March 30, 2020

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For Middle School Students

Logging in


You should see CANVAS within your account. 
If you do not see Canvas, click CDS APPS: EVERYTHING and you should see Canvas.


Parent/Guardian login info is located on the PARENT CANVAS INSTRUCTIONS page.

Canvas Navigation video:

The above link is a video on how to navigate Canvas.  In your Navigation or one of your other classes may be reviewing this video and how to access Canvas with you as well.

How to do/submit an Assignment (Basic videos)

  • On iPad: How to paste Google Doc Link

How to change a Google Doc to a PDF to submit on Canvas

On Computers/Chromebooks

  • Open the Google Doc
  • Click FILE
  • Click DOWNLOAD
  • Click PDF
    It will download to your downloads folder or other designated area on your device.

On iPads

Here is a short video on how to do the following instructions for iPad.

1) Open your Google Doc
2) Tap the triple dot symbol (more button) in the upper left corner


5) Tap PDF and tap OK


7) Tap to select ON MY IPAD

It will save in FILES (looks like a folder).

From there you can go open Canvas, upload the assignment.
2) Tap FILES
3) Tap LOCATIONS on the LEFT
5) You should see your PDF document. Tap it and then tap SUBMIT to turn it in.

How to MARKUP (add text) to a PDF your teacher has uploaded for you

On iPad:

You will need to download it and use MARKUP to type on the sheet:

  • Go to the PDF document in Canvas.
  • Click the SEND TO button in the upper right corner
  • If MARKUP is there, click MARKUP.
    • If “MARKUP” is not there:
      • Click EDIT ACTIONS
      • Click/tap the PLUS symbol next to MARKUP
      • Click DONE.
      • Then you should see MARKUP in the list. Tap MARKUP.
  • Once you are in MARKUP, click/tap the + plus symbol and select TEXT to put in a text box. You can continue to add all the text boxes you need to fill in your worksheet.
  • When you are done, click DONE in the upper left corner.
  • Tap ON MY IPAD
  • Tap SAVE.
  • Now to turn your assignment in!
  • Go back to CANVAS app and go to the assignment.
  • Click/tap SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button
  • Tap/Click FILES
  • Tap/Click your file you want to upload.
  • Tap/Click SUBMIT

On Computer:

  • Download the PDF and open in PREVIEW app.  
  • Click the MARKUP button at the top.
  • Use the tools at the top to fill in the PDF like the Text Box tool.
  • Save when you are done.
  • To turn in the assignment in Canvas,  watch this video to learn how: (Links to an external site.)

3) If you printed it and filled it out by hand, scan the file if you are able to, otherwise take a picture and upload it. 

  • Tap the SCANNER button
  • Use your iPad camera to “scan”/take a picture of the sheet.
  • Tap SUBMIT.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Open Assignment

Open Assignment

Click the name of the assignment.

Submit Assignment

Submit Assignment

Click the Submit Assignment button.

Add Image in Text Entry

Add Image in Text Entry

To embed an image as part of a text entry assignment, click the Text Entry tab.

Open Embed Image Button

Open Embed Image Button

Click the Embed Image button to insert a picture.

Choose Image Source

Choose Image Source

To embed a photo from the internet, click the URL tab [1]. To embed a photo that is already uploaded in your personal files in Canvas, click the Canvas tab [2]. To embed an image from Flickr, click the Flickr tab [3].

Update Assignment

Update Assignment

Click the Update button.

Add Image in File Upload

Add Image in File Upload

If you can add an image as your entire submission, click the Choose File button in the File Upload tab.

Note: Your instructor may restrict the types of file uploads that are allowed.

Select Image

Select Image

Locate and select the image you want to upload on your computer [1]. Click the Open button [2].

Confirm Image Submission

Confirm Image Submission

Confirm your image upload file [1]. You can add additional files by clicking the Add Another File link [2].

Submit Assignment

Submit Assignment

When you are finished, click the Submit Assignment button to submit your assignment.

View Submitted Assignment

View Submitted Assignment

You can view your submitted assignment by clicking the Submission Details [1] or the Download [2] links.

Enable uploading Google Drive files in Canvas

  • Locate your assignment and click SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT
  • Select FILE UPLOAD
  • Tap FILES
  • Tap BROWSE (upper left)
  • Tap GOOGLE DRIVE on the left
  • Find or search your Google Doc and tap it
  • Tap SUBMIT

View Feedback on Submitted Assignments

After turning in an assignment, a teacher can enter a grade or points AND send you feedback.

A student will get an email from Canvas when they receive feedback:


Feedback is listed on the RIGHT side of the assignment in Canvas.

  • On the Dashboard in Canvas using CARD or RECENT ACTIVITY views
  • Click the link in the email to get to the assignment directly
  • Go to the HOME page of your class and on the LEFT side you will see recent feedback.

Change Dashboard View

Each Dashboard view has it’s advantages and disadvantages and is useful to switch between them from time to time.

Click the MORE [triple dot] icon in the upper right and select the other views.

