CanvasCon, the yearly Canvas conference was held last month in Sydney. There were over 900 attendees from 6 countries in the Asia/Pacific region. We met with other K-12 schools and learned so much from their sharing. These are our top 5 reflections.
1. Consistent Approach
The schools that are leading Canvas innovations are those that have a whole school approach to teaching and learning. Canvas is a tool used to support teaching and learning innovation at these schools, and is not an innovation tool on its own.
2. Flexible Learning
The vision for Canvas is that it is a tool that will support flexible learning. As a company they are continuing to build partnerships with big companies like Microsoft and Google. They are continuing to develop tools to support differentiation for all learners.
3. Professional Learning
Schools have recognised that while Canvas is an easy to use tool, continual PL is key for seamless integration with the curriculum. Many schools use Canvas as a community hub for PL, and have Canvas Leaders who are able to work 1:1 with teachers in their classrooms.
4. Student Experience
Research has shown that students who continually receive formative feedback perform better on assessment tasks. Canvas has amazing built in tools to be able to provide students with this type of feedback. Feedback can be given in text, audio and even video formats.
5. Collaboration & Community
Canvas has an amazing community of learners both off and online. There are groups specific to K-12, our region and interests. You can join in at https://community.canvaslms.com.
Everyone is so willing to share - all you have to do is ask!
Sara Frizelle, PhD
Head of Digital Learning Innovation, Kristin School
Year 2 Teacher, Kristin School