SALT LAKE CITY, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Instructure, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company and creator of the Canvas learning management system (LMS), today announced it is building momentum in K-12 schools, with large districts and consortiums of districts across the U.S. selecting Canvas as their LMS of choice.
Canvas offers schools a flexible platform that works with different types of pedagogical models and easily integrates with most digital tools and resources K-12 teachers use. In addition to being user-friendly, districts are opting to use Canvas to support students' college readiness, due to its prevalence in higher education institutions. Over the past few months, Washington state schools, Texas Region 11 and the state of North Carolina have all conducted thorough evaluations and selected Canvas as their preferred LMS.
"Traditional learning management systems often get in the way of teachers, who are working hard enough as it is," said Mitch Benson, vice president of K-12 at Instructure. "Systems rarely work well together and often don't prepare students for the experience they'll have in college. In contrast, Canvas is an easy-to-use platform that works for students and teachers across the K-12 and higher education spectrum."
Instructure recently partnered with WSIPC to bring Canvas to the K-12 schools they represent throughout the state of Washington and other western states, which includes 280 school districts and nearly 730,000 students in more than 1,500 schools. Some of the WSIPC schools include Bethel, Edmonds, Ferndale, Franklin Pierce, Highline, Renton, Snohomish and Vancouver. In addition to being widely used by K-12 schools in Washington, Canvas is used by the University of Washington and a consortium of 34 colleges under the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
"After completing a review of the top 10 LMSs in a rubric-based evaluation, Canvas was the clear solution for us because of its unmatched focus and support on student learning outcomes," said Brooke Trisler, director of Instructional Technology at Renton School District, a WSIPC member district. "We chose Canvas in part because it is flexible enough to fit both our current and future needs, and it is the same system other post secondary institutions in Washington are using."
In addition to WSIPC, Texas ESC Region 11 and the state of North Carolina have selected Canvas as their official LMS. In Texas, the system will be rolled out in ten counties and will serve more than 550,000 students and 65,000 educators across 77 districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In North Carolina, the state is working with more than 200 school districts on plans to use Canvas. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which services more than 145,000 learners, is an early adopter of Canvas.
"We are very excited that our state of North Carolina added Canvas to the Home Base suite of technology tools. Having a learning management system will provide much needed synergy," said Dr. Valerie Truesdale, chief technology, personalization and engagement officer at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Instructure, Inc. is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure enables organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver, and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of teachers and learners at more than 1,200 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K-12, and Bridge for the corporate market at www.Instructure.com.
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