All posts by Stephanie Olson

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist supporting BLMS, PLMS, IMS, PCMS, and SHS. I love collaborating and working with teachers on how best to integrate technology into their curriculum to create a dynamic learning experience for students. I am very excited to be a part of such a dynamic team and innovative district. I look forward to learning more about the Microsoft world and how to integrate Teams and One Note into a classroom setting. I also hope to support my schools with my knowledge of iPad use in the classroom, Project/Problem Based Learning through the Innovative Designer lens, and exciting ways of meeting the ISTE standards. You can contact me at 425-837-7172 or email me at olsons@issaquah.wednet.edu.

Canvas Submission Updates: Webcam & Reassign

Two new features have been made available in Canvas that you might have noticed. First is the option to reassign work to your students, the other (which you may not see on your end) is the ability for students to submit using their webcam. Webcam Submissions Students who have been trying to submit images of ...

Canvas + Betterizer = Better Comments Faster

So, first a shout out to Camille Wright, teacher and Skyward guru extraordinaire at Maywood Middle School for sharing this with our team. Betterizer is a Chrome extension that works with Speedgrader in Canvas to help with stored comments. You can easily write five comments of your choice and with a quick click add them ...

Teacher Feature: Zoom Breakouts

Great teaching is happening around our district, whether it is online, hybrid, or in-person. As a TOSA, I have not been able to observe this teaching as often as I have in the past. I might get into a classroom to help solve a tech problem, which I am happy to do, but that often ...

Unsync Canvas Assignments

The syncing dilemma of a new grading period in a yearlong course has now fully impacted all of our secondary teachers (with yearlong courses). As you go to sync the new Trimester or Semester, you are faced with a wall of assignments impeding your selection of current assignments. Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, you finally find the ...

Canvas, Power of Pages

Pages are the ability to share content with your class and we use them as web pages of information, class pages of content, and landing pages before we get to the assignment. But Pages are powerful, they can become places for student collaboration with the toggle of a drop-down menu. As you are becoming more ...

Using Flipgrid for Student Help

One of my favorite parts of being a teacher is collaborating with my colleagues. This post idea is brought to you by Ally Johnson and Jamie Street from Issaquah Middle School. When looking for help, you are the first person a student is going to contact for a class related issue. That might come through ...

Canvas New Rich Content Editor

It’s a New Year and a New Rich Content Editor (RCE) is making its way to Canvas. Starting January 16, the new RCE will be enforced, so consider making the change now. Here is an introduction of changes you can expect to see. Here is a comparison of the editors in full (left is old, ...

Canvas Help, Check it Out

One of the features of Canvas is the Help icon located on the Global Navigation. It might get overlooked, but here is why you and your students should be using it. Teacher Help The teacher Help offers quick access to the Canvas Guides, which can answer just about any question you may have about Canvas. ...

It’s Hour of Code Week! (Secondary)

Computer Science Education Week is happening now, December 7-13, and schools around the world are in! Hour of Code is one of the many ways to celebrate this introduction to coding. Register your school or class to participate and get on the map. Why Participate? Hour of Code has a mission of broadening the field ...

Canvas Organization: Gradebook and Grading Periods

Organization in Canvas can seem daunting. Knowing what to add to course navigation, how to organize the modules (newest to oldest or vice versa), assignment groups, the gradebook and more. Here are some tips to help organize your gradebook and some suggestions with modules and assignments for yearlong courses. Gradebook The Canvas gradebook can be ...