SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST), the open online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, announced today a new, first-of-its kind mobile app that allows parents or designated guardians to monitor their children's education and progress at a glance. The Canvas Parent app is available to all iOS and Android users to help parents of K-12 students stay informed on their children's assignments, grades and overall schooling.
Parents who want information about their children's education and how to support them are always wondering about their progress, current assignments, due dates and grades. Typically, these parents have to contact teachers directly, peruse assignment planners or wait to receive scheduled report cards to answer these questions. Some parents will log in to and navigate an LMS, which can prove inconvenient. Canvas Parent removes these obstacles by providing an intuitive, easily accessible app that establishes a continual flow of essential information. "Canvas Parent is designed to lower the barriers to parental engagement. It's simple to set up, easy to use and provides relevant and actionable information. From over a decade of research, we know that getting parents more involved in their children's schooling increases student achievement.* We want to help parents engage with and encourage their children in a way that only well-informed parents can," said Hilary Scharton, senior director of Canvas K-12 product strategy at Instructure. According to Deloitte's 2015 Global mobile consumer survey: US edition, the average person checks their smartphone 46 times a day,** making it an easy and convenient communication channel for schools and parents. Using the Canvas Parent app, parents can view assignment descriptions, assignment grades, course grades and course announcements, as well as set reminders for assignments and alerts for specific grade activity, which they receive as push notifications on their mobile devices.