Appy Hour

Welcome to “Appy Hour” This fast-paced session is designed to showcase a variety of Apps, LTI’s, and Extensions that can help you to better engage your students, reduce your workload, and improve your teaching in Canvas.

App Magic

Arthur C. Clark’s Third Law – “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”

Technology today is coming available faster than any of us can believe, and there are many new technologies that, for lack of a better explanation, are simply Magic. For example, Have you seen PhonePrintz?



Example of Research and Writing in the 21st Century

Teacher Asks: Are you a digital utopian or a digital dystopian? What famous authors can be put into these categories? Read Is Google Making Us Stupid?, pick a side, and support your answer with some research.

Mercury ReaderPocketSmmryCitelighterGrammarly

What are your favorite apps? 

Canvas Apps & Extensions

Canvas Teacher allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to grading, communicating, and updating—three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers through Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes. For more information, check out the Guides below, or watch the Canvas Teacher Video. iOS Download     Android Download

Canvas Teacher iOS Guide     –      Canvas Teacher Android Guide

Your students can also access Canvas courses on the go with the Canvas Student mobile app! From any device, students can now:

• View grades and course content
• Submit assignments
• Keep track of course work with to do list and calendar
• Send and receive messages
• Post to discussions
• Watch videos
• Take quizzes
• Receive push notifications for new grades and course updates, and much more!  iOS Download    Android Download

Canvas Student Android Guide     –      Canvas Student iOS Guide



Learn more about Kaltura Video Quizzes at this link, or watch the video tutorial below.

Must Know Apps for Teachers

GoSoapBox is a powerful, flexible, and intuitive student response system for educators to use in their classrooms. Leveraging web-enabled devices, teachers digitally engage students to conduct formative assessment and gain insight into student comprehension that was never before possible. Let’s give it a try.

Citelighter is a virtual highlighter that automates the research and paper writing process. It allows the user to find and capture unique facts online, automatically generate citations, and write better quality papers in less time.

Mercury Reader is a browser extension that cleans up your reading experience in Chrome. Get rid of the adds and junk and enjoy the read.

Screencastify is a screencasting extension for Google Chrome. It allows you to record your screen activity for creating tutorials, etc, and runs entirely in Chrome, so opens the possibility of screencasting up to Chromebook owners.

Extensity, the ultimate tool for lightning fast enabling and disabling all your extensions for Google Chrome. Just enable the extension when you want to use it, and disable when you want to get rid of it for a little while.

Permanent Clipboard allows you to save browser clipboard elements with friendly names at your fingertips. Now you can store things like common comments, feedback and instructions to enhance your work as a teacher.

Pocket is a free service that makes it easy to discover great content that’s personalized to your interests, and save this content so you can return to it later – on any device, at any time. It’s your one-stop destination for reading engaging content, catching up on your favorite blogs and news sources, and watching videos that you discovered but weren’t in the right place to watch.

One Click Timer is a great tool for using a timer on any Google Tab or G-Suite application. It is fully adjustable and incredibly easy to use and great for a classroom timer.

Kahoot! is a tool for using technology to administer quizzes, discussions or surveys. It is a game based classroom response system played by the whole class in real time.

Quizizz, like Kahoot, is an interactive learning game/presentation technology. However, the salient features include: Student-paced: Questions appear on each student’s screen, so they can answer questions at their own pace, and review their answers at the end.

Canva is a free graphic-design tool. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals.

Other Apps to Consider

Grammarly – corrects hundreds of grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes while also catching contextual errors, improving your vocabulary, and suggesting style improvements.

ThingLink allows teachers and students to easily create interactive infographics, maps, drawings, and engaging 360 documentaries for class or presentations online.

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).


Edpuzzle is a video platform for teachers and students. It empowers teachers to make any video their lesson with really easy to use tools and powerful analytics.

Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Each grid is effectively a message board where teachers can pose a question and their students can post 90-second video responses that appear in a tiled “grid” display.