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The Canvascasters - An Unofficial Canvas Podcast

The Canvascasters - An Unofficial Canvas Podcast

By The Canvascasters
Co-hosts Eddie and Marcus believe that behind every educator's journey for great technology, there's also a great story. Listen as they help tell these stories with the backdrop of a great community of Canvas LMS users from around the globe. The unofficial podcast of Canvas. ***DISCLAIMER: The Canvascasters Podcast is prepared and hosted by Eddie Small & Marcus Painter in their own personal capacity. The opinions expressed in these episodes are the hosts own and do not reflect the views of Instructure, Inc. or Canvas Learning Management System.***
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Let's Talk InstructureCon21 w/ Maikel, Tisha, & Brad
Our InstructureCon21 Special Edition where the Canvascasters recap all the great happenings around the event from last week w/ special guests along the way. If you didn't get a chance to participate in this years event - Check it out here! Our Guests Today Include: Micheal Alendy (Florida International University) @NotUrAvrgMike Keynoter at InstructureCon21 Instructional Designer Tisha Richmond (Medford School District, Medford Oregon) @TishRich Student Engagement and Canvas Coordinator Speaker, Author, Former CTE Educator Give her podcast a listen - Make Learning Magical! Brad Moser (Blue Valley School District, Blue Valley Kansas) @bmos Canvas Contractor Director of Blended Learning
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October 14, 2021
PD, Canvas Unicorns, and Daughters w/ Don Lourcey (@dlourcey)
Welcome to Episode 37 of The Canvascasters Podcast w/ Don Lourcey!  “The Don”, as we like to call him, is the Digital Teaching and Learning Coach & Canvas Administrator at Iredell-Statesville Schools in North Carolina.  As is the case with so many amazing educators, Don started as an English teacher!  He has extensive expertise in digital and online learning throughout his career.  And, on top of all that, his Canvas game is strong!  He is an Instructure Contractor: Instructional Designer, Canvas Trainer, and a Canvas Certified Educator Facilitator. Don Lourcey has been highlighted in a number of Canvas webinars and Livestreams and is a strong voice in the Canvas community who is always helping fellow Canvas users improve!   In This Episode: Don's love of Professional Development, the Florida Gators, and how being a dad has shaped his edtech perspective. His unique perspective from a classroom educator, administrator, and technology coach. Microcredentials Mastery Canvas Teacher Learning Pathway His work with Canvas Certified Educators Find Don Lourcey on Twitter @dlourcey InstructureCon21 is October 7th and it is completely FREE!!!  An amazing day of online learning will be offered by some of the most powerful Pandas in the Canvas Community and across Instructure Products.  It's fully online and completely free. Just get on the list and you're good to go! https://www.instructure.com/events/instructurecon21/registration Canvas Certified Educator Program Music Provided By: Finding Happiness by Dj Quads http://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs https://youtu.be/Yh9fk9iLR4s
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September 16, 2021
Nebraska Canvas User Chat w/ K.C. Testerman
Welcome to Episode 36 of The Canvascasters Podcast! 2021 Nebraska Canvas User Group Conference - Marcus, Eddie, and our good friend KC Testerman (DR. KC!) hosted an afternoon chat with audience Q&A. It's always great to spend time with KC and we had a blast being a part of this conference. Instructure (CanvasLMS) is hosting a webinar on August 26th at 10am MDT for a Higher Education audience to talk about a brand new tool to help maximize your usage, streamline edtech transitions, and target communication to your users. Impact by Instructure, (formerly Eesysoft) provides guidance in implementing and navigating your edtech landscapes.  If you are interested in creating a culture of self-help in your organization register today!
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August 17, 2021
Allow us to RE-INTRODUCE ourselves...
Welcome to Episode 36 of The Canvascasters Podcast! 2021 Nebraska Canvas User Group Conference - Marcus and Eddie were invited to keynote this 5th Annual Event and it was incredible. We are humbled by the experience and hope you find a few nuggets in our keynote recording - in its ENTIRETY! Instructure (CanvasLMS) is hosting a webinar on August 26th at 10am MDT for a Higher Education audience to talk about a brand new tool to help maximize your usage, streamline edtech transitions, and target communication to your users. Impact by Instructure, (formerly Eesysoft) provides guidance in implementing and navigating your edtech landscapes.  If you are interested in creating a culture of self-help in your organization register today!
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August 17, 2021
Guest Hosted: Behind The Mic w/ Marcus & Eddie
Welcome to Episode 35 of the Canvascasters Podcast! Today we turn over the mic to two of our favorites as they host The Canvascasters. Eddie & Marcus were thrilled to provide this closing session for the Elementary Summer Camp provided by the fantastic facebook group : Canvas for Elementary. This is the audio recording from that session. Check our their Summer Camp on FB for Elementary Educators! 
