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Katy Independent School District

Instructional Technology

​Collaboration Tools​

Collaboration allows students to develop communication tools, process ideas and hone research skills.  Below are a few examples of digital collaboration tools used in our classrooms.


Canvas is a way to simplify teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers and students use for learning in one easy place​. Canvas offers a learning management system that integrates with our student information system so that teachers, students and classes are dynamically created.  Canvas allows students and teachers to stay connected anytime, anywhere, with any device.  Teachers like Canvas because they can post assignments and quizzes, facilitate discussions, provide videos, and share information.  Students like Canvas because they have a place to collaborate with their teachers and peers on discussions and submit digital assignments. Students access information in a modular format to make accessing course activities and information easy. Canvas integrates with many of our other tools so that students access them through Canvas. Canvas ​


In our increasingly mobile world, teachers and students no longer have to be tied to one device to access their data, or to carry flash-drives and other portable storage devices around.  The Google Drive acts as a cloud storage and allows students and teachers to access their data anytime, anywhere, from any device.  collaborate.jpg

In addition to its online storage capabilities, Google Apps is a powerful tool that allows students and teachers to collaborate together, using one document, in real time.  Students working on a group project are able to access the same document and make changes together, despite all working on different computers, or in different locations.  There's no longer a need to email the document back and forth, and save different versions.  All changes occur immediately, and are viewable by everyone collaborating on the document.  Finally, with its sharing and privacy capabilities, teachers and students can seamlessly create a paperless workflow, increasing learning time by offering peer collaboration and real-time feedback from teachers. Google

Turn It In

​Turn It In is a high school online subscription that provides a rich collaborative environment to support the writing cycle. Students submit original digital content and teachers review the documents, provide digital feedback for editing and ​allow anonymous peer review in a structured system. Turn It In also supports online discussions in a safe, secure and moderated discussion thread. Turn It In

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