any plans to add www.desmos.com as an external app? It is a widely used graphing and geometric sketching app?
The video you found shows how to embed it in a page within Canvas. I'll explain how they made the link on the Course Navigation menu. You may be able to use the class code as shown in the video and just put it as the URL in the steps below. I haven't tested that part, but I don't see any immediate reason why it shouldn't work.
They used the Redirect Tool to load the Desmos home page within Canvas.
The Redirect Tool is available as an App inside Canvas already. To get there go to your Course Settings page. Switch to the Apps tab. It's not labeled, it just has a big blue arrow curling towards the center. It's alphabetical by name so you can scroll a lot or you can also start typing Redirect into the Filter box to get there quickly.
Click on the icon and then "+ Add App". Configure it. The "Name" is what you want it to show as in the menu. Be sure to check the "Show in Course Navigation" and uncheck the "Force open in a new tab"
In the URL Redirect, you should be able to add the student.desmos.com page with the prepopulate portion if you like. I don't have a Desmos account to test it, so I'll just put in the main website.
Once you refresh or move to another page, the Desmos link should be in your Course Navigation at the bottom. You can change the position in the menu by going to Course Settings and then the Navigation tab.
If you decide to change the name or page it loads, you need to go to the Course Settings page and then the Apps page. Click on "View App Configurations". Find the App for Desmos. The Name field contains what will show up in the menu and the Custom Fields contains the url to load.
FYI: There is also a Placements and Delete option in the admin menu for that App. The Placements option is purely informational and doesn't allow you to edit things. If you want to change the placement (more of an admin thing than a teacher thing), you have to delete the existing app configuration and recreate it. Note that changing the placement means moving it from the Course menu to the Account menu or the User menu; it is not the same as changing the position within the menu (that's done from the Course Settings :: Navigation tab).
There is a feature request for this here: Desmos Graphing Calculator Integration
Here's a Canvas course that has a Desmos integration, but it looks like they used the redirect tool to embed Desmos into Canvas: Desmos Graphing Calculator
I don't use Desmos myself, but every year I get some students who want to use it instead of the software I want them to use. Is there something more to Desmos than just embedding a page? In other words, is there some kind of grade passback or assignment handling that would warrant an integration?
Hello! Thanks for the links...I don't believe there is a graded component to Desmos; the activities are intended to be formative. Within the Desmos activity environment, where students are working individually on an activity (as opposed to a teacher demo), there is a teacher desktop that that allows the teacher to monitor each student's progress. Students can share results with the class as well. I'm rather new to this part myself. It may be able to pass back participation in an activity.
Thanks for sharing the Desmos class with me; I'd like to know how to embed the Desmos component on the left-hand navigation bar, although the class doesn't show the Desmos window students should start at.
I found this Youtube video linked somewhere on this discussion board...embarrassingly I can't find it now.... I found it subsequent to asking my question
Embed Desmos in Canvas - YouTube
this was pretty much what I wanted to do! Thanks!
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