Thursday, March 7, 2013

Edcanvas - Organize, Share, and Track Use of Educational Materials

Earlier this year I wrote a short review of Edcanvas. Today, Edcanvas published a new video featuring one of the best aspect of Edcanvas for teachers, tracking your students' reactions to the materials that you share with them.

Edcanvas makes it easy for teachers to organize and share educational materials in a visually pleasing format. The "canvas" part of Edcanvas is where you arrange videos, links, images, and files around any topic of your choosing. Edcanvas has built-in search tools so that you do not have to leave your Edcanvas account in order to locate resources. 

When you share a canvas of materials with your students they can give the materials a thumbs-up to show that they understand the materials or they can ask questions about the materials. You can also see if your students actually looked at all of the materials that you have shared with them. See these options in action in the video below.

Applications for Education
Edcanvas could be a good service to use to organize collections of educational materials for each unit that you teach. Share those collections with your students to support your in-classroom instruction. You can embed your canvas into your classroom blog. You can distribute a QR for your canvas for your students to scan and open on their iPads. Or you can create a classroom code for your canvas and invite your students to view canvases.