that was. You are seriously rocking our world with that one. The students are in the middle of watching a movie or lecture and suddenly it pauses and a quiz appears right there on their screen with a question for them to answer.  And we can put that quiz in any place we want, be it at the beginning, middle or near the end of that video. An instant way to know if students are watching and learning. And then, at the end of the day or year, we want to take that video home to share with our parents, we can push your download button. Beautiful is the only word I can use to describe.

 

With Admiring Love,

Beth Crook

 

 

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Abigail Offenbaker

Always and Forever

Posted by Abigail Offenbaker Champion Feb 14, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I don't know what I would do without you! In addition to saving me from lugging pounds of paperwork home every night, you have also helped me make the world a greener place. Your easy to use and intuitive platform was love at first sight from the moment I first laid eyes on you as a classroom teacher five years ago. Because of you, my students knew exactly what they had missed when absent from class and I outlined each class session for students. 

 

While in the classroom, one of my favorite features was the Message Students Who feature. This feature is great because teachers can easily remind students of an upcoming due date, congratulate students who did well on an assignment, or invite students who scored a little lower than expected to tutorials. It's a great way for to stay in contact with students. 

 

But our bond has grown much deeper over the years, Canvas. As I moved to the role of Innovation Leader I learned more about all the integrations and amazing functions you perform behind the scenes while developing a greater appreciation for course design and layout. Your ability to integrate with other programs, such as Flipgrid, BrainPop, EdPuzzle and much, much more makes classroom instruction even more seamless! From an admin perspective, developing a course template with curriculum coordinators helps make you even easier for teachers to use. You are the one responsible for developing my basic HTML coding skills. You, Canvas, give me the platform to teach teachers how to organize and structure course content so students understand it best. 

 

Naysayers try and compare you to your fraternal twin, Google Classroom, but I know, Canvas, who the real stud here is and it's you. 

 

Love,

 

Abigail Offenbaker 

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Nancy Biddinger

I Love Canvas Groups

Posted by Nancy Biddinger Feb 14, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

Dear Canvas,

I love using groups when I do professional development. It enables me to model grouping for teachers and helps me to give feedback to the individuals in a group.  It saves time, engages everyone and keeps things fresh and interesting.  Speedgrader makes grading the group projects a breeze, so no more grading papers on a Sunday night while watching Masterpiece Theater!

Love,

Nancy Biddinger

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I have been in online learning for twenty years, and you are my FIRST onboarding experience that was fun, hands-on, customized and completely useful. In a week full of meetings, I still look forward to my check-ins with Ashley Brough, our success manager.  Each meeting there are laughs, questions answered, and options offered that meet our unique use case. The people of Canvas are simply the best. Thank you and Happy Valentine's Day!

 

Love,

Deb Chad

Director of Online Learning at ADL.org

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

Oh, Canvas how I love you. Let me count the ways.

Thanks to your beautiful design you keep ALL of my students on the same page.

 

You integrate with Google, Quizlet, Nearpod and Youtube.

I want you to be my Valentine cause I just broke up with my old dude. 

 

I can sing you a love song on Studio but I warn you, there's a quiz. 

I'm sure you'll get an A though because you're a self-grading whiz. 

 

 

So thank you, dear sweet Canvas for saving me from ALL that Code. 

Maybe someday I'll try your HTML Editor but for now, thanks for just making the page load. 

 

Love,

M. Christina Parrish

 

 

 

Canvas Love

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

It was from across the room I saw you for the first time. It was years ago, longing to ask you out, but failed for the fear of what my family might think. For me, it was always bad timing and low support. I wasn’t in the right place.

 

That all changed a few years later when I finally drummed up enough courage to ask you out. A short date to see if that spark still existed. As expected you graciously accepted and we started talking. Soon enough I invited you to family dinner. This was "the big time" and I knew you’d finally be my one and only LMS.

 

Canvas, you’ve made my life easier in every way. You challenge me and motivate me to be a better leader and coach. You encourage my teachers to bring that passion and love for learning each day. It may have taken us years to finally get up enough courage to commit but it finally happened.

To my one and only LMS!

 

Love,

Eddie Small

CTE Innovation Coach

@canvascasters

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

This is our first year on this Canvas LMS journey but your Canvas Community and Canvas Support teams are making this a great first year! From our first meeting with Nirisha Garimella and weekly support meetings with Kelly Shaheen, your team is top-notch at helping schools integrate Canvas as their LMS. Many thanks to your chat support folks who hear from me no less than 3 times a day and the Canvas Community who never fails to encourage and inspire. Thank you for creating such a wonderful support team! Looking forward to many more successful years with Canvas. canvaslmslove

 

Love,

Michelle Blackwell

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