Byte-Sized Learning - v.9

Educational Technology- Impacting Teaching & Learning


70/30 Principle

We've all heard that whoever is doing the talking is also doing the learning. The 70/30 Principle says that learners should spend 70% of their time talking and 30% listening. Does this happen in your classroom? During the next lesson that you teach, pay attention to how much of the time you spend talking and how much time students spend talking. If you are looking for a way to incorporate meaningful student conversation into your lessons, check out the video below on Conver-Stations. Also, here is a link to an article on the 70/30 Principle.

Canvas Corner

Another little trick that in Canvas is the Ctrl+K option when creating links to websites. When editing a course page, highlight the text on the page that you want to create a link to (for example, your school's website,, etc.) Then, press Ctrl+K on your keyboard to display the menu below.

Add the URL to the first box. In the "Text to display" box, this should already be filled in with the same text that was highlighted on your page (in this example, I highlighted the word "link." In the "Title" box, this is the pop-up text that you would want people to see when they hover their mouse over the link. Last, the "Target" drop-down can be set to "None" or "New window." A new window ensures that links to an external website will open in a new tab on your browser.

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Sharing Current Course Content to Canvas Commons

As you start to think about how you will use the resources in your Canvas courses again next year, we invite you to explore an easier and better way to export and import content to and from your courses. Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with others as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course.

Current Canvas courses will end on May 21. You will have access to share 2015/16 course content to Canvas Commons but you will have no access to edit 2015/16 courses after that date. Summer Courses will be available for course preparations for next year. Watch the following video to learn about Canvas Commons and how you can easily share your course content with yourself and others.

Canvas Commons Online Guide

Gut Check: Episode 10 - Canvas Commons

Learning Social

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Having problems with Required Videos? Many people are working hard this time of the year to complete watching the videos that are required for employment in Knox County Schools. These are Suicide Prevention, Hazardous Materials and Bloodborne Pathogens. School staff are enrolled in Staff Canvas courses at the school level. These courses contain the required videos and the completion surveys for the current school year.

  • Teachers and staff who are not enrolled in a school staff course that includes the required videos should contact their school administrators at their site.
  • Central Office or district staff who are not associated with a school course, but still required to watch the videos can contact Theresa Nixon at
  • School administrators have the ability to add new members to their staff pages. They are also responsible for having the videos and surveys posted for the current year. Additional details were sent to administrators in the grade level Principals Update. If you are a school administrator who is having difficulties with the Canvas Course (enrollment, adding surveys for current year or other), please contact your EdTech Liaison: Helen Agee,, Micki Daniel, or Audrey Hurst,

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