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…

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.…

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…

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.…

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…

I’d like to put this on the website…

On occasion, each of us finds ourselves managing a resource or owning information to which we really need some significant portion of the school community to have access. At this moment, the question often springs to our lips… “How can I put this on the website?” Bear in mind that there is no the website. There…