How I Use It
As a professional, I utilize Canvas every day for myself by accessing information shared by supervisors, to planning out my daily calendar, to participating in important group discussions. More importantly, I present new material to students daily via Canvas as a homework page, as a resource repository, and as an online one-stop-shop tool. For example, by linking all of my course resource materials to a Canvas module, I am able to share the items with students via a student-facing page. They can see what I am showing them via the web-based interface. Canvas is invaluable to me as a teacher as I strive to inspire my 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.