CanvasBy Tom Dougherty
20 August 2020
Canvas answers the needs of students
Our education system is in a sticky place. I should know. My eldest son works in school administration and his wife is a professor. These days have been anything but easy, what with remote students signing in for work and lectures, social distancing in classrooms, and keeping locations disinfected and clean. Distant teaching isn’t easy, but teachers are fighting the good fight. I’ve picked up as much by way of helping my grandkids with classwork. Both of whom have everything assigned through Canvas. Let me tell you, without school interfaces like this one, and our students would be up the creek without a paddle.
If you’ve never heard of Canvas, that’s because it’s only accessible in the field of education. Students log into Canvas via the internet. Once in, they enter a home page that features links to all of their enrolled classes. From there, they simply select a section, read the newest announcements, check assignments, complete and turn them in, and connect with teachers (either by email, discussion board, or even in a live video setting). It’s an extraordinary tool that bridges the gap between teacher and student when working at a distance.
Canvas a godsend, but what’s next?
From a strategic perspective, Canvas can do a little bit more. As is, usage is strictly need-based, not a preferred option. Before that, it served as a supplementary platform. If remote learning teaches us anything, being fully prepared at a moment’s notice is critical, especially with the fluctuating state of the pandemic.
“Canvas has been brilliant in providing a crucial solution for educators and parents. But that brilliance is only known by those who use it. In these times, the system should be instilled in every district and used as an ongoing tool and not a quick-fix ticket item.”
Canvas has been brilliant in providing a crucial solution for educators and parents. But that brilliance is only known by those who use it. In these times, the system should be instilled in every district and used as an ongoing tool and not a quick-fix ticket item. Because remote learning might be part of the new normal. Meaning, even if/when we get a COVID-19 vaccine, is everyone willing to send their children to school? Maybe, but the remote learning wars are just beginning.
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