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Turning in an Advisor Letter via FAWeb

Starting in the winter of 2016-2017, families receive the end-of-semester Advisor Letters digitally, rather than as a mailed paper letter. Basics Step-by-step Content Formatting Details Basics Write your advisor letter as you would normally. When you are ready to post your advisor letter for review and publication, you can post them as comments on the…

Connect a Google Doc to Canvas

Often we find that we would like for students to access a Google Doc (or Sheet or Slides or…) from within our Canvas course. There are, essentially, four paradigms for this access: Just link to the Google Doc This is the most straight-forward option. Create a hyperlink that takes the student to the Google Doc.…

Final Draft

The English and Drama teachers use Final Draft for scriptwriting and screenwriting. It is a standard word processing application optimized for use in writing scripts. The school has a number of licenses for Final Draft, which are distributed by priority to: Students and faculty currently teaching or enrolled in courses that involve scriptwriting. Other faculty…

How do I change which window I see in Canvas?

Canvas supports automatic grading periods — that is, assignments are automatically sorted into their proper window based on their due date. That said, it can be disconcerting, as the window changes, to see vast swathes of assignments disappear (or appear). Students can change which window (or grading period) they are viewing in a particular course’s Grades view…

How do I change which window I see in Canvas?

Canvas supports automatic grading periods — that is, assignments are automatically sorted into their proper window based on their due date. Aside: In fact, if you use differentiated assignments and an assignment is due in one window for one student and in another window for another student, I believe that Canvas is sharp enough to…

Grade totals are disabled by default in Canvas

As the headline says, grade totals (and distributions) are disabled by default in Canvas. That is, students can see their grades on individual assignments, and they can see their averages across assignment groups, but they do not see the final, computed grade (in the red box). We effected this change of defaults due to significant…

Improved CurricUplan Map Analyses

As we proceed through the curriculum review process, it has been mentioned that the default map analysis view in CurricUplan is… less than illuminating. In effort to address that, and to provide a clearer map of courses relative to specific sets of standards, we have constructed a small add-on tool. If you are interested in…

Boardingware Guide for Families

Students and families use our new online sign out system. House Prefects, Tech Prefects and House Heads have all had introductions to the software.  In the next weeks Stacey Lee will be conducting Faculty information sessions open to all.  Ms. Lee will also reach out to our weekend duty Faculty to ensure all questions are answered…

Boardingware Guide for Students

Students and families use our new online sign out system. House Prefects, Tech Prefects and House Heads have all had introductions to the software.  In the next weeks Stacey Lee will be conducting Faculty information sessions open to all.  Ms. Lee will also reach out to our weekend duty Faculty to ensure all questions are answered…

Boardingware Guide for Faculty

Students and families use our new online sign out system. House Prefects, Tech Prefects and House Heads have all had introductions to the software.  In the next weeks Stacey Lee will be conducting Faculty information sessions open to all.  Ms. Lee will also reach out to our weekend duty Faculty to ensure all questions are answered…