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HI everyone,

This is basically for the small number of people from NSW, Australia. I am starting to work on some ProBL tasks at school and wanted to look at Stage 5 (years 9 & 10) outcomes from the new syllabuses. See if there was any commonality to meet across the project. Put all the new syllabus outcomes (cores only at this stage) on to a spreadsheet with the links to the pages from NESA. If anyone else is doing this - just wanted to share the document so that you might not have to do this later on. Save someone else some time.



PS - if you like the graphic - that is a word cloud of the stage statements - nifty eh! (PS - for the USA people - nifty means good)

David SUMMERVILLE callaghancollegewallsendcampus

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Knowing where to begin when you are brand new to Canvas can be very daunting. Two years ago Mike Cowen saw the challenge and designed an amazing resource - Kung Fu Canvas - to help train Canvas users. Countless Canvas users have gotten their start with that self-paced course!


The great thing about Canvas is it is always growing and changing. Lots of features have been updated and new functionality has been released recently, so the Education Services team volunteered to take the fundamentals of the Kung Fu Canvas course and give it an update, too. We are excited introduce to you the replacement for Kung Fu Canvas - Growing with Canvas!


About The Course

Growing with Canvas has five modules of content that will take users through everything they need to know about using Canvas at their institutions - no matter what grade or level. The course uses a combination of the Canvas Video Guides and Canvas Guides to teach the content. Participants in the course will try out a number of the concepts through the practice activities.


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The course is available in the Canvas Commons at this link: Growing with Canvas, (pro tip - make sure you're logged in to Canvas!) and is offered under a Attribution-Non-Commerical-ShareAlike licence. That means you’re free to share the course, as well adapt it to meet the needs of your institution.


If you’ve never used a resource in the Canvas Commons before, all you need is an empty course in your Canvas instance in which to copy the Growing with Canvas course. Once Growing with Canvas is in your instance, you’re free to edit and use the course as you wish. Check out this guide - How do I use Commons? - if you need more help.


If You’re a Canvas Admin

This makes for a great starting point to train your folks. Check out the very first Page in the Introduction module for tips and tricks about deploying the course to your institution.


The course is configured to work with Badgr and award badges for completion of each module. Instructions are in the course for setting up the integration, using the images, and awarding the badges.


If You’re a Canvas Teacher

This course is also for you! Even if your institution isn’t enrolling a bunch of faculty in a training course, you can grab your very own copy of Growing with Canvas and use it to learn how to use the LMS.


Potential Uses

  • Share this course with your colleagues
  • Apply the principles in Growing with Canvas to your own courses
  • Elevate your knowledge about Canvas


Huge thanks to some of our Education Services team who helped on this massive project - Aurelien Mansier and Mark Sluzky.




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August 30, 2018 - Update to Commons: 

In this version, we have made a few updates for enhanced accessibility:

1. Adjusted header tags to be in order on the page H1, H2, H3.

2. Removed tables used for the purpose of layout.

3. Ensured all items marked as decorative images were decorative and adjusted with alt tags.


November 8, 2018 - Recommendations until Next Update

The docs team has revised some of the video guides. The changes to the video guides are affecting the following embedded videos in the current version of Growing with Canvas. Details and recommendations are listed below. See the Action Needed column for steps you can take if you've already downloaded Growing with Canvas. 

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2.3 | Course Settings

Second video is outdated - Course Settings Part 2

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2.8 | Syllabus

Syllabus overview video

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3.3 | Discussions Overview

Second video is outdated - Discussion Creation.

This topic is now covered in the Discussions Overview for Instructors ( video.

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3.5 | Assignments Overview

Second video is outdated - Assignment Creation.

This topic is now covered in the Assignments Overview for Instructors ( video.

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3.7 | Creating Quizzes

Second video is outdated - Quiz Creation.

This topic is now covered in the Quizzes Overview for Instructors ( video.

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5.6 | Course Importing and Copying

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Since summers have started, I thought I'd share a Netflix series I watched which made me revisit the importance of being an educator, life as a student and the "process" of education in general. Most of you probably have children, and feel like your children are your "connection" to your  similar-aged students. But this is different, the series is called "Everything Sucks" and provides an insider's perspective. 


"Everything Sucks" has only one season out (yet) but it's a refreshing coming of age show about a student who aspires to be a film-maker. It deals into the anxiety, awkwardness, friendships and melodrama during that age quite well. It's bound to make you reminiscence of yourself when you were that age, and since it's set in the 1980s it's a remarkable escape from modern-day living. 


What made this show stick out for me, was that the main character had a passion (and a resulting passion project) and it rekindled the idea in me that formal education can and does play a huge role in nurturing a child's "inner adult". When we grow older, there is a lot of talk about nurturing our "inner child" but there is seldom talk about nurturing a child's inner adult.


To me, it seems like the output in the process of education is to help a student find this "inner adult": their eternal self in an ever-changing world. Most of what defines being an adult is having a career, so is it fair to assume helping a student "find" a profession is a part of the process of education as well? I would love to hear comments about this.  


You can watch the trailer below. If anyone does get the time watch it, please do let me know what you thought about it.  


Meanwhile, happy living!

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to support a grade 5/6 class as they discovered how to incorporate Canvas in their learning environment.


Each student had been assigned to edit a page in their class course to act as individual blogs. The students had already been carefully guided through a series of lessons on copyright and editing text in a Canvas page. The lesson I was present for entailed them inserting images on their assigned pages within their class Canvas course. As Canvas is very new to all of us in our state it was with some surprise that the student editing experience was quite a different experience to a teacher. 


The familiar 'ICT moment' feeling occurred as the students quickly discovered that the demonstrated sequence would not work for them. Then the magic happened, as does so many times when a confident teacher goes with the flow. The students discovered several ways of getting their images onto the page. Quickly new 'experts' were being born and assigned to teach their buddies.


Then before we knew it, and just before the lunch bell went, nearly everyone had their page updated with an image and there were lots of satisfied editors. They enjoyed being patted on the back for their resilience, problem solving skills, creativity and kindness to each other. 


I congratulate the teacher on persevering when things seemed to have turned to custard. The temptation to pack up and forget the whole idea can be so close during those moments, but to push through and trust the kids to figure things out and teach the teachers is well worth it. I'm looking forward to seeing their 'blogs' evolve and hearing about the learning that took place during the whole process. 

10 Useful Blog Content Writing Tips for Beginning Student Bloggers  


After a few week the students had ALL produced the most entertaining work. So much variety. And best of all each student was seen as a unique, creative, interesting and successful individual. I had taught a lot of these students previously and was impressed with how each student took the opportunity to showcase themselves so creatively. Hats off to you Philly Illingworth!

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