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Learning with Canvas

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Communication through Canvas

​​​​​​​One of the most consistent comments shared re​garding the ALP in the spring was the number of organizational systems and communication tools families were asked to navigate. To streamline that process, all Rockwood teachers, K-12, will use four ke​y fea​tures of the Canvas learning management system to streamline academic communication with families.

​Feature 1: Calendar & Due Dates​​

  • All teachers will provide assignment due dates in the Canvas calendar.
  • The Canvas calendar generates a “to-do” list that streamlines assignments from all courses in one place.

Feature 2: Inbox

  • Students and parents can communicate with teachers through the inbox. 
  • Elementary students will have the capability of communicating with their teachers in a safe, monitored environment. 

Feature 3: Course Information/Class Expectations

  • Teachers will post course information and expectations on their Canvas courses.
  • Parents and students will have open access to this information throughout the year.

Feature 4: Link to Lessons

  • Teachers will post links to all lessons in Canvas.
  • Canvas will serve as an academic resource hub for all courses.

​​​Grading and Feedback

  • Standard grading and feedback process will remain in place with no changes.
  • Teachers will provide timely feedback to students. 
  • Teachers will be available for daily individual tutoring sessions and open office hours.​

​Canvas Observer Role for Parents

​Parents will serve a crucial function in helping their children navigate learning with Canvas through an "Observer" role. In Canvas, Observers have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course without interrupting the flow of daily course communication. Observers may be able to view assignments, course events and grades for a student in the Canvas Parent app.

Parents must first create a Canvas Observer account before they can access the Observer feature. Watch a v​​ideo tutorial on setting up and utilizing Campus Observer accounts. You can also view the Google Slides presentation and visit the links below for more information.​​


What Does Canvas Look Like?

Below is a sample screenshot​ of what a secondary landing page looks like.​