MAPLEWOOD, NJ — To help with the transition to a virtual marking period, SOMSD posted at 8 p.m. Friday evening on its website that it will be offering virtual ‘Intro to Canvas’ training sessions for parents the second week in September. 

As the school year approaches, students and parents are trying to prepare to fully incorporate the Canvas learning management system into their educational routine. The first training session, however, is not until the day after school starts.

The training sessions are going to be conducted by representatives from Canvas. Each of the six sessions will be an hour long and have a 50-person maximum. Parents have to pre-register to participate.   All the training sessions will be recorded and posted to the district’s Canvas webpage so that parents can watch if they can’t make the dates.

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Two sessions will be held per day on September 9, 10, and 11. Afternoon sessions will be from 2-3 p.m. and evening sessions from 4-5 p.m. All but the last session have filled up already; the district announcement stated that they would add more dates should they be needed.

Students will be able to connect to Canvas using the same username and password as their district Google accounts. Parents who want to use Canvas to track their child’s progress will have to create what Canvas calls an “observer” account. 

An observer account must be paired with a student's to work. To pair accounts parents have to enter a pairing code generated by the student account. Multiple students can be paired with one observer account but an individual pairing code is required for each child.

The district has also provided links to resources that parents can use to help them set up their observer accounts because the training does not begin until after school starts. Teachers began Canvas training in early August that will run through September.

Other learning materials for the school year such as textbooks and other classroom supplies that would normally be provided by the district will be distributed in the first two weeks of school according to the district announcement.



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