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Why use Canvas Learning Management System?

Please see information below on why Newton-Conover and North Carolina use Canvas LMS!
Why Canvas?

In April 2015, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) began providing negotiated Canvas pricing to all local education agency (LEA) and charter schools statewide. Schools and districts purchase Canvas for all users and NCDPI covers all costs associated with implementation, training, course migration, 24/7 support, and more.

NCDPI administrators say they chose Canvas as the statewide Learning Management System (LMS) because it’s intuitive and because it was designed with student learning as the ultimate goal. North Carolina teachers like Canvas because it makes creating course content easy and because it works seamlessly with integrated, third-party learning tools such as Google Drive, Learn360, Quizlet, Khan Academy, and LearnZillion — to name only a few.

Deputy Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum of Cabarrus County Schools calls Canvas “the glue that brings it all together and the starting point … for that digital learning journey.” He says Cabarrus County successfully introduced 7,000 users to Canvas before implementing training.

Principal Tripp Aldredge of Harris Road Middle School says his school hires the best teachers and Canvas gives them the tools they need to design the best learning experiences.

Ultimately, Canvas will enable K-12 educators throughout North Carolina to collaborate and share resources across grade levels, schools, and districts through the NC Canvas Commons (NCDPI).

What is Canvas?

Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that connects all the digital tools and resources teachers use into one simple place (Instructure).

How do I use Canvas?

Simple!  Please contact your Digital Learning Facilitator to set up a training, or get a heads-up and enroll in the Kung-Fu Canvas training course!  Contact your school’s Digital Learning Facilitator to enroll in the course.

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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