03 Feb 2017
Have you ever had the feeling that you are spending time communicating with parents and students and they just aren’t reading it? Are they checking their email? Are they checking grades? Do they have a Canvas or Infinite Campus account set up? Did they watch that cool video I sent them?   Here are some ways that you can see how people are engaging with your resources you share:   Infinite Campus Portal Usage: There is a report in Infinite Campus where you can view how often your students and parents access Infinite Campus to see who is engaged and…
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27 Jan 2017
  The DLCs created "17 Ways to Ignite Your Teaching in 2017" to help generate new ideas for your classroom. We are going to highlight some of the ideas presented in 17 in 2017 each week throughout the rest of the school year. This week the spotlight is on Adobe Spark. Spark is a set of 3 tools (Post, Page, and Video) that are available on the web and in Self-Service on the iPads. All three tools give students a quick, creative, and visual way to show what they know. Click on the link below to learn more about Adobe…
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19 Jan 2017
No matter how many times I create a course in Canvas, I wonder if it is really working for my students. My course has looked different every year, at times even every unit, as I have tried to find the best way to engage students into my online course content. Luckily, Canvas has some tried and true suggestions to make your course a powerful learning tool for your students.   The DLC’s were introduced to a Canvas video series called the FastTrack. There are over 30 short videos on how to create a more engaging canvas course. Each video is…
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28 Apr 2016
A few years ago, Shakopee looked at many different learning management (LMS) platforms such as Canvas, Schoology, It’s Learning, and Moodle. Many of those in attendance loved the flexibility that Canvas offered over its competitors. While Canvas was not used by many school districts in Minnesota at the time, it was clear that they were expanding their reach across the country because they have a solid product that continues to improve. Nearly three years later, Canvas has spread to Minnesota K12 school districts including Duluth, Wayzata, Proctor, Esko, De La Salle, and more. It’s cool to be the trendsetters, right?!…
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