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    Grants Pass School District 7 recently announced that we would be utilizing the learning management system, Canvas, for the 2020-21 school year. Here is a quick overview for parents and guardians about Canvas. We also have provided some resources for you down below. 

    What is a learning management system?

    A learning management system (LMS) is a software that creates a digital classroom. It aids teachers in teaching and students in learning. It’s a one-stop-shop for sharing, storing, communicating, and tracking online learning information. Canvas is our LMS. This is very different from Google Classroom that may be familiar to some.

    What is Canvas?

    Canvas is an LMS that allows teachers to provide instructional support, class calendars, assignments, and resources for students in a safe online environment. For traditional face-to-face classes, Canvas is an integral part of sharing blended classroom instruction. It also provides clear communication tools from teachers to both students and parents. 

    Canvas Use

    This resource will provide you with specific information about your student’s curricula so you have a better understanding of the work that teachers and students are doing. We hope you use this information to communicate to your students the importance of mastering the skills and content in their classes.

    What is the Parent Observer Role in Canvas? 

    Observers have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course and a 

    calendar of assignments.  Like students, Observers cannot view a course until it is published and the course has started.  For assistance with Assignments, Test Dates, Quizzes, or other Canvas course content, please contact your student’s teacher. 

    What can Parent Observers view in Canvas? 

    Below are the features available to Parents and Guardians. Please note that not all courses use all features: 

    • Notifications (which can be set by users)
    • View the Dashboard
    • View the Course Syllabus
    • View prompts (but no participation in class discussions)
    • View (but not submit assignments)
    • Preview and download some files
    • View assignment grades/scores
    • View the class calendar
    • Communicate with the teacher. 

    Canvas Parent Mobile APP

    The Canvas Parent app is the mobile version of Canvas that helps parents stay up-to-date with their student’s courses. Download the Canvas Parent app on Android and iOS devices.  See the Canvas Parent Mobile Guides

    How to log in to a student account:

    1. Using your Chromebook:
      1. Log into your D7 account
      2. Canvas will be your student’s start page
    2. Using another device (use the Chrome Browser):
      1. Go to www.google.com
      2. Log into your student D7 Google account
      3. Canvas will be your student’s start page
    3. To access your Canvas account on any device:
      1. Visit grantspass.instructure.com
      2. Log on using your D7 account

    How to create a parent account:

    1. Visit canvas.instructure.com
    2. Click “Need a Canvas Account? Click Here, It’s Free!”
    3. Click the link for “Parents sign up here”.
    4. Enter your information, and create a password.
    5. Input the 6 digit student pairing code.
      1. Have your student generate a pairing code from their Canvas account. 

    Video tutorial to generate pairing code: https://youtu.be/MPa5qCkPjLk?t=138 

    Tutorial videos and other guides

    Setting up Canvas Parent App (less than 5 minutes): https://youtu.be/t-5sWZODhY8

    Understanding your student’s Canvas account (25 minutes): https://youtu.be/jqF2oo4O1SE?t=290

    Understanding your Parent Observer app (30 minutes): https://youtu.be/MPa5qCkPjLk?t=90

    Additional Canvas guides and tutorials: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas/ct-p/canvas