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In Summit Reflections, educators review tools that they have seen at an EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. Summit Reflections can only be completed onsite at the event; reviewers are incentivized to leave reviews.
Rosemarie, Media Specialist. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use Canvas as my grade book, to post assignments, and house resources for research. Although, it seems that my demonstration just scratched the surface of the program's capabilities.

Strengths: Because I teach and serve the whole school, Canvas gives me an online place to store and disseminate course content for my students 24-hours a day. I could use this in my flipped classroom and with my blended learning model.

Suggestions for Improvement: I am not sure if these are already part of the program or not, but I need to be able to create groups of my own from the whole school population.
I also need to be able to access homeroom classes of students and make it my own for the course I teach.
Many times in elementary schools the platforms are not user friendly for us because students are not assigned to different courses the same as in secondary schools. I need to be able to manage and manipulate in very unique ways.

Verdict: I have used other similar platforms and I find Canvas more appealing and easier to use. This is important for elementary students and teachers. I like that they will allow unlimited space to house video and resources.

Media Specialist, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: As a replacement LMS for Blackboard and Schoology. Use it to design lessons etc

Strengths: Like that it integrates with Pinnacle, alsolike that there are no storage limits for videos. I think the product is well thought out and it shows that multiple input and feedback has been solicited from various users to include but not limited to teachers, students, anddistrict administrators

Suggestions for Improvement: Like the interface the only thing I could suggest is maybe see if the same opening interface works for all grade levels. The one I saw looks great for younger age groups. .. curious if research shows that high school students think it is appealing or if high school students think it looks to immature.

Verdict: Environment is user friendly, multiple digital platforms can be easily integrated, based on the presentation the platform is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the organizations that use canvas

Teacher, Governing Council Chairman, Founder, School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: Manage classes, distribute grades to parents, inform parents of student progress, assess school wide progress and results.

Strengths: At $10 per user it makes the choice of paying for an online grading system easy. Why would anyone pay for an online grade reporting system if they have Canvas.

Suggestions for Improvement: I just realized I will have to ask a few more questions regarding uploading of digital files like photos and videos created by students.

Verdict: Having been a Moodle user for almost 10 years, it is clear that Canvas has looked at the LMS CMS system space and added all the tools that Moodle lacks in ease of use and adoptability. Being technologically savvy, the biggest hurdle to implementing a CMS school wide is teacher comfort and willingness to adopt a system. Canvas appears to have addressed this issue with an eye towards ease of use.

Director of Technology, School Type: Other

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Usage: We have been using Canvas as our platform for learning, extending the classroom online, and allowing students to access course materials, collaboration tools, and much more. Canvas allows our teachers to provide personalized feedback to our students to improve teaching and learning.

Strengths: Mobile apps for educators, simple user interface and open API to integrate with other systems.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Expand gradebook functionality and features. 2. Improve parent observer accounts 3. Tighter integration with multiple student information systems.

Verdict: In order to prepare our students for college and career, we believe that providing access to a robust learning management system is critical. Canvas offers online tools that engage and involve students to be active participants in their learning.

Online Course Designer, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Blended Learning

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Usage: This Learning Management System is critical to the teaching/learning mission in our school and individual classrooms.

Strengths: It consolidates all the materials and assessments into one convenient, always-on internet location.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Product comes with local support to help teachers with the learning curve.
2. Ready made courses aligned with our standards are already available
3. All students are rostered into the LMS to spare teachers that administrative task.

Verdict: All assignments, grades, subject material content, etc. is housed in one convenient place, and takes the place of cumbersome, non-linked traditional textbooks.

Daniel, Systems Administrator. School Type: High School, 1:1 Devices

Full starFull starFull starFull starNo star Advocate

Usage: My school uses Canvas as a campus-wide LMS (Learning Management System). We have Aeries as a SIS (Student Information System) that Canvas integrates with. All students are enrolled in a Canvas Class for each class they are taking, and the teachers interface with their students through Canvas and in the classroom.

Strengths: I have heard from my teachers that this product excels at helping them communicate with their students. It also is not a difficult product to integrate with an existing SIS which I consider a strength for an IT Staff.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like the web-based interface of Canvas and the iPad / Android apps to be more closely linked. The current experience feels very disconnected. I would also like to see the "Group" functionality work better. Currently it is difficult for students to see who their group members are, and managing a group is not intuitive from the iPad.

Verdict: I would recommend Canvas to a school that is looking to begin offering online classes, or wants to integrate technology into the classroom. Canvas is a great way to offer online content to your students and easily bridge the gap between student and teacher outside of the classroom. The software has a very good notification system, which integrates with most Social Media Networks kids are using today. Canvas can also be a free service to schools who can either host Canvas themselves, or use the Free to Teacher version hosted by Instructure (no school branding, or integration).

