Updated Zoom Web Conferencing Default Settings

Based on teacher feedback from the start of the school year, there was a change made to the Zoom default settings for Elanco Teachers. “Automatic recording” has now been set to allow teachers the flexibility to turn it on. Some teachers have expressed concern about forgetting to hit record and wanted to turn it on so the recording starts automatically.

To enable Automatic Recording, go to your Elanco Zoom account settings at https://zoom.us/profile/setting and click on the Recording tab (see image below). When enabled, Zoom will be set to automatically record when a meeting starts.

Zoom auto record



Canvas Quiz Log Auditing

There has been great concern from teachers about ensuring remote learning students are not cheating on exams. In a remote, online learning environment this has always been a challenge and there is no magic bullet to prevent all student cheating on tests and quizzes.

In Canvas, there is a relatively new feature called Quiz Log Auditing that has been a course opt-in feature in Canvas in the past. However, it has now been turned on for all Canvas courses as of today.

One of the features of Canvas Quiz Log Auditing is that is logs when a students has “Stopped viewing the Canvas quiz-taking page” and logs when a student navigates away from the quiz (closes the browser tab, opens a new browser tab, or navigates to a different program). Perhaps by making students aware that you have access to this record, it might deter them from leaving the online quiz to look up answers.

For more information about Quiz Log Auditing, visit How do I view a quiz log for a student?

Screenshot of Canvas View Action Log Statuses

Canvas Quiz Log Auditing

WeVideo Exit Ticket Template

wevideo exit ticket

“Exit ticket, exit slip or exit survey? However you phrase it, this effective assessment strategy can help you gauge student learning in any subject. It’s also a fun way for students to express what they’ve learned.  So why not try it with video? It’s a breeze with our pre-made Exit ticket template.”–From WeVideo

Watch the demo video below:

To learn more about WeVideo, visit the WeVideo information page on this site. If you’d like to setup your students with WeVideo accounts, please contact Tim Leister.


Canvas Integration with Discovery Ed and Adobe Spark

Elanco has recently added two new LTI integrations with our Canvas account: Discovery Education and Adobe Spark. The integration allows for quicker access for both students and teachers to the rich library of Discovery Education content, as well as easier methods for students to submit Adobe Spark creations into assignments.

Discovery Education

“The Discovery Education – Canvas integration provides Single Sign-On (SSO) and an embedded search widget, enabling users to work seamlessly across systems to add Discovery Education content to Canvas.”

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Adobe Spark

“Using Adobe Spark, students can learn to create high-quality reports, research papers, posters, assignments, and presentations. Whereas the creative apps in Adobe Creative Cloud empower students and educators to develop powerful presentations, photography, illustrations, movies and videos, and web applications.

Integrating Adobe Spark and Adobe Creative Cloud with Canvas LMS provides students and educators with quick and easy access to their creative work. Students and educators can access their Spark projects within Canvas and use them to create and complete their assignments.” – from Adobe Help Guide



Canvas Updates – April 2020

In April of 2020, the following new Canvas features were released and are now available in our instance of Canvas:

  • Bulk Edit Assignment Due Dates
  • Limited Submission Attempts
  • Mute Notifications by Course
  • Easy Access to Course Rubrics

Read the post and visit the links below to learn more about each of these new features.

Bulk Edit Assignment Due Dates

“As an instructor, you now have the option to update due dates and availability dates for multiple assignments and assessments at one time. Additionally, if you previously assigned differentiated due dates for sections, students, or groups, you can bulk update these due and availability dates.” For more information, here’s the Canvas Guide about Bulk edits for assignments.

edit assignment




Limited Submission Attempts

“By default, assignments can be submitted an unlimited number of times. However, instructors can now choose to limit the number of attempts a student can make for an assignment by using the Attempts menu.” For more information, here’s the Canvas Release Page about Limited Submission Attempts or watch this video on Limited Submission Attempts.



  • Limited Submission Attempts is a Course Feature Option that allows instructors to choose when you want to enable the new feature for your course. To enable this Course Feature Option, go to Course Settings > Feature Options or follow the steps on How do I manage new features for a course? 



Mute Notifications by Course

“With course notifications now enabled, the Course Home Page displays a View Course Notifications button. The icon in the button displays the status of the notifications: enabled or disabled. Course notifications are enabled by default. In the Course Notification Settings page, users can choose to disable notifications for the course. When course notifications are enabled, notification preferences must be configured in the Notification Preferences page.”

