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Your Guide To Everything Canvas Grants

Oct 22, 2014
By Trey Bean

One year ago, we created the Canvas Grants program to promote innovation in education, to be that little push that catapults thought into action, ideas into reality. And it worked. So here we are again, calling for brilliant ideas to continue to nudge innovation in education forward. 

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CATEGORY: K-12 Education, Higher Education,

Educause, Winners and Chicken Dinners

Oct 9, 2014
By Carly Ray

As the story goes, in the 1970’s, Las Vegas casinos used to offer Chicken Dinners for a standard fare of $1.79. This price was just under the average bet of $2. So, when someone won at their table the dealer would call out, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner” indicating they had just won enough money for dinner. Chicken dinner, to be specific.

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CATEGORY: Higher Education,

Learners Need More Than a Magical Voice

Oct 2, 2014
By Jared Stein

As we've explored the problem of lossiness in learning I've reflected on times and places where learning is lost in my own life. For example, I travel a lot, and that means I'm frequently driving around unfamiliar cities in rental cars listening to my phone's “Magic Voice” direct me to my destination. As you can probably imagine, this gets pretty tricky in cities like Oxford in the UK, where street naming conventions are alien to me, and the twisting, narrow layout of city streets is based as much on ancient fortifications and oxen herding paths as on anything intended for cars.1

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CATEGORY: K-12 Education, Higher Education,, Lossless Learning,

Canvas Commons: the LOR designed to be E-A-S-Y

Sep 25, 2014
By Kate McGee

Sharing is a good thing. We learn early that sharing makes us happy and benefits others. But that doesn’t mean sharing is always easy. Sometimes sharing is H-A-R-D. So today, we’re announcing a tool called Canvas Commons that makes it easier to share your smarts (even with your antegropelos-wearing corpsbruders).

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CATEGORY: Canvas, K-12 Education, Higher Education,

Better Ed for Higher Ed

Sep 10, 2014
By Carrie Saarinen

We thought about calling our new higher ed webinar series Highest Ed, but we didn’t want those of you with acrophobia (a fear of heights) to think it had anything to do with swaying skyscrapers, crumbling mountain ledges, or glass gondolas. So we’re calling it Better Ed, because that’s exactly what it is—a resource where you can learn more to help you do what you do even better. (And who’s afraid of being better, best, or even a tad more awesome?)

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CATEGORY: Canvas, Training, Higher Education,

Success is All in the Planning (and the Replanning)

Aug 27, 2014
By Cortny Lyon

As a kid, I suffered from overactive planning syndrome. At the start of the school year, I started planning next year’s summer vacation. And on day one of summer, I started planning for the next school year. I made lists about the lists I planned to make and I kept all my master plans neatly organized in a binder. So when my mom (who worked at a Woolworth store in my hometown of Baltimore) brought home my very first Trapper Keeper.

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CATEGORY: K-12 Education, Higher Education,

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Your Guide To Everything Canvas Grants

Oct 22, 2014
By Trey Bean

One year ago, we created the Canvas Grants program to promote innovation in education, to be that little push that catapults thought into action, ideas into reality. And it worked. So here we are again, calling for brilliant ideas to continue to nudge innovation in education forward. 

read more

Educause, Winners and Chicken Dinners

Oct 9, 2014
By Carly Ray

As the story goes, in the 1970’s, Las Vegas casinos used to offer Chicken Dinners for a standard fare of $1.79. This price was just under the average bet of $2. So, when someone won at their table the dealer would call out, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner” indicating they had just won enough money for dinner. Chicken dinner, to be specific.

read more

Learners Need More Than a Magical Voice

Oct 2, 2014
By Jared Stein

As we've explored the problem of lossiness in learning I've reflected on times and places where learning is lost in my own life. For example, I travel a lot, and that means I'm frequently driving around unfamiliar cities in rental cars listening to my phone's “Magic Voice” direct me to my destination. As you can probably imagine, this gets pretty tricky in cities like Oxford in the UK, where street naming conventions are alien to me, and the twisting, narrow layout of city streets is based as much on ancient fortifications and oxen herding paths as on anything intended for cars.1

read more

Canvas Commons: the LOR designed to be E-A-S-Y

Sep 25, 2014
By Kate McGee

Sharing is a good thing. We learn early that sharing makes us happy and benefits others. But that doesn’t mean sharing is always easy. Sometimes sharing is H-A-R-D. So today, we’re announcing a tool called Canvas Commons that makes it easier to share your smarts (even with your antegropelos-wearing corpsbruders).

read more

Better Ed for Higher Ed

Sep 10, 2014
By Carrie Saarinen

We thought about calling our new higher ed webinar series Highest Ed, but we didn’t want those of you with acrophobia (a fear of heights) to think it had anything to do with swaying skyscrapers, crumbling mountain ledges, or glass gondolas. So we’re calling it Better Ed, because that’s exactly what it is—a resource where you can learn more to help you do what you do even better. (And who’s afraid of being better, best, or even a tad more awesome?)

read more

Success is All in the Planning (and the Replanning)

Aug 27, 2014
By Cortny Lyon

As a kid, I suffered from overactive planning syndrome. At the start of the school year, I started planning next year’s summer vacation. And on day one of summer, I started planning for the next school year. I made lists about the lists I planned to make and I kept all my master plans neatly organized in a binder. So when my mom (who worked at a Woolworth store in my hometown of Baltimore) brought home my very first Trapper Keeper.

read more