Laura Gibbs

Content Everywhere... and in Canvas

Blog Post created by Laura Gibbs on Jun 24, 2017

I've written before about content re-use and the way that content created with different tools can appear automatically in Canvas, and since I had a nice little content cascade today thanks to a great blog post, I thought I would explain my process here in case it might be useful in some way to others!


So, here's where it started: thanks to a friend at Google+, Aaron Davis, I read this great blog post: Daily Habits. As soon as I read the post, especially the curiosity part, I knew I wanted to use this for my classes. And if you have just a minute to spare, read Aaron's post; it really is great, and it starts out with this lovely graphic with a quote from a mutual friend, Kevin Hodgson:


By amplifying the work of others,

we amplify the thinking of ourselves

for when you choose what to focus on in the work of others,

you share a bit of yourself, too.


quote poster: amplifying


And this is what happened after I read Aaron's post... because I knew I wanted to amplify his ideas. :-)


1. Growth Mindset Cat. The first thing I did was to make a growth mindset cat with Cheezburger, which I then put into a blog post at my Growth Mindset blog: Curiosity breeds curiosity. This then showed up automatically in the New Cats area of my Canvas Growth Mindset course space (that page is generated automatically by Inoreader, which automatically updates with each new blog post).


new cats in Canvas


2. Diigo Cat. Then I added that cat to my Diigo Library of growth mindset cats. That takes just a single click. Here's that library: Growth Mindset Cats. (It's useful for different activities my students might be doing, esp. if they like using Diigo.) I don't actually have this particular Diigo feed set up as a Canvas page, but I could easily do so if/when needed. I also added Aaron's post directly into resources for my students to use, and this does appear via Diigo in my Canvas course: Diigo Library.


diigo library screenshot


3. Flickr Cat. I added the cat to my Flickr Library (that's also just a quick click), and then I randomized the Flickr Cat album, which shows up in various blog sidebars, plus in the Flickr page of my Growth Mindset course. Randomizing the album means different cats show up now than they did before! Randomizing the album every time I add a new picture is a great way to keep it fresh, resurfacing cats from the past. :-)


Flickr album screenshot


4. Pinterest Cat. With another quick click, I added the new cat to the Pinterest Cat album which also shows up automatically in the Growth Mindset course in Canvas. (My students are fans of Pinterest, much more so than Diigo or Flickr.)


pinterest in canvas screenshot


5. Twitter Cat. I shared the new cat and blog post at Twitter, and that was fun because Aaron Davis (whose blog started all this) also uses Twitter. And yep, you guessed it, this Twitter stream also shows up in the Canvas Growth Mindset course space: Twitter: Exploring Growth Mindset.


twitter screenshot


6. Google+ Cat. And I shared the cat in my Growth Mindset Cat collection at Google+, which is very fitting since Google+ is where I interact with Aaron. It's also the main place where I hang out online. I haven't done any experiments with getting Google+ to show up in Twitter, but since you can subscribe to Google+ using Inoreader, I am sure it could be done if/when that would be useful. :-)


google+ screenshot


7. Growth Mindset Challenge. I liked Aaron's post so much that I also made it a growth mindset challenge for my students; this just took a few minutes, and the Google Doc shows up automatically in Canvas too: Growth Mindset Challenges. (That works because I have a separate doc for each challenge plus a doc that contains the "newest challenge" which is the one that shows up in Canvas.)


challenge in canvas


Writing up the initial blog post took about 15 minutes or so, and then sharing in each of the other tools/spaces took a minute or two each. For me, that extra 10 or 15 minutes is worth it because each tools has its own special strengths (in terms of searching, linking, sharing, etc.), and each space has its own audience and goals. What I love about Canvas is how I can use the tools I prefer and the online spaces I prefer, with all of that automatically showing up in my Canvas course, keeping that all fresh and lively for anybody who wants to use that Canvas space as a resource.


And if you are CURIOUS about any of these tools or spaces, just let me know. I enjoy them all so much, and am glad to share any tips or brainstorm about possibilities, including Canvas synergies.




curiosity breeds curiosity


Finally, I also have to add a big THANKS here to Stefanie Sanders and the Canvas Community crew for figuring out the weird problem with log-ons earlier today. Everything seems back to normal here, yay! :-)