To support students and caregivers in continuing with learning opportunities during the COVID-19 school building closure, we’ve created DMPS@HOME, a three-pronged approach that includes (1) links to high quality web resources, (2) print materials mailed to student households, and (3) optional activities and lessons in Canvas, the digital learning platform at Des Moines Public Schools.

This web page will help students and caregivers access those materials.

Students and families can click here to access Canvas using their student’s district login information. 

The purpose of these online learning opportunities are to keep students and school communities engaged at the level that is right for their family during school building closures. There are no required activities and work will not be graded for students in grades PK-8. Schools will be reaching out to their students. In addition, , and for more information please connect with your student’s teacher.
For more information about Canvas, be sure to see the brief video and questions-and-answers below.


WHAT IS CANVAS AND HOW DO STUDENTS ACCESS IT?
Canvas is our Learning Management System, which connects the digital tools teachers, students, and parents use. Students will use login information provided by their school  Links directly to Canvas are found on the DMPS Website. The address is https://dmschools.instructure.com/

ONCE WE LOG INTO CANVAS, WHAT SHOULD WE SEE OR DO?
Your first stop, once logged into Canvas, is the dashboard. Here you will find a menu of courses the student is currently enrolled in. For our continuous learning through school closure, students will see these one of courses on their dashboard or in their course list depending on their grade level:

Clicking on the course tile will take you to a menu of grade levels. Students and caregivers have full access to all content in all grade levels through this course. Clicking on the grade level for your course will take you to a page for each week remaining in the school year. New content will be released weekly. Click on the week for which you are seeking materials. Then, clicking on the grade level for your student will take you to a menu of subjects. Click on any subject to find activities and materials for that week of learning. There is also a library of resources for caregivers to help make decisions about how much time you might expect students to spend learning during school closure.

WHAT IF WE NEED ADDITIONAL HELP USING CANVAS?
There are lots of ways to get help!

  1. If you need simple support for finding learning materials or with the activities themselves, reach out to your teacher.
  2. Send a message to this email address for your school requesting support.
  3. Looking to learn even more about Canvas itself? Visit canvaslms.com and explore the guides and information you’ll find there.