52:04
July 1, 2021
Doubling Down on Canvas Updates w/ TL;DR (@CanvasLMS)
Welcome to Episode 34 of the Canvascasters Podcast! Today we welcome two members of the TL;DR Canvas Podcast - Jenn Mitchell & Ryan Lufkin!  After working in higher ed, Jenn worked in marketing before finding a home in K-12 edtech. Passionate about supporting educators as they make real, lasting impact for students, she leads the K-12 product marketing team for LMS and Assessment products. Ryan’s career has been largely spent in the edtech space. His experience spans enterprise resource planning and curriculum design and he has worked for various LMS providers. He currently focuses on strategic initiatives that market Canvas to both new and existing customers. In today's episode we cover everything from: The Feature Request Process Canvas for Elementary Templates vs. Blueprints by Matt G. The NEW Microsoft LTI The Canvas Roadmap MasteryConnect + Canvas - BFF's for Life!  Find Jenn Mitchell on Twitter: @thejenndetta Find Ryan Lufkin on Twitter: @RyanLufkin Find TL;DR on Twitter: @CanvasLMS Check out the TL;DR Blogs!  Check out the Canvas Release Notes!  _________________________________
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May 26, 2021
Gig City w/ Greg Bagby
_________________________________ Get Your Canvascasters Spring Break Gear! https://www.bonfire.com/store/canvascasters/ _________________________________ Welcome to Episode 32 of the Canvascasters Podcast!  Today we welcome Greg Bagby! Greg is currently the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was named one of EdTech Magazine's 30 K–12 IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2020. In his position, Greg works with schools that are 1:1, assisting them in integrating technology into their curriculum. Prior to this position, Greg was the principal at Barger Academy of Fine Arts where he served for ten years. There he developed technical training for new and veteran administrators to assist in their school-wide technology integration. Before stepping into the role of administration, Greg worked as a band director, computer teacher, and the Technology Integration Specialist for 21st Century Academy. He has done a majority of his tech training with the district in Chattanooga, but more recently expanded his reach nationwide through NCCE.  He has been a presenter at Google Summits, state and national technology conferences, as well as at EdCamp encore events. He is one of the co-founders of EdCampGigCity, a co-moderator for #EdTechChat and #TnEdChat, and a past host of the EduRoad Trip Podcast. Find Greg on Twitter: @Gregbagby _________________________________ Tech Goes Home Chattanooga www.techgoeshomecha.org Looking for Low Cost Internet In Your Area www.everyoneon.org
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March 11, 2021
CTE, Canvas, & #GirlsInTech w/ Snehal Bhakta (@Snehalstocks)
This week we welcome Snehal Bhakta to the Canvascasters Podcast! Currently, Snehal is a CTE Administrator employed for the 5th largest school district in the country, Clark County School District(CCSD) focusing on ensuring that Nevada’s future workforce is prepared for success. Snehal has worked on projects related to increasing student and community participation with National Job Shadow Day, started an Annual Student Workforce & Innovation Summit for seniors, promoted growth of Career & Technical Student Organizations, and leads CCSD’s #GirlsinSTEM and #GirlsinTECH Initiatives as well as supporting STEM Equity and Diversity programs across 59 middle and 47 high schools especially for those students that are underserved and underrepresented. Mr. Bhakta also serves as the Nevada Affiliate Coordinator for NCWIT(National Center for Women & Information Technology), legislative member for the Society of Information Management(SIM) of Las Vegas, steering committee member for the Intermountain STEM Steering Committee, and holds board positions on several other local organizations. In 2017, he was awarded the Top Tech Exec Award in the Education Category by Cox Communications and in 2019, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity(NAPE) awarded Snehal the 2019 Rising Star award at their National Summit for Educational Equity in Washington, D.C. and received the COX Business 2019 Top Tech Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with diversity in the workforce in Southern Nevada. Mr. Bhakta has also been appointed in 2020 to the Governor’s Advisory Board for STEM, Nevada State Multicultural Committee, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity(NAPE) Executive Committee, and the Inclusion, Access, Equity and Diversity Taskforce for the Association of Career and Technical Education(ACTE). In This Episode You Will Hear Great Stuff Like: “Data is great, but you still gotta work with humans” “You can tackle equity with a hammer or with a scalpel” “Empower learners to CHOOSE a CTE path, rather than force them down that path.” You can find Snehal on Twitter @Snehalstocks *****Canvas Certified Educator Program***** Love using Canvas? We invite you to deepen your Canvas knowledge and officially become a Certified Canvas Educator. Take a series of online courses designed to strengthen your hands-on experience teaching with Canvas as you learn pedagogical best practices for online and blended learning. Music Provided By: Finding Happiness by Dj Quads http://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs https://youtu.be/Yh9fk9iLR4s
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February 26, 2021
A Teacher's Journey w/ Jim Wolf (@wjameswolf)
