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)

Dynamic content in discussion boards: using randomizers and “daily” prompts to add some variety to a discussion board topic.

Contextualizing Twitter with Tables: using table layout to put Twitter in one column and context in the left column – links to websites, assignment instructions, link to discussion board, etc. etc.

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

Creating widgets to share at a university: Most faculty are probably not going to want to mess with https and iframes, but it just takes one person to create Twitter widgets to share with the most useful Twitter feeds at the school

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

Introduction to the Widget Warehouse: a guided tour of the scripts, generalizing from the work I have done for my own classes to how the basic principles of randomizing can be applied to other types of course content

Embedded Blogs: using a blog for course announcements / homepage / wiki front page, etc. (keys are https, iframe, and making sure blog is configured to open all links in a new tab)

Growth Mindset: different ways to use dynamic content to make growth mindset and other motivators a persistent part of the class experience

Different Twitter Widgets: by using real Twitter widgets you can create widgets for profiles, lists, hashtags, and searches… advantages and disadvantages of each

Twitter4Canvas: materials already worked up on https, iframe, table layout

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

Student 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

Repeated Quiz Questions: https images for global updates to your quiz questions

Using Points-Based Grading and Declarations: Taking yourself out of the grading loop and turning that over to the students.

FreebookapaloozaFree books and free library resources are just a click away. Public domain, OER: going beyond textbooks: you can use randomizers to increase student awareness and integrate into course content.

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!

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.




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