Canvas is a learning management system that allows SMSD teachers, parents, and students to access and manage learning in a digital environment. It allows educators to create and present online learning materials and assess student learning, and students to engage in courses and receive feedback about their learning progression.
Parents/Guardians can access observer accounts to view grades, resources, and activities posted in their child's course. There are two ways to access and interact with Canvas as a parent: 1) using the Canvas website from a computer or phone and 2) using the Canvas Parent App. (iOS, Android)
#1 Create the account
When creating an account, you will need to have your child's "pairing" code. The code can be retrieved in two ways.
Your child's teacher can generate the code and provide it to you.
Your child can log into his/her account and retrieve the pairing code. See directions in handout below.
When visiting the URL, https://smsd.instructure.com/login/canvas, you will be asked to find your school. Begin typing Shawnee Mission and select parent/guardian. At the login page, select “parent of a canvas user-create account.”
With parent/guardian access in Canvas, you act as an Observer. As an observer, you can see what's happening in a course in regards to the assignments, announcements, and feedback specific to your student.
View student grades
View the calendar
View a list of assignments with due dates
Receive email or text notifications for announcements, assignments, and more
***Please note: the links inside an email notification to observers are a copy of what would normally go to the student. Therefore the links are only accessible to students and will direct users to the student log in window. Parents will not be able to use the link with their observer credentials. They will need to log in to their observer account to view the comments or feedback.
Observers can NOT:
See course rosters
View other students' work or data in the course
Submit assignments or take quizzes and assessments.