Canvas has the potential to provide our world language students with an authentic opportunity to utilize and practice their language skills. Students and instructors will be able to collaborate and engage in learning in an inviting and intuitive environment. Students may build portfolios to demonstrate their proficiency in the target language in real-world scenarios. Instructors may build integrated performance assessments that utilize a wide variety of resources, and provide feedback in one management system.
The fact that students can specify their communication preferences will mean that they can be informed the way they choose on any device they use.
It quickly became evident that this is a much more user-friendly resource than we are currently using with updated capabilities. The video element was particularly intriguing to me, as I can think a tons of ways that I would utilize this in my first grade classroom. It also feels more streamlined, with many elements of what we (teachers) use daily in one visible, easy to access place.
The opportunities provided by Canvas are already exceeding what I had previously hoped a LMS would be able to do. My students are getting reminders about important dates via email - and can opt to get them as texts as well. Knowing that these options will be available for parents if adopted will certainly keep parents more connected with classroom learning. I am thrilled to get started using the Student Portfolio as it will allow us to keep record of student growth in a multitude of media formats!