Welcome to The Canvascasters Podcast. Jim Wolf has finally joined our show! In his current position, Jim trains and coaches teachers on Canvas utilization and other educational platforms and trains teachers on technology integration.  He has a MSEd in Education from DePaul University and a MSEd in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. Jim is a Certified Technology Specialist, a Canvas Administrator, Instructure Advocate, a Google Certified Educator levels 1 and 2, and an Apple Teacher. He is currently studying for his Certified Education Technology Leader Certification.  Jim is also currently working through BETA testing for the Canvas Certified Educator program, as well as facilitating CCE courses. He truly believes that technology is the best way to engage with students.  In his free time, Jim does documentary and artistic photography, and he has recently become a beekeeper.   He is a California transplant and when Jim grows up, he hopes to become a Director of Instructional Technology. Find Jim Wolf on Twitter @wjameswolf *****Canvas Certified Educator Program***** Love using Canvas? We invite you to deepen your Canvas knowledge and officially become a Certified Canvas Educator. Take a series of online courses designed to strengthen your hands-on experience teaching with Canvas as you learn pedagogical best practices for online and blended learning. Music Provided By: Finding Happiness by Dj Quads http://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs https://youtu.be/Yh9fk9iLR4s Sponsorships: on for this episode
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January 28, 2021
Canvistory w/ Dr. Ellen Bloomfield
It is episode THIRTY of The Canvascasters Podcast as we welcome Dr. Ellen Bloomfield. Dr. Ellen Bloomfield serves as the Director of The Center for Teaching & Learning at Midway University where she led the transition to Canvas LMS in Spring 2020.  As a result of the pandemic, the university switched to remote learning in March 2020 just shy of the 2 month go-live date for Canvas.  During this time, Ellen led the faculty through rapid remote conversion of Spring 2020 courses in the previous LMS while preparing faculty to teach in our current Canvas LMS for Summer 2020. Dr. Bloomfield has 20 years’ experience in education, working as a secondary mathematics teacher prior to joining Midway University in 2014.  At Midway University, Ellen has managed the institution’s Library, administered the online learning management system, and created Midway's Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation. An Instructional Designer, by degree, Ellen’s passion is supporting faculty enabling them to successfully leverage technologies to create highly engaging and effective learning environments for their students.  Her research interests include the connections between learning theories, technology integration models, and effective pedagogical practices. In this episode: Why Peer to Peer is more effective How to exploit the beauty of the subject matter. You can find Dr. Ellen Bloomfield on Twitter @cohndriven 
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December 23, 2020
Deliberate Design w/ Canvas Katie
Welcome to Episode 29 of The Canvascasters Podcast!   Canvas + UDL= Designing for ALL learners With 17 years of experience in public schools, Katie Fielding is always excited to talk about ways to integrate technology into the classroom. Katie transitioned to the role of Instructional Technology Coach at Woodbridge Senior High School after 13 years in the high school Science classroom. In that position, she has quickly found her niche in sharing instructional practices with her colleagues, and she was selected VSTE Coach Of The Year in 2019.   Katie takes joy in building capacity in others so they can fully participate in the digital world. Katie has a special interest in improving homebound instruction for chronically ill students.  She shares this message through professional learning opportunities and connecting with educational leaders on the topic. Now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she hopes to improve those virtual practices for all learners.. In this episode we discuss: How she's adapted her staff quickly from Google Classroom to Canvas LMS. How sharing resources helps the greater good. What it's like to adapt for accessibility and UDL.!  How the Google Innovator Academy shaped her Design Thinking Mindset How Canvas Can Make Google Better The Positive Mindset Cat's Canvas Backpack w/ (Nerd Alert) HTML https://www.katiefielding.com/ https://www.itcs4all.com/ https://pwcsbackpack.com/ Find Katie on Social
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December 8, 2020
Become a Solution Seeker w/ Cat Flippen
Welcome to Episode 28 of The Canvascasters Podcast!  We welcome Cat Flippen who is an award-winning edu-leader recognized for her expertise with technology-empowered teaching and learning. She has an extensive background as a high school educator, district administrator, consultant, K-12 and Higher Ed faculty, and she currently serves as the Instructional Technology and Professional Learning Specialist and ELL/ESOL Coordinator for Jackson County Schools, in Georgia. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and has garnered several honors including being named the 2014 Georgia Foreign Language Teacher of the Year and a 2014 ISTE Emerging Leader. In this episode we discuss: How the Google Innovator Academy shaped her Design Thinking Mindset How Canvas Can Make Google Better The Positive Mindset Cat's Canvas Backpack w/ (Nerd Alert) HTML Find Cat on Social
46:45
November 11, 2020
“The Canvas Experience” with Melissa Loble
Welcome to Episode 1 of Season 2 of The Canvascasters Podcast!   In this episode we welcome Melissa Loble to the show! She talks about the transformative educational landscape, what is in her Canvas backpack, and how she is preparing for CanvasCon 2020!  Melissa is a seasoned Education Technology executive, customer experience, and business leader. She is passionate about innovating digital alternatives to traditional teaching/learning practices and delivering at scale. She is an IMS Global Learning Consortium Board Member. She is also a TEACHER - Officially 21 years in the educational industry, and will be celebrating her 7th year at Instructure in December. And, above all of that, she has actually listened to our podcast and is willing to publicly state that she is a listener and fan of the show! MUSIC PROVIDED BY: Finding Happiness by Dj Quads http://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs https://youtu.be/Yh9fk9iLR4s Gameshow Break -- (music by me Colin Thomson) -- https://soundcloud.com/musicmaniac301/tv-theme-style-the-winner
