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Option to Use Stylus with Speedgrader on Ipad

Option to Use Stylus with Speedgrader on Ipad

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

Hey All,

As of now, Canvas Speedgrader allows the use of a stylus/pen via the mouse on a standard computer monitor. However, when logged in on an Ipad, the option to use a stylus/pen to grade in Speedgrader disappears. I would like the feature added for use on Ipads so that we may use a Stylus to grade assignments on the Ipad instead of having to print assignments, grade, and scan back in.

Thank you!

 

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the Canvas Teacher Release Notes (iOS, Android 1.0).

94 Comments
dar119
Surveyor

Lovely!  I used SpeedGrader (and loved it) during the past Spring semester -- I had to use an external Wacom Bamboo tablet device to write on with my desktop computer -- not ideal for writing, but using SpeedGrader much better (and  much faster) than downloading individual files.  I cannot wait for the iPad app with stylus to be available.   Any idea when the updated app will be available for download?

jasper_gillespi
Community Member

I've got a couple of questions.

Will this development also be available for Android? There is also a strong emphasis on using a stylus but would it work using your finger or would it be too inaccurate?

bkraus
Instructure
Instructure

It will also be available for Android, however it will be a little after iOS is released.  As far as using your finger - yes! It works just as good.

bkraus
Instructure
Instructure

We have no set release date at this time. Development on the iOS side of things has more or less concluded, however it required a significant backend refactor. As soon as that is done, we are good to ship!

klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

Thanks for the update Deactivated user​! I'm excited to see the update...and my colleagues will be so happy to grade with annotations from their iPads. Smiley Happy

avanzile
Community Member

Yay!!!  My iPad Pro and Pencil are ready to mark things up!  I'm an administrator with teachers as students.  Need to give feedback on things they submit.  Piloting all of Canvas' features for my staff!

mohammam
Surveyor II

This will be fantastic.  Thank you. I love grading on my iPad and this opens up the ability to provide even better feedback.

shannon_larrea
Community Member

Any news or update on this feature?  It showed up on our schools iPads over the summer and teachers had it for the first week of school and then it disappeared.  It is very frustrating.  Any help is appreciated as to a general release date.  Will it occur by end of September?

Thanks

bkraus
Instructure
Instructure

We have not released any timeline yet as to when this will be done, and I can say for certain that it will not be done by the end of September. We will release it as soon as we can! We know this is a huge feature and a huge win for everyone!

sschatzke
Surveyor II

This is our first year using Canvas. We are a 1:1 school with iPads.  My math teachers especially are wanting this. I am already starting too lose some teacher buy in because of this feature not being available. Please keep us up updated.

GideonWilliams
Adventurer II

Ditto, would be nice to be able to say to our staff that it is coming.....

cgaudreau
Explorer III

This would be a huge boost to iOS adoption for our community. Looking forward to hearing (and seeing) more soon.

emily_miller
Community Member

I have the ability to write on my students work with the stylus, but the "ink-like" nature of the pen is frustrating and doesn't allow for a lot of variety. For example, it would be nice to change the width of the written ink, and if it would just write in a straight, consistent line. Also, it is really hard to write at times because as you're writing sometimes it thinks you're "swiping" to the next assignment instead of writing on the current one. These things have caused my grading process to slow.

Thank you!

bdoriot
Learner II

I think they can change the configuration of the pen (like with the annotations in the Canvas app), so hopefully that change will be made soon.

Bobby Doriot

Director of eLearning

Scott County School District 2

812-752-8927 ext. 6012

bkraus
Instructure
Instructure

Yeah, I made a similar change to how the tool works for student annotations. It no longer has the "natural drawing" mode on. I'll make sure that gets turned off in SpeedGrader, too.

sschatzke
Surveyor II

Are you using an IOS product? I do not see that feature yet on my iPad?

bdoriot
Learner II

I believe it was a Beta feature and didn't get released to everyone because of some functionality issues, like the pen issue addressed above.

andrewsmith
Community Member

Are there any updates as to when this will be implemented? It was said that "Development on the iOS side of things has more or less concluded" back in August. Would it be safe to say that for first semester 2017, this should be accessible?

Thanks.

bkraus
Instructure
Instructure

We currently don't have an official release date. We are working on it though! Watch here for updates!

bmueller
Community Member

Not having this option is hindering the ability to give my students quick and accurate student feedback. Please release it quickly or tell us a solid release date. not having the ability to mark on their paper is making grading very frustrating and cumbersome for students and teachers.