Why Should I Care About Canvas?
(Note: If you just aren’t going to care and want to get started, skip down to the next section)
The short answer is because you’re going to be seeing a lot of Canvas over the next few years. Logan District bought a license for all students from 7-12th grade, and the state of Utah bought a license for all the colleges and universities. Translation: If you will be attending nearly any school anywhere in Utah at any level at any time in the near future, you’ll be using Canvas.
But that’s the boring reason. What’s exciting is that Canvas represents a chance for you to get an education drowning in useful technology instead of dusty textbooks and photocopied worksheets. That’s right, no more handwritten assignments, no more boring lectures, and no more pesky human contact.
Let’s get real: Your teachers are going to take awhile to adjust to Canvas. Some of them will jump in feet first and rock your world. Others will probably dip a toe in, squeal loudly and run away from the pool. However they use it, they’ll still be teaching class and you’ll still need to go. It’ll just make it more modern and useful, and hopefully less…well, old school.
How Do I Get In?
Simple. Go to loganschools.instructure.com:
From there, you’ll log in with yourSfirstname.lastname@example.org as your username. Don’t forget the ‘s.loganschools.org’ part. Your password is your regular S# password from last year, but with a 213 (for seniors), 214 (for juniors), 215 (for sophomores), or 216 (for freshman) in front of it.
So if I’m a junior and my S# was S1234 and my password from last year was cuddlypanda32, my username would be S1234@s.loganschools.org and my password would be 214cuddlypanda32. Which I would never tell anyone, because that’s just embarrassing.
And Once I’m In?
You’ll be taken to a general Canvas homepage with any recent communications. The menu options across the top of the screen will be the most helpful. To start out, choose Courses and any courses you are enrolled in (that teachers have activated) will show up:
Once you’re in a course, you can access assignments, the syllabus, a calendar, your grades, and whatever nuggets of awesomeness your teachers have hidden for you. As far as your classes go, everything will be different depending on your teacher.
Yes, actually. You’re in high school, which means having friends is important. Canvas wants to be your friend. If you let it, Canvas will send you emails when a teacher grades your work, text you when you miss an assignment, post on your Facebook wall when an upcoming assignment will be due, and even send you a tweet about a reply from another student to something you posted. It’s actually almost creepy, but in a pinch, it’s almost like having a real friend.
To start your friendship, click the Settings button in the top left of any screen. In the Settings menu, you can use Notifications to choose how and how often Canvas talks to you:
In Settings (inside of the Settings menu – a bit redundant, if you ask us), you can add a personal email address or cell phone number, and link your Facebook and Twitter accounts:
That’s it. This tutorial is just to get you in, so watch for more specific help later. We’ll also be adding instructions for getting your S# files at home, accessing your Gmail account, and how to punctuate a text message. Until then.