Friday, October 15, 2021

Import Final Report Card Grades from Canvas to ProgressBook

 

Import Final Report Card Grades

Import from Canvas to ProgressBook with NO manual typing.



Created by Scott Aten, October 15, 2021
At the beginning of the school year you were given the choice of using the sync option to bring grades to ProgressBook or doing not syncing and manually type in the final grade on the report card at the end of the nine weeks.  What I didn't say at the time was that I was hoping to find a way to bring in the final grades to ProgressBook WITHOUT manually typing in all the final grades.  Good New! There is a way and this blog post will describe how to do it.

ONLY APPLILES TO STAFF THAT ARE NOT SYNCING GRADES 
So if you are doing the daily or weekly sync of each assignment into ProgressBook from Canvas, you can stop reading because this post does not apply to you.  For the rest of you here we go...

BASIC STEPS
  1. Download your grades from Canvas as a spreadsheet
  2. Make a few edits to the spreadsheet to get it ready 
  3. Create an assignment in ProgressBook and copy that assignment to all the classes you teach.
  4. Import Spreadsheet (final grade) into the assignment in ProgressBook
  5. At report card time click "check/equals" and you are done with report cards
Now that you have the basic idea of what we are going to do, you are ready to look at the actual directions.  I have created both a written step-by-step document that tells you exactly what to do as well as a video of me doing all the steps that you can watch.


Video Demonstration


That is all you need to do.  Follow these steps and your Canvas Final Grade will match perfectly to your ProgressBook Report Card grade.

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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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Built in Annotation Assignment Type in Canvas

 

Annotations in Canvas

Using the Built in Annotation Assignment Type in Canvas



Created by Scott Aten, September 16, 2021
New for this school year is the option of creating an "Annotation" type assignment for students in Canvas as a part of an online submission assignment.  This type of assignment will totally replace the use of Kami for this type of activity.  The challenge with the free version of Kami has been the saving of student work and then getting the annotated copy turned into the teacher.  All of these issue go away by using the annotation option built into Canvas.

What can the student's do?
  • complete the annotation assignment directly in Canvas.
  • add text boxes to a document
  • draw lines on a document
  • highlight on a document
  • add comments to a document
  • easily submit the assignment when finished
See how it works


Remember you can easily convert a paper document to a PDF with any building copy machine, so go ahead and eliminate all the paper on your desk by using this awesome feature of Canvas.


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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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Save your Responses in Forms

 

Save your Responses in Forms

Now you can go back into a form/quiz and finish later



Created by Scott Aten, May 13, 2021
Green has volunteered to be a part of a Google Beta program that will allow a student to begin a form/quiz and save the responses prior to submitting the form.  This means a student could begin a quiz and then come back and finish the quiz later. The answers they have entered will be saved for up to 30 days making it so they can come back into a quiz and finish it anytime within that time period.

How can this help?
  • Student is taking a quiz and they loose power on the Chromebook.  Now they can come back into the quiz and finish without starting over.
  • If a student loses WiFi,  once they are back online they can resume a quiz picking up where they left off.
  • Students begin a quiz but were not able to finish because the period ended.  Now they can resume the next class period.
The responses are auto saved, so there is nothing they need to do to get this to work.  To get back into the quiz, all they will need it the link to the quiz.

We are a part of a beta program on this feature, so there may be some bugs, but I tried it on a form that I made and it worked as expected.  Just keep this in mind while the feature is in beta.


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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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.




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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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.

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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