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Information about technology and how to use it, specifically for faculty use.

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…

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.…

Virtual Desktop (VDI) Change Control Policy

This policy outlines the process to request, and make changes to the VDI environment. Generally, it applies to any activity that would trigger a “Recompose” of one or more desktop pools. User entitlement changes, and other general access changes are not subject to this policy. Unlike traditional desktops, Virtual Desktops (VDI) are rooted in a…

Accessing the Virtual Desktops

The computer science and robotics labs run on virtual desktops — that is, the “computers” that you log in to are just clients for a large server that provides everyone with their applications (and processing power). Conveniently, you can log in to these desktops from any computer. Any where. Point your web browser at: https://mydesktop.stmarksschool.org…

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. 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…