We've heard that some guardians have had difficulty navigating Canvas to view student grades, and would like to share some tips that may be useful.
Digital Resources for Students
ISD strives to have classrooms that provide Digital Learning Experiences where ALL students can:
- access, engage with, create, and produce using technological tools
- have agency and ownership over their learning, and
- use technology to engage with the world in meaningful ways.
Through the support of our local capital/technology levy, ISD schools are equipped with the hardware and software necessary to provide equitable and safe digital resources for students. All classrooms are outfitted with a teaching station which includes a computer, large display (projector/TV), and document camera. Audio amplification is available in 80% of our classrooms and will be in 100% of the instructional spaces within the next 5 years. Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, student access to laptops is as follows:
- Kindergarten classrooms one laptop for every three students.
- First and Second-grade classrooms one laptop for every two students.
- Third through Fifth-grade classrooms one laptop for every student.
- Students in grades six through twelve check out a school laptop for the duration of the school year.
Student safety is paramount; to that end, ISD uses filtering software to limit access to inappropriate content and security software that monitors all types of information on Microsoft365 cloud products, including student email and documents.
In addition to hardware, a variety of software and apps are used to support and enhance learning. These resources are organized through Student Portals and Learning Management Systems. Select the link below that matches the grade level of your student.
The first grading period for secondary students is quickly approaching. Grades for the first check will not be posted in Skyward, but you can access your student's grades in Canvas. Please make sure that you can successfully access your Observer account by following the directions on the ISD website or viewing the video tutorial.
This year, Canvas will be the primary way to access and monitor student grades and feedback. In order to successfully create and access your Canvas account, you will want to first create an account using your preferred web browser. Once you have created your account, you can then follow the additional directions for setting up the app.
Thanks to the April passage of our Capital (Technology & Construction) Levy, this fall, students attending Issaquah School District middle and high schools will check out a school laptop free of charge to use at school and at home. Here are some details you might want to know as you prepare for the new laptop program.
Does your family qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch? If so, there are programs that may provide free or discounted access to laptops and/or internet access.