Playground Web: Canvas

Modified on Tue, 19 Sep 2023 at 07:21 PM

Canvas in Playground Web makes it easy to create visually based planning documents to track, present and report on the achievement of learning outcomes and share this learning journey with families!

To access Canvas, head to Playground Web and click on 'Canvas' in the left-hand menu.



Create a Canvas:

  1. Navigate to Canvas on the left hand side menu
  2. Click 'New Canvas'
  3. You can choose to create a new blank Canvas or choose a Layout under the catagory: Xplor, your Provider or your Centre.
  4. Start creating!




If you would like to customise your canvases further, please check out our guide below for tips and tricks to make your programming and planning cycle stand out!

Editing a Canvas

You can edit, duplicate, archive or delete a Canvas created by any Teacher by clicking the three dots on the right-hand side and selecting the action you wish to take.



Adding Shapes

Add shapes to your canvas by clicking 'Shapes' to the left of the page 

  1. Click the "Shapes" section on the left hand side menu
  2. Select the shape you wish to add, click and drag into the document
  3. Use the corner to resize and move as needed.
  4. Use the paint palette in the menu bar to adjust the colour and transparency 

Once the canvas is complete, select "Save" at the top right of the page to save the changes.


Adding Text

Add text to your canvas by clicking 'Content' to the left of the page 

  1. Click and drag the "Text" option into your canvas.
  2. Type the text you wish to add
  3. Use the corner to resize and move as needed.
  4. Use the font, formatting, alignment and bulleting options in the toolbar to adjust

Once the canvas is complete, select "Save" at the top right of the page to save the changes.



Alternately, any of the shapes turn into a text box when you double click on them also.

  1. Click and drag the "Shape" option into your canvas.
  2. Type the text you wish to add
  3. Use the corner to resize and move as needed.
  4. Use the font, formatting, alignment and bulleting options in the toolbar to adjust

Once the canvas is complete, select "Save" at the top right of the page to save the changes.



Adding Media

Add media to your canvas by clicking 'Content' to the left of the page 


  • You can add one image by clicking, dragging and dropping 'Image'; and you can add a 'Video' the same way.
  • Select from media that has previously been uploaded or you can upload new images from your computer by clicking '+ Upload'. You can filter your media between 'Images' and 'Videos'.



Once the canvas is complete, select "Save" at the top right of the page to save the changes.

Tagging Children

You can now tag children in Canvas in three ways:

Individually

To tag a singular child, head to your canvas and use the left hand side menu to find 'Children'. Use the search bar or scroll to find the child then click and drag their name into the canvas.

Tagging Children onto a Canvas:


Removing Tagged Children from the Canvas board:


Tagging Children into a Shape:



Removing Children Tagged in Shapes:


In Bulk

To tag children in bulk, head to your canvas and use the left hand side menu to find 'Children'. 

  1. Under Rooms, select the room you are wanting to focus on or leave as all rooms if tagging the entire centre.
  2. Under Shortcuts, click and drag the icon which reads "Tag All Children" with a purple + button. This will tag all the children active at the centre. Hover over the "Children" icon to see how many are tagged.

This feature is especially helpful when completing group documents!



 Adding Documents

You can use Canvas as a place to link and present Observations, Tables, Documents and other Canvases you and your teachers may have previously created. This features makes presenting the Planning Cycle in a visual format quick and easy!



Using the 'Documents" tab on the left hand side in Canvas, use the Date and Room filters to find the document/s you wish to add, click the desired content and drag into your document. This will then link the children and outcomes tagged in these, as well as display a count when hovered over!

Tagging Outcomes


Canvas lets you tag the Learning Outcomes you currently have switched on for your centre.


 

Adding Stickers

Add stickers to your canvas by clicking 'Stickers' to the left of the page 

  1. Click the "Stickers" section on the left hand side menu
  2. Select the Sticker you wish to add, click and drag into the document
  3. Use the corner to resize and move as needed.




Tagging Teachers and Rooms

You can directly tag in a Teacher or Room into documents you create. This means the Teacher/Room will be visible and when hovered over, a summary of stats will appear directly in the document.



This information pane can be really helpful during educator meetings, performance reviews and whole group/room planning!

Using Layers

If you're using multiple sources of content in Canvas, you may need to use layers to adjust the final view. Layers allows you to choose what order the content sits in and what is viewable in the final document. 


 

If an item cannot be seen, select the content covering it and use the layer arrows in the toolbar to send this 'backwards' until the object can be seen. Repeat as necessary! 

Cloning and Removing Objects

Canvas makes it easier to clone and delete items such as images, text, shapes and videos using the Clone and Delete tool in the toolbar.

To enter clone mode, click the '+' button located on the toolbar. Hover over an item until the + button appears. Once clicked, the item will be cloned and available to move, recolour or resize as needed. This feature is extremely helpful when created layouts and templates for future use!



Delete an Item

To delete items, simply select the item you wish to remove then select the trash bin from the toolbar. This action will remove the item from the canvas. 

 

Saving Canvases

To save your work in Canvas you have two options:

Save - This option, the blue button labelled 'Save Draft' located in the top right hand corner, allows you to save any changes made to the canvas you are editing without sharing it to the families of the children tagged. Use this option if you would like to save your work and go back at a later date/time to make changes. 

Publish - This option, the blue button labelled 'Publish to Parents' located in the top right hand corner, allows you to save any changes made to the canvas you are editing whilst also sharing it to the families of the children tagged. If no children are tagged, this document will be available to view in Playground Web. Use this option if you would like to save your work and are happy with the final product to be shared with families.


Once shared, families can view the Canvas, save images, and leave comments on Home Web. 

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