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October 15, 2020
“Partners In Crime” with our FB Friends - Carrie, Lindsey, Courtney & Tammy
In this episode of The Canvascasters Podcast... We celebrate an entire season of CanvasLMS podcasts with this mega-episode, the finale of Season 1!  We'd like to thank everyone who played a role in making our success a positive one through our first 26 episodes. All of our guests and supporters and those who played a special role early on in the process including Mark Boothe and Becky Frost.  Our guest for this episode include:  Carrie Gardner started out as a Graphic Designer, but then followed her passion to become a teacher. She spent nine years as an Elementary Art Teacher, two years as an Instructional Design Coach, and is now in her second year as a K-12 District Coordinator of Blended Learning in the Blue Valley School District. Carrie’s partner in crime is Lindsey Hallett.  Lindsey taught 3rd and 4th grade for ten years, and spent three years as an Instructional Design Coach. This year is her first year as a District Coordinator of Blended Learning also in the Blue Valley School District. Courtney Watson is a high school instructional technologist from Texas. She supports teachers with all of their #edtech needs in the classroom, including planning and modeling lessons for teachers, troubleshooting, and providing professional development. As a secondary educator for eighteen years. her goal is to "reach one, teach one." She is passionate about impacting teachers and students by creating learner-driven spaces that encourage continuous growth and improvement.  Her end goal is to equip all learners with the necessary tools to help them become successful and have fun while doing it. Her website, which is also her mantra-Tech Without Tears, houses information and ideas on the latest EdTech trends. The other half of this dynamic Canvas duo is Tammy Neil.  Tammy is a Computer Science teacher. She teaches grades 6-8  in a growing CTE program at Swannee Middle School in Swannee County, FL. This is her 30th year in education. Outside of the classroom, she is the lead organizer for Edcamp Swannee, co-moderates #FLedChat and #RuralEdChat each week on Twitter. She is a Google Certified Trainer, and has presented at several conferences on the power of connections through social media. Canvas for Elementary Teachers Canvas for Secondary Teachers
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September 26, 2020
Canvas for Littles (x2) w/ Suzy Lolley
Suzy Lolley has been in public education for 16 years. She served as both a middle and high school English teacher and as an instructional technology specialist for teachers in K-12. She is currently a technology integration specialist at Kennesaw State University, and supports the personalized learning initiatives for two Fulton County elementary schools. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Master Trainer, a Microsoft Surface expert, and a Raspberry Pi ambassador. As if all of that wasn’t enough, we have Suzy on the show today because she is an amazing Canvas resource and provides great content on her Youtube Channel with her Canvas For Littles Series. Find Suzy on Twitter @suzylolley Suzy Lolley on YouTube Canvas for Littles Series KSUITEACH https://twitter.com/ksuiteach?lang=en https://iteach.kennesaw.edu/  *****Rocketbook Panda Planner Giveaway***** To enter make a short video or picture showing why YOU need help with organization in your teaching and/or personal life! Mention @canvascasters, @getrocketbook, and #CanvasPandas (on any social media platform) by August 28th! CanvasCon Online is October 15th and it's FREE!!!  An amazing day of online learning will be offered by some of the most powerful Pandas in the Canvas Community.  You’ll have the chance to learn from some of the very best!  Don’t miss it!  Check-out the show notes for the link to register, or go to www.instructure.com/canvas/events/canvascon Music Provided By: Finding Happiness by Dj Quads http://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs https://youtu.be/Yh9fk9iLR4s
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August 25, 2020
Distant Learning Doesn't Mean Distant! w/ Kona Jones
Welcome to The Canvascasters Podcast. Kona Jones (2x) has graciously accepted our invitation to return to the show to discuss how DISTANCE LEARNING doesn’t mean DISTANT! Kona is the Director of Online Learning and facilitator of the Faculty Academy at Richland Community College in Illinois.  Kona is a Canvas power-user and has been a mainstay in the Canvas Community for years Find Kona Jones on Twitter @KonaRJones *****Rocketbook Panda Planner Giveaway***** To enter make a short video or picture showing why YOU need help with organization in your teaching and/or personal life! Mention @canvascasters, @getrocketbook, and #CanvasPands (on any social media platform) by August 28th! CanvasCon Online is October 15th and its’ FREE!!!  An amazing day of online learning will be offered by some of the most powerful Pandas in the Canvas Community.  You’ll have the chance to learn from some of the very best!  Don’t miss it!  Check-out the show notes for the link to register, or go to www.instructure.com/canvas/events/canvascon Music Provided By: Finding Happiness by Dj Quads http://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs https://youtu.be/Yh9fk9iLR4s
49:26
August 19, 2020
Summertime Simmer w/ The Canvascasters
In this episode of The Canvascasters Podcast - Marcus & Eddie make big announcements on their professional lives. We talk why we do what we do, thank the supporters we have, and get into the Bitmoji Classroom that has swept the CanvasLMS social media feeds/ Please consider supporting our Podcast. Make a One-Time Donation  Support Our Podcast Monthly Leadership & Learning Back To School Leadership CanvasCon
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July 21, 2020
Kick-Off Your Summer w/ CanvasLMS!
