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…

Digication Guides

Digication provides ePortfolio assessment tools that integrate with Canvas, and are used in a variety of courses at St. Mark’s. Digication provides a number of useful guides for first-time (and experienced) users. Student Guide Faculty Guide Administrator Guide Program Assessment Guide

Setting up Digication ePortfolios in Canvas

To use Digitation ePortfolios in Canvas, please reach out to Academic Technology for the initial configuration. Academic Technology will: Install the Digication LTI in your course(s). (Credentials can be found here) Masquerade as you (the teacher) to perform initial setup, including: Set default template creation options (students create portfolios from scratch, portfolios are not viewable…

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…

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…