Canvas – Setting Course Default Time

We are creating a series of posts as a part of the "All the Canvas tips you never knew you needed!" We will share a weekly tip until we run out of them. If you have ideas you would like to share, please feel free to pass them to your Ed Tech Lead or Tech ...

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 ...

Clever Cleanup for the 2022-2023 School Year (Plus a New Feature!)

As we begin a new school year, everyone is busy setting up classrooms and preparing for students – and this includes the digital space of our classroom! In Issaquah, we use Clever at the elementary level to function as a teacher web presence, a place to curate resources, and a single sign-on. This post will ...

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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, ...

How To Handle the Semester Transition

Whether it is starting a new school year, or attempting to straddle the transition from one trimester to a new one, there are important administrative and curricular things to consider and pay attention to when starting up a new term. With our switch to Canvas, and the move to a separate course for each term, ...

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 ...

Informational Research: A Curated Approach with Padlet and Book Creator

Are you looking for a simple way to curate research materials for your students and scaffold the process of independent research? Using Padlet to Organize Informational Text Resources Consider using Padlet as a tool to organize resources for your students. By linking to informational databases, videos, articles, and other resources, Padlet offers the right balance ...

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 ...

Celebrate Hour of Code

It’s Computer Science Education Week! This movement, especially the Hour of Code Event, is a way to introduce students to coding and computer science in a fun and engaging way. What is Hour of Code? Check out this introductory video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DxWIxec6yo&t=97s Computational thinking integrates well with social-emotional learning and skills such as ...

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 ...

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