COVID-19 Educator Help Desk

Canvas Integrations

  • 1.  Canvas Integrations

    Posted 04-15-2020 10:28
    As we prepare to take initial teacher education courses online this summer, we are exploring the best ways to "package" the information for Early Childhood pre-service teachers.  Tools such as Seesaw and Flipgrid provide opportunities for these aspiring educators to experience some of the tools that we are frequently seeing used in local early childhood classrooms.

    We use Canvas as our LMS and are thinking of integrating Seesaw and Flipgrid into a Canvas shell.  We are interested in hearing about what LMSs are being used at the Early Childhood level and pros and cons that you have experienced, from either the Early Childhood or Teacher Preparation perspectives.

    • Flipgrid can be integrated into Canvas - if you are using this integration, what is your experience like?
    • Can Seesaw be integrated into Canvas?  I have read about using a redirect to link Seesaw into Canvas - if you are using this method, how is it going for you?
    • If you are using conferencing in Canvas - what do you see as the pros & cons compared to Zoom, Google Meet or Teams?
    • What technology tools would you recommend as essential that aspiring educators in Early Childhood should use?
    Thanks in advance for sharing your experience and expertise!

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    Michelle Bigler
    Instructor, Center for Educator Preparation
    Colorado State University
    Michelle.Bigler@ColoState.edu
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  • 2.  RE: Canvas Integrations

    PLN Leader
    Posted 04-15-2020 18:51
    Michelle,
    I'm not sure if this would be helpful. Our university supports Blackboard. But we have used G Suite for our master's classes. That way students who are in a Google School or even Microsoft School can have that support and experience at that level. Our students love G+ Communities. They are a great collaborative tool for students over 13 and have really added to the ability for online students to provide feedback and peer reviews within the class.

    I use FlipGrid also for a couple of assignments and just link it from the Google Site which is my "LMS." Google Classroom is also a great option for students who are moving into Google schools. G+ can still be linked from within Classroom and Google Hangouts Meet is integrated within Classroom.


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    [Fort Hays State University][skbecking@mail.fhsu.edu]
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  • 3.  RE: Canvas Integrations

    Posted 04-16-2020 11:19
    Great info - thanks for sharing Suzanne!

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    Michelle Bigler
    Instructor, Center for Educator Preparation
    Colorado State University
    Michelle.Bigler@ColoState.edu
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  • 4.  RE: Canvas Integrations

    Posted 04-15-2020 20:02
    Hi,

    I am not as familiar with Canvas as other LMSs.

    We use Google Classroom and it works very well.  Google Meet and all Google Apps integrate very well with this platform.

    For an aspiring educators, I would recommend that they always begin with the learning objective and then choose the technology tool that can help students meet that objective.  I would encourage new educators to go through the Google 1 Certified training.  This is a great way to learn the Google Apps on a deep level.  Google Applied Skills would also be useful to explore.

    Personally, I have enjoyed some of the following tech tools: Padlet, Kahoot, Quizlet, Quizziz, NewsEla, Flipgrid, ScreenCastify, EdPuzzle, and the Google Apps.  One can always find really helpful and useful extensions and add-ons at the Chrome Webstore.

    Best of luck,

    Marcy:)

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    Marcy Brugger
    Dist. Technology Integration Specialist
    Elmwood 322
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  • 5.  RE: Canvas Integrations

    Posted 04-16-2020 11:21
    Thanks Marcy - great info!

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    Michelle Bigler
    Instructor, Center for Educator Preparation
    Colorado State University
    Michelle.Bigler@ColoState.edu
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  • 6.  RE: Canvas Integrations

    PLN Leader
    Posted 04-16-2020 08:44
    Hi,
    When I teach graduate school for Castleton University in Vermont, I have people share screenshots/screencasts of their work with me.  We use a lot of Google Classroom and Google Domain products in teaching and learning in Vermont. In following federal guidelines, I cannot be invited in to see their students' work because they are not all my district's teachers--therefore, not all my students.  What they can do is show me their assignments, assessments, and other work while leaving students out of the video or screenshot.   I especially appreciate when educators walk through their technology use with a screencast so that I can understand their purpose and thinking.

    At the primary level (K6), we are using Google Classroom, Seesaw, and Class Dogo in my district to connect with parents about instruction.  Some of my buildings use Remind for parent engagement.


    I hope that helps.

    Patricia

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    Patricia Aigner
    Director Of Instructional Technology
    Rutland City Public Schools
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  • 7.  RE: Canvas Integrations

    Posted 04-16-2020 11:22
    Thanks for sharing Patricia!  Great information for us to consider.

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    Michelle Bigler
    Instructor, Center for Educator Preparation
    Colorado State University
    Michelle.Bigler@ColoState.edu
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  • 8.  RE: Canvas Integrations

    Community Champion
    Posted 04-16-2020 11:23

    We have been using Google Classroom with our K-2 students and it has been really great. Because we hadn't used these tools with students on a daily or even weekly basis before, there is a lot of parent involvement and most students aren't navigating Classroom 100% independently, but I think with more time and practice, our first and second grade students probably could do so relatively easily. 

    Teachers have been utilizing the "Make a Copy for Each Student" option on a lot of Google Docs and Slides assignments. Using voice typing, even our youngest students are able to respond to writing prompts in their own voices.
    Our teachers are also using Google Meet to host show and tell sessions, read books to students, and just pop on to connect and share with students. 



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    Director of Technology
    St. Gerard School
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