Here is an list of example college-level courses created in Canvas (BLEND). take note of some of the design tools they use.
Online Tools to add Spice to your BLEND Pages
Piktochart - free for basic use, infographics: instructions/overview in BLEND
Canva.com - free for basic use, image editor
Google slides can be easily embedded, but the tool is only as good as your slides! Here are some tips on making your slides spicy!
ASSIGNMENTS vs. ENTRIES
Assignments will link to something you've created in assignments, but you can create an entry that can include a link to anything, such as a module, page, discussion, etc. Use the "more options" button to easily add more details in an entry.
Add notes to yourself in the calendar.
The SAMR model is useful as you try to "Level Up" your blended learning in BLEND.
Real People examples (with images)
Work of Others from Kathy Schrock's Guide:
Sources of Information
As we move towards a paperless environment, having students have a private, secure place to store their assignments can be useful. An ePortfolio in Canvas could also be used to replace "notebook checks," since students can load items to the site, organize them be unit/grading period, then submit a link to the teacher for the portfolio to be scored.
TCEA Handouts from past session
Here are a few technology tools that might work well in your classrooms.
Desmos - Graphic Calculator and Simulation tool
Lucidchart- Infographics, flowcharts, diagrams
Padlet - Collaborative tool (like a blank white/bulletin board, students add content)
Quizlet - testing/reviewing activities
Haiku Deck - presentations
Prezi - presentations
H5P - multiple activities: presentations, quizzes, charts, games, etc.
Blended Learning Models
There are multiple models for Blended Learning. Read information about a couple of models that might be a good fit for your classroom.
Today, members of the Innovative Technology Late Start committee previewed Blend 101, the AISD new LMS (learning management system) to be rolled out for 2017-2018. A Q & A session followed. Many members were already familiar with Blend because they use or have tried the Canvas LMS. Questions focused on how this would be useful/helpful for teachers and students, importing, and general questions.
This week, group members briefly discussed the 1-on-1 device opportunity that AISD is potentially rolling out next year for freshman. Afterwards, Cherry Whipple gave a brief overview of Canvas, the district's new LMS system being implemented next year at Austin High. Group members agreed to test out the LMS by creating a sample course to play around with options. Feedback provided by the sample courses will be used to help plan a campus-wide training in the Spring.