Technology Resources for Families
❂ WHAT IS CANVAS?
Canvas is a Learning Management system (LMS) that helps simplify teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools that teachers, students and parents use into one place.
WHAT DOES CANVAS DO FOR PARENTS?
Canvas gives parents an everyday overview of their student's learning interactions including calendars, assignments, student submissions, and class resources. As a parent, not only will you be able to see assignment details like due date, instructions, and requirements, you can also customize your notifications so you will be alerted when new assignments are posted. Please note that Canvas does not standardize the way teachers choose to organize their curriculums. Course designs and features will vary from one course &/or grade level to the next.
WHERE SHOULD I GO IF I WANT TO SEE MY STUDENT'S OVERALL COURSE GRADE?
While parents may see some individual assignment grades in Canvas, they should still check Infinite Campus to view overall course grades because it's the platform the district uses to house historical grading data, report cards, and student achievement data that must be reported to the state. That's why Infinite Campus is the place to look for overall course grades.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFINITE CAMPUS AND CANVAS ?
Infinite Campus is a student information system (SIS). It's where student transcripts, demographics, class schedules, report cards, and current overall course grades are housed.
Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) that is better suited for giving parents access to assignment details (due dates, requirements, descriptions, etc.), course resources, and student submissions. For assignments collected through Canvas, parents can view student submissions and see the date and time assignments are submitted.
Infinite Campus (Student Information
Watch the video below for more information on the differences between Canvas & Infinite Campus.
CAN PARENTS VIEW MULTIPLE STUDENTS WITH ONE PARENT ACCOUNT?
Yes. You will see "Observing" under account settings. Select it and choose the option to add another child. Each student you add will require a unique pairing code. See Parents Accessing Canvas video below for more information.
WHAT DOES "OBSERVER" MEAN?
"Observer" is the title Canvas gives to parents or other authorized persons who have access to view a course but are not active participants in the course.
HOW CAN PARENTS CREATE A CANVAS ACCOUNT?
Parents can sign up as an observer in Canvas. Observers can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.
Note: Students must first log into their account to provide a pairing code.
Students may access Canvas by logging into their Clever portal OR by going to their Gmail account and clicking on the "waffle" grid of dots (app launcher) in the upper right corner and then scrolling down to find the Canvas app.
Clever is a one-stop portal for students and teachers giving them single sign on access to applications. Students or teachers simply sign on to our Clever USD 373 Portal using their USD 373 Google credentials. Once signed in, apps that require users to sign on can be accessed by simply clicking on the app. Best of all, this service is free to school districts!
Visit the Clever site to learn more about the company.