Canvas for families

Canvas is the learning platform used by all GISD students. Canvas allows students to interact during classes, actively engage in assignments, take quizzes, collaborate with peers, communicate with teachers, and more.

All courses are housed in Canvas. Canvas will be for every student, every day regardless of their selected mode of instruction. Face-to-face students will participate in blended learning through the system while fully-remote students will be able to access all coursework. Teachers will be able to host their live lessons via Google Meets and house them in Canvas as well as document attendance, assignments and all communication to students and parents.

Need help with your district-provided mobile devices? See our district device help page.

Weekly updates 

Canvas update May 31-June 4.

TopicUsers affectedInformation
Parental ControlsAll Levels

Do your kids spend lots of time watching Netflix?  Follow this link to find out How to Set Parental Controls on Netflix.

Student Engagement in LearningAll Levels

Watch these videos to learn strategies to help your child engage in learning.

Show You are Engaged: A Student's Guide to Classroom Engagement


Support for District Devices All Levels

Visit Technology Knowledge Base website for help with setting up and using district-provided technology devices. 

If you need to report technology issues with your Chromebook or iPad please visit the Get help with district devices website and complete this form Mobile Device Support Requests

Bring Your Own DeviceFace-to-Face UsersStudents who do not have a district-issued device, and are returning to Face-to-Face instruction, have the option to bring their own device to school. Students will be able to access Canvas and all online instructional resources using the GISDbyod wifi network.  If you would like to request a district device, please contact your child’s school. 
Canvas Parent App VideoAll Levels

Learn more about the Canvas Observer role and the Parent Mobile App by watching the Canvas LMS for Parents video. 

Aprenda más sobre el Rol de Observador de Canvas y La Aplicación Móvil de Padres- Canvas Parent.

Canvas Family SupportAll Levels

The Canvas for Families webpage includes instructions and video tutorials.

Support for Hotspot All Levels

Coolpad Surf Hotspot tech support is available by calling 1Million Student Care at 844-309-1680, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. (Central).

Technical Support All Levels

During the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, parents and students may contact the Garland ISD HelpDesk at for student login support.

For additional technical assistance, please contact your child's teacher and have them submit a ticket for the campus technology assistant to help you.

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