Nick, Teacher/EdTech Lead. School Type: High School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: This is my second year using Canvas schoolwide. All students and teachers are mandated to use Canvas for their courses for assignments and grading. We also take advantage of other features, such as discussion boards and group management. With practice, the browser version is pretty easy to navigate, though the app is a different experience. To gain full access, I'd recommend using the browser version on a computer since it is the most stable for lesson creation.

Strengths: Canvas offers all the necessary functions and tools for student success. No matter what I might imagine, I've found that Canvas offers the exact or similar functionality. Student and group management, annotations, feedback, and advanced assignment creation tools allow me to provide very detailed information and assessments.

Suggestions for Improvement: Browser and app similarity - the disparity is vast and the user experience should be consistent. Reduce loading times. Loading content is extremely frustrating. For app - Student groups should be placed in "people", not courses.

Verdict: I recommend Canvas due to its extensive feature list and comprehensiveness. Though it may have some frustrating foibles, such as odd loading times and some counter intuitive button placement, it manages to contain the necessary features most suited to our educational needs.

Samuel, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use Canvas to plan my lessons and provide students with enriching/clarifying materials like videos and pictures that better explain topics or even expand on lessons. I would definitely communicate with students about their progress and to give them reminders. I particularly like the fact that communication can be done through various forms of social media, with Canvas being the "middle-man". In addition, Canvas can replace my current grade book. It really does seem like a one-stop shop for all the daily grunt work that teachers have to spend/waste time on.

Strengths: Canvas can replace multiple programs. I wouldn't have to 1) open up my email account to message parents, 2) post things online to my web page for students to see what assignments they have, 3) open up teleparent.net to message parents.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be nice if there was a test generator with answer sheet scanning and data collection abilities.

Verdict: I like the ability to communicate with parents and students (through their preferred method of contact). Also, Canvas replaces and expands on my district's current gradebook program.

Media Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: As the media specialist I would use CANVAS as a platform to communicate with students, to create, assign and evaluate lessons. I would also use it as a way to promote literacy programs in the school by awarding badges to students for reading SSYRA and FRA books.

Strengths: I like that many programs can be integrated within the program.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to be able to grade an assignment and have the badge automatically appear without me having to go into a separate area to input that information again.

Verdict: My only reason to not recommend it would be the amount of time that teachers put into learning Schoology and creating coursework and files. It does seem to offer more than Schoology since the grading system would be integrated into Pinnacle. Also, other programs like Brainpop could be integrated into the program so that teaches don't have to input grading information more than once.

Tony, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this program in regards to intergrateing my the applications that I currently use into one program for student, parents and other staff members to go to.

Strengths: The highlight is that it allows you to incorporate your applications into one area. This will allows you student to focus more on learning instead of having to switch from website to website.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would of like to be able to understand more of the intergration of how canvas would work with speicific programs.

I think that showing a school that currently using Canvas would be work.

Verdict: I would recommend this program because it allows you to incorporate all your applications into one website/classroom platform to be used.

Teacher, School Type: High School, Project Based School

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Usage: I would use this technology to create a flipped classroom.

Strengths: This tool is great with assessments and tracking student progress. Students can take tests online, communicate with the teacher outside of class, and work collaboratively online. Also the grades inputted into this program gets in inputted into the schools grading system.

Suggestions for Improvement: I haven't had a chance to play with the tool in depth but from first glance it looks overwhelming but there is a 24hr hotline with real customer support.

Verdict: This is a great LMS for classroom use. Students can take assessments online and receive imidiate feeback. The grades can be transferred into our grading system. This eliminates double work for the teacher.

Dione, Media Specialist. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Blended Learning

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Usage: I am currently taking courses at FGCU and we use Canvas as our LMS.

Strengths: Navigating Canvas is intuitive. It is very easy to use. I can upload assignments easily.

Suggestions for Improvement: The biggest drawback is the limit of uploaded file sizes. When you are working on video assignments, I cannot upload, but have to go to a third party for turning in assignments. Then I have to go into Canvas to "quiz" that I turned in the assignment on the third party website.

Verdict: Canvas is easy to use. I am able to collaborate with my peers and turn in assignments easily.

Media Specialist, School Type: Middle School, Blended Learning

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Usage: To send out information and updates about what is happening in my classroom and to keep my students up-to-date with their expectations.

Strengths: Having a hub for classroom information.

Suggestions for Improvement: Cost if paid for by our county this would not be an issue for me but I am not sure how costly it would be to get an independent liscense.
Set up TIme - Need more training in the area but it would take some time to personalize it.

