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How do I use my Homeroom as a student?

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How do I use my Homeroom as a student?

This lesson applies to users at institutions that have enabled the Canvas for Elementary user interface.

If you have an active enrollment in a Canvas for Elementary subject, the Homeroom is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas. The Homeroom helps you see what is happening in all your current subjects.

You can return to your Homeroom at any time by clicking the Homeroom link in Global Navigation.


  • If you do not have an active enrollment in a Canvas for Elementary subject, the Classic View Dashboard displays.
  • The Canvas for Elementary homeroom does not display favorited subjects. However, any subjects  favorited from the Classic View Dashboard are retained and display in the Classic View Dashboard.

Open Homeroom

Open Homeroom

In Global Navigation, click the Homeroom link.

View Homeroom

The Homeroom is your landing page in Canvas.

In the Homeroom tab [1], you can view a homeroom announcement, if one has been added by your instructor [2].

You can also view your subjects [3] and subject details such as assignments that are due today [4], missing assignments [5], or subject announcements [6].

To view more subject details, click the name of the subject [7].

Items that your instructor has marked with an important date display in the sidebar [8].

Note: By default, your published and unpublished subjects display in the Homeroom tab. However, if you have an additional enrollment type, such as an instructor enrollment type, you can favorite subjects. If subjects are favorited, only favorited subjects display in the Homeroom.

View Homeroom Schedule

View Homeroom Schedule

In the Schedule tab [1], you can view various action items for all of your subjects by date.

Each item displays the subject name [2], item name [3], number of points (if points have been assigned) [4], and the due date [5].

Each item also displays an icon to differentiate between different assignment types and other items in the Schedule [6].

When an online assignment is submitted, the item is automatically marked as completed. To view completed assignments, click the Show completed item dropdown [7].

To view missing tasks, click the Show missing items dropdown [8]

To view item details, click the name of the item [9].

Learn more about your schedule.

View Homeroom Grades

View Homeroom Grades

In the Grades tab [1], you can view grades for each of your subjects if allowed by your instructor [2].

To view grade details for a subject, click the subject name [3].

Note: If your instructor has hidden total subject grades, dashes display in place of the total subject grade [4].

View Homeroom Resources

In the Resources tab [1], you can view important information your instructor has added to your homeroom [2].

If student applications have been added, you can view them in the Student Applications section [3].

You can also view staff contact information [4] and send a message to your instructor by clicking the Message icon [5].


  • If content has not been added to Important Information, the Important Information section does not display.
  • If student applications have not been added to the homeroom, the Student Applications section does not display.
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