In this episode of The Canvascasters Podcast: Marcus and Eddie explain their new donation drive for the podcast and get a chance to catch up with THREE amazing educators as they give you ACTIONABLE items to do right away to gear up for your summer. Join Stephen Taylor, Jonathan Yoder, and Stevie Frank for this very fun episode!
48:56
June 13, 2020
Becoming an EDU-Activist w/ Dr. Bettina Love
In this episode of The Canvascasters Podcast: Dr. Betinna Love joins the show! Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Dr. Love is also one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her work is also concerned with how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in intersectional social justice for the goal of equitable classrooms. https://bettinalove.com/ Book: We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom https://www.amazon.com/Want-More-Than-Survive-Abolitionist/dp/0807069159/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534517141&sr=8-1&keywords=bettina+love Media: https://bettinalove.com/media/ __________________________________________________________________ Have you seen the #PandaMiles happening on Twitter? We made a goal for the #CanvasFam to GO THE DISTANCE FOR LEARNING in the month of May by walking/hiking/jogging/biking/running 500 miles as a symbol of the great efforts put forth by educators, worldwide. Well, we crushed that goal and with 2 more weeks left in the month of May, we are gonna go hard!  1000 miles by My 31st! Tweet your miles @canvascasters w/the #PandaMiles. ______________________________________________________ Did you know that Canvas LMS goes LIVE nearly every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIN?  If you haven’t tuned-in to one of these live webinars, check them out this week!  Some of the strongest voices in the Canvas Community and beyond share distance learning strategies, triumphs and defeats, stories of leadership, approaches to community engagement, and useful tips and tricks for all users. https://www.instructure.com/canvas/video-hub?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Organic&utm_campaign=&lead_source_description=&CampaignID=
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May 20, 2020
Canvas Backpack Live
What's a Canvas Backpack? It's really just a clever way of showcasing the Canvascasters' favorite Canvas tips and tricks. You won't want to miss this session, where we dive into some of their favs, as well as showcase how to use them. https://twitter.com/canvaslms/status/1251186338361032707?s=21 https://www.facebook.com/CanvasLMS/videos/1696946493781532 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMoGUEqWDIE
56:46
April 19, 2020
Equitable Canvas Communities w/ Rosie Santiago
In this episode of The Canvascasters Podcast: Rosie Santiago (@Rosielivenlearn) joins the show from Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, Virginia.  An instructional technology coordinator with over 14 years of the educational experience. Rosie is passionate about language in relation to STEAM for all learners across disciplinary studies. Her elementary school uses Canvas exclusively K-5. When she isn't crushing robotics competitions or coaching her teachers on the ways of the Canvas force she spends her time with her husband Jesus, daughter Sophia, and their rescue dog Angelo.   Giving opportunities for your students to shine. Finding ways to use the world around you to do at home activities. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/1192/10-things-to-do-with-nasa-at-home/ https://www.nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome/index.html Building EL and ESL Community with Canvas LMS. Rosie’s Backpack Hildi's Phone Number Canvas Community Canvas Guides Rosie's Must Follows: @charlesrandolph3 - Colleague and Mentor @mrjonesteaches - ISTE STEM Co-Chair  @davidlocket - Solar System Ambassador @iamDrWill - Host of The Dr. Will Show InstructureCon2020 details! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/news/instructurecon Educator Of The Year Nominations Now Open! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/blog/2020-educator-year-nominations-are-open
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April 9, 2020
Educator Engagement w/ Travis Thurston, PhD
In this episode of The Canvascasters Podcast: Travis Thurston joins the show from Utah State University’s Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence. Travis directs all professional development programming for ETE developing and facilitating seminars, workshops, and a teaching conference focused on the improvement of teaching Travis discusses the need for teachers to choose their own professional development path and his love for micro-credentialing and badging inside Canvas LMS. Travis’ Backpack Discussions (Peer Review, Gallery Walks) Check out some of some great videos provided by Travis! Actively Engaging Students in Asynchronous Online Classes https://www.ideaedu.org/idea_papers/actively-engaging-students-in-asynchronous-online-classes/ #DigitalPowerups Sample Discussion Forum https://spark.adobe.com/page/OtULcj5iDsTkL/ Expand Your Social: Ryan Seilhamer @rseilham Michelle Pacansky-Brock @brocansky #DigitalPowerUps #InstructDev InstructureCon2020 details! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/news/instructurecon Educator Of The Year Nominations Now Open! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/blog/2020-educator-year-nominations-are-open
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March 19, 2020
Coffee w/ The Canvascasters
