Mr. Gabbard professes his love of Canvas in his February 14 blog entry here on the Next Gen site, but I will speak of an attempted break-up.
I’ve always hated making copies and standing at the copy machine. I hate seeing lots of papers piled up around my desk. So, one of my goals as a teacher is to try to use Canvas to reduce the amount of photocopies and paper. I was hoping to take a before and after picture showing you my messy area and then my tidy area brought about by a loyal relationship with Canvas. Here’s the before photo. Papers everywhere! Alas, there is no “after” picture! …yet! I’ve failed at breaking up with the copy machine. My desk, shelves, and horseshoe table look pretty much the same after three months of trying to break up.
Here’s why I still visit the copy machine:
Right now I am not efficient with Canvas, but I’ve made lots of improvements. It is part of our daily work, and I have cut back on some copier time. I do like Canvas, and I foresee that be there will be balance to the paper pros listed above. Here’s what excites me about Canvas:
My conclusion after three months of trying to use Canvas more is that it’s going to take more time for me to use it efficiently to teach, communicate, and keep records of learning. Right now, for me, blending paper tools for learning with online tools is a better option than completely breaking up with the copy machine. I will, however, continue to ask myself each time I feel like heading to the copier, “Could I convert this to a Canvas assignment?”
Today's thoughts come to us from Ms. Natalie Wise. Natalie teaches third and fourth graders at the Hibberd Program Building at Richmond Community Schools. She still hangs out with the copy machine sometimes