For those teachers who would like to take a deeper dive into Canvas, I recommend checking out this Canvas: Advanced Workshop slide deck. This resource can serve as a self-guided launching point to learn more about how Canvas can be leveraged in your classroom.
Among the topics that are included are:
Assignments and Grading
Text/Email Notification Settings
Mastery Paths (individualization/personalization)
Further, you’ll find a link to enroll in Kung-Fu Canvas, our Canvas course for instructors, where you can explore Canvas topics from basic to advanced.
We’ve had relatively few ongoing technical issues with Canvas, but one of the problems that’s been a nagging issue that’s impacted our students and teachers is an issue with embedded Google documents.
One of the features of Canvas is that it integrates with Google Drive; teachers can embed Google syllabi, assignment descriptions, sheets that students can collaborate on, etc., within Canvas. Further, students can submit Google Docs as Canvas assignment submissions, embed Google docs in wikis and discussion boards, and so forth.
As I’m preparing to assist with Google-focused professional development for staff here at the ESC, I wanted to share more broadly some tips and tricks for working more efficiently and effectively within the Google G-Suite, including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Calendar, and other apps. Some of the resources below are mine and some are from elsewhere; I hope that some of these tips are helpful to you! Continue reading Google G-Suite Tips and Tricks→
One of the most well-reviewed services that we’ve implemented in recent years in the Iowa City Schools is Read&Write for Google Chrome, which is designed to improve the accessibility of web resources. While we have pushed this service out to all students using their ICCSD Google accounts, the service’s publisher – Texthelp – requires that teachers sign up in order to receive premium access.
Those of you who have been used to Microsoft Outlook may miss the ability to preview emails without having to fully open them. This short video shows a simple process (~ 1 minute to complete) to add a preview pane to your Gmail web interface. For step-by-step instructions, look below the video.
The video below walks through the process of adding others’ calendars so that you can view them through Google Calendar. This is useful for those who are scheduling meetings, as it will allow you to see availability for other staff members. At the end of the video, it also shows you the basic process for sharing your calendar publicly or with somebody outside the district. Step-by-step instructions are written below the video.
This video (below) shows the process for creating filters (rules) within Gmail. These filters allow you to automatically apply labels (folders) to messages, delete messages, and perform other actions based upon the message sender or content.
As we await a new update for email migrations, I thought I’d address one of the more common questions I’ve received regarding migrating from Exchange to Google. Specifically, a lot of people have been asking me how to migrate email lists from Outlook to Google.Continue reading Copying an Outlook Email List to Google→
Updated at 4:54 PM, May 1st: While ICCSD staff members should expect to receive an email with finalized information later tonight or tomorrow, here’s an update regarding where we’re at with the email transition for those of you who follow the blog: Continue reading Email Transition Update→