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From Interstates to iPads: Mobility Matters

  
  
  
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The year was 1956. After decades of research and planning, President Eisenhower signed into law a bill that would forever change the face of transportation on the American continent. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 jump started the Interstate Highway System that would serve as an important foundation for future growth. Fast forward 50 years and it’s hard to imagine where’d we be without the access and efficiency of this extensive transportation network.

Now Launching: The Canvas Space Program

  
  
  
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The timeline of human evolution puts us at approximately 200,000 years old. So why have the vast majority of our technological advancements happened so recently and so quickly? The simple answer is STEM; you know, the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Canvas World Tour 2014

  
  
  
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Ferdinand Magellan may have launched the first official circumnavigation world tour in 1519, but he wasn’t the first to make it all the way ‘round the world’. You may have learned that Juan Sebastián Elcano, who assumed command of the expedition after Magellan’s untimely death, was the first to circle the globe. But some historians argue Elcano wasn’t the first, either.

Canvas Takes Grading to the Extreme

  
  
  
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On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner was lifted into the stratosphere by a 55-story balloon filled with 30 million cubic feet of helium. At 128,000 feet, Baumgartner jumped to Earth from the edge of his space capsule. Reaching speeds over 843 miles per hour—and transcending the speed of sound—his free fall lasted more than four minutes. To put this stratospheric stunt into perspective, skydivers typically jump from approximately 13,000 feet and free fall at 120 mph for about 60 seconds before deploying their parachutes. Baumgartner’s mission took skydiving to the next level (and beyond), breaking numerous world records and providing valuable data for aerospace advancements.

What's Old is New: Blending F2F with Canvas

  
  
  
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There are a lot of nerds at Instructure, and that's a good thing. They build Canvas and keep it running 24/7/365. They answer puzzling questions, hack together mad ideas, and ponder difficult educational and technical challenges. And they get their inspiration from some pretty far-out places. Like the sci-fi TV masterpiece, Doctor Who, for example.

Announcing the 2014 Canvas Grant Winners

  
  
  
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Some things just go together. Like yin and yang, eggs and bacon, or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. A core Canvas belief is that innovation and education go together, too. So five months ago, we offered $100k in Canvas Grants to encourage all of you to join us in merging innovation and education.

The 411 on the Canvas Community

  
  
  
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In the four hundred and eleventh year of the Gregorian calendar, a British R&B group used a telephone directory assistance number to find and buy a Volkswagen from the 1960s. OK, not really. Even though some of you may remember 411 A.D. as the year we said goodbye to Constantine III, most of us think of 411 in reference to information (i.e., “What’s the 411?”).

The Moment That Was FETC

  
  
  
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Bees sometimes pick weird places to swarm. It has something to do with queens and scouts and finding a suitable home. I guess if you think about it, people swarm in strange places too, but usually for different reasons. Like last month, more than 8,500 K-12 educators and technologists came together at the FETC conference in Florida to share their really smart ideas about technology and to discuss the best ways to integrate them into the classroom. Having participated in this, I’d call it a rather productive swarm.  

Hack Night at HQ

  
  
  
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We know many of you live hundreds of miles away, but if you happen to be in the neighborhood (or if you actually live nearby) the Instructure Engineering team is hosting a "hack night" for the hacking of stuff.

Roadmaps Are So Yesterday

  
  
  
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Rotary phones used to be awesome. And by “awesome,” I mean clunky and annoying. First off, you had to actually turn a dial to call someone. If their number had two zeros, you could probably walk to their house faster than you could dial. Then there was always the whole “my finger slipped out of the number hole halfway through the turn” thing. And once you passed through the dialing gauntlet, your conversation was held within a tangled cord’s distance of the phone jack. And untangling the cord? Uh, no. 

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