Canvas (BPSCANVAS.ORG)

Canvas
Canvas is a Learning Management System from Instructure which is available in Bartlesville across grades 6-12 in 2017-2018. Some instructors use it for course calendars, digital assignments, secure class discussions, etc. You can access it by going to


(The remainder of this webpage is devoted to supporting FACULTY who are using Canvas.)

Recent Announcements

  • Kung Fu Canvas now available to 6-12 certified staff 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 pointsearn equipment incentives ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 7:14 PM by Granger Meador
  • 2nd Semester Transition in Canvas 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 ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2017, 7:27 AM by Granger Meador
  • Paperscorer Tutorial Videos 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 ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2017, 7:49 AM by Granger Meador
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HELP LINKS FOR CANVAS:

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 ]

Paperscorer
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.

Beta version of new Quizzing engine available

posted Oct 23, 2017, 1:37 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 11:50 AM ]

Quizzes LTI
Canvas has a new quizzing engine, called the "Quizzes LTI", that is in an unfinished beta state. We've asked that it be activated in the district so that we can experiment with it. 

Among its many new features is the reported ability to tie individual questions to outcomes, whereas currently only an entire Quiz can be tied to outcomes. If we can get that to work, it would help us with curricular assessments.

However, we have no idea when or if the Quizzes LTI will work with PaperScorer, and this is a new unfinished tool, so we’ll proceed cautiously.

Teachers may optionally choose to try it out with their classes, but should be aware that all of its features are not yet complete and it could have hiccups. 

We have been told that Quizzes LTI will replace the existing "Quizzes" option in Canvas next academic year. We have also been told we will be given a way to import quizzes made with the older “Quizzes” tool into new courses, so we should not lose access to them.

So if you are feeling brave, you can experiment with this new Quizzes LTI, but use it at your own risk.

Accessing the new Quizzes LTI:

Once it is activated by Canvas, you will see a new “+ Quiz/Test” button when you go into Assignments in a Canvas course:

Quizzes LTI

You can click that button to invoke the new quiz engine. The existing Quizzes link in your Canvas courses is unchanged.

Help with the new Quizzes LTI:

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 ]


Canvas
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

Canvas ready for 2017-2018 across grades 6-12

posted Jul 31, 2017, 11:59 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 12:04 PM ]


Canvas
Canvas is online and ready for the 2017-2018 school year and can be used by teachers and students across grades 6-12. It is not, however, licensed below grade 6, so elementary school teachers and students should not access the service.
Please be aware that you can see current schedule information in Canvas but bear in mind that schedules will be in flux during student registration and as staffing is finalized. So please refrain from contacting site personnel about what you see in Canvas until teachers report back on August 14.

Heaviest use this year will be in the Freshman Academy since those students are receiving Chromebooks to use at school and at home. The teachers in Freshman Academy will be expected to begin using Canvas for their course calendars and to create, submit, and grade at least one digital assignment each quarter.  

Teachers in grades 10-12 will be asked to begin explore using Canvas, but since their students do not yet have Chromebooks, they likely would find the most useful aspects to be the Course Calendar function and using Canvas as a way to allow students to download copies of misplaced or forgotten assignments and for long-term absences.

Training in 2017-2018

Most training will continue to focus on grades 9-12 since middle school students will not receive Chromebooks until 2019-2020, but an online training course is now available for teachers in grades 6-8.

Workshops for 9-12 Teachers

  • EventBrite invitations to optional workshops on 8/2 and 8/8 were emailed to BHS teachers by Paula Amen during the last full week of July. Each day will have a morning session on setting up your course(s) in Canvas and an afternoon session on digital assignments.
  • The same sessions on setting up courses and digital assignments will be offered to interested teachers at BHS on the morning of Wednesday, August 16.
  • Additional training and support sessions will be offered before and after school and during planning periods during the 2017-2018 school year.

Kung Fu Canvas
Kung Fu Canvas for 9-12 Teachers

9-12 teachers will continue to have access to the online Kung Fu Canvas for Bruins training program, and its equipment awards, until June 2018. Visit KUNGFUCANVAS.ORG for more information.

Canvas Challenge for 6-12 Staff

Canvas Challenge
All staff members in grades 6-12 may choose to take the online Canvas Challenge for Bruins training program. They should request access by sending an email to that effect to Granger Meador using their district email account.

While there are no equipment awards for this program, the tentative plan is to revamp Kung Fu Canvas for Bruins and its equipment awards in the summer of 2018 and begin offering the updated program to classroom teachers across grades 6-8 and new teachers in grades 9-12 in 2018-2019.

Google Cloud Assignments & Google Drive now integrated into Canvas

posted Jan 29, 2017, 10:42 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 29, 2017, 10:42 AM ]

We have great news! On 1/29/2017 the district enabled new features in Canvas that integrate tightly with Google Drive and the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps.

