Thursday, April 22, 2021

Update to Google Meet

 

Update to Google Meet

Google Meet will have some changes in May 2021

Created by Scott Aten, April 22, 2021
Google continues to listen to teachers and is trying to make Google Meet an effective tool to use for teaching remotely.  Coming in May you will see some changes happening to Google Meet.  Many of these changes are things I have heard teachers ask for all year.  Here are some of the highlights:
  • Ability to remove the "You are presenting" box allowing you to still see all the students while presenting your screen
  • Ability to remove your video as one of the tiled cameras
  • Move all the Meet controls to the bottom of the screen for easy access
  • Move the Mute and End Call button away from each other so students don't accidently exit the Meet
While we do not have access to all these features at this time, Eric Curts has put out a video showing what all of these new features will look like when they arrive.  It is a good idea to watch this short video so you are not taken by surprise when the change happens.  We are a part of the Google Rapid Release program so we can expect to see these changes as early as May 3rd, but may take up to 15 days to hit everyone's account.  These changes will also impact the experience students will have as well.  BDA teachers may want to let their students know that Meet may look different for them in May.  These changes do not impact any of the other features you have been using, but are primarily "look and feel" type changes.




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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Create a Tab Canvas Page

 

Canvas

Organize a student's week with a tabbed Canvas Page



Created by Scott Aten, March 18, 2021
There is a lot of great content that has been created this year in Canvas courses throughout the district.  In working with teachers in each building, I have been exposed to a lot of different ideas on how to provide course content using the tools in Canvas.  I have to give a shout out to Lisa Pafford, GHS Health Teacher, for showing me this cool trick.

The idea here is to create a Canvas page that has built in tabs across the top where each tabbed section has different content.  In this example we make a tab for each day of the week.




It is not difficult to set this up and it actually allows you to build an entire week's worth of content all on one Canvas page.  I created a video that demonstrates how to set this up and how to begin to add content to the page tabs.



The code used in the video can be found on this Google Doc.  Simply open the document and copy and paste the code as shown in the video.  

If you end up using this trick, please drop Lisa an email (paffordlisa@greenlocalschools.org) letting her know you used the cool thing she found.

If you have another technique that you have found in Canvas, please let me know so I can share it with everyone.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Data Available in Canvas through New Analytics

 

Canvas

Data Available in Canvas through New Analytics



Created by Scott Aten, March 8, 2021
One nice feature of Canvas that we have not talked a lot about this year is the data available to teachers within the course. Canvas has actually made some updates to this section throughout the school year.  This post will cover some of the types of data you can find using "New Analytics".

New Analytics
The "New Analytics" button can be found on the homepage of any Canvas course in the left menu.  It is called "New" because of the updates they have made to the analytics tool during the school year.

Upon entering the "New Analytics" area, teachers are given the Average Course Grade.  This will give you an idea of the overall grade for the course.

Below this score is a menu of options: Course Grade, Weekly Online Activity, Students, and Reports.  The first three are all able to be filtered by section or viewed as a whole course if your sections are cross-listed.

Course Grade
The Course Grade area allows you to see the average course grade for student submitted assignments.  This graph can be changed from "Display shapes" to a "Data Table" by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner.  By using the "Display shapes" option, teachers can get more information on individual assignments. To access this simply click on the dots themselves.  This screen also provides a quick and easy way to message students about the assignment.  For example, a teacher could contact students whose grade falls below a certain score, are missing the assignment, or are late on the assignment.

Weekly Online Activity
The Weekly Online Activity shows average page views and average participation. There is a graph that can be changed to a table much like the Course Grades could be changed. By clicking on one of the dots in the graph, the teacher can see how specific students viewed pages or participated during a specific time period.  Below the graph/table is a list of all the resources connected with the course.  This information includes overall page views and participation as well.  

Students
The Students area allows teachers to dig into information on specific students.  The initial  screen shows the students grade, percentage of assignments turned in on time, when they last interacted with the course, when they last accessed the course, number of pages they have viewed, and total number of participations.

When a teacher clicks on a specific student's name, additional information becomes available.

Reports
The reports area is newer to Canvas Analytics, and can provide teachers with some good data.  Reports come as a CSV file which basically is a file that will open in a spreadsheet. Teachers will download this file and open it in Excel on a desktop or Google Sheets if it has been saved to Google Drive.  There are several different reports that can be run.


Since the report opens in a spreadsheet program, teachers can filter the data in many different ways to interpret the data.

The best way to understand all that New Analytics can show a teacher is to get in there and click around.  

