The Independence School District uses Canvas for all Virtual Learning Resources. Canvas is a learning management system that helps organize learning by connecting the digital materials that teachers and students use in one easy place. Canvas connects you with your teachers and classmates through online courses that will include a daily live teaching component, attendance and grading expectations for credit.

Access your Canvas account using your ISD student email and password at www.isdschools.org/canvas/. Your classes will automatically be added to your Canvas account.

Elementary Virtual Expectations

School Supply List


Accessing Canvas on ISD Google Chromebook

  1. Login to your Google Chromebook by clicking “Add Person” in the lower, left corner.
  2. Enter your student email address and password. Student email addresses end in “@isdschools.org.” Passwords begin with the letter “g” followed by your student number.
  3. Open Google Chrome, and click on “isdschools.org bookmarks.” Select “ISD Canvas” from the bookmark menu.
  4. Click “Login for Students and Staff.”
  5. Your student Dashboard will appear. Click on the course card in the center to access your classes.

You can find more detailed instructions here.


Pairing Codes & Observer Accounts

Parents and guardians can create their own observer accounts to connect with your Canvas student account. You can generate a pairing code in your Canvas student account using the following steps:

  1. Login to your Canvas Student Account.
  2. Click “Account”.
  3. Click “Settings”.
  4. Click “Pair with an Observer” to generate a pairing code.
  5. Share your pairing code with your parent or guardian.
  6. The pairing code will expire after 7 days or after its first use.

You can find step-by-step instructions for pairing with multiple students accounts using the iOs app here.

You can find step-by-step instructions for pairing with multiple students accounts using the Android app here.


Attendance

In order to be counted as present, students should log out of Canvas and log in on a daily basis. Closing the lid of the Chromebook will not log a student out of canvas. To log out, click “Account” in the top left corner of Canvas, then click “Log Out.”


Technical Requirements

Virtual students are encouraged to use an ISD provided Chromebook for ISD Virtual Learning with Canvas, however, you are allowed to use a personal device provided you are able to meet the technical requirements and skills listed below. 

Technical Requirements:

  • Computer – Windows or Mac Computer or Chromebook
    • Must have a web camera and microphone
  • ISD Supported Browser – Google Chrome
    • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser
  • An Internet Connection 
    • A home WiFi connection is required for ISD provided Chromebooks

Technical Skills:

  • Ability to use the Canvas platform
  • Ability to email your teacher and include attachments
  • Ability to use Zoom for remote instruction & meetings
  • Ability to use Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides to create, organize, and share assignments
  • Ability to copy and paste (Control+C for copying and Control+V for pasting on a PC, Command+C for copying and Command+V for pasting on a Mac)

Technical Assistance:

The ISD is able to troubleshoot technical problems for students using an ISD Chromebook. ISD Chromebooks include shortcuts for Virtual Learning applications and monitor and filter student web activity. Should you choose to use a personal device and at a later time decide that you would like to use an ISD provided Chromebook, please contact technical support at helpme@isdschools.org.


Additional Resources:

Student Dashboard Overview

How to Set Up Your Student’s Chromebook and Canvas Account

How to Submit Assignments

How to Submit a Google Assignment in Canvas (Elementary)

How to Take Quizzes

How to Check Your Grades