Teachers can now create Google Docs Cloud Assignments. They create a template docs, sheet, or slide in their own Google Drive and then can quickly link it to a new Canvas assignment. When students open the assignment, they get their own copy of the template document which they can edit directly in Canvas and then submit.

Teachers and students also have direct access to their Google Drive from within Canvas. In the Course Navigation Menu in the left sidebar for any course, there is a now a Google Drive link which can be used to quickly open and edit an existing Google App file. 
Detailed instructions are online and can be accessed anytime with the "Using Google Drive & Apps in Canvas" link on the bpscanvas.org webpage.

Google Apps

BHS faculty earning Kung Fu Canvas belts

posted Jan 18, 2017, 12:03 AM by District Webmaster   [ updated Jan 29, 2017, 11:08 AM by Granger Meador ]

 
BHS faculty earned 9 Yellow Belts & 6 Orange Belts on the first full day of Kung Fu Canvas, and they've been racking up belts ever since.

In less than two weeks, faculty members had earned:
  • 31 Yellow Belts for a Chromebook
  • 25 Orange Belts for a Chromebook Case
Those who earn the Yellow and Orange belts get their computers and cases months earlier than those who wait for the general 9-12 faculty distribution in late May.

There are additional awards which faculty members can only obtain by earning Kung Fu Canvas belts, and a dozen folks are already earning them:
  • 12 Blue Belts for a Bluetooth Mouse (available sometime in February)
  • 8 Green Belts for a Spare Chromebook Charger (March if not sooner!)
  • 7 Brown Belts for a Headset with Microphone (April if not sooner!)
  • 5 Black Belts for a Digitizer Tablet (May if not sooner!)
Given the enthusiasm of my colleagues, I'm working with Tech Services to accelerate availability of more rewards for mid-to-late February rather than wait until March, April, and May.

I appreciate the effort and dedication so many have already put into learning Canvas and look forward to distributing many more teaching tools in the coming months!
Kung Fu Canvas
Remember, all 9-12 classroom teachers, counselors, and librarians are welcome to join in to earn their first belt whenever they can find the time for 1.5 to 2 hours of training videos and a couple of simple assignments.

Just email Granger Meador to ask to be enrolled in Kung Fu Canvas.

Kung Fu Canvas for 9-12 Teachers (KUNGFUCANVAS.ORG)

posted Jan 14, 2017, 9:33 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 7:08 AM ]

Kung Fu Canvas
Granger Meador
I'm Granger Meador and handle district technology & communications. I'm overseeing the 
Kung Fu Canvas for Bruins course for Bartlesville's teachers, administrators, and counselors in grades 6-12. This training course, given in Canvas itself, will help you use Canvas with your students.

  • Due to funding limitations, for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year:
    • Equipment incentives for ALL belts are available to 9-12 teachers.
    • The Bluetooth mouse incentive is available to 6-8 teachers who complete the Yellow, Orange, and Blue belts. 
      • Teachers in grades 6-8 who choose to earn the last three belts this academic year will receive those or similar equipment incentives in the 2018-2019 school year. Frankly, since your students won't have their own Chromebooks until 2020-2021, waiting until next school year for those belts is A-OK.

What is Canvas?

The Canvas Learning Management System is how you will harness the power of Chromebooks your students will use at school and at home. 

Each class in PowerSchool already has a matching Canvas course in which instructors can post a course calendar and assignments. Your students can also complete and submit digital assignments and assessments, have class discussions, and more. 

What is Kung Fu Canvas?

It’s a participation-based Canvas course with training videos and instructions to help you learn how to use Canvas with your classes. The course has six belts you can earn; for each one you complete you will receive an instructional tool you can use at school and at home.* 

Each belt takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, and confirmed completion of each belt earns you two staff development points. You can start and stop anytime, with any computer’s web browser, to fit your schedule.

 EACH BELT YOU'LL LEARN  YOU'LL THEN EARN 
 
Yellow Belt
  • Account setup 
  • Basic features

2 inservice points
 
Orange Belt
 
  • Content pages
  • Assignments
  • Gradebook
  
 
2 inservice points
 
Blue Belt
 
  • Discussions
  • Quizzes
  
  Bluetooth Mouse
+2 inservice points
Mouse
SNOW DAY MAKE-UPS:
  • All teachers in grades 6-8, as well as high school teachers who joined the BHS staff in 2017-2018, who earn a Blue Belt do NOT have to make-up the 2018 snow day.
  • High school teachers who were on the BHS staff in 2016-2017 must  complete the entire Kung Fu Canvas course and earn a Black Belt to be released from making up the 2018 snow day, since they could earn a Blue Belt last year and excuse the 2017 snow day.
 
