Freshman year was the most confusing time of my life in terms of technology. My school was transitioning to accepting Canvas, but half of my classes still had their own website, Google Drive, Moodle, or Showbie. I never knew where I could find the PowerPoints for class, the calendars, or where the homework was. Every day was a constant struggle trying to remember which class was connected with each app, and more often than not I was submitting Spanish homework to my history teacher.

"...when I look back I realize how much Canvas has changed my life for the better and made me an all-around improved and organized student."

Canvas came sophomore year and changed my life. All of a sudden, everything made sense and everything was in one place. The color-coded blocks of each class make it almost impossible to submit to the wrong class, and the different modules make it easy to download any notes or activities I need for class. I finally felt like a technology wizard when I would have the PowerPoints pre-downloaded for class and was then airdropping them to other students who had not yet adopted the Canvas lifestyle. The file upload button on the assignment turn in is my favorite thing in the world because I do not have to change from a Doc to a PDF or vice versa, and I can just submit straight from Notability.

As someone who is trying to have a minimal amount of stuff to carry around on a daily basis, Canvas helps keep my life completely paper-free because all of my calendars are linked to the app, and I no longer have to turn in paper copies of my homework. I can literally just go to school with only my iPad most days and be good to go thanks to Canvas. Its simplicity, organization, and central location for everything school-related makes me take Canvas for granted every day, but when I look back I realize how much Canvas has changed my life for the better and made me an all-around improved and organized student.

Keep learning,

Maddie Whitney
Senior at Presentation High School (California)

 

*Glow Up is defined as "an amazing transformation"