Showing posts with label Edcanvas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Edcanvas. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blendspace Joins Wikispaces and TES - Premium Features Now Free!

Blendspace, formerly known as EdCanvas, is now a part of Wikispaces and TES. The Blendspace service will continue to run as a stand-alone service. The aspect of the merger that has the most immediate impact on teachers is that the premium features of Blendspace will now be free. The premium features allow you to collaborate with other teachers to creation of lessons.

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

When you share a set of Blendspace materials with your students they can give you feedback 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.

Learn more about Blendspace in the video below.


Applications for Education
Using Blendspace can be a good way to create and deliver flipped lessons. In fact, Blendspace offers a recorded webinar about that topic. The recording is embedded below.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

EdCanvas for Schools Lets You Manage Student Accounts

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. 

This week Edcanvas introduced school-wide accounts. The new Edcanvas for Schools allows administrators to have unlimited classes, students, and teachers in one account. The administrator create accounts and administer accounts in Edcanvas for Schools.

Applications for Education
One of the features of Edcanvas for Schools that some administrators may like is the option to see which teachers are using the service the most. Administrators can also see active lessons to curate a selection of best practices. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Create Quizzes in Edcanvas

Edcanvas is a free service for creating and sharing with your students collections of educational materials. 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. The service has impressed me since its launch earlier this year and throughout its continuous updates. The latest update to Edcanvas includes the option to create and share quizzes.

You can now create multiple choice quizzes for your students to take while viewing the materials you have shared with them. Watch the videos below to learn how to create quizzes in Edcanvas.




Applications for Education 
Edcanvas is an excellent tool for creating digital packets of information for your students to read, watch, and listen to. Now you can have students check their understanding of the materials in those digital packets by having them take a short quiz. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Edcanvas Now Supports Audio Comments

Edcanvas is a free service that makes it easy for teachers to organize and share educational materials in a visually pleasing format. I've covered Edcanvas a couple of times since they launched. Today, Edcanvas launched a new feature that allows you to add audio comments to your canvases. Teachers can insert audio comments and students can insert audio comments.

In addition to the new audio comments feature Edcanvas launched an improved text editor today too. The improved text editor includes the option for tables and hyperlinks.


Applications for Education
In the blog post announcing the new audio commentary option the Edcanvas team suggests using the feature to have students read translations to practice their skills in a new language. You could also use the audio comment option to have students ask questions about shared materials and response to those questions online. 

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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Use Edcanvas in Edmodo for Visual Organization and Sharing of Resources

Edcanvas is a well-designed service for organizing and sharing digital materials with your colleagues and students. I was impressed by the service when I reviewed it earlier this month. This week Edcanvas launched an Edmodo app. Now you can use and share your Edcanvas content within your Edmodo community.

Take a look at what Edcanvas does in the 38 second video below.



Applications for Education
It was already easy to share your Edcanvas content with colleagues and students. The addition of the Edmodo app gives you another way to easily share with the students in your Edmodo community.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Use Edcanvas to Organize and Share Educational Materials

Edcanvas is a free service that 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. Watch the thirty-eight second video below to see how easy it is to create an Edcanvas canvas.




Applications for Education
Each of your completed Edcanvas canvases can be shared directly to your students in a number of ways. 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. If you have students sign-up for Edcanvas they could create their own canvases to share with you.