Green Belt
 
  • Course organization
  • SpeedGrader
 
  Extra charger
+2 inservice points
Charger

 
Brown Belt
 
  • Outcomes
  • Rubrics
  • Quiz banks
 
  Headset with microphone
+2 inservice points
Headset
 
Black Belt
 
  • Course analytics
  • Imports
  • Apps
  
  Intuos Draw Digitizer Tablet
+2 inservice points
Tablet
INCLEMENT WEATHER DAY MAKE-UPS:
  • Each belt earned after 1/15/2018 will count as 2 of the 6 inservice points needed to make-up the inclement weather day.

* THE FINE PRINT:
  • Awarded equipment will be checked out to each teacher upon request after completion of each belt. A teacher who is not interested in an item need not request it.
  • State law requires that all bond-funded equipment be returned if teacher leaves district employment.
  • Staff members who are confirmed belt owners will earn two inservice points per belt, as updated periodically by the ESC.
  • We think we have enough on hand to provide equipment incentives for 9-12 teachers across all belts this fiscal year. But we will not have funding for equipment incentives for 6-8 teachers beyond the Blue Belt until the 2018-2019 academic year. Those teachers' students won't have their own Chromebooks until the 2020-2021 school year.

HOW DO I ENROLL?

If you are a classroom teacher or counselor for grades 6-12, send Granger Meador an email to tell him you're ready. He'll enroll you in the course and you'll receive, in your district email account, an invitation to join it.

The presentation at the bottom of this webpage will you get oriented.

How do I login to Canvas?

You can use any web browser on a desktop or laptop computer to login to Canvas. There you can take the Kung Fu Canvas course, once you are enrolled, as well as manage your own Canvas courses as their instructor. There are Canvas apps for mobile devices, but some Kung Fu Canvas videos may not display in them; feel to try, though. You can't break anything.

Navigate to bartlesville.instructure.com and enter your usual district network login username and password. Click on Courses, then Kung Fu Canvas (or All Courses before that if needed) to open the course and begin.

How does the course work?

As you begin the course, just follow the prompts as you read each page. They will lead you through it. You'll be prompted to view several videos for each belt. Sometimes you'll need to contribute to an online discussion. In some belts there is one digital assignment you'll do, submitting a screenshot of your work for Granger to grade. Don't worry, they're all just completion grades. We're trying to get your toes wet, not make you swim laps.

Do you have some course tips?
  • You can start and stop at any time. You can take as long as you need for any lesson, and retake parts of the course if you like. You can even skip around, BUT you must earn the belts in order. (For example, you can't earn an Orange Belt without having already earned a Yellow Belt, and so forth.)
  • To quickly reach where you left off, or browse through other parts of the course, use the Modules link in the course sidebar. Scroll through the lessons and click on where you need to resume.
  • Module entries indicate ones where you must View content and others where you must Contribute to a discussion or Submit an assignment. There are points shown on assignments, but don't worry, it's always just a completion grade.
  • Playback Speed
    Some videos can be sped up (or slowed down) by clicking on the 1.00x control at the lower right of the video window.
  • When you complete an entire module, including creating any practice work, such as simple pages or assignments, and have contributed to any required discussions, you'll be told you've earned the belt for that module and the corresponding Canvas badge.
  • You can see the badges you've earned by visiting your Canvas profile: while logged in, click on Account, then Profile, then My Badges. You'll have to authorize the Canvasbadges app.
  • Once you've earned a badge, to request the device that comes with it, please send Granger an email and tell him which badge you have just earned. He will review your submissions and assist you with any issues. Periodically he'll put in teachers' mailboxes the equipment they've earned. It is then theirs to use at school and at home. Please be patient, as he has plenty to do in the district.
Please understand that we used up some unanticipated grant funds to accelerate deployment of staff Chromebooks in grades 6-8, and we will not have funding for equipment incentives beyond the Blue Belt for those teachers until 2018-2019.

Since all items were purchased with bond issue funds, they must remain the property of the district. So if you leave district employment, you will need to check them back in. Otherwise, they are yours to keep and to use, even if you change school sites within the district.

Setting Up 2nd Semester Courses

posted Dec 15, 2016, 7:15 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 7:18 PM ]

A new semester brings a new Canvas course for each set of classes due to how Canvas integrates with the PowerTeacher Gradebook.

A new help file, with lots of screen shots, can help you locate your 2nd semester courses in Canvas, set them up by copying selected elements from the corresponding first semester Canvas course, and then publish the new course(s) for you and your students to use in the new semester:
If you run into obstacles, please contact Granger Meador. We appreciate everyone who is giving Canvas a whirl during this pilot year!

Canvas Course Setup

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