Category Archives: Canvas

What Are the Training Plans Related To Canvas/1:1 for the 2017-18 School Year?

Here’s our draft plan for upcoming training in 16-17 related to Canvas and 1:1

 

October 9:  half day of Canvas training

Morning session:  300 secondary staff,  8am to 11:30am, held at VSW.  We are planning on 10 trainers (8 from Canvas, 2 from WDM Schools).  We’ll offer levels 1 through 4 from Kung Fu Canvas and staff will select the level that meets their needs.  We’re expecting 25 to 30 per section and we will assign 2 teacher leaders to each session, giving us 1 trainer and 2 assistants for each section.   The sessions will run the entire time from 8am to 11:30am, as we would like time for instruction and hands-on, as we feel it’s important that you have time to use and practice what you have learned  (we could compare that to prior sessions that were just one hour long, when we only tossed content at you, there wasn’t enough time for practice and usage)

 

Afternoon session:  200 elementary staff (grades 3 thu 6), held at VSW.  We’ll need 10 large areas, as we have 10 trainers (8 from Canvas, 2 from WDM schools).  We’ll offer levels 1 through 4 from Kung Fu Canvas and staff will select the level that meets their needs.  We’re expecting 15 to 20 per section and we would like to assign 2 teacher leaders to each session, giving us 1 trainer and 2 assistants for each section.   The sessions will run the entire time from 12:30pm to 4pm, as we would like time for instruction and hands-on, as we feel it’s important that you have time to use and practice what you have learned  (we could compare that to prior sessions that were just one hour long, when we only tossed content at you, there wasn’t enough time for practice and usage)

 

Why are we using trainers from Canvas instead of our own people?
Since Canvas is relatively new to our staff, most of our lead Canvas users want to receive training rather than provide training, so we are bringing in certified Canvas trainers.  In future sessions (Jan and Feb), we’ll be moving away from outside trainers and move towards our own internal trainers.

 

Can’t do we a full day of training on Oct 9th instead of just a half day?
This option was reviewed, but we do not have enough trainers for a full day of training. It would take 25 total trainers to cover the 500+ staff members, we simply do not have access to 25 trainers who are ready to teach the six different levels that are needed.

 

January PD day

Audience: 200 Elementary staff

AM session:  8am to 11:30am,   10 sessions available offering levels 2 through 6 from Kung Fu Canvas

PM session:  12:30pm to 4pm   10 sessions available offering levels 3  through 6 from Kung Fu Canvas

 

February PD day

Audience: 300 secondary staff

AM session:  8am to 11:30am,   10 sessions available offering levels 2 through 6 from Kung Fu Canvas

PM session:  12:30pm to 4pm   10 sessions available offering levels 3 through 6 from Kung Fu Canvas

 

Besides Oct, Jan, and Feb, what other training opportunities exist?

Summer 2017: Numerous courses that related to Canvas and 1:1 available at:  https://wdmsummer2017.sched.com/

 

August 2017:  One-day training and prep work related to Canvas for all instructional coaches and PDCFs

 

What are the expectations for Canvas usage?

Starting in 16-17,  3rd grade thru 12th grade will be using Canvas (https://wdmcs.instructure.com/) to store their classroom content and materials. This will provide staff, students, and parents with one location to find classroom materials and resources.  Grades will be still be posted in Infinite Campus, but coursework will be available in Canvas.  The most basic expectation for Canvas usage is:  If your class has electronic resources and materials, we are expecting them to be distributed through Canvas.  This means that staff, students,and parents can all expect classroom materials to be available in one place, Canvas.  Note: the “S” drive or student drive will be removed this summer. Staff will still have access to their files, but students will not have access to the S drive. 

 

Do we have more specific expectations?  We are working through that conversation and at this time we are recommending two frameworks…

  1. A matrix based on the Technology Integration Model (TIM) that outlines what good Canvas usage looks like.  It’s a framework for identifying good student usage of canvas.  Even though we are all at different places, it provides guidance on where we are all heading.  The challenge for this framework is that we don’t have a way to evaluate or measure where each classroom is at and whether they are truly moving in the right direction – however, it does provide a simple method of understanding good usage.

Take a look at the draft:  https://wdmtech.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/tim-canvas-integration.pdf

2) Kung Fu Canvas for training expectations.  More info at:  https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/strategies/blog/2016/08/18/kung-fu-canvas

It’s a framework for setting training expectations.  It consists of 6 levels (yellow belt all the way up to black belt).  There are standards for each level and the work can be done either online or face to face.   For expectations, we are looking at each certified staff member earning 3 belts this year – and the district will be providing opportunities to earn the 3 belts.  In fact, we are proposing that our PD days related to Canvas and 1:1 utilize the Kung Fu Canvas framework and all sessions will relate to the 6 levels or belts.