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…

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…

How do I transfer student grades from one class to another?

At the start of the year, as student schedules are being ironed out, students will periodically move from one section of a course to another, or even from one teacher to another. When this happens, the automatic enrollment syncing with FAWeb causes the student to disappear from their old class and re-appear in their new…

I can’t find one of my courses in Canvas!

As we get started into the school year, you may discover that a course that you expected to see in your Courses menu is not, in fact, in your courses menu. Here’s why: you’re enrolled in a bunch of courses. Not every course is immediately germane to your interests and needs (e.g. everyone is enrolled…

Where should I post videos for class?

Where you post a video depends on what you want to do with it. Wherever you post it, however, the same three steps will be common to all sites: choose the site, upload the video, share a link. Loom Free for teachers at loom.com, loom offers the ability to make screencasts with voiceover and hilghting/annotation.…