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Career and Technical Education affords K-12 educators the opportunity to offer students uniquely structured project-based exploration activities, often in group settings, while simultaneously engaging in one-to-one learning with others who have various learning styles and needs. Canvas in the classroom as a support resource provides relevance, definition, and structure to support K-12 learning as a unique user friendly online platform. The ability to transition from hands on creative projects to demonstrating technique with classroom technology like desktop computers, tablets, androids, and iphones, especially if managed and used properly, provide students an amazing way to learn. 

Tammy Hendershot

New to Canvas

Posted by Tammy Hendershot Jul 18, 2017

I have used Google classroom for two years.   I really enjoy the ease of use and the fact that when it is uploaded it is instant.  I find it a little restricting and unorganized.  I used classroom because when I took the Canvas pd last summer.  It was hard to build and required a lot of time.  The major drawback was that it did not integrate with google suite.  

 

I have attended several district pd's on Canvas this summer. I have learned that there are easier ways to create buttons, add assignments and connect to my google drive.   I have learned many new was to improve my google side of the equation.  I am taking other courses in Canvas this summer.  

 

I am very excited to dust off my old sandbox and rebuild the my canvas page.  II am ready  have signed up for additional work days offered by my district so that I can get it up and running by the begging of school.  Any ideas or apps that I can add on to make me and my students experience easier?

BJ Williams

A Canvas Masterpiece

Posted by BJ Williams Jul 18, 2017

Canvas... always used by painters to create grand masterpieces. People always say,"start with a clean canvas." Or to "canvas" an area-- to look over it carefully. While neither one actually describes the Canvas LMS exactly, the way I have used Canvas in the classroom embodies each one of the uses of canvas mentioned above.

 

Canvas is the platform for teachers to create grand masterpieces for their classes. How does this work? Think about it, every time you start a painting, you outline the actual image, you want to make sure the structure of the image is what you want it to be. That is where the layout comes in to play. Instructors have the capability to make the Canvas LMS layout extremely simple or complex for the audience that will be using it.

 

After getting the layout the way you want it, then comes the outlining of images and shapes and bringing the course to life. This is the module feature that I love about Canvas. I love that I can begin by creating a module that will guide my students' learning for the week or the unit. I can add all of the materials I need them to access using pages, assignments, quizzes, and external links and apps. Once the modules are complete and everything that I need. Once all has been loaded and its done, I know that I have taken this blank Canvas, and turned it into a course masterpiece.

Many teachers don't know who their substitute is and what they know. Some substitutes follow teachers plans exactly, others tell stories and some do the work they decided on. This makes it difficult to plan for a day of absence. That is until Canvas appeared! The novel way that I used Canvas is to relay the expectations I had for students when I wasn't able to be at school. I would write an announcement with their directions and tasks for the day. I let students comment and respond to other's comments- this way they could answer each other's questions. My students would check in there each time I was not at school for their directions. My students would just log in and do their assignments. If the substitute didn't like what they were doing they would show them the computer and say Ms. Maurer says this has to be done today. This past year the tasks that I left were done even with substitutes that are known to not follow plans. 

Katherine King

New to Canvas? Me too!!

Posted by Katherine King Jul 18, 2017

   I am new to Canvas in the sense that I have never used it in my class. I have gone through a training through my school that every teacher had to do. Doing this training, I earned my Canvas badge. I never used Canvas after that training. Sitting here today, I am going through the Canvas Expert course. I have learned a lot of new things that I would like to start implemented in my classroom this year.

   I like the feature in assignments where you can have group work. You can allow students to pick their groups and set a limit to how many students are in the group. I like the feature in the grade book where you can add comments and mark students completed or not. Canvas can seem scary at first with all of the different features. I would suggest taking a introductory course on Canvas to learn more about it.

   If you like google classroom, you will like Canvas as well. Canvas is a place to have your things more organized and be able to integrate more technology features in your work. I would highly recommend trying Canvas and playing around with all of the different features. 