In this episode of The Canvascasters Podcast: Marcus and Eddie give a quick update on things going on inside our districts and how we are all currently being affected by Covid19 in education. This episode will also break down some of the best things we’ve seen come out of the last few months and how Canvas is helping us both achieve digital instruction continuity while in full-on disruption mode. Canvas Media Recorder Canvas Conferences/Big Blue Button Using apps and embed codes to “keep learners in Canvas” Webinars w/Canvas Jedi Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/CanvasLMS/videos/prepare-for-distance-learning-with-canvas-lms-experts/533860590573843/ Canvas Community link: https://community.canvaslms.com/events/3022-prepare-for-distance-learning-with-canvas-lms-experts InstructureCon2020 details! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/news/instructurecon Educator Of The Year Nominations Now Open! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/blog/2020-educator-year-nominations-are-open
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March 15, 2020
Magnifying MasteryPaths w/ Van & Ryne
In this episode of The Canvascasters Podcast: Van Bardell and Ryne Jungling join us from the great state of North Dakota to discuss their journey with MasteryPaths. Van teaches Math at Mandan Middle while Ryne molds minds as an AP Dual-Credit US History Teacher at Mandan High School. Both have 10 years of experience in the classroom and 5 years of CanvasLMS instruction. Van & Ryne discuss their passion for MasteryPaths and why it is critically important for student success. Van delivers an important message about directly linking instructional design to THE LEARNER first. Ryne points out what MasteryPaths has done to enhance student achievement and how it looks beyond basic assessments. Everyone takes a look back at what it used to be like in the world of Scantron keys and useless time wasters! InstructureCon2020 details! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/news/instructurecon Educator Of The Year Nominations Now Open! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/blog/2020-educator-year-nominations-are-open Episode Mentions: Don Wettrick Bethany Petty Dr. Brad Johnson Jon Gordon - Energy Bus
32:41
March 6, 2020
Canvas Virtual w/ Khaled Al-ankar
In this episode, the Canvascasters welcome Khaled Al-ankar to the show. Khaled is Head of E-learning & Libraries at the Hull College Group. With the main focus on blended learning and innovation using widening participation delivery models that enhance the pedagogy of both staff and students. He is a passionate believer in EdTech and learner voice and is a proud Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. He holds a Degree in Computer Science and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education. As most of us in this role, he has had to wear many hats including working as a Data Analyst, Developer, Learning Practitioner, Teacher, and Learning Technologist. Khaled has been using Canvas since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter @khaledal_ankar! In this episode: Khaled discusses his passion for online learning and the concept of onboarding and training through the platform. Marcus discusses his hesitation for badging while Eddie and Khaled try to change his mind. Khaled and Marcus also try to change Eddie's mind on the use of TikTok in the classroom. Khaled's who to follow: Kerry Wray - @wraykerrywray Mark Anderson - @ictevangelist Steven Taylor - @SteTaylorGFA InstructureCon2020 details! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/news/instructurecon
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February 28, 2020
Canvas for Littles w/ Stevie Frank
In this episode, the Canvascasters welcome Stevie Frank to the show. Stevie is a 5th-grade instructor in Zionsville, Indiana. She’s passionate about podcasting & experimenting through the Canvas LMS with her Canvas Littles. Stevie has worked with Dr. Chris Leland around “disrupting the commonplaces” of our readers and getting them to interrogate texts. Right now, her edu-passions are focused on equity in the classroom and building cultural understandings. You can follow her on Twitter @steviefrank23! https://get.checkology.org/ - Virtual Classroom can help teach your students how to tell the difference between fact and fiction Soundtrap’s Audrey O’Clair - @audreyoclair https://diversebooks.org -  WeNeedDiverseBooks - @diversebooks Tolerance.org - Teaching Tolerance - @teachingtolerance_org Andy Knueven - @MrCoachK15 Marcus & Eddie also lament about their recent technical issues with an old platform, their optimism for the future, and their upcoming trip to Salt Lake City which will be their first CanvasHQ visit at the end of this month! Our CanvasLMS “Share the Love” Contest https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuh7ErF0cZemkNgMZ0F0egiNT4Mmo2-XQmixgVr6-Asd2Ccw/viewform InstructureCon2020 details! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/news/instructurecon Submit your Proposal for InstructureCon2020 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvauYC8x0SD6R7durqYYnfb3OtuqNsOhFPauHF8APa9pU9Og/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1 We want to send out shout-outs to some of our most recent followers.  Welcome to the #CanvasFam! Jenna Conan Simpson @jennaconan Taresa O’Brian @TaresaO Emily Craddock @EdTechETC Jason Clark @jpclark03 Lindsey Allbright @LinzAllbright Thanks for listening!
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February 7, 2020
FETC Wrap-up w/ Dr. Monica Burns
InstructureCon2020 details launched this week! https://www.instructure.com/canvas/news/instructurecon In this episode, The Canvascasters welcome Dr. Monica Burns to the show. Dr. Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher. She visits schools across the country to support PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration meaningful and sustainable. Monica’s website ClassTechTips.com helps educators place “tasks before apps” by promoting deeper learning with technology. https://classtechtips.com/ Twitter: @classtechtips Jennifer Williams @JenWilliamsEdu Edutopia @edutopia #createEDU We want to send out shout-outs to some of our most recent followers.  Welcome to the #CanvasFam! Cory Edwards (@coryedwards) in Utah TeachNVACS (@teachNVACS) a collaborative network of Nevada educators Sanna Sharp (@SannaSharp) in New York Mark Sarvary (@sensitivesci) in New York Mrs. Schlecht (@mrs_schlecht) in PARTS UNKNOWN!!! Thanks for listening!