Verdict: Having a centralized location for students to get information that is user friendly.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this product to hold a classroom discussion about a given topic and something that we're learning in class. It is also a great platform to hold a forum of types.

Strengths: The range that this product has to engage students was quite impressive to me. It ranges from K all the way through 12th grade and Beyond. It also gives the teacher an opportunity to provide feedback that the students can use and ponder over since it is in written form.

Suggestions for Improvement: I think working on a few things for this product would help it such as the font or at the appearance of the text that is presented when viewing on the screen also the platform itself seems to be a bit crowded. I would also seek to make it a bit more user-friendly for the kids.

Verdict: In the case that my school does not yet have a discussion platform that teachers may have access to to engage their students and get feedback from them this may be a great tool for the school to consider.

LMS/SIS Product, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I would use this product by integrating it into my classroom and upload my resources for my class. I would upload videos, websites and resources. I would use it as a teaching tool about 30-40% of the classroom time to demonstrate anything that I need to demo n the computer and have available to students for later reference.

Strengths: The flow and visual screens are appealing. THe functionality looks great too. I think the user friendly system is good for the teacher and it can cause a little anxiety for a new teacher to use.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to change the many folder tabs in the system and make it more one spot shop with the organization of files.

Verdict: I would not recommend it right now since we are using one but later on in the year I would likely recommend an alternative to the current system.

Teacher, School Type: High School

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Usage: I would use this product with faculty as a professional development once I am trained and then with my own students. I would like to develop a class so that students are future ready since they will be using this platform in college in the online class environment.

Strengths: This product is a better version of Blackboard. One of the benefits that I see is that teachers can share content and curriculum to each other. I really liked that in the Commons area you can see the Courses, Modules, Assignments, Quizzes, etc. It is all in one place where you dont have to go looking for it.

I also LOVED that you can give your students video feedback!

The problem that it solves is that students in high school need to be accustomed to this learning management NOW and not when they enter college. They need to be future ready NOW.

Suggestions for Improvement: I do not see any changes that this product needs right now. I would need to have an hands on experience with it. I really like...LOVE it!

Verdict: I would recommend this learning management system because I can see students at my school using this in their classes. I believe that students in high school should be accustomed to this online environment now since they will be using it in college. The Broward Virtual School is not what they will be using in college so it is really a waste of their time and they have a hard time with the classes. Teachers in high school should be taught how to develop their curriculum into this LMS so that students will know how to use it in college.

Adam, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this product to manage my digital interaction with students and finally replace my cumbersome website editing process. Canvas would allow me to operate my course and assign and collect work from students. Those assignments will be easier to grade and provide feedback to students, because it integrates that ability for the teachers to use video and/ or audio comments, in addition to typing comments and writing, circling or highlighting parts of the students text.

Strengths: This product solves the problems of collecting work from students and lugging home large bags of their work for grading. It solves the problem of giving detailed feedback without having to write every word down.

Suggestions for Improvement: I don't have enough experience with the product to evaluate it on that basis.

Verdict: It is better than alternative systems because of the video commenting and audio commenting features. I have used other tools such as schoology, and although it has a similar feature set, the addition of audio and video commenting could speed up grading and make the usage of the software more impactful to the student and their learning.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I had the opportunity to listen to the vendors and I think this would be a great tool for our district. It would give all teachers, students, and parents to be in the same page. Right now students are using so many programs that it is overwhelming for them and for teachers to keep track of all that. This program will allow every student and teachers in the county using the same program.

Strengths: The program will help students, teachers, parents, and administrators to sign in to only one place to check their grades, school announcement, county announcements. Students will be allow to use it anywhere at anytime. This will be wonderful.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would not change anything about this product. I have not use it, so I don't know what things I will change.

Verdict: I would tell them that it is about time that the district give teachers, students, parents and administrators a platform that is the same across the county. It will make things better for tracking purposes. It would be so nice that when we go to training and workshops we all have the same product to share and collaborate with everyone in the county.

Jarlyn, Online COurse designer. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Project Based School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: Curate content, build modules and lessons. Add resources and make lessons more interactives, speed grading, standards alignments, etc...

Strengths: I would totally recommend it as it will add long term efficiency for a blended classroom model. Increase teacher collaboration and make learning more personalized for students. Make a repository of open ed. resources as well as include rostering to other systems for increase learning gains.

Suggestions for Improvement: Student indicator at gradebook view for teachers to know what level their student is on and what accommodations should be extended.

Verdict: I would totally recommend it as it will add long term efficiency for a blended classroom model. Increase teacher collaboration and make learning more personalized for students. Make a repository of open ed. resources as well as include rostering to other systems for increase learning gains.

