Focus On Apps in Canvas – 3rd Edition

Here’s a list of more apps available in Canvas and how you can use them.

Click here if you missed the first edition, or click here if you missed the second edition.

Voicethread

This is a cloud based application that requires no software to install. It does require an up-to-date version of Adobe Flash. This is an application that allows you to have group conversations asynchronously. You can upload documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos, which creates a slide show of content. Then other users who watch the content can add comments using a microphone, webcam, text, phone or audio-file upload. You can use it to have students comment on each others work, peer review, group projects, presentations, etc.

Adding this app in Canvas allows students to click on a VoiceThread presentation that an instructor has loaded into their Canvas course (like any other media presentation), and allows students to seemlessly comment without having to log in to their own account or register for a new one. The content opens right on the Canvas page without directing the student to another site to complete the work.

You, the instructor, have to create an account, but it’s free (or you could sign up for more premium accounts).

Try this out if you’re interested in a new take on the the asynchronous class discussion.

WikiPedia

According to WikiPedia, itself, it is a “collaboratively edited, multilingual, free-access, free content internet encyclopedia that is supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.” Wikipedia has become a widely used internet tool across the globe since its creation in 2001, with people accessing it to learn information about anything and everything. While some instructors do not allow students to use WikiPedia as a reference in papers because articles in it can be edited by any user, the cite is one of the most visited sites behind just Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and Google. The site has standards and requirements for citing content and is supported by editors across the globe.

Adding this app in Canvas allows students or instructors to click on the icon in the editor toolbar within a discussion forum, quiz or page and search for an article, preview, and then link or embed an article directly into Canvas.

Wiktionary

According to our trusty pal, Wikipedia, Wiktionary is a “collaborative project to produce a free-content multilingual dictionary. It aims to describe all words of all languages using definitions and descriptions.” It’s designed as a companion to Wikipedia and has grown to include a thesaurus, a rhyme guide, phrase books, language statistics and extensive appendices. It includes etymologies, pronunciations, sample quotations, synonyms, antonyms and translations.

Adding this app in Canvas allows students or instructors to click on the icon in the editor toolbar within a discussion forum, quiz or page and search for a word, preview, and then embed a word directly into Canvas with its part of speech, definition and link to more about the word.

Vimeo

Vimeo is “a video sharing website on which users can upload, share, and view videos” (just like YouTube). Videos include indie, professional, and novice filmmakers.

Adding this app in Canvas allows students or instructors to click on the icon in the editor toolbar within a discussion forum, quiz or page and search for a video and embed directly into Canvas.

Wiris Editor

ATTENTION MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHERS: THIS ONE’S FOR YOU – According to the description in the Canvas App Center, this is a “visual math editor that allows inserting mathematical equations based on JavaScript technology. It runs on any browser, including the ones in tablet PCs.”

Adding this app in Canvas means you have no more excuses for not putting your Calculus tests in Canvas. It gives the instructor and the student access to icons in order to create formulas.

In case you can’t tell, I’m really excited about this one and HIGHLY recommend it. I’ll be personally sending it to the math and science instructors on campus.

USA Today

Adding this app in Canvas allows students or instructors to click on the icon in the editor toolbar within a discussion forum, quiz or page and search for an article in USA Today using a keyword search and embed it directly into Canvas.

 

Start adding and experimenting with these apps in Canvas. If you need help, have questions or suggestions, just let me know!

Stay tuned for the next edition of Focus on Apps…

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