Edcanvas is a website which I only recently came across. It is used to help students and teachers organise and present online content in one place. A classroom example use may be: you are starting a new topic or project in class and you are doing some research to gather your resources for the topic. Normally, your resources for the topic may be spread across various sources or maybe in a LiveBinder. You may have a Powerpoint in Dropbox, a Word file on your desktop, a PDF on a pen drive, a Youtube video favourited on the website, numerous links saved in your browser. Edcanvas allows teachers to gather all of these resources into one place and have them ready to present in class so that you have everything ready at your fingertips in one location.
Each time a teacher begins to gather resources for a new topic, they can just start a new “Canvas”. They can also edit old canvasses and add new resources to them as you come across new material. Adding resources is very easy, just using a “drag and drop” method. There are icons that allow you to quickly access places where your resources may be stored – Dropbox, Google Drive, Youtube, Bookmarks etc.
The great thing about Edcanvas is that once you have created it, you can “run” or play the Canvas from within Edcanvas. Sharing a Canvas is also easy – it can be shared via email, to Edmodo, Twitter, Facebook or you can also embed the Canvas into a blog or class web page. You can also browse Canvases created by other users and find out about resources that they have gathered for their projects/topics. One last thing about Edcanvas that may appeal to teachers is that you can create a class account where students can create their own canvases and see canvases created by others.
You can sign up for an Edcanvas account using your existing Google account. Canvases are public by default but you can make them private in just two clicks – first by clicking on the Share button followed by the lock toggle.