Edcanvas is one if my favorite new tools. Teachers and students can use this simple, yet powerful Web 2.0 tool to organize and share content with anyone in a visually pleasing format. The "canvas" part of Edcanvas is where you arrange videos, links, images, and files around any topic of your choosing. Edcanvas has built-in search tools so that you do not have to leave your Edcanvas account in order to locate resources. Teachers can set up classes, enroll students, then track each student's progress though a presentation, including time spent on each slide, comments, and even share quizzes.
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When you share a canvas of materials with your students they can give the materials a thumbs-up to show that they understand the materials or they can ask questions about the materials. You can also see if your students actually looked at all of the materials that you have shared with them. See these options in action in the video below.
You can learn more about Edcanvas by participating in the Edvanvas presentation about Edcanvas below. If you are unable to view the project below, you can view it on the web by clicking "View in Edcanvas" or by following this link: Intro to Edcanvas
I really like Edcanvas as a tool for flipped classrooms. One of the most common questions I have heard from teachers who are curious about flipped classrooms is, "How do I know if students have watched the video?" With Edcanvas, you can track student progress and even give assessments to check for their understanding of the content. We have also been using Edcanvas in conjunction with our new LMS, Canvas by Instructure with great results. We'll be talking more about Canvas at the conference and on this blog. Stay tuned.