Technology Resources

@Chesapeake College

An App for Canvas – A Review

Image7Yes, there’s an app for that!  In fact, there are a couple.  With the Canvas Android and iPhone apps students can access their courses when they are away from their computers.  Canvas realized earlier releases of the apps had a lot limitations for students.  Now, students can access  modules, view content, contribute to discussions, and even submit assignments from a mobile device/s.

Some differences still exist between the apps and the browser version.  Please read through the Canvas Guides listed below to understand how to participate in classes through the mobile app.  The world of elearning continues to morph into mlearning, so a learning curve is expected as the processes are refined during this transition.

Apps Instructions

canvas appAndroid app

iphone canvasiPhone app
(use this for iPad)

How do I download the Canvas app on my Android?
How do I use the Canvas app on my Android?

How do I submit an assignment using
the Canvas app on my Android?
How do I download the Canvas app on my iPhone?
How do I use the Canvas app on my iPhone?
How do I submit an assignment using the Canvas app on my iOs device?

The links above access specific topics in the Canvas Help Guides.  Here are additional links for the Mobile App Guides:
Canvas Mobile Phone Student Guide
Canvas Mobile Tablet Student Guide

How Do I Log Into Chesapeake’s Canvas?

 canvas app login
  1. In this field, type in the Canvas URL:
  1. Click Connect


 canvas app sign in At the login screen type the following:

  1. Your MyCampus username (DO NOT PUT YOUR EMAIL – this doesn’t work for our installation of Canvas)
  2. Your MyCampus password (if you’ve signed into Canvas during the Spring 13 or Summer 13 semesters, it could be that password)
  3. Click Login


Click on the instructions above for your device to learn how to use the app for your particular device.

Why Canvas?

In a lengthy evaluation process by the LMS Selection Committee, Canvas received the highest evaluation marks from faculty and students and met the college’s evaluation criteria better than any of the other available options.

As we move closer to the launch date of Canvas, we will release the Canvas Student Orientation.  Information will be posted here and around campus to help keep you informed.  Until then, watch the video below to learn more about Canvas.

See what others say about Canvas.

Google: Drive (cloud storage and productivity suite)

Google Docs is becoming Google Drive on regular Gmail accounts.  Our Skipjack mail is a Gmail product via Google Apps for Education.  Our students, faculty, and staff can login to their Skipjack accounts and access these features.  Google Drive will be released for Education apps soon, but a date has not been provided.  When you login to your Skipjack account  you will see a notice that it will be upgrading to Google Drive.

Here is a helpful review of the new Google Drive. 

What do you think about it?  How have you been using it for education?

Access From Your iPhone

Setting up your Skipjack mail on your iPhone is easy because it’s powered by Gmail.

  1. Go to your Settings
  2. Go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. Click on Add Account
  4. Select Gmail
  5. Type in your name in the Name box
  6. In the email box, type in your full skipjack email
    • for example:
  7.  Type your password
  8. In Description, put Skipjack so it’s easy to identify in case you have other Gmail accounts.

CRAB – A blank page

Sometimes when accessing CRAB, students experience an “blank page” issue.   Typically, this is an issue which requires the CRAB account to be reset.  Please contact 410-822-5400 x2224 (user support) to fix this issue.

What is Netiquette?

Step 1: Be clear

Be clear in your e-mails and text messages. Don’t include acronyms unless you’re sure the recipient will understand them. Use sarcasm sparingly, if it all, since it’s easily misunderstood in print. And never write in all caps — unless you actually intend to be shouting.

Step 2: Attach with care

If you’re sending an attachment, make sure it’s compatible with the recipient’s software. If it’s larger than 5 megabytes, compress it before sending. Otherwise, it could lock up the recipient’s inbox.

Tip: Share photos by posting them online rather than sending them as individual attachments.

Step 3: Respect people’s privacy

When you send group e-mails, respect people’s privacy by typing the addresses into the BCC — or blind carbon copy — field; this prevents recipients from seeing that anyone else was copied on the email. Never forward someone’s e-mail address or message to a third party unless you have the sender’s permission.

Step 4: Fill them in

Fill in the subject line. It only takes a second, and it provides your recipient with useful information that can help them track the e-mail in the future. If you’re forwarding a message, include a brief explanation as to why you’re doing so.

Step 5: Be sensitive

Don’t tag pictures of other people on social-networking sites if they’ve previously asked you not to, and don’t discuss anyone’s private business — no matter how harmless you think it is — on people’s walls or anywhere on their profiles where others can view it.

Step 6: Think before you IM

Think before you send an instant message to someone. It’s meant for brief, swift exchanges. Don’t begin an IM correspondence with someone if you think you’re going to be interrupted or if the subject necessitates a long discussion.

Step 7: "Lurk" before you leap

Don’t contribute to boards until you’ve “lurked” — that is, read what’s already been written, so you can get a sense of what’s appropriate before you join in. Lurking will also prevent you from annoying people with questions that have already been answered and insights that have already been shared.

Tip: If a site has a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, read it before posting a query.

Step 8: Refrain from "flaming"

On discussion boards, refrain from “flaming” people — disagreeing with them in a gratuitously nasty manner. Also, resist the urge to respond to someone else’s flame in kind. And don’t be a troll — someone who purposely tries to incite others. Bottom line? Treat others the way you’d like to be treated, online and off.