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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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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

 Dear Canvas,

You are truly a gift and mean so much to me!

Keep on reading and the reasons for this you will see.

 

Let's start this story from the very beginning,

To see why it's my heart that you are truly winning.

 

As a tool for engagement & learning you are quite Devine.

And let me tell you, your features sure are fine!

 

The ability to assign something to one or to all,

Brings plenty of joy winter, spring, summer, or fall.

 

And oh how you make me feel so alive, 

being able to integrate Google AND Office 365.

 

The discussions we have could keep me awake night and day,

Posting and reposting...oh, so many things to say!

 

Allowing me to create so much content using your RCE,

Stimulates intellect with text, video, tables, HTML, and .png

 

Regarding the organization of content in modules, oh where do I begin?

Arranging assignments, quizzes, discussions, pages, etc. in my own little bin.

 

Also with modules, can't forget about Badgr!

Complete all the requirements and a badge you will capture.

 

Can't forget about your loving Community,

The guides, the content, the groups creating so much unity!

 

And we definitely need to bring up the Panda,

Who is known worldwide from Utah to Uganda.

 

So much I haven't even covered, I could probably go on all day,

But you allow learning to be personalized like an educational gourmet!

 

Everything you offer from the whole to each part,

Has definitely created a Mastery Path to my heart!

 

 

Love your forever user,

 

Ryan Corris

 

 

 

Single rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupid

 

 

 

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Zsofia Alibaux-Jakab

I LOVE CANVAS[2]

Posted by Zsofia Alibaux-Jakab Feb 14, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

 Dear Canvas,

 

I love your SpeedGrader feature, it allows me to grade online in a flash and submit comments too. I also love that you have in-built Immersive Reader @MicrosoftEducation which allows access to content for our international community. I love that you can embed gifs into pages and make courses more fun and engaging. Embedding content with html. is a breeze too, allowing me to share my @wakelet collections in all my courses.

 

Love,

 

Zsofia

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I teach the most AMAZING little rockstars! My K-2 ESE kids are just beginning to learn how to use Canvas and other online resources. We use Canvas EVERY  day usually a few times every day. My kids have learned how to choose Canvas on my Launchpad and then go into Studio to play songs we use every day or to pick videos that I have added. Watching my amazing students have the ability to manipulate the program starting at very young ages! My students start at 5 and the oldest has just turned 9. If this little rockstars can learn to use Canvas and be comfortable then I think ANYONE who has even a little interest in learning more can totally master Canvas! 

 

I am SO excited to continue to learn more about Canvas and how to make it work for our ESE kiddos especially the self-contained ones who work harder than the average student to learn. We are slowly adding more and more pieces to our daily routine. I think my favorite part of Canvas is that every time I think I've gotten it figured out I find another amazing feature! Canvas has the ability to completely change the way I teach and my kids learn. 

 

Love,

Christy Pride

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Bradley Moser

Reasons I ❤️ Canvas

Posted by Bradley Moser Feb 13, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

While living in Southwest Missouri, working on my Master's degree in Instructional Technology, teaching high school physics, and coaching soccer, I fell in love with Canvas. Maybe it was because I had a real authentic reason to be using an online platform for learning (thx Master's program), or maybe it was because I also had a need to have something to help me manage digital work as I taught high school students while trying to infuse new web 2.0 tools and these new tools called iPad Mini's and Chromebooks into my teaching. But there you were....Canvas. You were free. You were open. You were simple. You were modern. You were fresh. You were new. Everything I love about love. 

 

Your simplicity was exotic. The ease of integration was enticing. I could embed anything into any page, assignment, or discussion. When I needed to include video, it was like, poof , click the video button. When I wanted to provide feedback to students, bam , here's speedgrader and even on the iPad. It was a dream. You were a dream, but you were real. You were a real dream come true. 

 

I recall crafting this poem as I wrapped up my Master's program of studies. I believe you were an instrumental part of why I am still loving the work I do today. 

 

“There once was a boy from out West. Who thought he knew the layout the best. He worked very hard and tried to revise. He even stayed late with long, tired eyes. But caught in a rut, he started to feel, he found an avenue that had an appeal! He learned how to code and to properly assess, using nifty tech tools and a little more sweat. He designed and created, collaborated much, then nearing the end he reflected a bunch, “Boy, how I’ve changed in the wink of an eye. I’ve regained my momentum to learn and apply the great many skills and knowledge I’ve gained; in my own teaching, I hope I sustain.” As he sits in his chair contemplating his lessons, he thinks that he teaches because, he confesses, He loves what he does and he does what he loves. And that’s the stuff his teaching’s made of.”

 

I love what you do each and every day! Stay cool Canvas. 

 

Love,

Brad Moser (Canvas use before it was cool...well...I guess it's always been cool. )

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

With all my love I want to thank you to help connecting all the teachers of all the adult education schools from Catholic Education Flandres!!! Thanks to you, teacher can now colleboration outside the borders of their schools. We started our implemtation since November 2019 and the connection is huge! Every day, our teachers show an ever-growing love for Canvas, and we've only just started! 

Are you also curious about the further love steps of our Canvas-connection-love-tool, follow us on Twitter via @canvas4cvo

 

Love,

Barbara Defreyne

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Rebecca Wesolowski

An Ode to Canvas

Posted by Rebecca Wesolowski Feb 13, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

My appreciation for you is all the time,

I will express my reasons in a cheesy rhyme.

 

Studio allows me to share the morning news for all to see.

My school-wide course was created with ease!

 

The students and parents are now in the know

thanks to Canvas on Launchpad or mobile on-the-go!

 

Direct share and translation are exciting and new,

with Canvas there isn't anything you can't do.

 

From content to graphics, Canvas has a way,

which is why my love will last longer than just Valentine's Day!

 

Love,

Mrs. Weso 

Rockstar Media Specialist

Canvas Lover

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I don't know what I'd do without Canvas Teacher ...and the rest of the Canvas mobile apps, for that matter!

 

Mobile makes learning and teaching something that extends beyond the walls of a room. Learners of all ages can take charge of their assignments and make progress at school, at home, or on the go. Instructors have a shortcut to their classes and can make short adjustments with ease. (I especially appreciate that I can use the Canvas Teacher app to hold office hours and to provide quick feedback about an assignment.) Observers have a tool to be cheerleaders and stay engaged with their student's progress, too.

 

Mobile helps close the gap between "the haves" and the "have nots" -- Learning is possible and easy to access on any sized device with the right app, right?

 

 

I believe that learning should be individualized and flexible, and mobile helps make that possible. Thanks for making all of this awesome learning pocket-sized and yet easy to use so users stay empowered to invest in the learning experience.

 

Love,

Kristin

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