Donnica Walls

Canvas is Awesome

Posted by Donnica Walls Jul 18, 2017

My experience with Canvas has been wonderful so far! My favorite part was being able to use the conference mode while I was out on leave. The conference mode allowed me to interact with my students two different ways. The first way was that I was able to live stream and teach to my students from my house while they were at school. I could upload my PowerPoint or PDF's and teach live through the conference. It also allowed my students to participate by using an icon to raise their hands, use their microphone to ask questions or to secretly ask questions o me that other students could not see. The other feature allowed me to video myself teaching and record it for the students to come back and watch it on their own time. This is an awesome feature and I recommend it to all teachers

I am pretty fluent in technology related things, especially compared to my current professional peers. So, as a tech leader, I walked into a Canvas Expert feeling confident that I could tackle the LMS and be equipped for my best year of digital-based instruction and facilitation yet. Well, my confidence has been softened by a whole new world of possibilities and returned me to the position of a true learner. I am no longer coasting thorugh a course but really wishing for more time to explore all the amazing features of Canvas. The positive is that there is so much I will be able to do now to streamline and enhance digital learning for my students. Some things I will be able to utilize for the first time or in better ways include: conferencing (to tutor, for students to practice presentations, guest speakers, & more), Google Integration (to embed better constructed documents and presentations, copy without sharing, and more), and Outcomes (to track mastery and create strategic groups).  While I have a lot to learn, I am really excited about being able to do all this with my students. 

LaVonna Felton

My Canvas Experience

Posted by LaVonna Felton Jul 18, 2017

I have been using Canvas for the past two years and it's becoming one of my best friends. I use Canvas daily in the classroom. Students are required to complete their warm-ups, quizzes and test through Canvas. This year, I also required to turn in their homework solutions through Canvas for credit as well. 

 

This upcoming school year, I plan on taking Canvas to the next level by really customizing Canvas as an online class for my students. I will be adding detailed modules that lay out their daily assignments. I'm looking forward to see how my students will react to my Canvas use expansion. 

Katherine King

King's take on Canvas

Posted by Katherine King Jul 18, 2017

I am new to Canvas in the sense that I have never used it in my class. I have gone through a training through my school that every teacher had to do. Doing this training, I earned my Canvas badge. I never used Canvas after that training. Sitting here today, I am going through the Canvas Expert course. I have learned a lot of new things that I would like to start implemented in my classroom this year. I like the feature in assignments where you can have group work. You can allow students to pick their groups and set a limit to how many students are in the group. I like the feature in the grade book where you can add comments and mark students completed or not. Canvas can seem scary at first with all of the different features. I would suggest taking a introductory course on Canvas to learn more about it. If you like google classroom, you will like Canvas as well. Canvas is a place to have your things more organized and be able to integrate more technology features in your work. I would highly recommend trying Canvas and playing around with all of the different features. 

      I will admit... I am a newbie to Canvas. As a kindergarten teacher, I never thought that Canvas would be an appropriate tool for my to use with my young students. I am moving down to pre-K for this upcoming school year and still struggle to see how I can effectively use Canvas with my students. After getting some advice and suggestions from other learners in a "Canvas Expert" class, I think I have finally figured out a way to be able to implement this great program and resource into my curriculum for my students: their parents!

 

      Just like any upper elementary, middle or high school course, there are standards, goals and expectations in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. While these young ones are probably not going to be able to maneuver a Canvas course on their own, there is most likely an adult in their life that can figure it out! Even if it is someone else clicking through each module, video, presentation or assignment, young students can still have exposure to the material that they are expected to learn in these early grades. In this case, using a Canvas course will also hold my students' family members accountable for their learning and progress.

 

      As I begin to build a course for my pre-K class for this year, I know that I need to consider the types of assignments and content that is included in my course. I plan on using modules to separate different skills/standards. I plan on using YouTube to help embed interactive and engaging content for my 3-5 year old students. I plan on trying to use mastery paths to provide extra practice or enrichment opportunities for each student. I plan on including assignments that require uploading videos or pictures of student work that is completed at home.

 

      I am open to any other advice, suggestions, tips! Has anyone else used a Canvas course for these pre-K or kindergarten and found it to be effective? What issues have you run into regarding parents using Canvas for their young children?

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