IORAD and Google/ Canvas Integrations

This post serves two purposes.

  1. We want to feature IORAD. If you want to make a simple step by step interactive instructions for students as seen below, use the IORAD extension. You’ll see that you will actually click through the steps. Is there an easier way to show how to do something? click “Start” below.
  2. Our other purpose is to show how easy it is to embed a Google Doc right into Canvas. Alex Pearson also posted a video on how to do this as well.





In the RCE, Go to far right of the tool bar and click the three dots 

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Click the plug in icon

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Scroll down and click Google Drive

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This now looks a lot like the Google interface. Click Select file

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choose and click the google doc you wish to embed in Canvas.

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Click Add

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Click Attach

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Scroll down and that’s it. You’re done.

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Here’s an interactive tutorial


To make your own IORAD, get the Chrome Extension. (and watch the tutorial)

Re-Using Google Classroom Rubrics

Some may worry that they’ll have to start from scratch in doing the tedious work of making rubrics in Canvas. Look, there’s no two ways about it. A thoughtful rubric takes time. I’ve done a fair amount of thinking about rubrics. Please be careful with them.  Let me strongly recommend the single point rubric. If you’ve created rubrics in Google Classroom you wish to reuse in Canvas, here’s how.

Take it away, Deb Skapik.

How to Embed HTML5 – PhET Interactive Simulations into Canvas

FCS teachers love these simulations developed by PhET Interactive Simulations, a project at the University of Colorado Boulder. PhET is a non-profit open educational resource project that creates and hosts explorable explanations. These engaging simulatings enhance the way science is taught and learned. Now, embed them directly into Canvas!

EdPuzzle and Canvas

EdPuzzle is a terrific tool. With it, you can add questions to any video found on YouTube, National Geographic or Khan Academy (to name a few). I also encourage you add the EdPuzzle Extension to the Chrome Browser.

EdPuzzle integrates directly with Canvas. EdPuzzle also will let FCS teachers use materials find and post EdPuzzles made by other FCS teachers! In time, we can create wonderfully libraries of shared material for our core classes that are taught by many of us.

If you have used EdPuzzle before, it works a bit differently that it did with Google Classroom. For EdPuzzle pushes material to Google Classroom whereas Canvas pulls in material from EdPuzzle. Here’s how:

Google Assignments in Canvas

Though this video takes a little bit of time, watch it for step by step instructions on how to use the Google Assignments Integration. If you liked grading with Google Classroom, use this feature. If you want to “lock” assignments when students turn in work- just as in Google Classroom, use this feature. And finally, if you want the students to be able to self-check for plagiarism by using Google’s originality reports, use this as well.


Online Quiz Review – Covid 19 Edition

Quizizz vs Kahoot vs Gimkit

There’s a new contestant in the hitherto Quizizz vs Kahoot contest for primacy in online quiz games. Many at FCS are quite familiar with Kahoot, the online quiz/ review game. I often hear its ear-wormy music when I walk the halls.  (Here’s 10 hours of its Jeopardy-esque theme song.) In this brief post, I will will recommend all three tools and mention a new (and temporarily free) feature of Kahoot’s.

My favorite online quiz game is Gimkit. It allows for strategy! and more authentic game play than its competitors. While the strategy aspect of the game play may be tangential to learning, it enhances the game thereby enabling learning- it will keep kids’ interest longer. It’s a great review tool and a lot of fun. Here’s a video on how to get started.

I really do most highly recommend it. Yet, as much as I like Gimkit, the other online quiz games are better for other purposes.

New content

If you’re looking to explain something to your students mid-game, use Kahoot.


Kahoot has a slides feature which allows you you to stop mid-game and explain an idea or topic. This is usually a paid feature, but Kahoot is offering free premium access for educators impacted by COVID-19.

Alex Pearson reminds us that Kahoot is a terrific review tool as well. Here Alex uses Kahoot to create work that students can do in their own time. Alex also highlights Kahoots’ detailed reports feature. Here’s more on Review, Quiz, and Tests from our Virtual Learning Google Classroom Page

Traditional tests

If you want something that has the look and feel of a more traditional test, go with Quizizz’s  Test Mode. It is meant specifically for formal summative assessments (that is quizzes and tests). Questions are only asked once, and teachers get a very detailed report at the end of the test.

If you want to try any of these free, robust and fun tools and feel you need help, FCIT is happy to get you started.