HSA Parent Tech Night

Morristown High School

Overview

Please join the Digital Information Department and the Morristown Home School Association to learn more about our digital platforms (Canvas, Google Apps, etc.).

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 7pm

50 Early Street

Morristown, NJ

It is best to bring your own device; however, we will have devices available if you need one.

If you register for the Google Apps session, please make sure you have a Google account or gmail address before you arrive in order to maximize the time.

Agenda

7:00-7:10 HSA Meeting, MHS Media Center/Library

7:10-7:15 Introduction to "Parent Tech Night," Erica Hartman

7:20-7:50 Session A

7:55-8:25 Session B

Please choose two sessions below.

Choose ONE Session A and ONE Session B.

Canvas Overview for Parents

What Canvas provides the MHS students:

  • College preparedness - most universities use an LMS

  • Transparency with course assignments, resources, and grades

In this session you will learn how to:

  • Navigate a Canvas course

  • Find your child's courses, grades, upcoming assignments

  • Find important MHS announcements on the dashboard


Parents who are interested in creating a parent account for Canvas can find the instructions on the Morristown High School website under “Parent Resources,” “Tech Resources.” Follow the directions to access Canvas and your child’s courses. If you have any questions about parent access please contact the high school’s educational technology specialists Jim Grogan (james.grogan@msdk12.net) and Lane Worrall (lane.worrall@msdk12.net).

7:20 - 7:50pm

7:55 - 8:25pm

Understanding Canvas Grades and MORE!

In this session you will learn how to:

  • Navigate to a course gradebook

  • Interpret gradebook icons

  • View the appropriate average for each MP and overall year average (discuss “fix” for current but if applicable)

  • Access MHS Club courses

  • Access “Class” courses with links and announcements from the guidance department


Parents who are interested in creating a parent account for Canvas can find the instructions on the Morristown High School website under “Parent Resources,” “Tech Resources.” Follow the directions to access Canvas and your child’s courses. If you have any questions about parent access please contact the high school’s educational technology specialists Jim Grogan (james.grogan@msdk12.net) and Lane Worrall (lane.worrall@msdk12.net).

7:20 - 7:50pm

7:55 - 8:25pm

Google Apps

This session will provide an overview on how Google Apps and Canvas are integrated into daily activities and assessment opportunities for students. The presentation will also stress how Google Apps and Canvas have become the driving force behind the expanding digital ecosystem at not only the high school, but throughout the district via the Digital Information Department. The overview will be segmented into the following categories:


  1. Why: rationale behind our movement to Google Apps for Education/Canvas LMS

    1. community

    2. collaboration

    3. ubiquitous access

    4. seamless integration

    5. college/career readiness

  2. Organization and Filtering: Alerts, Search Engines

  3. Communication: Gmail, Calendar and Blogger

  4. Collaboration: Drive, Maps and Sites

  5. How the district Digital Information Department provides support to students, staff and the community.

7:20 - 7:50pm

7:55 - 8:25pm

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