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Today's tip is one to help with communicating with students in Canvas. Do you ever need to send a reminder to specific students? Say all the students who didn't submit a specific assignment. You could spend the time generating a list of all the students who still haven't submitted or, like many teachers, just send it to the entire group reminding everyone that "some of you still have not submitted". This style of communication causes all the students who did submit to panic and double-check to make sure they have. It also confirms to students who really haven't submitted that they aren't the only ones who didn't do the assignment. Either situation is less than ideal. This is where the beauty of an LMS (Learning Management System) like Canvas comes in handy. 

Message Students Who

In the gradebook, you can use the feature that allows you to email only those who you'd like on an assignment. Find an assignment that you'd like to send a reminder out to your students. Click on the three dots next to the assignment name then select Message Students Who.

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Now you can select which students you would like to message. You can see the different options in the image below. 

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Below that option, you can see all the students who qualify based on the criteria. Then you can customize the subject and add a message. By clicking the option to Include Observers it will also email the guardians of the students. Once you have the message crafted click Send Message to send it to the students. The message will be delivered to the student's inbox in Canvas and also their school email. 

Message The Entire Class

In the Canvas Inbox, you can compose a message to go to specific students, sections, guardians, or everyone. Go to the Inbox in Canvas. 

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Here you can click on the compose message icon in the upper right corner.

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Now select the options you'd like. You can do all in the course or just add them by role. You can also narrow it down by sections only. 

canvas compose message

Add a subject and compose your message. You can add attachments and even record media. The message will be sent both to the Canvas Inbox and the Student/Guardians email. Canvas is an excellent way to communicate with your students in one location.






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10 Shortcuts and Tips for Efficiency!

“Most of us love timesavers because they give us more time to waste.”

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Save yourself some time with these quick shortcuts and tricks for your Chromebook and while using Google.


Chromebook Specific Shortcuts

What is it?


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Open Last Closed Tab


This shortcut lets you open the last browser tab you closed. It’s great for when you’ve accidentally closed a tab or want to go through the last series of tabs you closed.

You can perform this function until the first tab you closed since running Chrome.

NOTE: This feature does not work in Incognito Mode, so take care when closing tabs in that mode.

Shortcut to Chromebook Shortcuts


Can’t remember a specific shortcut? Want to teach your students all of the shortcuts they can use? Just use this one to pull up a complete list available to use on your Chromebook

Launch Apps from Shelf


Alt+1-8 Launch applications located on Chrome OS’s shelf, or taskbar.  Ex: Alt+1 will launch the first application shortcut from left




Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + Show Windows.

Take a partial screenshot: Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows, then click and drag.

Caps Lock


(magnifying glass)

Activate and keep caps lock on (to turn off: Alt+Search again, or touch Shift key)

Open Downloads Page


Quickly access your downloaded files

Google Tricks/Shortcuts Shortcuts

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Move Cursor to Search Bar


Without moving your mouse and trackpad, click Ctrl+L to quickly move the cursor to the search bar and start typing

Navigate to Next Open Tab


Allows you to navigate to the next open browser tab

(you can also do Ctrl+1-9 to go to specific tabs 1-9 ordered from left to right.  Ex: Ctrl+3 would take you to the 3rd tab from the left you have open)

Save Webpage as PDF


Save the page (Webpage, Google Doc, etc) as a PDF.  This shortcut will also allow a dropdown for other options save to Google Drive, print, etc)

Dice Roll or 

Coin Flip

Google Search

Type” die/dice roll” or “flip a coin” into your search bar. It will trigger a quick heads/tails summation or give you a die/dice (multiple side options available)

(You can also search: Spinner, Color Picker, Metronome, Calculator, Meditate)

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It’s a new semester! For some, it’s the start of a new course and for most, it’s a halfway point. In both situations, it’s a great time to try some new changes and expand your EdTech ability.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your EdTech coach in your building with any questions.

Second Semester Begins 

The New Rich Content Editor (RCE)

A rich content editor allows you to create content without writing directly in HTML and to add multiple types of media. Over the weekend, Canvas made their “New RCE” the default RCE. While all the same features and abilities still exist, the overall look is simplified. 

Here’s a quick video from ISM Blake Pope demonstrating how to use the New RCE. If you’d like a bit more information you can also watch this video. So fire up your creative juices and start adding content to all your pages, announcements, assignments, and anywhere else Canvas allows you to make your mark using the New RCE. If you’d like even more information you can read Canvas’ nifty write-up on using the tool as well.

Chrome Music Lab

Looking for a great activity to engage students while discussing musical elements such as tone, tempo, or voice? Interested in a new way to teach fractions using the timing of notes? Want to discuss the science of sound using waves, frequencies, and energy? Or compare music to the written word? There’s so much to be discovered with music. Google has a bunch of tools (they call them Experiments) that can be used to create and learn about music. These tools are simple and easy to pick up and can be used by all ages. Check them out and see where you might be able to add them in your instruction. For some great ideas on how to implement them in your classroom check out this blog post.

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Kylene explains how to use Book Creator!

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