Canvas Studio

Hello Educators!

Do you want to show your students a video (from YouTube, TedEd, etc… or a video you created yourself) and want to embed questions in the video for students to answer?  Similar to Edpuzzle if any of you have used that, but unlimited video and questions.  Canvas is letting us try out a feature for a couple months called Canvas Studio.  It allows you to create a video (can video yourself and/or your screen), or upload a YouTube link or any video you have previously created, and then embed questions for students to answer as they watch the video.   The questions are then automatically graded for you in Canvas.  You can also add annotations to the video like “Pay attention to this!” or point out important elements.  After you have your video set up how you want it, you can then add it to your modules as an external tool and it is ready to be used with students.

Reach out if you would like help implementing this in your classroom!

Tech Tip Tuesday (Canva for Education)

Canva is an amazing online graphic design tool.

  • You or your students, can create posters, flyers, social media, projects, resumes, infographics, edit photos/videos, presentation slides, talking presentations, video edits and transitions, text animations, background remover, graphic organizers, schedules, essay plans, comic designs, virtual backgrounds, book reports, lesson plans, worksheets, etc… 
  • It has millions of premium templates, photos, fonts, icons, videos, or you can start from scratch! 
  • All the premium features can be used by teachers free when you sign up for Canva for Education.  When you sign your students up (create a class; send them the invitation link), they also get all the premium features for free.
  •  Students can collaborate on the same project.
  • Projects can be downloaded in a variety of ways; all projects are also stored on the Canva website.

Wordwall.net

Featured Website of the Week!

What is wordwall.net? It is an online platform in which teachers can create interactive activities by utilizing a variety of templates or use pre-made ones that fit their content area and learning intention. Teachers can then embed those activities into Canvas or share the assignment link.

Benefits: Save teacher prep time; make your lessons more interactive and engaging; and get away from paper worksheets! Allow students to practice at their own pace and try again if they need more practice. Teachers can also track student performance! There are many choices of interchangeable exercises!

Canvas Tech Tip (Canvas Quizzes)

How to convert paper quiz/test to a canvas quiz without retyping all the questions!

Have you been wanting to convert a paper/pencil quiz or test into a Canvas quiz without having to re-type all the questions?  The beauty of using Canvas Quizzes is that it automatically grades the Multiple Choice, T/F, Matching, etc…  You would still need to grade any essays or short answers, but parts of your quiz/test could be automatically graded!  What a time-saver! 

Here are step by step instructions on how to do that!  It will work for MC Questions, T/F Questions, Short Answer and Essay.  Click here for the step-by-step instructions or watch the YouTube video above. This is the conversion website you will need (big thank you to San Diego State for providing that conversion tool).

Tech Tip Tuesday: Jigsawplanet.com

Create your own puzzles for students to put-together and embed them in canvas!  All you need to do is upload your image and it creates the puzzle for you! Check it out at Jigsawplanet.com

How Can I Use it in the Classroom?

  • Introduce topic
  • Bring attention to an important image, handout, etc…
  • Match vocabulary
  • Sequencing Activities
  • Upload an important handout that you want students to analyze (battles, maps, water cycle, life cycle, periodic table, etc…)
  • Enrichment activities
  • Great way to mix up your teaching to boost engagement.
  • Try out a sample puzzle here.

Tech Tip Tuesday

Canvas Tabbed Agenda Page

Do you want a different way to display your agenda for the week in Canvas?  Check out this super clean look to a weekly agenda in Canvas! Watch this video to learn more.  Interested?  Shoot me an email and I will stop in and help you set this up in your canvas courses.

Prodigy WYTOPP Test Prep Option

Did you know that you can set up prodigy w/ WYTOPP practice questions?  Click  here for a step-by-step instruction sheet on how to set that up!

Tech Tip Tuesday (Padlet)

Padlet is a useful, engaging tool to increase student collaboration skills and knowledge creation to promote deep understandings of key concepts.  It allows for flexibility in voice, choice, time and space for students and teachers.  Watch this video to see three different ways to use Padlet in the classroom and how to set up your own Padlet. You get 3 or 4 free padlets in the free version. 

Padlet can be embedded into your canvas pages, assignments, discussions, announcements, etc…  Students do not need to leave Canvas to use padlet.  Click  here for written instructions or watch this video on how to embed items into Canvas.

Tech Tip Tuesday

11/02/21 Edition

Canvas Tips and Tricks:

Does your dashboard have courses in it that you don’t want to see?  You can hide courses so you only see the courses you want to see. 

Click on courses in left side menu bar.  Then click all courses (toward the bottom of your list of courses).  Then you star the ones that you want to see in your dashboard.  Unstar the ones that you want to hide. 

General Computer Skills: Bookmarking

Is your bookmark bar out of control?  Watch this 2 minute video for ideas on how to organize your bookmarks.

Templates/Graphic Organizers/ Websites

It is difficult, sometimes, for students to give each other feedback constructively. Try this Glows and Grows Peer Review/ Peer Edit Template that gives students a guide/focus when peer reviewing another student’s writing.

Instructional Tech Coaching Opportunity

Do you want to learn how to set up differentiation or choice paths for your students in Canvas by using Mastery Paths?  Invite me in and I can show you how to set that up in Canvas.