Updated October 18th, 2021 by Kara Osmundson

Canvas Groups

What are Groups? Canvas Groups are a means to creating groups for collaborative work in long-term projects. Students are given a workspace that is almost like a mini-course that they can add files to, create Pages in, and it also lets them submit an assignment as a group. They are best used for long-term collaborative projects as they do take some t...

0 min reading time
Updated May 25th, 2021 by Kara Osmundson

Graphics and Infographics

What are graphics? Graphics are images that use the power of images to create a memorable impression. An infographic is an image that combines pictures, text, and data to create a memorable and easy to understand summary of a topic. Why have students create graphics? Our brains were made for processing images, and there is a lot of evidence that lea...

0 min reading time
Updated January 28th, 2022 by Kara Osmundson


What is it? Screencasting is the process of recording what is on your computer screen, which often includes a voiceover.  Why use it? You can use screencasts to create instructional videos or tutorials by, for example, recording yourself talking through a Google Slideshow. Or have students create screencasts to explain a process, walk through their ...

1 min reading time
Updated May 24th, 2021 by Kara Osmundson

Canvas Module Requirements

What are module requirements? You can require students to complete the defined requirements within the module before the module will be marked complete. You can require students to complete all requirements in the module, or have them choose one item to fulfill a specific requirement. Why use module requirements? You might want students to work thro...

1 min reading time
Updated May 27th, 2021 by Kara Osmundson

Desmos Activity Builder

What is it? Desmos Activity Builder allows you to create interactive digital activities then watch students work in real-time. You can create slides with a question prompt or task and assign the activity (slide deck) to your students by creating a Desmos Class.  Desmos Activities are a math teacher favorite because you can build graphing tasks with ...

2 min reading time
Updated December 1st, 2022 by Kara Osmundson

Loom Installation

Overview Loom is screen recording software for Mac and PC. On Mac, Loom requires microphone, camera, and screen recording access. Follow directions below to install and grant access. Use your Shakopee Google Account to login and you should have the Loom for Education account automatically. If you notice that your account has time limits on your vide...

0 min reading time
Updated September 26th, 2022 by Kara Osmundson

Flip (formerly Flipgrid)

What is Flip? Flip is a video-based reflection tool. It allows you to create a class called a Group. Once you have a Group, you can create prompts called topics. Students respond to topics via video. It can be used for video exit tickets, uploading video projects for others to see, and even connecting with other classes across the globe. It can be u...

1 min reading time
Updated May 27th, 2021 by Kara Osmundson

Toby Chrome Extension

What is Toby? Toby is a way to manage and organize your browser tabs for quick and easy access to frequently visited websites. Organize your tabs, organize your life!  Why is Toby great tool? Reducing open tabs in Chrome minimizes clutter, increases productivity, and helps your computer run faster. Toby is a great alternative to using bookmarks beca...

1 min reading time
Updated October 13th, 2021 by Kara Osmundson


What is it? Smore is a tool that allows staff to create beautiful, interactive, and multimedia-rich newsletters to send to students and families. Because we have a district-wide license for all staff, you can also create templates and shared folders to increase collaboration and consistency. Click here to see an example of a Smore newsletter. Why us...

1 min reading time
Updated November 8th, 2021 by Kara Osmundson

Canvas Sections

What are Canvas Sections? Canvas Sections are lists of students that can be used to assign assignments, quizzes, and discussions. Why use Sections? Because you can create your own Sections in your course, you could create a list of students that get accommodations for their tests and/or assignments. This allows you to quickly assign content to a sub...

1 min reading time
Updated October 18th, 2021 by Kara Osmundson

Canvas Collaborations

What is it? Collaborations are a quick way for an instructor to create Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides and share them with student Groups. Documents created in Collaborations are automatically shared with the students in a group and the instructor without the need for creating an Assignment or typing in email addresses to share via Drive. Why use it...

0 min reading time
Updated October 6th, 2023 by Kara Osmundson

QuickTime Media Player

What is QuickTime Player? QuickTime Player is the default media player for video files on MacBooks. More importantly, QuickTime can be used to record audio, video, and screen recordings. It can be used by staff of all grade levels as long as your have a MacBook. High School students can also use it on their MacBooks. Why use QuickTime? QuickTime is ...

1 min reading time
Updated February 14th, 2023 by Kara Osmundson

Adobe Express

What is it? Adobe Express (formerly Spark) is an incredible creation tool that is very easy for both students and teachers to use. Adobe Express is also a web-based creation tool allowing students to create graphics, web pages, and videos. If you've used Adobe Spark tools before, Adobe Express combines Page, Post, and Video into one website.  If you...

1 min reading time
Updated March 16th, 2023 by Kara Osmundson

Google Chrome Extensions and Add-ons

Extensions are software programs that enable users to customize the Chrome browsing experience. Click below to learn more about Extensions (helper programs) Add-ons (additional features for specific google applications) and our Shakopee Bookmarks button. Chrome and Google Application Add-Ons Add-ons must be pre-approved by technology in order to ins...

1 min reading time
Load More