Canvas Help for Faculty (BPSCANVAS.ORG)

Canvas is a Learning Management System from Instructure which is available in Bartlesville across grades 6-12. Teachers use it for course calendars, digital assignments, secure class discussions, etc. You can access it by going to

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  • Summer Canvas Training: $80 stipend and 8 bankable points Summer Canvas TrainingTeachers in grades 6-12 needing to get started with Canvas can earn an $80 stipend and receive 8 inservice points that are bankable toward inclement weather ...
    Posted May 20, 2019, 3:14 PM by Granger Meador
  • End-of-academic-year Canvas guides and help sharing content with other teachers In May 2019 end-of-academic year guides for teachers were sent by email to all secondary certified staff:PowerTeacher Pro & Canvas 2nd Semester Closeout for Grades 9-12PowerTeacher ...
    Posted May 20, 2019, 3:09 PM by Granger Meador
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Getting Started

Frequently Asked Questions

Turnitin plagiarism and grammar checking


    Canvas Cheat Sheets

    1. Cheat Sheet 1: Communicating with students and parents
    2. Cheat Sheet 2: Using Canvas to engage students

    Online Help from Instructure

    Using Google Apps with Canvas

    Canvas supports direct creation and use of Cloud Assignments using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Students and teachers can directly access their Google Drive within Canvas.

    Kung Fu Canvas & other training courses

    Kung Fu Canvas

    Selected Canvas Instructor Guides

    Canvas Video Guides

    1. Canvas Overview
    2. User Settings & Profile Picture
    3. Creation & Management of Courses
      1. Course Settings Part 1
      2. Course Settings Part 2
    4. Course Layout Customization
    5. Syllabus Overview
    6. Rich Content Editor
    7. Notification Preferences
    8. Assignments Overview
    9. Assignment Creation
    10. SpeedGrader Overview
    11. Canvas-PowerSchool Integration
    12. Canvas App for iOS
    13. Canvas App for Android


    Summer Canvas Training: $80 stipend and 8 bankable points

    posted May 20, 2019, 3:13 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 20, 2019, 3:14 PM ]

    Summer Canvas Training

    Teachers in grades 6-12 needing to get started with Canvas can earn an $80 stipend and receive 8 inservice points that are bankable toward inclement weather days in 2019-20 by signing up for ONE of the following workshops with Zach Michel:
    Getting started with Canvas

    End-of-academic-year Canvas guides and help sharing content with other teachers

    posted May 20, 2019, 3:08 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 20, 2019, 3:09 PM ]

    In May 2019 end-of-academic year guides for teachers were sent by email to all secondary certified staff:

    Canvas tips, training incentives, and usage

    posted Sep 20, 2018, 1:38 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 1:40 PM ]

    TO: Secondary Certified Teachers
    FROM: Granger Meador, Exec. Dir. of Technology & Communications

    Additional Help with Canvas
    • Plagiarism and grammar checking
      • Now you don't have to force students to submit an assignment via the Turnitin External Tool to get a plagiarism review and grammar check. When you create a new assignment in Canvas, there is now an embedded Plagiarism Review option you can set to Turnitin, and then adjust various options, including an optional grammar check. Immediate feedback can help them learn to be more original and also improve their grammar, but you control when and if they get that feedback.
    • Template documents for Turnitin assignments
      • You might want students to actually submit an assignment to Turnitin so that you can use its Feedback Studio to grade it, rather than the less powerful SpeedGrader inside Canvas. But you can't use two External Tools at the same time, so then you can't create a Google Cloud assignment to easily share a template document with your students. I've added instructions to page 2 of the Using Turnitin with Canvas manual on a workaround to create a Google Doc as a non-editable template your students can open and then use File > Make a copy to get their own version to edit and later submit.
    • Is Turnitin down?
      • Turnitin is a great service...when it is up and running. That company suffers more outages than the other services we rely on, with issues last Sunday-Monday and again on Thursday morning. So if your students can't upload something to Turnitin, you can check its current status with the new Status of various online services link at BPSDTECH.ORG.
    Kung Fu Canvas incentives accelerated
    Kung Fu Canvas is the six-part online training program available to all teachers in grades 6-12. 63 teachers at BHS, 5 at Central, and 3 at Madison have completed the entire program. That still leaves many teachers who haven't started the training yet or still have some belts to earn. 

    To encourage more middle school teachers and new teachers at BHS to start the training, I've restructured the equipment incentives. Now you'll earn a Bluetooth mouse when you complete the first Yellow belt. The second Orange belt will earn you an extra Chromebook charger, The third Blue belt will earn you a headset with microphone. The last three belts go a bit faster, so the fourth and fifth Green and Brown belts just earn you 2 inservice points, like any other belt. But you will earn a Wacom digitizer for your Windows computer if you complete all six belts.