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Solved: Synchronous classrooms and the Missing Assignment

 

Canvas

Solved: Synchronous classrooms and the Missing Assignment



Created by Scott Aten, February 11, 2021
For those Middle School and High School classes that are teaching synchronously, one issue that has come to our attention in Canvas is the "missing" assignment issue in the gradebook for your in-person students. The challenge is you have to give an assignment to all of your students but the in-person students are going to do something in class for the grade or turn it in on paper and the at home student need to turn it in through Canvas. The in-person students get a "missing" mark next to the grade that causes confusion for the student and even more so for the parents. You could go in and change each student to "none" in the side menu, but that would take a lot of time.
So here is the way to avoid extra work for you and keep parents and students on the same page as the teacher. 

Setting up the Assignment
  • Create your new assignment as you normally would.
  • Assign points, assignment type
  • Submission type needs provide two options: "Text Entry" and "File Upload". NOTE - If you are using the External Google LTI tool, you don't have to do anything special.  External tools don't mark things as "Missing" in the Canvas Gradebook.
  • Set your "Sync to ProgressBook" 
  • Assign should be "everyone"
  • Set your Due Date 
  • Save and Publish
What will the students Do?
In-person students can simply turn in the assignment to the teacher directly during class, BUT they also need to go into the assignment and type something in the text box.  Something like "I turned this in on paper". 
The teacher can enter the grade in on the "grade" page of Canvas after grading the student paper given in person.
The online students can submit the document using the file upload.  The teacher can grade the assignment using the SpeedGrader. 
That's it!  The parents and students will not see "Missing" on the assignment because technically both types of students turned something in through Canvas.  And the classroom teacher just has ONE assignment that will sync to PB correctly.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Creating Group Assignments in Canvas

 

Canvas

Creating Group Assignments in Canvas



Created by Scott Aten, February 5, 2021
Many of you have really started to get the hang of Canvas, so I thought it would be a good time to introduce the Group Assignment feature available in Canvas. Many times teachers create assignments for a group of students to work on together as a team. Canvas has the ability to allow these groups to be created and allow students to submit something as a group.
Group Options Canvas allows these "Group Sets" or groups of students to be created in several ways.
  1. The "Group Set" can be created manually by the teacher, meaning the teacher creates the groups.
  2. Canvas will randomly create the "Group Set". Cross-listed courses can still have these groups made within sections.
  3. Teacher can create the number of groups with a limit on number of students in the group and then the students sign-up for a group
Where are the "Group Sets" made? The course teacher can set these groups up by clicking on the "people" menu in their course. To create a new "Group Set", click the "+Group Set" button.

  • The teacher will be asked to provide a name for the Group Set. This can be anything but should represent. the type of work being done, so it is easy to distinguish from other groups you may make in the future.

  • Self Sign-up can be turned on if you want the students to pick their own groups. You can also require the students to be in the same section as the rest of their Group members. Students will need access to the "People" menu option if they are going to pick their own groups. The students will see the Group Set in the people area and be able to join one of the groups the teacher has created.

  • The Group structure allows the teacher to control the number of groups to be created, how many students are in each group, if the groups are randomly created by Canvas or if the teacher will create the groups.


  • Each "Group Set" has a group leader that can be assigned, randomly selected, or designated by the first student to sign-up for the group (option 3 above). When students are assigned to be a group leader, they can manage members of the group and edit the group name. However, they cannot change the number of members allowed in the group.

The teacher can always override and make changes to the groups even if the initial groups are generated by the Canvas.

NOTE - The Group Set needs to be created BEFORE the assignment is published.

How do I use the Group Sets in the Assignment?
With the Group Set created you are now ready to create the assignment itself. You begin by clicking the new assignment button. The assignment creation is the same as any other assignment where you include directions, assignment type, points, etc.

Some things to remember:
  • You can't use a group set until the students have been added to the groups. So if you are making the groups, they need to be made BEFORE you publish the assignment. Similarly if you are letting students pick their groups, they need to be picked BEFORE you publish the assignment. Grades and submissions may be affected for students who were not in a group at the time of assignment submission but who were later added to a group.
  • In Group assignments ONE submission will count for the entire group. Any group member can submit for the group.
  • The Google LTI tool CANNOT be used with group assignments.
  • Additional information from Canvas
To use the group set in the assignment you check the "This is a Group Assignment" box.

The teacher has the option to give each student their own individual grade or leave the grade 
as a group grade (meaning when you add the grade all students in the group get the same
grade).  The teacher also selects the created group here as well.  Notice that you can also 
begin the Group Set creation process from here as well (just remember students need to be
in the groups prior to publishing the assignment.)

Once the students are all in the groups, the teacher can publish the assignment and the students can get to work.

This may seem complicated, but once you have run a few group assignments it really is not too difficult.  This is a nice feature that Canvas offers to allow group work to continue digitally.

Please keep in mind if you ever need to schedule me for a 1-1 help session, these can be scheduled using this link.


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