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More than one child you are observing in Canvas?
Posted by Kelly Scott on 3/29/2017
This can be difficult to follow more than one child because they are not separated out very well in Canvas.
Here is the question and answer from the Canvas Community page. Click Link or see below
From the Canvas Community Page:
How do parents filter what they see by each child in their family?
I am a parent who has two kids in two different grades. How can I sort or filter what I see by each kid?
For example, if I only want to see my older son's assignments, how do I filter out his younger brother's assignments?
Hi Greg -
When we work with parents with more than one student, we some times recommend creating two observer accounts. It's not ideal, but then you have a customized view of each student. It helps when figuring out which of your students is enrolled in which classes, and this is especially so when students are in Middle and High School where they have multiple courses, activities, etc.
Does your institution/district support Canvas Parent? If so, that's a great way to separate course and assignment notifications on a student-by-student basis.
Mary Russell Sanders
Oct 19, 2016 12:49 PM
Our school recommends color coding and renaming the courses on the dashboard. For example, the parent sets each course for student #1 to blue and renames the courses to something meaningful for that student (John - Science). Then courses for student #2 are assigned a different color with custom names (Jane - Science). These colors and names translate over to the calendar view so it's easy to distinguish one child's assignments from the other child's. Since ten courses can only be enabled at a time, the color coding and nicknaming helps ensure the "right collection" of courses is enabled. The colors and names can be changed by clicking on the pencil in the upper right corner of each course block on the Dashboard.
For parents who want the assignments in view all the time, we suggest capturing the internet calendar feed from each student's account and adding the feeds to an Outlook or Google calendar.
These schemes have worked fairly well for our parents, but each school is using Canvas a little differently. You may want to reach out to someone at your school for recommendations.
Jan 3, 2017 12:18 PM
We also recommend you color code and nickname courses. We also recommend you start from the calendar because then you can turn on and off courses as you wish to see them.