Focus on Apps in Canvas – 2nd Edition

In no particular order, here’s a list of 8 more apps (plus an update) to use in Canvas. Click here if you missed my first edition.

CK – 12

According to our good ol’ pal Wikipedia, “the CK-12 Foundation is a California-based non-profit organization whose stated mission is to reduce the cost of, and increase access to, K-12 education in the United States and worldwide.” With that mission in mind, this Canvas app allows you to directly link to open source text books and lessons. While this company is K through 12 focused, lessons can also be appropriate to incorporate at college level courses as well as pre-college. This is an editor button that allows you to input chapters anywhere you have an editor tool bar like pages, discussion forums, and quizzes.


Educreations is an iPad whiteboard app where you can illustrate concepts on your screen and narrate what you’re doing. You can draw images from scratch or upload images and draw on them. The app in canvas allows you to search and imped those lessons anywhere you have an editor toolbar. You don’t have to have an iPad or an account to do this. You can use this as another resource you search for videos and embed them just like YouTube or Khan Academy.

Filament Games

Anywhere you have an editor toolbar, you can add educational games from science, social studies or language arts.

Flat World Knowledge

Another open-source resource, this editor toolbar tool allows you to put links to textbooks right in your Canvas classroom. Keep in mind that the first 3 chapters of any book are available for free. More than that requires an account. For a full textbook you need to have an account, adopt the textbook and then students need to pay to access it. There’s a couple of awesome things about this, though. First, instead of the average $150 for a textbook, students pay $24 (Talk about savings!) Next, since these materials are open-source, you the instructor can personalize your own textbook by adding content, deleting content, moving things around and renaming it. And then you link to it right there in your Canvas classroom. Boom.


This is another app that allows you to add educational games from any editor toolbar. These games are geared a little younger, but may still worthy on an individual basis for your college and pre college level courses.

YouTube Capture

How many steps does it take you right now to embed a video into your classroom? What if you’re making your own video? YouTube Capture toolbar editor tool allows you to make/upload video to YouTube while embedding the video into your class…AT THE SAME TIME!!! How many steps did that just save you? My mind just kind of blew a little there.

YouTube For Schools

Sorted neatly into subject matter, this toolbar editor tool allows you to pick videos that are only edu. If you’re looking for specific educational categories and don’t want to sift through the endless materials on YouTube, this may be the app for you.


Blogging. You can create your own network on WordPress and host student or class blogs right in your Canvas class, in your content page. Be aware, this is not for the faint of heart. Setting up the network takes some definite work, but if you’re not easily frightened, then app on!

Update on Dropbox – Homework Submission

In my previous post, I talked about the Dropbox toolbar editor tool and how it could save you the instructor or designer of the Canvas  class time by offering an easy way to access any documents, pictures or spreadsheets you have saved in there. Now, students can access it (their own, not yours) to submit their homework right from the submission page.


Stay tuned for our next edition of Focus on Apps…


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