    I now have the happy task of delivering 8 mice, 8 chargers, and 10 headsets to folks who have completed the early belts and now qualify for those incentives earlier than before. Everyone's progress (and my own in getting equipment out and inservice points put into Frontline Professional Growth!) are shown on my Kung Fu Canvas Tracking Sheet.
    • Visit KUNGFUCANVAS.ORG or view the slideshow for more information. 
    • Email Granger Meador with your name and school if you are ready to start.
    • If you've already finished Kung Fu Canvas, there is an optional three-part additional online training called Canvas Challenge for Bruins you can ask me to enroll you in. Each completed part earns 3 inservice points, and a dozen of your colleagues have already done all or part of that additional training.
    Canvas usage statistics
    • So far this school year 69 teachers at BHS have 119 courses operating for 1,588 students. They've created 3,066 assignments, 341 discussions, and students and staff have uploaded 5,932 files.
    • This year Central and Madison only have Chromebook carts in some English classes and the like plus a few classes in dedicated computer labs. 
      • Three teachers at Central have three courses operating for 141 students. They've created 72 assignments, 3 discussions, and Central staff and students have uploaded 119 files. 
      • Three teachers at Madison also have three courses operating for 226 students. They've created 14 assignments, 1 discussion, and Madison staff and students have uploaded 28 files.

    Quick Start Guides to Canvas

    posted Aug 19, 2018, 5:34 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 19, 2018, 5:35 AM ]

    Now that all BHS students have Chromebooks, all BHS courses are to use the course calendars in Canvas, and each course must have at least one digitally created, submitted, and graded assignment each quarter. Granger Meador has put together some guides to help teachers meet those requirements.

    LockDown Browser provides secure quiz environment

    posted May 1, 2018, 11:35 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 12:26 AM ]

    LockDown Browser
    To provide a more secure environment for taking Canvas quizzes, we have purchased the Respondus LockDown Browser.

    When a Canvas quiz is set to use the LockDown Browser, students must reboot their Chromebooks into the secure LockDown Browser app to take the quiz, which locks them out of other areas of the internet. The advantage over our homegrown Bartlesville Canvas App is that a student can only take a quiz in the LockDown Browser when that setting is invoked. (The Bartlesville Canvas App locks them out of the rest of the internet, but cannot require a student to be in it to take a particular quiz.)

    To set up the LockDown Browser to secure quizzes taken by students on district Chromebooks:
    1. Create a quiz in Canvas as you normally would do.
    2. Click the LockDown Browser link in the left sidebar navigation of the course.
    3. You can access various welcome screens, video tutorials, and more. But to get going, just click the Continue to LockDown Browser > button at the lower right.
    4. Click the down icon beside the quiz you created and want to LockDown.
    5. Select Modify Settings.
    6. Click the option Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
      1. You are urged to include an access code for the quiz students are given after they have all rebooted into the LockDown Browser. You can also still do this in the regular quiz settings, and you can change this for each period and after the last period of the day for improved security.
      2. By default, students will need to use the LockDown Browser to view quiz feedback and results. We recommend you leave that on for better security.
      3. You can optionally click Advanced Settings for additional options. HOWEVER, the “Enable Calculator on the toolbar” does NOT work on a Chromebook.
    7. Click the Save and Close button.


    1. The student will need to reboot their Chromebook, usually by pressing REFRESH+POWER.
    2. Instead of entering their email address as they usually do, they would click on Apps at the bottom left of the initial login screen.
    3. They would click LockDown Browser on the pop-up Apps menu.
    4. If this is their first time to use the app, they will be asked for the name of their institution. They should type Bartlesville and then select Bartlesville Public Schools from the screen. They won’t have to do this step in the future.
    5. They will now be in the LockDown Browser, viewing the usual Canvas login screen. They should enter their Canvas username (not email address) and password.
    6. They should open your course in Canvas.
    7. They should click on Quizzes in the left sidebar navigation or use another link to access the appropriate quiz.
    8. They should take the quiz and will be unable to exit Canvas to visit other websites.
    9. When finished with the quiz, they should Submit it.
    10. They will still be stuck in Canvas until they reboot their Chromebook.
    There is a version of the LockDown Browser which can be loaded onto lab desktop computers upon request.

