Some challenges get in the way of teachers giving Canvas a go. A big one that we have noticed is when there are limited devices in classrooms. Here are some ideas that we have either used ourselves or seen teachers create.
Timetables – if sharing devices with other classes is a challenge then excellent timetabling is essential. Revisit this occasionally to see if the system is fair and working.
Charging Devices – with classes sharing devices comes the challenge of charging. Perhaps set up a monitor system to ensure checking that devices are charging during and at the end of the day.
Station Rotation – set up activities for groups to use purposefully during the day.
Group Work – kids working together with a shared device encourages problem solving, collaboration and all sorts of learning goodness. Here’s an example Shared devices ideas
Booking System - even the little ones can manage this! Here’s a cute example of a Kinder teacher collaboratively setting expectations of device use. Creating expectations
Device Allocation – to save time with new students logging in and out perhaps assign devices to certain students Can logging in be simplified for younger students?
User Names and Passwords – sometimes the little ones need reminding. Laminated cards help with this.
QR Codes – for quick log ins. Some schools use Clever QR codes
Dealing with digital distraction - classroom behaviour
Collaborative tools embedded in Canvas – even if one student has logged in to Canvas using online collaborative tools like Padlet and Answergarden don’t require individuals to be logged in to participate.
I’d love to hear about other ways people get around sharing devices with their classes.