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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
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
WRITING ANCHOR STANDARDS
Text Types and Purposes
Research to Build and Present Information
SPEAKING AND LISTENING ANCHOR STANDARDS
Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
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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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