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 Grading Periods for HS Semesters

Grading periods are back! We explored using them when our secondary courses were yearlong in the 2020-2021 school year, but we have brought them back to our high school semesters in the form of quarter grading periods. Why did we do this? One of the questions that arose often this past year was how a ...

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Actively Learn, Revisiting a Favorite

It has been a while since we have updated you about Actively Learn, but this comprehensive reading tool allows for such distinctive features that it needs to be revisited. If you have not used Actively Learn recently, I urge you to pop in and check out their recent additions such as an updated Lexile search, ...

Canvas Gradebook Improvements Jan 2022

They are listening! That is what I have to say about the Canvas Instructure team. This month there are two significant changes in the Gradebook that many teachers will want to send kudos their way. Gradebook Split Name Columns First, teachers can now view their gradebook with student names separated into First and Last name ...

Canvas Import Improvements

During term transitions, you will likely use the import (or copy-to) feature. You might use this regularly to move content from your sandbox to your course. Canvas has updated the import and copy-to feature to include a warning when you are duplicating content. Here is what to look for: The warning is a wonderful addition ...

Canvas Quizzes for Retakes and Test Corrections

There are a few places Canvas poses challenges to some of the practices we utilize in our class, some of these revolving around the use of quizzes and how to best implement test retakes and test corrections. We have some suggestions on making this easier for you to manage. Quiz Banks for Retakes To make ...

Canvas Quiz Logs & Data Analysis

Canvas quiz logs was recently enabled and offers an insightful look at how students are interacting with quizzes that you are giving in your course. Canvas has designed the quiz log to help identify problems that may arise during a quiz and help you have a more meaningful look at your quiz data. As they ...

Canvas Grading Updates

You may have noticed that you have a few new features to explore when accessing your Canvas gradebook and Speedgrader. First, within the Canvas gradebook, you can now search for assignments by name as well as searching by student name. In addition to searching within gradebook, you now have the ability to add status labels ...

Canvas “Message Students Who” in New Analytics

If you don’t have New Analytics enabled in your course, make sure you do that! From New Analytics there are several actions you can take and the newest one is brought to you by Bree Chang at Maywood. You have the ability to “message students who” from New Analytics that encompasses a broader search than ...

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The New Look of Actively Learn & Canvas Integration

Actively Learn got a facelift and has some key differences in how it will interact with Canvas, so Actively Learn users keep on reading! Changes to be aware of You will still create your assignment in Actively Learn, but you will need to add it to Canvas as an external tool assignment yourself. Once you ...

Canvas Student Assignment Enhancements

You may see a green icon appearing on your students’ assignments and wonder what it is and how did it get there. This was a feature added last year that we recently turned on. What it does The Student Assignment Enhancement allows students to monitor their progress within an individual assignment. It tracks which attempt ...