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January 22, 2020
Canvas 2020
***HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT*** Welcome to Episode 12 of The Canvascasters Podcast with, special guest, Allison Turcio.  Allison is the Director of Digital Strategies and a marketing instructor at Siena College. In this episode, Allison hits us with some absolutely game-changing connections between tried-and-true marketing strategies and how effectively those can translate into our own classrooms!  As a Canvas newbie, Allison speaks to the positive impact it has had on her instructional practices. In addition to Allison, we also chat about our Canvas Goals for 2020 and we make a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT! Bulk Delete/Publish Pages in Canvas - Thanks James Jones!  @allisonturcio @SienaCollege
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January 16, 2020
Canvas Mixtape Volume 1
A 2019 Year-In-Review - A highlight of all the great guests we've had this year on the podcast. A special thanks to everyone who has made this year possible.  @mltolin @towers1983 @konajones @ohcanadatweet @kbeimfohr @ReneeMCarney & @scottwdennis @LCHS_Physics Amanda Wilkerson & Amanda Kitchell
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January 1, 2020
Canvas Teacher Tree w/ The Amandas
Welcome to our first Teacher Tree Edition of The Canvascasters Podcast. Where Canvas Pandas talk shop from a classroom perspective and provide some “grab and go” ideas for listeners to take into their own classrooms! In this episode, we chat with Amanda Kitchell, an English teacher at Twin Lakes High School, and Amanda Wilkerson a Computer Science and Programming Instructor at Central Nine. When you hear how these two teachers are leveraging Canvas to create authentic, future-ready learning experiences for their students, you’re going to be blown away! Episode 10: A Teacher Tree edition with not just one, but TWO Amazing Amandas!
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December 22, 2019
Canvas Sorcery w/Kevin Self
There is more than one EPISODE 9 releasing to the world this weekend!   Welcome to Episode 9 of The Canvascasters Podcast!  In this episode, we go for a deep dive of Canvas with Kevin Self from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. We can’t wait to hear the three things that Kevin pulls out of their Canvas Bookbag.  Let’s get into it! Using Blueprint courses in Canvas Using Groups for differentiation of instruction for struggling learners or EL students. Kevin Self @LCHS_Physics
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December 20, 2019
Canvas Community w/ Renee & Scott
It finally happened... Our first CanvasLMS HQ guests are on the show! In this episode we get an insider look straight from those who oversee the Canvas Community! Renee Carney (@ReneeMCarney) & Scott Dennis (@scottwdennis) join us for an exciting conversation about the new Community changes as well as the Canvas Advocacy program! Renee is the current Manager of Community at Instructure, while Scott leads as the Director of Community and Documentation. Both have an awesome team of Canvas employees at multiple locations. You aren't going to want to miss their insights into what the Canvas Community means to them and the future of professional learning networks on their platform. In this episode we discuss: Their direction of the Canvas Community platform. Design changes and tough conversations.  Details on their transition away from "Canvasadors" to Canvas Advocates.
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December 9, 2019
Canvas Ironman w/J. Kyle Beimfohr
Welcome to The Canvascasters Podcast. In this episode, J. Kyle Beimfohr (@kbeimfohr) joins us from Zionsville, Indiana!  Kyle is a Technology Integration Specialist for Zionsville Community Schools.  Kyle facilitates outstanding learning opportunities for both teachers and students throughout his district and the state of Indiana.  Kyle has been working with the Canvas LMS for a long time and has been an amazing resource in Indiana for teachers looking to get better with the platform.   Finally, Kyle has recently, along with our friend Dianna Knox, taken the lead in our Indiana Canvas User Group. In this episode we discuss: The importance of design with "littles" using Canvas The vitality of Canvas User Groups The power of the Media Recorder in Canvas Much more! Kyle's Shout-outs: Dianna Knox @talkintechccs Megan Tolin @mltolin Kona Jones @KonaRJones
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November 23, 2019
Chilling w/ The Canvascasters
In this episode, a "hostful"  as The Canvascasters join together to catch you up on happenings around their schools! Join Eddie Small (@smallindiana) & Marcus Painter (@edtechmarcus) as they dive into their roles and open up about failures they have had in education. In this episode: Marcus discusses his 1:1 story and ventures into sending devices home, as well as student-curated video content. Eddie opens up about Central Nine's creation of Central Square and his strategies towards Individualized Learning w/ connecthub.io Their failure moments in education, and their Canvas Big 3! (Studio, Studio, Studio) Hang on through the end of the episode as they announce an opportunity to grab OFFICIAL CANVAS SWAG! A special thanks to all our listeners and recent followers of the podcast. Sky the Spirit @skyvking (Florida) Has started a blog, available in the Canvas Community w/episode recaps and resources! Amanda Ketay @amandaketay (Utah) Being awesome and hanging out at HECC last week. Mandi Bush @mandibushDLC (Texas) Lauren Richardson @richardson_edu (Ohio) Nadine Gilkenson @nadinegilkenson (Indiana) Seth Slater @mrsethslater (Indiana)
