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greenfj
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How to use canvas with 5-7 year old children?

Hi, My P-12 school has recently purchased canvas. I am looking for some examples and info about how to start to use canvas with our young children. The video of Mrs park's First Grade Class is lovely, but we really need more explicit info about how to build canvas tasks for children aged 5-7. Can anyone please suggest how to get started, and some online resources or examples?

Thanks, Fiona

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azwaldo
Community Participant

Great topic, any news?

mjoaquin
Community Participant

Giovanna, do you have a screenshot of her Canvas homepage that she would be willing to share? Are these shared iPads or 1:1 devices? Thanks for any additional info!

p_mcmurray
Community Participant

Hi Fiona

I have used Canvas all year now on Year 2 (You may have seen my other posts). I think you need to think about Canvas in the same way we teach reading and build up. I call Year 2 our Canvas Kindy. Really we have made Canvas the portal - the first point for a lot of links to other sites so that students get used to starting in Canvas for everything. I used tables to lay out the links and get small pics to help them navigate through to where they need to go.

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The second thing we do is teach students about discussions and page creation. I use page creation lessons in Science and English to get them to produce work that other students could look at and discuss.

The greatest thing we did this year was use quizzes and mastery. Traditionally our exams and formal assessments are a mixture of questions that cover multiple outcomes. I broke from that. Instead I made a quiz for each outcome we had to assess. Here in Australia (NSW) I had about 12 for English and 15 for Maths. For all the tests where a multiple choice or single word answer was all that was required I wrote a quiz for those. I deliberately used a question bank with lots of the same style of question in them. Then the quiz could randomly select questions for each student. That way we didn't have to worry about cheating.

In addition we used the new Mastery option to allow students multiple attempts to show what they knew when it came to quizzes not how they performed on one day. This worked well especially as we randomised the questions so no student was simply memorising answers. I found students were looking at what they got wrong (no answers were given) and really thinking about their responses. I was impressed how this immediate feedback encouraged, challenged or even shocked some students. Most second attempts were more thoughtfully completed.

Next year we hope to use Mastery Pathways to allow this differentiation to be more finely controlled.

In summary, I think you need to think about 2 key things. Are you prepared to flip your teaching style to allow students to be more exploratory and self-directed. If you are then Canvas is wonderful. It will allow you to put content and links there for students and give time for reflection and discussion. My class have amazed me by the way they are thinking more critically, more open to explore and happy to share and support one another.

Sorry for the long reply but I have nothing but praise for the way Canvas can free me up to be more open, collaborative and flexible in my teaching. Ultimately though I have seen the students embrace change, learning and thinking!!! That's the best!

Bobby2
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @greenfj  it's been a bit of time since you posted your question. How has everything gone? We are about to embark with canvas, a very similar situation to you when you asked.

How have you or you school used ePortfolios in the young grades.  While I see that the ePortfolio option needs to be created by the student.  I know that 2nd-4th grade students could do this on their own at my site just wondering if you are familiar with teachers of younger students doing this and how they have simplified the work flow.

wbarnes
Community Participant

It was our plan to use Canvas e-Portfolios as well when we started, but the requirement that students in grades K-2 set up their own drove us to SeeSaw for e-Portfolios. Our faculty, students and parents love it.

Winnie Barnes

Director of Organizational Initiatives

The Allen-Stevenson School

132 East 78th Street

New York, NY 10075

212-933-5221

Open a Technical Support Ticket<mailto:mailto:helpdesk@allen-stevenson.org>

“The smartest person in the room is the room.”

Bobby2
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @wbarnes ‌ do you use see saw within Canvas?

wbarnes
Community Participant

Our tech specialist inquired about Canvas adding it as an LTI, but we never heard back. It isn’t right now, but you can put a link in your Canvas page to Seesaw.

Winnie Barnes

Director of Organizational Initiatives

The Allen-Stevenson School

132 East 78th Street

New York, NY 10075

212-933-5221

Open a Technical Support Ticket<mailto:mailto:helpdesk@allen-stevenson.org>

“The smartest person in the room is the room.”

I LOVE the idea to have students record their own story!  I have never thought to do that for writing!  With teaching my students online this year, I think I'm going to have them record themselves telling a story first, and then have them write it with the ability to listen to their own story.  This would especially help the students who struggle to think of anything to put on paper when asked to write.