CANVAS IN EDU: EPISODE 04

Episode 04: Top 5 Tips

📂 Strand: Organization 📂

A quick Google Search for Canvas tips results in an overwhelming number of posts. In exploring these posts, I have narrowed them down into My Top 5 for Canvas Organization.

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Missed a previous episode? Check them all out here.

Let’s Collaborate

If you are looking to partner with an IDS: Innovation team member and explore how you might implement the strategy from Episode 03 or collaborate on additional ways to enhance instruction with Canvas, please contact Andrew Fenstermaker at fenstermaker.andrew@iowacityschools.org or use the form below.

Securing Your Account with a Passphrase

Password ImageIt is often said that data and networks are far less vulnerable to sophisticated technological attack than they are to human mistakes.  This is borne out time and again with news of large-scale hacks that were made possible not by expansive, high-tech eavesdropping operations, but instead by individuals who were tricked into giving up a password over email, passwords that were written down, or passwords that are so simple as to be cracked in seconds.  

Indeed, the use of difficult-to-remember passwords – and the steps that people take to keep track of them – is one of the key ways that attackers compromise a system.  In order to protect yourself and any organizations – including the Iowa City Community School District – whose systems you have access to, one easy solution is to switch from passwords to passphrases.  Read More »

CANVAS IN EDU: EPISODE 03

📂 Strand: Organization 📂

Episode 03: Course Layout

There are a few different strategies for laying out your Canvas course. You can use pages or modules to orgnize content such as assignments, quizzes and discussions. In this episode, we briefly highlight the different approaches for each layout option.

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Missed a previous episode? Check them all out here.

Let’s Collaborate

If you are looking to partner with an IDS: Innovation team member and explore how you might implement the strategy from Episode 03 or collaborate on additional ways to enhance instruction with Canvas, please contact Andrew Fenstermaker at fenstermaker.andrew@iowacityschools.org or use the form below.

Canvas in EDU: Episode 02

Last week we announced the launch of a short, weekly video series where we will be providing some short tips and strategies for enhancing your instructional practices with Canvas. We are continuing with Episode 02 where we highlight strategies for setting up your homepage within your Canvas courses.


📂 Strand: Organization 📂

Episode 02: Homepage Setup

All Canvas courses have a home page. However, personalizing your home page can customize the experience for students. Let’s take a look at a few strategies for designing your home page.

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Let’s Collaborate

If you are looking to partner with an IDS: Innovation team member and explore how you might implement the strategy from Episode 02 or collaborate on additional ways to enhance instruction with Canvas, please contact Andrew Fenstermaker at fenstermaker.andrew@iowacityschools.org or use the form below.

New: Canvas Video Series

Last week we shared some metrics on usage of Canvas within the district and how it has changed since implementing it back in the Spring of 2017. In addition to providing some metrics, we also wanted to provide some short tips and strategies for enhancing your instructional practices with Canvas.


🆕 Canvas in EDU 🆕

Canvas in EDU will be a weekly video series spread out over the remainder of the school year. The video series has been divided into five strands.

  1. Organization
  2. Differentiation/Personalization
  3. Collaboration
  4. Google Integration
  5. Assessment

Each strand will feature a varying number of topics and strategies that focus on enhancing instruction within Canvas. Some videos might provide new insights while others might reinforce the powerful things you are already doing. We hope you find value in these short, weekly videos.

📂 Organization 📂

Episode 01: Embedding Agendas using Google Slides

Daily agendas can provide a clear understanding for students and the objectives they will be exploring during class. Embedding a Google Slideshow into your Canvas course is a streamlined solution for sharing a daily agenda

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Let’s Collaborate

If you are looking to partner with an IDS: Innovation team member and explore how you might implement the strategy from Episode 01 or collaborate on additional ways to enhance instruction with Canvas, please contact Andrew Fenstermaker at fenstermaker.andrew@iowacityschools.org or use the form below.