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Edcanvas
Curating Multimedia Rich Projects and Lessons


Address: http://www.edcanvas.com/

 

Edcanvas lets you create your own canvas of images, videos, links and files in a visually attractive format. A grid of tiles provides the "canvas" where resources can be gathered and organized for lessons and projects across the curriculum on all grade levels.

While this Web 2.0 teaching tool is a versatile resource for teachers, it is also an engaging way for students to share their own work from research projects to original art work.

This content curation site is quickly becoming a favorite teacher resource due to its ease-of-use and flexibility for themselves and students. Teachers can quickly and easily enhance lesson plans that support Common Core Standards.

The site's search feature helps locate resources without leaving your canvas. Search the Web, YouTube, Gooru, Flickr, and others or upload your own from Dropbox, your computer, or access your Bookmarks.  


21st Century Learning Skills

When students use this Web 2.0 tool as a curation tool, they practice an important 21st century learning skill - information literacy. Students should be taught the difference in just collecting resources and curating resources.

Curation involves critical thinking as students synthesize and evaluate resources to make learning connections and answer essential questions.  Organization of resources should be thematic and contextual - based on a central idea but also explaining the "why."


In the Classroom
 
Teachers can invite students to join a class by using the code provided to teachers when setting up classes. Canvases can be shared via a URL link or embedded into a web page.

After sharing a canvas with students, the site's tracking feature enables them to give a thumbs up when they understand the information or ask questions if they don't. Teachers can also see how many students have viewed the canvas.

Lesson Tracking in Edcanvas



Curriculum Ideas:

  • Set the stage for a novel study by creating a canvas of background related images and other information.
  • Compile information sources and project guidelines for a class research project.
  • Gather primary documents, art, videos, and other artifacts for studying a historical period, such as the American Revolution.
  • Use as a student presentation tool.
  • Compile resources for a test review.
  • Create a canvas of learning resources and activities for a classroom computer learning station.
  • Try "flipping" your classroom by creating a canvas of media resources for students to read and view.
  • Create a canvas for a scavenger hunt or webquest on a curriculum topic.

Check out this canvas Korean War - Reading Like a Historian created by teacher Loi Laing that includes background information, images, dicussion questions, vocabulary, and primary documents.


Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

When Edcanvas is used by students to curate, not simply collect, resources, numerous Common Core Standards can be addressed. Content curation includes searching, selecting, analyzing, evaluating, annotating, and sharing of resources. Organization of resources should be both thematic and contextual.

READING ANCHOR STANDARD

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

WRITING ANCHOR STANDARDS

Text Types and Purposes

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Research to Build and Present Information

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

SPEAKING AND LISTENING ANCHOR STANDARDS

Comprehension and Collaboration

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

Tutorials

Video tutorial for teachers -




Security Concerns

After setting up a class, teachers are given a class code. Students can use the code to register without having to give an email address. Students should be reminded not to use their actual names as their usernames.


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