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P H. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Elkridge Landing Middle School
Elkridge, MD
Canvas is a palette on which technology paints a bright picture for today’s students!

From turning in assignments via file uploads, or typing them directly into the web-based interface in a text-box, students are able to interact with Canvas assignments, the online rubric, and uploaded resources given by the teacher all in one location. For example, if there is a Youtube video that demonstrates how to write annotations for a works cited page, a teacher may upload the link for the video on the Canvas home page for the class. The same goes for various file types like Word docs, PowerPoints, movies, etc.

Canvas also allows students, parents, and teachers to communicate with each other via email, group discussions, and pasted announcements. Canvas facilitates quality pedagogy, in that it presents the content in a format that students are interested in using.

One can easily flip a classroom by utilizing Canvas by pasting material for students to access at home, and then using invaluable class time, instead, to process the information with the teacher acting as facilitator and not a talking head.

Canvas is like Edmodo, but on steroids. It is the perfect tool for the classroom teacher, student, and parent to utilize to make learning more interactive and web-based.

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