Coach, School Type: Middle School, High School, High ELL Population

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Usage: This learning management system would be a conduit to push out content that I have created for student learning. I could also create professional development content to share some of the digital resources that I use.

Strengths: There are so many strengths .... Students can see teacher directions through video if they have problems in reading directions. The teacher can provide immediate feedback. Units of instruction can be compiled and modified for remediation and enrichment.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be helpful if there was a translator was embedded with the top languages used by our English Language Learners.

Verdict: Easy to use. Can be navigated with any device.

Teacher, School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I want to use this platform to assist in facilitating professional development at the district level.

Strengths: This will allow me to collect follow-up assignments from PD without getting hundreds of emails. It will definitely make the process more efficient and thereby allow me to offer me PD and help more teachers.

Suggestions for Improvement: *I want to make sure it easily integrates with Office 365.
*Ease of transferring over courses from Schoology with minimal work.

Verdict: *Capacity to grade quizzes/tests in the program and communicate with the gradebook.
*Discussion board features which give a voice to nonverbal students, disabled students or those with anxiety.

Tracey, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this product to design content rich instruction, mastery assessments, and collect valuable student data to improve instruction in the classroom.

Strengths: The product seems to manage class content, grade easily, and to make changes, seamlessly.

Suggestions for Improvement: There was not enough time for hands-on for me to fully understand the challenges of the product.

Verdict: This tool interracts with pinnacle and would allow on repository for class content. It would keep the details of student work submitted, and yhe grades assigned.

Sara, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this to organize students assignments and activities as well as provide content for students to view.

Strengths: I love how this product has a flat view of content that can be expanded and collapsed. I also like how it looks more user friendly for kids.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great if there were tutorial videos to teach how to use it. It would also be nice if the video tutorials were kid friendly.

Verdict: I recommend this because it has a flat interface rather than havin several destinations to navigate through.

Computer science, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: As a teacher this appears to be one of the most intuitive and full scale LMS products on the market.nto keep students, and teachers informed and moving forward in all areas would be awesome and how I would use this technology.

Strengths: They really have thought of everything. As a specials teacher could even I integrate their progress in code and other specials areas.

Suggestions for Improvement: Get it in broward.

Make it free.

Do it before next school year.

Verdict: I would only advocate in favor of this program. Well done canvas

Media Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this with all of my classes.

Strengths: I love the fact that is streamlines so many of the things I am already using. Entering grades just one time would be great.

I also like that they will be having online training.

Suggestions for Improvement: At this point I have not implemented Canvas. However, it seems like one stop shopping and I don't she anything that I think would work better.

Verdict: I loved the interface. I found it to be simple yet inviting. I think the students would be able to navigate very easily.

STEM teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, College Prep School

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Usage: I use this product to teach the PLTW curriculum.

Strengths: The product is very organized and it solves many problems because you do not lose your work. It also enables students to build an e portofolio.

Suggestions for Improvement: For the teachers it might be difficult to navigate though all the courses you are teaching. The side bar needs to be more user friendly. Log in ideas for students.

Verdict: I recommend this tool because it is organized and all the work is in one place and it is paperless.

Instructional Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Usage: Canvas would be utilized as a learning management system to help support my classroom. All assignments, discussions, etc would be uploaded through Canvas.

Strengths: Canvas allows me to manage my classroom online through a digital platform.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great if it tracked student work and provided analytics.

Verdict: Canvas would be highly recommended as it helps support teachers as it enables them to manage their classroom online. Canvas also offers tech support.

Felipe, Teachnology Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star Advocate

Usage: Post assignments and grades; communicate with parents and students.

Strengths: Interface design and makes an LMS enjoyable to use. Grading and listing of class assignments. Most LMSs are text based or take a while to learn I find this product a fast learn meaning minimal training for teachers and students. Looks like an IOS app or Mac look and feel.

Suggestions for Improvement: Mobile. mulitple languages, video integration

Verdict: Simplicity of use; interface and easy to train others;

Curriculum Facilitator, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Usage: I would use this product as my LMS.

Strengths: The strengths of the Canvas platform would be its ability to bring all the different aspects of the classroom to one platform.

Suggestions for Improvement: I believe it should have a default course look so teachers who are not tech savvy can set it up with ease.

Verdict: I believe Canvas is a solid solution to get all teachers, administrators, and staff on one single platform. The interface is nice and customizable.

STEM teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I think this program would be an excellent way of integrating all of the programs we use in our school as well as grades, interventions, conferences, data chats etc.

Strengths: It will save a lot of time for students and for teachers

Suggestions for Improvement: I haven't been able to use so I'm not sure what improvements I would make.

Verdict: Teachers need less databases to jump through, the more things are integrated the less time would be wasted.