Byte-Sized Learning - v.10

Educational Technology- Impacting Teaching & Learning


Creating Meaning

"Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught."

~ George Savile

Are you challenged with your students' ability to retain information or to transfer their learning from one context to another? How might we support students with these abilities? Research says that, as learners, we create meaning when we make connections between knowledge and skills to bigger ideas. Making connections in order to create meaning is what leads students to that deeper understanding that allows for transference. The following 6 minute TED Talk explores the science behind how visual images help us to make meaning.

How might you support students in creating visuals that will help them make connections and create meaning between knowledge and skills and bigger ideas?


"Can I add a PowerPoint to my Canvas Content Pages?"

This question comes up all the time. Teachers have materials they have been using and would like to continue to use. Powerpoint presentations, word documents, excel documents and .pdf documents can easily be added to Canvas course content pages.

Begin adding a link to a content page by clicking edit in the upper left. Adding a link to a file in your files section by highlighting the text you want viewers to see and clicking on the files section on the right. There you will click on Course Files to view any files already loaded in the course. Clicking on the file will add the link to the page. See Image 1, blue box.

Adding a file to your page that has NOT been added to your files section can be done by first, clicking on the Files tab, second click Upload a new File. Click Choose File to see the finder or explorer window on your computer. Navigate to the file you wish to upload and click Open. Finally don't forget to click Upload! See Image 1- Red boxes.

Diagram of a Canvas document link: Canvas links consist of three parts. The first part of the link, the underlined text, allows you to download the document . The second part, a tiny magnifying glass, allows you to view the document inline without downloading. Finally the small arrow at the end allows you to open the document in your web browser. See Image 2.

Images can be added the same way as files by choosing to click the Images tab rather than Files. See Image 3 for directions.

Learning Social


  • Have you used the Canvas Commons? It is a great way to share or gather resources to support you in the classroom. Learn more:
  • In Canvas, the Summer 2014 and 2015 courses (Labeled as Summer 14 & 15) will be deleted from your accounts on April 30. We are "spring cleaning" as we prepare for the upcoming summer courses for 2016. If you have information you would like to save from these summer courses, feel free to upload into the Canvas Commons.

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