Card View is nice for seeing all your classes listed AND seeing recent grades/feedback from your teachers and TO DO items on the right side

List View is great to see what assignments and to-do items are coming up by order of date.

Uploading your Google Docs on an iPad

  • Locate your assignment and click SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT
  • Tap FILES
  • Tap BROWSE

View All your Classwork for a Class

Coming soon.



On CDS iPads, if not already installed or need to reinstall:
• Go to the SELF SERVICE app

• Click INSTALL/REINSTALL for the GarageBand app
You may need to click install a couple of times if it does not install the first time.

On personal/family devices and laptops,
go to one of the following links :


  • Apple Computer:
  • iPad:
    • UPLOADING FROM IPAD TO GOOGLE DRIVE: If you are uploading music up to Google Drive:
      • In the “My Songs” browser, tap and hold the song you want to share, tap Share, then tap Song. You can add the artist, composer, and title information, choose the audio quality, and an image for the audio file.
      • Tap Share (upper right corner)Select Google Drive, select your CDS Gmail accountTap SELECT FOLDER and select where you want to save itClick SAVE HEREClick UPLOAD.It will save the music file as a .m4a file (a file format that is similar to MP3 and can be played in Chrome, Google Drive app, etc).
      • Click on SHARE in the menu bar at the topClick EXPORT SONG TO DISC
        • Name your file …so it makes sense to your teacher, like “Jane Doe Composition Assignment 2”
        • Select where to save it Saving to your DESKTOP might make it easy to find…
        • Select MP3For QUALITY, select High or Very HighClick EXPORT
      • Import your file to Google Drive:
        • Open your browser (like Chrome) and go to Google Drive ( the PLUS symbol (upper left)Click UPLOAD FILEFind & select your .mp3 file and click OPEN That’s it! You have uploaded it to Google Drive. Now you can add it into Google Classroom or share with your classmates and teachers from Google Drive. Note: For assignments, please follow your teacher’s instructions.
    • Locate your .Band File (maybe in your Music or Documents folders, or Desktop.
    • Right-Click (or CTRL+click) the file and select COMPRESS from the dropdown menu.
    • It will save a .ZIP file of your GarageBand file. What this does is bring all the hidden files into the file with the GarageBand file together so when you send it, the other person or other computer will have ALL the parts of the song you are working on.
    • Once it finishes, upload the .ZIP file to Google Drive and share to the other person or download to the other computer.
    • For the other person or other computer, once you download the .ZIP file, double-click it to open the compressed file and it will open to a .BAND file.
    • Open this file in GarageBand.

    • Microphone not recording your voice in GarageBand on your laptop?

      • First save and quit GarageBand.
      • Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner and select SYSTEM PREFERENCES.
      • Click the PRIVACY tab.
      • On the left side, click Microphone.
      • On the right side, you should see GarageBand listed.
      • Check the box next to GarageBand.
      • Close the System Preferences window.
      • Open GarageBand, and it should allow the microphone to record now.
  • Troubleshooting Home WiFi/Internet

    1. Go to and test your internet connection.
      If you have Comcast/Xfinity or AT&T broadband you should get a speed of at least 25mbps. 
      • Move closer to your modem and router and run the speed test again.
        • Proximity to that equipment does make a difference
      • Do you get the same speed results?
    3. Restart the device
      • If just one device is showing poor speed but other devices are fine, restart that one device.
      • If necessary, have that device forget the wireless network and reconnect.
      • After a restart, test the speed again on that device.
      • If 2 or more devices are showing poor speed, you can restart the modem and wifi router.
        • Modem brings Internet to your home
          • A modem is a small box that connects your devices to the internet using cables. There is typically a coaxial cable or phone line connecting the modem to your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
        • Router brings Internet to your devices
          • A router is a small box that sometimes has large antennas which sends the wireless signal throughout your house.
        • Some ISPs provide a combined modem and router box (
      • Restart both of these devices by unplugging them for 10 seconds and plugging them back in.
        • Wait about 5 minutes after connecting them back to power for them to reconnect.
      • After a restart, test the speed again on multiple devices.
    5. What WiFi modem/router/access point are you using?
      • If you’re using Xfinity/AT&T modem maybe you’re using an old model? Call them. Tell them that you’re a teacher and that internet speed is affecting distance learning for students. They will send you the newer and faster model of the Xfinity/AT&T modem, and maybe a tech person.
      • If you’re using your own WiFi router but still experiencing slow speed try connecting directly to your router using an ethernet cable.
      • WiFi router signal strength varies depending on the size/construction of your home. If you have multiple rooms consider a Mesh WiFi system.
    6. How many people in your family access the internet at the same time?
      • If you have a 25 Mbps Xfinity plan, but 4 people in your family are on the internet at the same time consider upgrading your plan. Contact Xfinity/AT&T and re-negotiate your plan to get the best plan without paying more. They’re flexible now as they’re upgrading bandwidth.

    The above tips apply for most Internet Providers not only Xfinity & AT&T.