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Canvas LMS: What are your thoughts?


My school is currently shopping around for a new LMS and one of the options we're considering is Canvas. I'd love to hear what your experience with the platform has been like and possibly how it compares in practice to Google Classroom (+ G Suite). Thanks in advance! 

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Yo! @MaxwellMiky I could probably talk your ear off on how rad Canvas is and has been for several school districts that I've worked for. But I will boil it down to my favorite few but powerful reasons Canvas is worth leveraging for your class. 

  1. It's like a website for your class. Powered by modern webtools where you can simply add text, files, images and more. Similar to a painting, you can paint it to be whatever you need it to be. 
  2. It's not a FEED-driven website like social media where you scroll all day and still can't find that post from yesterday. I know pinning a post or assignment in Classroom is helpful, but boy it's nice to allow students Assignment view where things are group by assignment types or groups even modules page
  3. Online submissions can be a simple PDF upload, text entry or even a Google doc. They could also simply be a video recording or webcam recording so the student doesn't even have to open some other app. 
  4. Grades and feedback are organized, accessible and can include audio/video without additional add-ons. 
  5. You can still use Google Docs and all that goodness! In fact, I love Google Drive and it's magic. I think by using both Canvas and Google you can really make your classroom, both in-person and/or online, even more rad for students. 

While there are tons of other reasons, I hope you find these meaningful and helpful in your adventure. I'd love to hear your thoughts about my favorites reasons to use Canvas.