Canvas Parent Observer Role
What is the Canvas Parent Observer Account?
As part of the One-to-One program, students in the Great Valley School District use a resource called Canvas. Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) that allows teachers to create interactive, curriculum-related content for students.
In order to set up the Parent Observer Account in Canvas, your student will need to generate a pairing code. We have provided directions on creating pairing codes below. Please be aware that a new pairing code needs to be generated for each use. If both parents want to create a Parent Observer Account in Canvas, the student will need to generate two separate pairing codes (one for each parent). Pairing codes expire after seven days.
Our students access Canvas via the iPad provided to them by the District. Students primarily use Canvas' Student App to access Canvas. However, as Canvas continues to make enhancements to its program, there are certain features (such as the student pairing code) that are not supported on the app. Students can access the pairing code by logging into Canvas on Safari using their iPads.
We are excited to share with you that Canvas also offers a feature for parents that allows parents to access Canvas in one of the following two ways:
- Browser: When parents log into Canvas via an internet browser, they will be able to assume the role of an observer. This gives parents access to all of the same content as students. Your access will be limited to the specific content for your student.
- App: The app is streamlined to provide updates to parents about upcoming assignments and due dates. Parents can use this tool to remain informed about upcoming assignments and events in the classroom.
Steps to Sign Up for Parent Observer Role in Canvas
- Student generates a pairing code
- (Note: Students cannot generate the pairing code on the Canvas Student App. They will need to be logged in to Canvas on the Internet).
- Set up the Canvas Parent Observer Account using one of the following methods:
- Add additional students
If you have any questions or need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. My student tried to generate a pairing code on the Canvas Student App, but it did not work. What are we doing wrong?
A. Students can only generate pairing codes when they are logged into Canvas on the Internet. Students cannot generate the pairing code on the Canvas Student App.
Q. I tried to add an additional student using the Canvas Parent App, but it did not work. What am I doing wrong?
A. You can only add a new student to the Canvas Parent Observer Account when you are logged in to Canvas on the Internet. You cannot add students from the Canvas Parent App.
Q. Can I submit assignments or post content when I am logged in on the Parent Observer Account in Canvas?
A. No. The Parent Observer Account in Canvas only allows you to observe or see assignments for students.
Q. I was able to set up a Parent Observer Account for one of my students, but I cannot seem to add another student. How can I add additional student?
A. You can add additional students to your parent observer role using these directions.
Q. I set up a Parent Observer Account, but do not remember setting up a username for the account. What do I use as the username to login to the account?
A. You will be able to login to the account using the email address that you provided on the form as the username.
Q. I used a pairing code to set up the Canvas Parent Observer Account for myself, but I cannot seem to make it work on my spouse's account. What am I doing wrong?
A. The pairing codes can only be used one time. You will need to generate a second pairing code for your spouse.
Generating a Pairing Code
Sign up for Canvas Parent Observer Account on the Internet
Sign up for the Parent Observer Account on the Parent App
Adding Additional Student to Parent Observer Role