Category Archives: Canvas

CANVAS IN EDU: EPISODE 05

Episode 05: Personalization for Students

🔀 Strand: Differentiation 🔀

We facilitate learning for a wide range of learners. Canvas has built-in features that allow us to personalize the content to better meet the diverse needs of the learners we support.

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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.

Are my teachers spying on me?

Answer: Only the good ones are.  But don’t worry, we’re only talking about making good use of our classroom student data.  Part of effective teaching is having an adaptive classroom that adjusts to meet students where they are at in order to maximize the time they spend in the zone of proximal development. But as anyone who has spent time as a classroom teacher knows, finding the time to really dig into the data can seem daunting, if not impossible.

Fortunately, Canvas provides some built in options for a mid to high level view of classroom data in real time. This won’t be a replacement for analysis of individual student responses on formative assessments. But it can be used to identify patterns in student performance over time. Read More »

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.

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.