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Setting Up Canvas for Elementary

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"Canvas for Elementary" is a hidden feature flag, which we'll set to ON in the production environment at the root account level for the people in this group. Once that's done, admins should see this in the feature flags list at the root account:

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If you're an admin and you don't see this flag, it's because we haven't made it available at your root account. In that case, let us know and we can fix it. You won't be able to follow the rest of this setup without this flag in this state.

We recommend using this feature in production so your data aren't erased every week and you only need to set this up once. While you're getting a feel for how it works -- and while we continue to build it -- it may be a good idea to use dummy courses and students.

Follow the steps below to set up Canvas for Elementary for use in this focus group.

Create a sub-account.

  1. Add a sub-account. We're going to use this sub-account as a sandbox to explore Canvas for Elementary. Name it whatever you want. Tiny Canvas Elementary. Feedback Academy. Whatever. If you need help creating a sub-account, there's a Canvas Guide for that.
  2. Inside your newly-created sub-account, enable the "Canvas for Elementary (beta)" sub-account setting, which you'll find under the Settings tab in your sub-account. Here's the checkbox:

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That's it! This sub-account sandbox is ready to go. This sub-account represents a school in reality, or K-3 students, or however else you want to group students and teachers to separate the traditional Canvas experience from this new one. 

A couple of things to note: (1) The feature flag mentioned at the top of this post is what makes this setting available. For all intents and purposes, this sub-account setting is the thing that dictates whether Canvas for Elementary is on at a given sub-account. (2) This setting is inherited by child sub-accounts. So let's say you have Smith Public Schools at the top level -- your root account, then SPS Elementary Schools as a first-level sub-account, then Jones Elementary School as a second-level sub-account under that. If you turn this setting on at SPS Elementary Schools, it will be on for all elementary schools. If you turn it on at Jones Elementary School, it's only going to be on for Jones Elementary School.

Give it some bones!

Now we're going to structure this sandbox to demonstrate how a typical elementary school classroom would be organized with Canvas for Elementary -- one class with one teacher teaching many subjects.

  1. Inside your new sub-account, add a few courses divided by subject (e.g., one course for math, one for social studies, etc.). We'll refer to these as subjects. If you're already dividing your courses by subject, feel free to copy those courses into this sub-account and try them out here.
  2. Add another course called "Homeroom," or "Mr. Test's Homeroom," or whatever other words you use to refer to a homeroom. We'll use this as our homeroom course.
  3. Inside your homeroom course, go to the course settings tab, click the checkbox "Enable as homeroom course," and then save. You'll notice this hides a bunch of stuff in the course. That's because students will only experience this homeroom course via the announcements that their teachers create, which will appear on their dashboards.
  4. Enroll a few dummy users in your subject and homeroom courses. Make sure to enroll at least one student and one teacher so you can see how it looks from each of their perspectives.

With that, the setup is done! Add as much content as you want, but these instructions should get you off the ground.