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Google Drive and Canvas

Canvas and Google Apps are integrated — that is, they play (fairly) nice together. Which is good! What do I need to do to use this? First off, to use this integration you will need to give permission to it to access your Google Apps account. What this means is: the first time you try to do…

Taming the Fire Hose!

Some days, the information flow coming through email distribution lists is just overwhelming. A number of us have been experimenting with a different approach to receiving those emails, a so-called “digest” that we receive at 5pm (4pm in the winter) of all the emails of the previous 24 hours. The format of the digest is…

Creating differentiated assignments for groups of students

As we teach classes, it is sometimes useful for students of like interest, preparation or aptitude to be grouped together to get differentiated assignments and assessments, within the structure of the same course. (Periodically two sections meet during the same color block and are grouped under the same course, and we can also differentiate assignments…

Using a LibGuide in Your Class

Create a new assignment (or page, or discussion, or calendar event… or anything that lets you create a description in the so-called “Rich Content Editor”. The menu will look like this: You will need to pick which LibGuide you want with the dropdown menus: Once you have made your choices, click the “Embed Content” button.…

See an entire year of grades and comments

If, as you write your advisor letters, you’re looking to try to capture the arc of the year and want to support it with evidence from comments and grades over the course of the year: Go to FAWeb Under Students in the green toolbar, click your desired advisee In the resulting pop-up window, choose Progress…

Who has access to Canvas?

The school chose to adopt Canvas as our Learning Management System (LMS) to facilitate the timely communication about student progress and responsibilities between and among the students and faculty. As a high school, we support students as they develop their skills and build experience as independent, resourceful learners with a strong sense of self-efficacy. To…