Starting second trimester, students at G-R will switch to a new classroom management software, called Canvas. This switch is being headed by the high school's business teacher, Andrew Mcquillan. Currently, students are using a different website called Edmodo. Edmodo is a free website that allows students to join different classes, or groups, post and receive messages from that group, and turn in homework that was assigned to them by their teacher through the site. In this way, Canvas is very similar to Edmodo, but it does not just stop there.
Canvas also give teachers the opportunity in incorporate their standard and benchmarks into their curriculum, an area where Edmodo falls short. Canvas also gives teachers and students more chances to more collaborative things in the classroom.
Students have been using Edmodo since the start of one-on-one laptops, so it will be interesting to see how well the students are able to transition to the new program. Some students have already started using Canvas in some of their classes. Although it will may take some time to get everyone up and running during this time of transition, Mr. Mcquillan says, "This new program has the potential to positively affect instruction throughout the district."