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 Gradebook, Setting Default Grades

As you are furiously grading you might be looking for some shortcuts to quickly add grades. Maybe you have finished grading an assignment and will need to add just a few grades. Instead of searching through all your students, you can set the default grade. From your Canvas gradebook, find the assignment you want to ...

Canvas and Kaltura

If you are a Zoom user, Kaltura just made everything a lot easier. Now you can record to the cloud and your videos will automatically be transferred to Canvas Instructor Media upon upload completion. There are some nuances to be aware of though regarding publishing, editing, and student access. Instructor Media Your first stop to ...

Canvas PDF Workaround

Last year we did a post on pesky PDFs and how to work with them in Teams. Now it is time to consider how to use them best in Canvas. There are several approaches you might consider. Let’s explore a couple in detail. Using a PDF and Canvas’s Doc Viewer Canvas Doc Viewer is that ...

Scheduling Appointments in Canvas Calendar

Our teachers have been busy unraveling the Canvas conundrum. There are so many features, it can be overwhelming. It is wonderful that we can share those insights here. This post is brought to you by Cayley Byrne and Melissa Miller from Issaquah Middle School. They have clarified how you can use Appointment Groups in Canvas ...

ISTE Empowered Learner: Student Learning in Action

The ISTE standards are perhaps more important now than ever as we are all diving into the technology world of education. This year, your Building Tech Series will highlight an ISTE standard each month and we are kicking off with Empowered Learner. Empowered Learner sets a goal for “Students [to] leverage technology to take an ...

Canvas Learning Mastery Paths

Differentiation in Canvas is not as easy as we hoped. We can easily adjust due dates, but what is the best way of offering differentiated content? One way is through Learning Mastery Paths. Erin Kwok at Pacific Cascade Middle School has taken the initiative in understanding more about this feature in Canvas and its connection ...

Canvas Quizzes: Extra Time and Tries

As we are learning more about Canvas each week, from use and from collaboration and chatting with our fellow teachers, we would like to highlight some of those learnings. A special thank you to Kristie Bennett at Skyline High School for her contribution to the BNP this week and sharing her insights to quizzes and ...

Canvas Gradebook – Understanding the Color Coding

Canvas has color-coding to help you know when an assignment is late, excused, dropped, resubmitted or missing. The colors are very light pastels that can be difficult to read. Well, keep reading on how you can change the colors to be more bold and to help identify the categories based on your color preferences. First, ...

Canvas Gradebook Highlights

The gradebook in Canvas might present a new conundrum as you are now getting graded work and figuring out how this gets back to Skyward. Here are some helpful hints in navigating the Canvas gradebook and managing the sync to SIS. Initial Setup When first getting accustomed to your Canvas Gradebook, you have a few ...

Troubleshooting Tips for working with Students

“Help! It’s not working!” is something you are likely hearing on a daily basis from your students as they try to navigate this online remote learning environment. It is to be expected. They are often relying on you to be the expert as the classroom teacher, but this is a new teaching environment and we ...