In Mr. Buseman's class, Canvas is used for any major assignments. All ﬁles are posted to Canvas, and many major assignments are added and submitted through the program. In addition, whenever any ﬁles are added, there are two versions of the same ﬁle- a PDF to be edited on Notability and a Word-based document to be edited on QuickOfﬁce. This allows for students to have the freedom to use any ﬁle-editing program they want and still get the given task done on time.
Study guides are also posted through Canvas, allowing for students to be able to easily add or remove any information. In class, our daily schedule is announced and written on the board, but at the same time, many of our Canvas assignments also show up on the Canvas calendar, enabling anyone who may want to know about any upcoming due dates to look on Canvas for that information. However, quizzes and tests are never posted through Canvas; they are taken in a paper-and-pencil format.
Whenever we are watching CNN Student News, we have to set aside our iPads. At the same time, though, we are still allowed to use our iPads for relaxation, to some extent. We aren't allowed to play games during class, but when we have any free time, we are encouraged to use Flipboard, Pulse, News360, or any other new apps to learn more about the world.
In class, we sometimes have Headline Fridays. On these Fridays, students are supposed to surf through news websites, ﬁnd articles that talk about events that affect others at a local, national, or international level, and write summaries about the events. We then talk about these events in class, demonstrating how the use of the Internet in our class is helping us become more informed about the world.
Blog Written by Sabah Munir, 10th Grade Student