CanvasCon 2020 may be over, but we are still riding the high of bringing 30,000 educators together to network, connect, and learn. Although this year’s event was full of new faces, there were also a few that we see every year. In a recent livestream session, we sat down with five of these CanvasCon veterans and Canvas experts to hear about their favorite moments from our very first CanvasCon Online.
Here are their top takeaways.
- Literacy is the birthright of every single one of us, and everyone has powerful stories to tell. “He reminded me that some of the greatest storytellers are educators because we have to keep finding ways to keep students engaged,” said Marcus Painter, Coordinator of Digital Learning. But don’t take his word for it, watch LeVar Burton’s keynote address.
- Meeting students where they are academically and emotionally has never been more important. Learn more about how to humanize online courses in Kona Jones’ session, “Designing for Kindness.” Although this session has a higher education focus, K–12 educators in the group agreed that these best practices should be used universally, especially as they strive to prepare students for the next step in their education.
- Canvas can be used for little learners, too. If you don’t believe it, watch Anastasia Luc’s session, “Taking the Leap to Launch Canvas in Primary Classrooms” for Canvas implementation best practices. She shares her insights into accelerating teacher buy-in and boosting digital literacy for young learners.
- “Students are more important than the content we are giving them,” said Jim Wolf, Instructional Technology Specialist. One topic of much discussion was that beyond knowing how to use the tools within Canvas, educators need to lead with empathy and make sure students know they're supported.
- No educator is an island. The group urged Canvas users to lean on them and the rest of the Canvas Community, noting that connecting teachers with the right content is crucial in these times of change.
- “If you don’t like video conferencing, get over it,” said Megan Tolin, Assistant Professor at Trine University. Megan laughed as she repeated the infamous quote from her CanvasCon breakout session, “Tips for Successful Online & Hybrid Instruction,” reinforcing that students need to feel connected to their teachers and classmates, and video conferencing is the best way to stay close even when we have to be apart.
- CanvasCon on-demand sessions are the gifts that keep on giving. All five educators raved about the ability to share their favorite sessions with their colleagues after the event. The best part? You and your team can experience the event, too!
To hear more key insights from these powerhouse educators, we invite you to watch the full discussion below and follow them on Twitter to join their Canvas journey.
Marcus Painter @edtechmarcus
Jim Wolf @wjameswolf
Megan Tolin @mtolin
Kona Jones @KonaRJones
Dr. David Timbs @davidjtimbs