A committee of teachers and technology advisors recommended that the School District adopt Canvas as a replacement learning management system to Sakai CLE. Teacher feedback was positive, with indications that it is easy to use, does not require considerable time or training to understand or to navigate. On the right are two short promotional videos on Canvas.
Canvas is implemented K-12 across the district as the premier primary location for course and classroom information. Teachers who are currently using alternate sites will be required to migrate content into the Canvas platform, discontinuing the use of alternate sites for course information. This change will provide students, parents, teachers and community members a consistent experience and location for finding course related information.
State Standards, Parent Co-enrollment, Easy to Use, Mobile Access, Integration with 3rd party tools, Speed Grader, Selective Release of Content. Student view for teachers, Accessibility standards, Cloud Based and numerous support tutorials and guides.
For teachers Canvas provides a location to store, share, assess and collect digital content. Items that are born digital can be submitted digitally, assessed digitally in the system, with feedback returned digitally to the student in the form of notes, grades, audio or video commentary. The platform enables personalized communication with parents and students based on messaging technologies and the types of items in the course. For example if an assignment date changes, the system will then push the notification to the students and parents via their personalized preferred communication methods. Teachers can use the platform to structure their lessons while also acting as an archive of their classroom. The site showcases how lessons and content is organized for students, creating a classroom ePortfolio for teachers.
In addition Canvas has support for ePorfolios for everyone, which could be utilized as a platform supporting the collection and display of evidence for use in the Individual Professional Development Plan process.
For teachers and classroom aides who provide intervention and other services, access can be established to all the courses connected to students they're supporting. This provides the supporting professional with access to course information collaborating with the classroom teacher to provide services.