We're getting ready to pilot it this year. I used it for a year-end studies class (a two-week session to let students get educational experiences outside their regular course work). I really loved it. I used schoology last year and liked that. The thing I really like about Canvas is that it allows more flexibility, allows for oral submissions and responses (priceless in ELL courses), and populates courses from the calendar. Put in an assignment and it shows up in students' work. What I'm excited about in this coming year is experimenting with the portfolio. It looks like an amazing way to have students take more control over their learning.
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I teach online courses and we just switched from Blackboard to Canvas. It's awesome! The SpeedGrader app is wonderful and it's so simple to build quizzes, tests and assignments aligned to rubrics. The options for students submitting work are endless and you can use the Kaltura app to post videos directly into Course Modules. Way more user friendly than BB.
Unfortunately, I've not used it .... just in theory...
Thanks for the input, Beth! Since this will be my first time with Canvas, I want to pilot portfolios in just one of my classes this year. Good luck, and I hope to hear about your ongoing experience.
Katie, Do any of your teachers have multiple level classes? I have two periods with split classes, just saw my Canvas main page, and they're listed as nine separate courses. Obviously, that would mean duplicating a lot of the shared content in Canvas, unless same period classes can have one common listing. Our tech department is looking in to this for me. If your school had this situation, was there a solution?
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