For more information, here’s the Canvas Release Page about Muting Course Notifications or watch this video.

course notifications


Easy Access to Course Rubrics

“The Manage Rubrics button has been removed from the course-level Outcomes page and added to the Course Navigation Menu. This change allows course rubrics to be accessed more quickly.”

For more information, here’s the Canvas Release Page about Rubrics or watch this video.



Canvas Updates – January 2020


Send on Remind

Remind on Canvas

Description: The district has recently purchased a district-wide subscription to the Remind Communication Tool. “By integrating Remind with Canvas, you can drive student engagement by sending attachments and resources directly to their phones. Each message includes a link back to Canvas to make it simple to stay informed and involved. The Remind integration lets educators save time and improve productivity by eliminating the clutter and confusion of multiple platforms.  And you can do it all without leaving Canvas.” – from Canvas blog


  • Along with sharing your Canvas content, you can send students links from over 20 connected applications, including Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.

New Canvas Feature:  Direct Share of Assignments

send to

Description: Direct Share allows instructors to copy individual course items to another course and share individual items with other users. This change allows content to be shared directly in Canvas without having to use a secondary repository like Commons.  The “Send To” and “Copy To” options are located in the settings menu of the content item needing to be shared. For more information, here’s the Canvas Release Page about Direct Share.


  • Creates a simpler and quicker process for sharing and copying specific content items
  • Example Teacher Use Cases:
    • “Send To” could be used for quick sharing of common assessments and other content to teachers
    • “Copy To” could be an efficient way to copy something you create for one course and import it into a different Canvas course
  • Considerations:
    • Sharing options are not currently available from the Modules Page
    • LTI content and Quizzes using Question Banks may not copy or send to other users 
  • Here’s the new Feature Video

New Rich Content Editor (RCE)


Description: The new Rich Content Editor (RCE) toolbar has a more streamlined design and the menus are better grouped by common icons and interactions. For more information about the new features and differences, here’s the Canvas Release Page about the New Rich Content Editor.


  • Notable differences:
    • Toolbar contains one row instead of two
    • There is no longer a Content Selector on the right side
    • New “Options” pop-up button for Images and Files 
    • New “plug-in” icon for third party apps
    • Unsplash is replacing Flickr images 


Google Earth Projects

Google Earth view of GS

In the past, Google Earth was exclusively a software program that provides detailed access to geographic features around the globe. Now, that same program is available through the Chrome web browser at https://earth.google.com/

Google Earth has also recently added a ‘Project’ feature that allows teachers and students to “create customized maps and stories about places around the world. Mark spots you care about, and add text, photos, and videos to complete your stories. You can also share your maps and stories with others to collaborate.” – About Google Earth Projects

A customized map with satellite or street views can be created with personalized places that contain custom icons, images and videos.

Below are some tutorials for using the new Google Earth Project Creation Tools:

Google Earth Tutorial: Intro to Creation Tools

Google Earth Tutorial: Adding Features

Google Earth Tutorial: Styling Places


Slido for Google Slides

Slido for Google Slides allows you to “instantly create live polls and add Q&A to your presentation as you’re working on your slides. Rather than switching between Slido and your presentation, you’ll be able to run both with one click.”  — Slido.com

The Slido Add-On to Google Slides has been enabled for all Teachers at Elanco and can be a great formative assessment tool that can be utilized directly inside of your presentation without leaving Google Slides.

With the free version, you can add:

  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Open Text Questions
  • Word Clouds
  • Rating Questions
  • Live Q & A (but without moderation)


Introductory Tutorial Video for Slido


Microsoft Translator

translatorA free program provided by Microsoft that allows you to speak or type in your native language to communicate in real-time with other participants in the conversation in their language.

How it works: 1. Start – Click on “Start conversation”, log in and enter your name and language. 2. Share – Share the conversation code with other participants, who can join using the Translator app or website 3. Speak – Speak or type in your language to communicate with other participants in the conversation.

Go to – https://translator.microsoft.com to start a conversation by logging in with your district’s Microsoft Office 365 account. Or, you can use the free mobile application

Watch my short demonstration video below on how my voice can simultaneously be translated into both Spanish and Russian in real-time using the web version of Microsoft Translator.