CanvasLIVE Brainstorming

I can already tell this week is going to run away with me (some students are already moving on to setting up their website for their projects, which is so exciting!) … so, I decided I should just do a brainstorm today and jot down ideas for CanvasLIVE demos and/or support materials. Yesterday I wrote about how I set up a CanvasLIVE play space and tested one thing: putting my javascript widgets in a Discussion Board area (it worked!). So here are some ideas about things I want to document and share.

… Okay, I brainstormed in no particular order for the duration of a cup of coffee, and now I will go back through and add links where I have something up and running, either by way of example of by way of documentation (which is the real time hog: it takes so much time to document things, and some of these I have not documented at all yet, just used for my own purposes)

… I’m updating this list as I complete some CanvasLIVE presentations and get ideas for others:

Wikipedia Trails: this is an optional assignment that my students do, and it is a really popular one; Twitter is one of the best starting points too.

Using RotateContent: how to create simple text randomizers … how to create simple text “today” messages … how to create more complex randomizers and daily content with media assets … metarandomizers which randomize other scripts

Inoreader: Sending RSS to Canvas with HTML clippings. I’m not doing this in Canvas but at my own wiki: need to document Canvas examples.

Student Blog Network: blog randomizer… Inoreader HTML clippings for latest blog feeds … specific assignments – again, I don’t put my blog network in Canvas but same techniques apply as for my blog hubs

Using Points-Based Grading and Declarations: Taking yourself out of the grading loop and turning that over to the students. And use repeated Quiz Questions: https images for global updates to your quiz questions

Storify: Another way to curate Twitter (use the curated #NetNarr class discussion as an example!)

Diigo to RSS: Once you have learned how to use the magic of RSS in Canvas, you can use other RSS sources, like Diigo, to send content to your class space. I really need to do this to get my own Diigo challenges stream under control!

PAINTCanvas. I could do a repeat of the presentation for my school’s PAINTCanvas event.

Embedding Audio. People are used to working with video, but there are some great advantages to working with audio and embedding audio. I’ll provide examples from both Soundcloud and NPR (perhaps others).

Curation Tools. I’ll share my favorite tools: Inoreader, Diigo, and Pinterest, with an emphasis on Pinterest as a curation tool for students.

Connected Learning. An overview of Connected Learning, with an emphasis on how it can thrive in Internet spaces … including Canvas.

My Courses … in Just 10 Links. This is a presentation I did at my school to introduce people to my approach to teaching, and it went well, so maybe it would work as a CanvasLIVE.

The Power of Slack. Not the software: the pedagogy. This would be a presentation on ways to design your course to give your students slack, the room they need to make mistakes and recover from them. I would emphasize the Canvas grace period, points-based grading, flexible projects, and the power of extra credit.

Student Web Publishing with Google Sites. I’ll provide an overview of my use of Google Sites with students and examples of their Projects: stop using disposable assignments, create a lasting archive… and then use a randomizer to make that archive part of every class, like on front page of my wiki; would work same in Canvas

Online Presence for Students and Teachers. Instead of anxiety about not having face to face, let’s think about how to build online presence.

Well, this will keep me busy for a while, ha ha. Maybe it will also keep me out of trouble. Consider this the messy beginning of a new learning adventure! What’s great is that having to clean things up to share with others will help me to clean up my own digital house (like the disaster that is my current incoming Diigo bookmarks). It’s like having guests over: the best reason to do housecleaning. 🙂

Crossposted at OU Canvas Community.