This morning I was taking a look through Google Apps for Education. Here is one I thought was pretty interesting and worth sharing:
If you are familiar with Padlet (formerly known as Wallwisher), this is fairly similar. It is a place for you to store your research on a particular topic. Sources of information can come from: your Google Drive (documents you have saved), YouTube, Flickr, Dropbox, Google Images and Searches, specific web addresses, files uploaded from your computer, and previously bookmarked links. Basically, anywhere! When you find the resource you want, simply drag and drop to your canvas, add a description of the resource and move on to adding more.
Sign-up is through your google account – which all my students have – so is seamless and easy, and upon signing up you are invited to watch a 30 second video explaining how it works. I would recommend watching as it really is 30 seconds and it really will answer any questions you might have.
Once created, you have options for sharing your Canvas publicly, sharing it with select people, or keeping it private. You can email, tweet, facebook or embed your canvas – or even share via QR code. My only complaint is that the embed code doesn’t appear to work with WordPress (grrr).
In addition to simply being a place to store resources, you can play your canvas to share your work with others. Videos you have placed on the canvas will play within your presentation, documents will load up from your Google drive, websites will open and can be navigated on screen within the presentation before moving on to the next part of your canvas. I find there is a slightly higher quality to adding downloaded documents as opposed to uploading from your Google Drive, but that might just be me.
Here is my first canvas: Passion
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3 thoughts on “Google Apps for Education: EDCANVAS”
Sonya: Hey! I like this. I think this is great for gathering resources, and so easy! How will you use this for Exhibition? I’m thinking we could gather everything in this place so there’s a record of research. What do you think?
I like the idea of the kids using it to visually showcase their research. I am going to make one too to track the resources I use in one place. I’ll later add them to the Exhibition website but this way, I can store and share quickly – with you, my kids etc. It is crazy easy to use and I love that you can annotate each addition, search within the app for new additions to your canvas, and share easily.