Canvas Access – Parents

Canvas Parent Access Via the Web or App

Canvas colorTo gain Canvas Parent Access for your student’s online courses, please do the following: 

Directions for App on Phone or Tablet:

  • Download your Canvas Parent App on your phone or tablet. 
  • Type in our school (Des Moines Independent Schools – Parent)
    • This will automatically filter results and specific schools as you begin typing Des Moines. 
    • Choose the one that states “Des Moines Independent Schools -Parent” 

Then take the following steps:

  1. Click “Create Account”
  2. Fill in your name, email, and create your own password. 
  3. It will then ask you for a pairing code, this is where you will need your student.

Have your student then do the following:

  1. Log on to their Canvas account
  2. Click “Account” then “Settings” 
  3. Pair with observerOn the right hand side of the screen they will see “Pair with Observer” (see screen shot to the right)
  4. The Pairing code will come up on their screen. 

 Type the pairing code into your phone/tablet to gain access. 

If you cannot get the pairing code to work, any teacher or administrator can also create a pairing code for that student. Please reach out to one of them for help.


Directions for Computer/Web Access:

First, go to https://dmschools.instructure.com/login/canvas.  (You might want to bookmark this URL on your web browser.)

Then take the following steps:

  1. Web canvasClick where it is highlighted and says “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here For an Account”  (see screen shot to the right)
  2. Fill in your name, email, and create your own password. 
  3. It will then ask you for a “Student Pairing Code,” this is where you will need your student.

Have your student then do the following:

  1. Log on to their Canvas
  2. Have them  click “Account” then “Settings” 
  3. On the right hand side of the screen they will see “Pair with Observer”   (Phil, I attached a Snip/pic of this as well)
  4. The pairing code will come up on their computer. 

 Type the pairing code in on your browser, and click “Start Participating” to gain access. 

If you cannot get the pairing code to work, any teacher or administrator can also create a pairing code for that student. Please reach out to one of them for help.