Thursday , 19 October 2017
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NCDPI Announces Canvas as Statewide LMS

CanvasThe North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released a memo today announcing the selection of Canvas as NC’s statewide Learning Management System. School districts in our state will now be able to purchase Canvas at an exceptional discount, bridging a large gap for many districts in the transition toward digital teaching and learning. This is an exciting time to be a part of North Carolina Public Schools!

In addition to 24/7 support through your local Canvas Admin and standard online training modules, negotiated elements of the state contract agreement include integration with the North Carolina Identity and Access Management Service — providing the option for Single Sign-On with one username and password for PowerTeacher, SchoolNet, NCEES and Canvas, integration with the North Carolina Learning Object Repository — providing access to digital learning resources and assessments within Canvas, and full integration with PowerSchool.

Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, N-CCS teachers will be required to use Canvas as a student to take part in flipped and blended professional development experiences.  The requirement for use of Canvas with students on-site will remain a site-level decision and will be left up to the building-level administrators to determine. N-CCS is currently completing development of a flipped, comprehensive online Canvas training challenge, which will be made available to teachers prior to the beginning of next school year.  Additionally, N-CCS is excited to offer staff Canvas trainings at each site. Currently, N-CHS, DHS, and Shuford Elementary are scheduled to have staff trainings conducted in April and May.

If you have any questions about Canvas or would like to begin learning how to integrate Canvas into your classroom instruction, please contact Jamie Frye, Instructional Technology Facilitator and Canvas Admin for Newton-Conover City Schools, at jamie_frye@nccs.k12.nc.us.

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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