A journey with Canvas LMS is like building a tent. Every step has been a process. My journey began about a year ago when I was selected to serve on the committee charged with finding a Learning Management System (LMS) that would meet the needs of our school district. Just like in camping, we had to start by searching for an LMS that would provide a strong foundation with few ruts. After sitting through many presentations, I knew Canvas was it.
At the beginning of this school year, I could not wait to start learning how to use Canvas. I already knew where I wanted to go, but I didn’t know how to get there. Here is where the support comes in. I spent hours with our district E-Learning Specialist. Together we began building the tent. I learned how to build my Homepage. The specialist helped me make pages and upload pictures so the pages were eye catching. Just like pitching a tent, it took several hours of hard work. Once it was done, I had pages that would house my learning for the week.
The next step was to build the fire of interest. Without this fire, there would be no need for the tent. I spent weeks allowing my students to log into Canvas and explore what was available. I soon began to post the vocabulary words and the spelling words for the week. My students were required to use the computers or iPads to log in and complete their stations. One week, one of our spelling words was pessimistic. A parent shared with me that her son was arguing with his grandmother over something and the child asked his mom for her phone. She gave it to him and he logged onto Canvas. He looked for the word pessimistic and pointed to it and told the grandmother that she was being very pessimistic.
Once the fire was lit, I had to learn what else I could use Canvas for. I was lucky enough to be selected to be part of the Next Gen Leadershiop Cadre; here was where the sky became the limit. I learned to tweet, blog, and create content through this program. My students have learned to navigate through the modules. In fact, one student finished a module and asked when I would be posting the next one.
“Once the fire was lit, I had to learn what else I could use Canvas for."
I have not completed my journey with Canvas. I have just begun to think about where I can take my students next. With Canvas, anything is possible because of how user friendly it is.
Today's post comes to us from Jeanne Hendricks. Jeanne is a third grade teacher. She has been impacting children's lives in the classroom for 15 years. Jeanne is married and has three wonderful college-aged children.