Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Canvas is Coming!

Carroll ISD has selected Canvas Learning Management System as the district LMS for grades 5-12. Over the course of this school year, teachers and students from each campus have worked to pilot the system and share best practices for using Canvas in the classroom.

What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?
A learning management system is a software application or web-based technology used to plan, implement, and assess a specific learning process. Typically, a learning management system provides an instructor with a way to create and deliver content, monitor student participation, and assess student performance.

What do I get with Canvas?
  • Student-centered learning with anytime, anywhere access to learning materials
  • Differentiate learning with multiple learning paths
  • Digital workflow solution; efficient and streamlined way to manage student learning
  • Facilitate blended learning with an online platform

How can I use Canvas in my classroom?
  • Communication Tool: 
    • Teachers can use the announcement and real-time calendar feature for students and parents. 
  • Paperless classroom: 
    • Teachers can upload files to Canvas for anytime, anywhere access and create digital assignments and quizzes.
  • Empower Student Collaboration:
    • One of my favorite features of Canvas is the ability for student collaboration. With Canvas, a teacher can create student groups, participate in class discussions, and have student offer peer reviews on assignments.
  • Gather Formative Assessment and Feedback: 
    • Canvas has a grading feature for assignments, discussions and quizzes through Speed Grader. The most powerful tool is the video feedback feature for teachers and students. 
  • Integrate Web Tools that You Already Use:
    • What web tools do you currently use as a teacher? Google Docs? Google Slides? Nearpod? ThingLink? Padlet? EDpuzzle? Smore? Tackk? 
    • If the web tool has a share link or an embed code, you can add that link or embed that page to your Canvas course. 
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What is learning management system (LMS)? - Definition from WhatIs.com. (2016). SearchCIO. Retrieved 13 April 2016, from http://searchcio.techtarget.com/definition/learning-management-system

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