Incorporating an LMS into your classroom
Why Use Canvas?
- Allows for easy organization for all users
- Courses are already created for you
- Absentees (students and staff)
- Crazy School Schedules (students and staff)
- Group and Individual Work
- Ease of sharing of material, students and classes
Sanger's Canvas Instance
Logging In To Canvas
If your students are struggling logging in, check the following items:
- Be sure they are on the right screen. I made ours look as individual as possible with the Sanger S at the top, so students should just be able to turn their computer toward you to see it
- Be sure the students are only using their first.lastname, not their full email.
- If students have two last names, they are more than likely both part of their user name.
- If you need to double check a student's username and ID number, you can get it in Canvas. If you go to their course and click People, you can see all usernames and passwords.
- If you and the student still cannot log in, send an email to email@example.com to get help.
Building Your Course
- Create a Sandbox Course - be sure to title it with your last name and Sandbox (ie Austin Sandbox) so I can identify them as needed. You will use your Sandbox to "play" in. Because you can leave the course unpublished, you can use it to create material that you may not want others to see right away.
- Cross-listing Your Courses - this allows you to put all students in one course but keep them in their own section. This should only be done when there is NO content in a course as you will lose all your grades, etc when you cross-list. Some people prefer to keep students in their own classes; this is up to you.
- Add Students (or Co-Teachers, TAs, Observers, etc) - you won't necessarily need to add anyone. We have connected Canvas to TxEIS, so all students are automatically added to your courses. If you want, you can add TAs (some rights) or other teachers (full rights) so they can work in the course as well. Observers is the parents' role; we don't have that turned on right now, but once we do, we will share with them how to do it as well as let you know before we turn it on so you can see what they see.
- Set up the navigation menu - this allows students to function easier in the course. If you only use modules, you can make the navigation menu only show modules. This keeps them from going to the wrong place at the wrong time. Many people are using the Kahoot, Quizziz and textbook links as well. This allows students to stay in Canvas while using the other programs.
- Create modules - I like to think about Modules as file folders that hold all my materials. If you look at the module as the Unit in the YAG, that will help as well.
- Organizing and adding content to modules - having these organized will really help your students. Think about the IFDs from TEKS Resource System.
- Create assignments - these are things that have a grade attached to them. If you want them auto-graded, you should put them in using the Quiz tool; you can tie a rubric to these, so this is perfect for Performance Assessments. This is also good for those Google Form tests and quizzes you have already created.
- Create quizzes - this is anything that you want auto-graded.
- Using pages - think about these as you would instructions; any information you need to get to students that doesn't need to be graded should be on a page.
- Setting Up the Home page - this would allow you to design your home page to make it easier for your students to navigate, especially at the younger grade levels and for non-traditional courses.
Want More After Today?
If you would like some online training, I have a Canvas training class that I can enroll you in. If you would prefer to have Face-to-Face training, let me know so we can work out some time together.
Here are also some videos on how to use parts of Canvas:
Working with Canvas (Playlist of many tools on video)
Want Even More? Region XI is here for you too!
- here is a direct link to Canvas Best Practices https://esc11.instructure.com/courses/3968
- There's also the Canvas + _____ = engagement https://esc11.instructure.com/courses/4271
- and the district coursels https://esc11.instructure.com/courses/4280
This is a favorite of mine - I can always go here for a refresher on anything I am
The district coursels is Region XI's free 6-hour course deconstructed into just-in-time training.