Vista USD Ed Tech Newsletter

November 2022



Hāpara offers a rich classroom learning ecosystem built into our Chromebook management for schools. Unfortunately due to Apple’s design, this program is not available on iPads, only Chromebooks. EdTech is offering a training, see below for dates and times. Please sign up on Vector, seating is limited! Here is the Hapara Resource Directory located in the TLC Resource Course in Canvas. Go to Hapara today and Sign in with Google!

Canvas Buttons

Watch this video explaining the process

This new “Icon Maker” was introduced in May. This feature is available in the Rich Content Editor (RCE) when making assignments and/or pages. This allows you to create simple and reusable icons or buttons directly in Canvas without the use of an external design program.

Please watch our How To Video to learn more about the button/icon making process in Canvas.

Why are buttons helpful?

Visual indicators are a great way to get a student's attention and for creating scannable, consistent content. This is true at all levels, and even more so, for our elementary learners.

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Benchmark has some new features in the online resource! Click here to learn more about the resource library new features, selecting more than one resource at a time, and more.

No Red Ink

NoRedInk is available for teachers through Cloud Connect. NoRedInk was purchased as the core curriculum for secondary writing and grammar instruction. Check out our training resources here. Check out this link for resources to support English language learners.


We are constantly adding resources to the TLC Resource Course in Canvas.

Here are just a few directory's that have new resources added:

Benchmark, Google Forms, No Red Ink, Aeries, STEAM, Hapara, and MTSS.

If you have questions or are looking for a specific resource, email us at and we can find/create it for you!

Tips and Tricks

Email Signature

Email signatures are helpful in many ways! It can be basic where it displays your name, site and position, but it can also be in depth with images and certifications. When you send the EdTech team an email it’s extremely helpful to us if you have a signature so we automatically know your site and job title. Here is a “how to” on creating email signatures, thank you in advance for adding this in your settings.

Canvas Tables

Do you use tables in Canvas and it doesn’t fit to the whole page? Here’s a quick guide on how to fix that issue!

Upcoming Trainings - Vector Solutions

All upcoming trainings will be listed in Vector Solutions. We encourage you to check Vector weekly and follow us on Instagram for updates on trainings; @vusdeeielementary and @tlc.vusd. We have created this as a quick link on the district website called PD for Staff.

If you don't have a Vector Solutions account, please contact

Vector Solutions. District ID: Vistausd

If you are enrolled to attend a training and can no longer attend, please be sure to unenroll yourself so you don’t show up as a no show in the system. Thank you!

Hāpara for Secondary - November 9th @ VIC Room 303 from 4:15 to 5:15


Technology Matrix

There have been a lot of questions about who to reach out to for different technology questions. We have created the following Technology Matrix to help provide more support.

Elementary Matrix

Secondary Matrix

Technology Help Form

Every site has a Site Tech Expert! If you don’t know who yours is, please ask your admin or grade level lead/chair. If you have checked with your Canvas Site Expert and still need support, you can fill out our Technology Help Form and we will assist you! The technology help form is meant for help with Canvas (deleting a course, you aren’t seeing your courses, adding a teacher/IA/sub, etc), Benchmark and TCi. You can also contact Canvas through their chat feature, by clicking Help in Canvas.

IT Work Order

The IT Work order can help with technology set up (printers, monitors, etc) and account support (don’t see a tile in Cloud Connect). If you don’t have an account yet, register NOW!

**Password: 4680NorthAve this password is needed at the bottom when you’re submitting the work order, Step 9**


Here is the temporary login for Benchmark if your tile isn’t working in Cloud Connect.


  • Username: vistausd_edu

  • Password: password

If you cannot access your Benchmark account, please let us know ASAP! Benchmark said all accounts have been fixed as of last week. Technology Help Form


Gradebook Reminders for Secondary Teachers

If you plan to sync your grades between Canvas and Aeries, remember that gradebooks in Aeries SHOULD NOT be linked to each other. Linking the gradebooks in Aeries can cause syncing issues for cross-listed classes. It is best to complete all of your grading via Canvas and then sync to Aeries, rather than doing grading in both locations. If you have an assignment that is completed on paper in class, it can still be added to the Canvas gradebook by creating a “no submission” or placeholder assignment.

Please watch this video that explains how to create placeholder or no submission assignments on Canvas.

Canvas Help for Teachers

Contact Us!

Canvas Support Teachers

Taresa McSpadden (Elementary) ext 92117

Craig Gastauer (Secondary) ext 92116

Michelle Daum (Secondary) ext 92114

Contact: VUSD Technology Help Form

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