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Canvas for Elementary FAQ

Canvas for Elementary FAQ

This document includes some of the most frequently asked questions about Canvas for Elementary.

How do I enable Canvas for Elementary?

Admins can enable the Canvas for Elementary setting for specific sub-accounts. View how to enable Canvas for Elementary in a sub-account.

Can I enable Canvas for Elementary for secondary school (6-12) sub-accounts?

Canvas for Elementary is intended for K-5 users; however, it can be enabled for any school's sub-account.

When will upcoming features be available?

See Canvas for Elementary Releases for the projected feature release timeline.

Are all features available in the Canvas Student App?

The Canvas Mobile team is working to provide as many of these features as possible within the Canvas Student app. Please watch Mobile Support Updates section in the Canvas for Elementary overview document for updated information, mobile designs, and release timelines.

How do I designate homeroom courses when importing SIS files?

When importing a courses csv file, you can designate homeroom courses using a "homeroom_course" column.

Does Canvas for Elementary work with blueprint courses?

Yes. Individual subject courses can be synced with a blueprint course. We recommend creating the blueprint course in a sub-account that has Canvas for Elementary enabled so you can use student view and/or act as a student. When using a blueprint course as a homeroom, be sure to enable the homeroom setting.

How are subject tiles created on the Homeroom Dashboard?

Subject tiles are created for published subjects in which a student is enrolled.

Can students view manually-created courses on the Homeroom Dashboard?

If the course has been published and the student is enrolled in the course, it displays on the Homeroom Dashboard.

How do I designate a course as the homeroom course?

A course can be designated as the homeroom course in course settings. View how to designate a course as the homeroom course.

Can Canvas for Elementary courses be taught by various instructors?

Yes. Course subjects can be taught by one or multiple instructors.

How will teachers view changes in a Canvas for Elementary course?

For the time being, not much will change from the teacher view. Canvas for Elementary course teachers can use student view to see what displays for students.

How long will a homeroom announcement remain available if a new announcement is not added by the teacher?

Only the latest homeroom announcement will display on the dashboard. Homeroom announcements will display for two weeks.

Can I use module prerequisites and requirements for a Canvas for Elementary subject?

Yes. All prerequisites, requirements, and availability dates will be honored if set.

What conferencing tools are supported in the Schedule tab?

In future updates, teachers can add online class meetings to the schedule. Our goal is to support as many tools as possible with this functionality, including Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, and BBB.

Where will LTI tools linked in course navigation appear in Canvas for Elementary subjects?

In future updates, LTI tools that typically show in the Course Navigation will show as a tab in that subject.

How are resources added to the Dashboard Resources tab?

The Important Links section is populated by the homeroom teacher. LTI tools enabled for the sub-account will display to students in the Resources tab.

How are important dates determined?

Instructors can use the Mark as important date and show on homeroom sidebar checkbox to designate an assignment, graded discussion, quiz, and subject event as an important date. Important date items display in the Homeroom sidebar.

How are items completed in the schedule?

Online assignments are checked off as soon as the assignment is submitted. On paper and no submissions assignments must be manually checked off in the schedule by the student.

Can I hide the Grades tab in a subject or on the Homeroom Dashboard?

Instructors can hide a subject's Grades tab using course navigation settings. Once a subject's Grades tab has been hidden, grades for that subject do not display on the Homeroom Grades tab.

If the Grades tab is removed for all subjects a student is enrolled in, the Homeroom Grades tab does not display.