Hey all. As many of you may know, I am an Instructure employee based down in the Sydney office. What I am sharing here is my own personal work and NOT a support Canvas script. This is important to know if you want to think of using it for your own school.
I would also like to think of this as BETA code. This means that it is still a bit rough around the edges and may need some additional polish.
I started my life as a teacher and I know the importance of making things visually appealing to get students engaged. More than ever this is critical with the younger age groups. The Canvas Mobile apps I think do this well but I personally found the built in theme's rather limiting. So I gave myself a challenge, to build a Canvas theme that would appeal to young students.
I am happy to share this with the community for feedback, ideas and to help me continually make it better. Just make sure you are aware and agree to the caveat at the top of this page.
Please be sure to leave your comments/bugs/ideas in replies to this post and I will do my best to keep an eye on it. Just remember I do this in my spare time and may take a little while to respond.
See the theme in action
The login screen is an animated movie file that loads quickly and uses minimal bandwidth. See it in action by clicking here
The dashboard is designed to be visually engaging with large menu iconography. The tiles have been designed to stand out and draw the users eye so that it becomes obvious from a simple UX language that this is where you start.
The course menu has been designed to add iconography to appeal to users who are less intimidated by visual styling over raw text.
Fonts enlarged and nice headings to draw the eye.
New iconography also in the Admin menu.
You clever thing Julian.
That is a very real challenge we are facing in K-6 land. I'm curious about the time and effort required to make it pop like that? I guess once it's set up then it's all systems go after that?
Have you got any schools using it? I'm going to have a go!
Thanks for the share, and the time you put in.
Yes, I know about 4 schools that I am aware of using it. Could be more, I don't know who has downloaded it or not.
Feel free to take a gander and let me know if you think it suits what you need. If you find any bugs Ill try to get on top of them ASAP for you.