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November 16, 2019
Canvas Worldwide w/ Chris Giles
Welcome to The Canvascasters Podcast. In this episode, Chris Giles (@ohcanadatweet .... OH CANADA!) joins us from Beaverton, Oregon! A Canvas Administrator at Beaverton School District in Oregon. Beaverton is a public school district of nearly 41,000 students in 34 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 6 high schools, 5 Option schools, and 2 Charter schools! Chris facilitates Canvas professional development and facilitates the use of other digital platforms for grades 6-12 specifically. Beaverton has approximately 20,000 students using Canvas on a weekly basis. Chris has a unique voice to share through his educational journey and offers a different perspective as an Admin at such a large district.  In this episode we discuss: • His brief exit from the classroom, moving to Brazil, and working with the Department of Ed in Arizona. • What Canvas looks like in an everyday classroom. • Setting students and teachers up for consistency and success in an LMS. • Our love for Tier 1 support through Canvas & our CSM's! Those that have inspired Mr. Giles through his educational journey: gideonwilliams @gideonwilliams Brad Moser @bmos Brent Warner @BrentGWarner Rebecca Larson @SunsetLarson Laura Wojciechowicz @lauramaewojo A special thanks to all our listeners and recent followers of the podcast. Mr. Klink @VAteacher32 Joe Wakeman @wakemanjoe  Oddvar Brekke @oddvar_brekke  Frances Quirke @francesquirke  Vickie Morgado @vickiemorgado1 
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November 6, 2019
Canvas OL w/ Kona Jones (Part 2)
Welcome to The Canvascasters Podcast. Kona Jones returns to discuss EDU19 w/ EDUCAUSE in Chicago, her flipped script into failure moments, and her quest to humanize online learning. #EDU19 #HUMANIZEOL Kona Jones also shares her three big soapbox canvas tips that have changed her life forever and her FOUR must follows on social media. Find Kona Jones on Twitter @KonaRJones Kona's Must Follows Michelle Pacansky-Brock @brocansky Sean Michael Morris @slamteacher Robin DeRosa @actualham Bryan Alexander @BryanAlexander
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October 30, 2019
Caninnovate w/ Kona Jones (Part 1)
Welcome to the Canvascasters Podcast. In this episode Marcus and Eddie discuss what they've been up to the last few weeks. Eddie gives specifics on his "Speed-dating through Hogwarts w/ Canvas" PD, and Marcus throws down some knowledge on eLearning attendance. Also in this episode THE CANVAS JEDI - Kona Jones (@konajones) who is the current Director of Online Learning and coordinates Faculty Academy at Richland Community College. She is responsible for the development of faculty and student technology training materials, provides instructional design support to faculty, oversees the assessment of online courses, and facilitates faculty professional development​. Kona loves teaching and is an adjunct instructor of statistics and developmental psychology. Her passion is student success and in 2019 she was awarded Adjunct Faculty of the Year. Kona is also a Canvas Coach and Canvassador, contributing extensively in the online Canvas Community and elsewhere. We had such an engaging conversation we've decided to split this episode into TWO PARTS so you get "twice the Kona". In this episode we discuss: Kona's background in education.  What led her to a career in online and blended instruction. Her passion for active learning. #Caninnovate19 A special thanks to all our listeners and recent followers of the podcast. Adam Kuntz @adam_kuntz Ms. Conrad @MsConradEDU Steve Jackman @sjeeves Matt Zalaznick @zalaznick And Cat Flippen @catflippen
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October 26, 2019
Canvas Tea w/ Paul Towers
Welcome to The Canvascasters Podcast. In this episode we go "across the pond" and chat with our good friend Paul Towers (@towers1983) who is an Educational Developer at the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. Paul has been a Canvas VLE/LMS Jedi facilitating trainings and learning around the globe! In this episode we discuss: Paul's background in education and identifying creativity in Professional Development. What it means to connect with user across the globe. Paul's "Fortune Teller/Cootie Catcher" origami creation. Big takeaways from CanvasCon 2019 in Barcelona, Spain Who to follow this week: Kona Jones (@KonaRJones), Beth Crook (@bethcrook) Kenny Nicholl (@kennynicholl)  A special thanks to all our listeners and recent followers of the podcast. Ms. Z @MsZenTech Colleen Haag @chaag_cbsd Faye Ellis @fayenicole Gabrielle Feliciani @g_feliciani Chris Hitchcock @chitch94
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October 10, 2019
Canvas Love w/ Megan Tolin
The Canvascasters kick off their unofficial Canvas LMS podcast with special guest Megan Tolin (@mltolin). In this episode they chat about their educational story, background, and love for all things Canvas LMS.
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October 4, 2019
Allow us to introduce ourselves...
Middle-aged nerds on their journey to become Canvas LMS Jedi. Together they are The CanvasCasters. United by EdTech and all things Canvas! This is an UNOFFICIAL (and we can not stress this enough) UNOFFICIAL Canvas LMS Podcast. MUSIC PROVIDED BY: Finding Happiness by Dj Quads http://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs https://youtu.be/Yh9fk9iLR4s
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September 26, 2019