Why Canvas?

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In 2016, West Des Moines Community Schools recognized the need for a central location to support student learning. The following year, Canvas became our official learning management system (LMS). This was an exciting action for our district, providing many opportunities to support 21st century skills.  A learning management system is a software that helps provide, track, and report on classes and assignments.  Canvas provides parents and students with greater access to their curriculum and learning by housing important student curricular expectations and information. This could include their online textbook, links to resources, homework, videos, assessments, online discussions, and so much more.