All posts by Stephanie Olson

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist supporting LHS, CMMS, and MMS. I have a BA in English, MA in English, and a MA in Secondary Education; I taught middle school and high school ELA for 11 years before transitioning to a role in educational technology. 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 also love showcasing how technology can engage students and bridge gaps by making content more accessible for all learners. I am very excited to be a part of such a dynamic team and innovative district.

Canvas Comment Library

As a classroom teacher, you are likely using some of the same comments over and over to encourage your students to become better writers, thinkers, problem-solvers, and more. One of the features Canvas Speedgrader offers is the ability to create a comment library. To create your comment library, you can start in Speedgrader. On the ...

Interactive Choice Boards with Canva & Canvas

Many teachers have been embracing the high-leverage practice of Universal Design for Learning and making student choice a priority. The UDL principle of Engagement encourages individual choice and autonomy and might include choice boards and playlists as a vehicle to provide student choice. In Mrs. Buck’s 6th-grade science class at Maywood, she created a choice ...

Canvas Gradebook Toggling Tip

Entering scores & statuses for students is easier using the slide-out gradebook feature. You can quickly launch it by clicking any assignment score box and using the arrow for the slide-out box to appear. You can then enter scores, status, and comments and use the arrows to toggle to the next student or the next ...

Canvas Missing Assignment Auto-Scoring

We are enjoying hearing about the tips and tricks you are learning as you continue to build your Canvas knowledge base. This tip is for how to make your grade book do the work for you while still communicating missing and/or late policies. To better support students and observers, having assignments marked missing or late ...

Undelete Your Canvas Artifacts

Did you accidentally delete something from your course that you still need? There is likely a way to recover it.   Open your course and make sure you are on “Home”  Click on the URL and then at the end add “/undelete”  This will then provide you with a list of course-deleted artifacts and offer you ...

A Student-Centered Approach to Digital Discussions & Research 

Jake Crowley, an English teacher at Liberty High School, recently decided to see how digital tools could enhance his literature units for his American Lit and Contemporary Literature classes. Spurred by the recent Digital Learning Experience discussion activity hosted by his Ed Tech Lead, Erin Stephens, Crowley decided he wanted to blend his knowledge of ...

Canvas Calendar is for more than assignments 

Did you know that you and your students are able to create calendar events and to-do list items? As the teacher, you can create events (beyond assignments) for your classes. Students can create events/to-do list items for their own Canvas calendar (much like a virtual planner).  Students associated with a Group can also add to-do list ...

Canvas Apply Score to Ungraded 

Have you wondered about how you can quickly address ungraded assignments in your gradebook? This tip showcases how to apply 0 (or another score) throughout a grade book in just a couple of clicks. The Apply Score to Ungraded Assignments feature allows scores to be applied to multiple ungraded submissions at once (similar to set default score which can only be done ...

Canvas Message Students Who – and Observers! 

As we transitioned to the Canvas Gradebook, one feature that many teachers missed was the ability to message both students and parents/observers. Canvas was listening and now when you choose to "message students who" (have a missing assignment, low score, etc.) you can include the observers!   Navigate to Grades Choose an assignment Select the 3 dots and ...

Canvas – Organizing your Dashboard 

You can make your dashboard more personal by editing the names of courses (this is on your end only) changing course colors, dragging and dropping your course icons to be in a specific order, or use the Star system to determine which courses are on your dashboard.   Editing name and color  Choose a course and ...