    Kung Fu Canvas now available to 6-12 certified staff

    posted Jan 17, 2018, 7:13 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 7:14 PM ]

    All teachers, counselors, and administrators in grades 6-12 are now eligible to enroll in Kung Fu Canvas to:
    • learn about the Canvas LMS 
    • earn inservice points
    • earn equipment incentives
    • earn being excused from the 2018 snow day make-up
    Kung Fu Canvas was offered to all 9-12 teachers beginning in August 2017. Originally it was not slated to open to 6-8 teachers until August 2018, but with the unanticipated grant that allowed us to deploy staff Chromebooks in 6-8, we decided to open up Kung Fu Canvas for those teachers now.

    Go to KUNGFUCANVAS.ORG to learn more!
    Kung Fu Canvas

    2nd Semester Transition in Canvas

    posted Dec 13, 2017, 6:27 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 7:27 AM ]

    A new semester brings new Canvas courses with it that teachers will need to setup and publish. The good news is that all or part of an existing Canvas course can be copied into a 2nd semester course to make that setup easier!

    The document linked below has details on the transition, including step-by-step instructions with screenshots on copying course settings and content:
    Students and teachers will still be able to access 1st semester courses in Canvas on the day we return from break, January 3, 2018.

    But that night that access to 1st semester course grades will end as the sync with PowerSchool will be restarted so that new students and schedule changes can start showing in Canvas on January 4, 2018.

    To see student grades and other reports for a completed course (including your 1st semester courses after 1/3/2018):

    1. Open the course in Canvas.
    2. Click People in the sidebar navigation.
    3. Click the gear icon at top right.
    4. Click View Prior Enrollments in the drop-down menu.
    5. Click on the name of the student.
    6. Click the Student Grades button at top right (or at bottom of screenin small windows).
    Other options you can invoke for former students include:
    • Interactions Report - teacher interactions with student
    • Access Report - student's use of Canvas
    • Outcomes Report
    • Analytics - summary charts and tables of student activity, communication, submissions, and grades
    Semester Conversion

    Paperscorer Tutorial Videos

    posted Oct 26, 2017, 3:24 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 7:49 AM ]

    We seem to have worked out many of the kinks in using the Paperscorer add-in to create bubble answer sheets for Canvas quizzes.

    The Paperscorer help page (accessed via the “Using Paperscorer for bubble answer sheets” category at BPSCANVAS.ORG) now features updated directions along with five tutorial videos.

    The directions and videos are also linked here in this post.

    Using the newer Canvas Quiz engine

    posted Oct 23, 2017, 1:37 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 5, 2018, 11:47 PM ]

    Canvas has a new quizzing engine, called the "Quizzes.Next" or sometimes called the "Quiz LTI".

    Among its many new features is the ability to tie individual questions to outcomes, which is quite difficult to pull off in the default Quiz engine.

    Quizzes LTI does NOT yet work with the LockDown Browser nor Paperscorer. We do NOT recommend it for graded quizzes.

    Using Quizzes.Next:

    You can use the “+ Quiz/Test” button when you go into Assignments in a Canvas course to activate the new Quizzing Engine:

    Quizzes LTI

    The existing Quizzes link in your Canvas courses is unchanged.

    Help with Quizzes.Next:

    5-week Canvas Progress Report with tips and tricks

    posted Sep 21, 2017, 12:35 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 6:29 AM ]

    Thanks to the 62 teachers at BHS who have published their courses thus far, we are already serving 25,000-50,000 page views per school day to 1,652 students. 

    So far there have been:
    • 1,464 assignments (131,511 page views)
    • 171 discussion topics (24,086 page views)
    • 3,013 uploaded files
    • 140 media recordings
    • lots of quizzes (134,449 page views)
    And that's with only having Chromebooks for freshmen and classroom Chromebooks carts for 10-12 English classes. Think of the usage we'll see as more teachers adopt Canvas and when every student has a Chromebook next year!

    Sharing Content in Canvas Commons

    Some teachers are eager to share Canvas resources with each other. One easy way to do this is via the Canvas Commons. You can upload course content to the Commons and specify that it be available to a specific group of your fellow teachers.

    To set up a group of teachers who will share resources, just send Granger Meador a school email indicating you want to set up a group, specifying the name of the group (e.g. BPSD Spanish I) and who should be the group manager or managers. He'll set it up and then the manager can go into the Commons and add other teachers to the group. Those teachers can then upload specific content, specifying that it go the group. The manager can manage the uploaded resources, add and delete members of the group, etc.

    Here are specific instructions:

    Helpful Links

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Canvas Cheat Sheets

    Online Training Courses

    Kung Fu Canvas

    Great Online Help from Canvas

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