New Features in Canvas: MagicMarker
Canvas has introduced a new app for iOS devices, MagicMarker, https://itunes.apple.com/tc/app/magicmarker-live-assessment/id887103888?mt=8.
This app allows an easy recording mechanism from your ipad in class when it comes to tasks your students need to fulfill. It is tied into the Outcomes you have established in your course.
The idea is that you set up Learning Outcomes and rubrics, and then you add those students (in small groups) who need to achieve these learning outcomes. In class, you observe what is happening and indicate with swipes if students achieve these outcomes, and the results get integrated into your Course Gradebook.
While the app is designed for K-12, I think it may make keeping track of meaningful class participation easier.
For more info, go to https://help.instructure.com/entries/46508850-MagicMarker-iOS-1-0-Release-Notes-
Content release date: Monday, June 30, 2014