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Digging Into the Canvas Guides

canvas.logo_Recently, Newton-Conover City Schools adopted Canvas by Instructure as its new Learning Management System.  Canvas is an Open-Source LMS that is designed to consolidate instruction and materials, grading, feedback, due dates, and web tools, all into one place.  Canvas was selected to become a district-wide LMS with the help of a fantastic LMS Selection Team composed of teachers across the district.  Canvas will be ready to go live at with students, teachers and classes pre-uploaded, on January 23rd — though its use with students is not a requirement.

As we begin familiarizing ourselves with all that Canvas can do, I’d like to share a helpful resource with you.  One of the best supporting features that Instructure provides its end users are the Canvas Guides.  Nearly any issue that you may encounter with Canvas has a pre-existing solution that can be found in the Guides.

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In addition to the Canvas Guides, N-CCS will operate a ticketing systemthat you will be able to submit tickets to for the most immediate help.  This ticketing system will be primarily supervised by Jamie Frye, District Instructional Technology Facilitator.    If you have any questions related to technology integration in your classroom, please e-mail Jamie Frye at

For more information on the Guides, be sure to check out the video embedded below!

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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