Canvas

 






​​What: The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) houses all academic and athletic courses.
  
Access: Log into the PAnet homepage​ and click the Canvas link in the upper right section. Under the “Courses” drop-down menu, teachers will see the courses they are teaching, plus the Canvas tutorial course called “Welcome to Canvas”.​
 
Help: The Academy’s Welcome to Canvas tutorial course, in which all faculty and instructional staff have been enrolled as students, includes many kinds of resources for learning basic and advanced features within Canvas, including:

To search the Canvas online help documentation, visit the online Canvas Community to use the search bar or peruse the instructor’s guide.

To discuss pedagogical considerations related to using a LMS, contact Erin McCloskey at emccloskey@andover.edu / x4603


Examples: Andover teachers talk about how they are using Canvas to promote problem-solving, collaboration, and responsibility for learning:


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 Classroom Tech & Equipment

 
​Classroom Technology


Classrooms have a projection setup with projectors or AppleTVs and screens. For more details about additional technology in your classroom, visit the following interactive map and roll your mouse over the classroom building:

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For special assignments, projects, or events, students and teachers can borrow:
  • Video cameras
  • Still (digital) cameras
  • Tripods
  • Voice recorders
  • Skype kit (e.g., for inviting a remote guest to visit a class)
  • Portable speaker for music
  • Projectors & screens
  • Mac laptop adaptors​

Teachers planning end-of term assignments should know that all equipment is due back to the PLC by the Monday of the Extended Period week each term, after which the borrower will be assessed a late fee.


Contact the PLC (Polk-Lillard Center) for more information - x4560 ​


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 PAnet

 
​​​What: PAnet is the Academy’s main portal, through which all faculty, staff and students access the pathways to their academic courses, sports, club information and email. Faculty also use PAnet to access and submit student reports; participate in the student alert system; link to information from various offices on campus; download and complete forms; and perform many other functions.
Access: Enter your Academy credentials at https://panet.andover.edu, and look for the tabs across the top to direct you to relevant sections. Canvas and Email are accessed from the top right corner.​
  
Help: x4357 or helpdesk@andover.edu
 

 Lynda.com

 
​​What: All students, faculty and staff have free access to Lynda.com, a library of professional-grade video tutorials for learning just about every software under the sun, plus professional skills for business environments, the arts, and education. Unlike many video tutorials, Lynda.com videos include captioning, speed controls, bookmarking, transcripts and a notetaking feature.
 
Why: Lynda.com can support students’ learning of relevant technology skills for their classes by removing much of the burden of software instruction from the instructor. Lynda.com’s instruction is high quality and modular, such that each student can find and learn the specific skills that s/he needs in an efficient manner. Students can learn at different paces and to meet more personalized learning needs.
 

Access: First, create an account following these steps: 

1. Log into PAnet (panet.andover.edu).

2. Select the Community tab. 

3. On the right-hand side of the page find the Mediaspace & Lynda.com module. Select the lynda.com link.

4. In the next window select “No, I’ve never had an account.” 

5. You are now registered to use lynda.com!

For future visits log into lynda.com through the Community tab of PAnet​ to be automatically logged in.​

 

Help: For an overview of how Lynda.com works, check out this video​.

• To talk through how to incorporate Lynda.com into your teaching, contact Erin McCloskey at emccloskey@andover.edu / x4603.

• To learn how to create a playlist for your students, and for technical assistance, contact the PLC x4560.

• To hear about uses of Lynda.com here on campus, check out these videos:


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 MediaSpace

 
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What: MediaSpace is Andover’s version of YouTube, allowing us to support teachers’ use and management of audio and video for their academic classes, as well as to host videos of performances, presentations, and campus events.

Why: Showing videos through MediaSpace offers several advantages. It allows the Academy to comply more easily with principles of fair use. Also, it allows us to capture access data.  Finally, it integrates with the Canvas LMS, allowing for a more coherent experience for students.
Access: Access MediaSpace from the Community tab of PAnet​.
 
Help: Teachers should bring DVDs or audio/video files to the Polk-Lillard Center-PLC (located above Kemper Auditorium) or the PACC (located in the basement of the OWHL) for transfer to MediaSpace. Overall, students’ experience with MediaSpace has been very positive. Glitches do happen, however, often when the wireless network is experiencing heavy use. Here are some tips you can use and share with students for addressing issues with MediaSpace playback: ​
    • Refresh the page.
    • ​View the video in a different browser.
    • If possible, watch on a different device, in a different part of your dorm or campus, or during a different time of day.
    • If possible, plug into the network (requires an Ethernet/network cable); much more bandwidth is available through the wired network than through the wireless.
    • If plugging in is not possible, bring headphones and watch on the computers in the Polk Center or the PACC lobby.
    • ​Finally, for persistent problems, complete this form so that we can address the problem.


     
     

     Software

     

    Classroom Use:​

    All campus computers run MS Office and most of them also run Adobe Creative Suite. In addition, if you need to use a particular software with your students, it may be possible for us to install it on computers in one of the labs.  Please contact David Mallick for more information: dmallick@andover.edu​

    Personal Use:​

    The MS Office download for personally-owned Mac or PC computers is now available to anyone with an andover.edu email address for as long as they are employed by the Academy.


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     Web Conferencing

     

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    Hosting a Webex Meeting:

    WebEx is a web conferencing platform that is useful for inviting guests into the classroom when those guests live too far away to visit in person.  A guest can share their web cam, present slides or documents, and interact with students.

    For more information on how to host a WebEx meeting, please contact Kevin Cordy (kcordy@andover.edu)​ or call the Polk-Lillard Center (PLC) at x4560



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     Workshops

     
    Stay tuned for announcements about 2017-2018 workshops.


    Got an idea for a workshop? Give us a call at x4560 or or email plclabs@andover.edu​


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