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YUHSD teachers take advantage of Canvas training session

Yuma Union High School District hosted teachers last week for a two-part Canvas professional development session at the District Office. Melissa Ellegood

More than 30 teachers, who did not officially return to work until the following week, attended the session. Most often, teachers utilize the Canvas learning management platform to post projects, documents and classwork.

“Holding the training sessions is a way for us to support our teachers, provide equity for our students, help promote career, college and community readiness, and also encourage staff members to utilize the platforms at their disposal,” YUHSD Director of Educational Technology and Learning Management Melissa Ellegood said.

The first session touched on a lot of the new features available in Canvas for the 2019-2020 school year. Many of those features are related to improved integration with Google, particularly in relation to assignments in Google Drive. The second session of the afternoon was a broader, question-and-answer forum for teachers to solve any ongoing or burning questions about Canvas and help newer teachers, or teachers less familiar with the system, comfortable with using it prior to the start of school on Aug. 1.  

Ellegood said the district plans to host more technology-specific learning opportunities for teachers in the future.

Teachers at the Canvas training session

Eric Patten