Canvas and Zoom for Continuous Learning

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What is Canvas and how can it be used to support learning?

Canvas provides a platform for teachers to create virtual classrooms, supporting both real-time (synchronous) and self-paced (asynchronous) learning. Canvas is a powerful tool for blended and distance learning.

What is Zoom and how can it be used to support learning?

Zoom is a video-conferencing platform that teachers can use to host their classes online in real-time. Our division Zoom license has robust security controls and an expanded feature set, which can be used to facilitate engaging and interactive learning experiences. 

Here are some of the security features of Zoom:

  • All participants are clearly identified by their name when joining a Zoom room.
  • Participants enter a waiting room when they first join a meeting and must be admitted by the teacher. 
  • Zoom sessions can only be recorded by the teacher. 
  • All student participants  authenticate their Zoom account with their PWCS Office 365 account.
  • Students can set their own background to keep their environment private.


Parent/Guardian Canvas Support

Canvas Orientation for Parents & Guardians

For Canvas assistance please contact your child's school. 

Parent, Guardian, Observer Access Code to Canvas

Observer/Parent Access to Canvas: 

Parents must begin by requesting a pairing code from their child’s teacher or have their child log into Canvas to access the pairing code.

  1. Once parents receive their pairing code, they will need to sign up for a Canvas account. Parents will go to the Canvas login page and select "Parent of a Canvas User".
    Screenshot of Parent Canvas Logon page with link indicated

  2. Parents will enter the information requested including the pairing code provided to them by their child or their child’s teacher.

    Parent Signup screen
  3. To add more students to observe, once logged in, parents will want to select Account > Observing.  Here, they can identify who they are already linked to and add more children.
  4.              Screen for adding additional students

  5. Once the account has been created, parents can use the Canvas Student App on their Apple or Android devices to access their account. When using the app, parents will select Prince William County Parents when asked to "find school." The Canvas Student app and the Canvas Parent app are similar. Canvas has recommended that the Canvas Student app has a better layout.

Parent Pointers: A Video Overview Of Canvas With Your Child

Join us as we walk through Canvas; the learning management system students and teachers will be using this fall. Parents will gain an understanding of Canvas and learn how to connect their parent account to their child’s account.


Teacher Creating Pairing Codes for Parent Observers

Creating A Pairing Code For Parent Access To Student Courses

The student or teacher needs to provide parent with a Pairing Code. Pairing codes can only be generated using the web version of Canvas, not the mobile app.

student can generate a parent/observer code by logging into Canvas

  1. In Global Navigation, select the  Account  link then select the  Settings  link.      
  2. Global Navigation Settings screen

  3. Select the Pair with Observer link .
  4. Pair with Observer location in app

  5. A new window will open. Copy the six-digit alphanumeric Pairing Code.

    image of Pair with observer button

    • You will need to share the code with the observer who will link to your account. 
    • The pairing code will expire after seven days or its first use.
    • To close the window, select the  OK  button.
    • Note:  Pairing codes are case sensitive.

teacher can generate a parent/observer code by logging into Canvas. They can create a paring code for one student or for all students enrolled in a course.

  1. To obtain a pairing code for one student, after logging into Canvas, select a course.
  2. Select the People link in the Course Navigation Bar. A list of students will open.