Most people agree that the U.S. education system is in trouble. With crowded classrooms, overworked teachers, and a lack of funding in nearly every state, repairing a broken education system can seem like a challenge that’s too big to tackle – or at least it used to be. Instructure is a technology company that has taken this challenge head on and developed powerful tools that educators and administrators can use to improve the way students learn.
Instructure has created a number of application and software systems, however the most intriguing seems to be Canvas. Canvas is an online application that instructors can use to manage lesson plans, schedule courses, and improve student-teacher communication. What’s even better is that Canvas is adaptable, so individual educators can use the system in whichever ways they see fit. When you register for a Canvas account as a teacher, you’re automatically taken to a central dashboard page that shows all your recent activity and to-do list items. What you do next is up to you. Create online tests using Canvas’ bank of questions, embed videos on an online course website that students in your classes can visit from home, and create online groups that your students can join for virtual study sessions. When you use Canvas, you can communicate with students online via email, Facebook, or text message, accept digital assignments, and organize live video chats at any time.
Not only can Canvas improve the way students learn, but it can improve the way educators work, as well. Instructors who use the SpeedGrader tool can grade exams quickly, while those using the rubrics tool can make sure their grading is fair. Canvas might not be an application that is going to revolutionize the U.S. education system over night, but teachers, administrators, and students will certainly look at it as a step in the right direction.
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