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How Did We Go From ISTE to Canvas to Bamm-Bamm Barnabus Rubble?

  
  
  
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Remember the Flintstones, the animated series about the modern family living in prehistoric times? Of course you do. What about Bamm-Bamm Rubble, the strongest toddler in the world and the adopted son of the Flintstones’ neighbors, Barney and Betty Rubble? Did you know his middle name is Barnabus? Yeah, neither did we. 

Own Your Own Story Through Canvas Network

  
  
  
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In the words of the late poet and author, Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” But you don’t have to be a literary genius to get your story out. Canvas Network provides a place where you can stop bearing the agony and start sharing your story! Not sure how that works? Well, let me share my story.

Heroes Assembled at InstructureCon 2014

  
  
  
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InstructureCon 2014 was a little like Christmas in July (or June if you want to get literal). More than 1,600 heroes of education—from instructors to administrators to technology enthusiasts—assembled at Canyons Resort in Park City this past week to enjoy festivities, Christmas music, and yes, even snow.

How Real Do You Want It? Supporting Authentic Assessments in Canvas

  
  
  
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For some reason all my nerd friends love the book Ender's Game (now a major motion picture starring Harrison Ford), which is all about a military school for kids in space. What's interesting is how the kids are trained for the ultimate battle against would-be alien invaders through a combination of book learning (actually, they use iPads) for conceptual knowledge, zero-g exercises for strategic development, and finally full-on computer simulations of space battles. Ender's Game reminds me how (1) I wish I had gone to Space Camp, and (2) transferring knowledge is much easier when learning is authentic.

Robert Reich: How Investment in the Education Drives the Economy

  
  
  
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I teach because it's the best way to have a positive impact on the future. As historian Henry Adams once wrote, "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

Calling All Heros For InstructureCon 2014

  
  
  
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InstructureCon 2014: “Calling All Heroes” is right around the corner and this year’s conference is nothing short of super. So use your precognition, temporal duplication, or energy sourcing abilities to see what’s ahead and to bank some Canvas nerd superpowers for future use. Because, as Mr. Fantastic said, “I stayed in and studied like a good little nerd. And 15 years later, I’m one of the greatest minds of the 21st century."

Brilliance struck. We call it Canvas Catalog.

  
  
  
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In 1826, John Walker, an English chemist, had just finished stirring a pot of chemicals when he noticed a glob of the dried mixture at the end of the stick. When Walker tried to scrape the chemicals off they immediately ignited into flames. And with that, the strikeable match was born. We like to think of Canvas Network as the spark that gave life to Canvas Catalog, an entirely new product we’re releasing this month.

The Raising of Canvas Course Collections

  
  
  
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No farm is complete without a good, solid barn to hold equipment, livestock, hay, and maybe a cat or two. So when an Amish family needs a barn, the entire community gathers for the “raising bee” and works together to build the entire frame structure in just one day. We’d like to think that our Canvas Course Collections are the equivalent of a modern day barn raising for course design, but where nobody gets blisters from sawing too many logs.

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The (Mis)adventures of the Canvas Space Program

  
  
  
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Good news, fellow space cadets! We’ve chosen the winners of our 2014 Canvas Space Program. Students from these 10 pioneering schools will launch Canvas Space Kits, and in the process, rocket STEM learning light years beyond the classroom.

The New and Improved EduAppCenter

  
  
  
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Ahhhh, springtime! Warmth, flowers, knowing summer is right around the corner. These are all good things. Spring also means “spring cleaning," which provides a chance to renew and refresh things. The Canvas Platform team has been doing a little spring cleaning recently and is happy to announce the renewed and refreshed EduAppCenter, along with some new features in the Canvas App Center.

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