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First-Year Skills: Canvas and Google Suite

Working More Efficiently


Google Suite. Two good things:  Google Drive is integrated into Canvas and Manor uses Gmail. There are a lot of tools that Google offers that can make things simpler for you. If you carry an Android device all of these features are at your fingertips.

Gmail: You can have your notifications pushed to your email. Set it up in your Account and enter your Manor email on the right under Ways to Contact. Go to Notifications and choose the items you want to be reminded of. 

Calendar: color code your schedule. Some professors may embed Calendar in your Canvas so be sure to take advantage of that feature.  

Docs: The best thing about Docs is that it autosaves your work! It also stores in the cloud (Drive) which you can access from anywhere. You can collaborate with others for those group projects and pull some useful add-ons.


Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) that Manor College uses. It is the platform to use for viewing the classes you are currently taking, syllabi and grades, as well as to participate in class discussions, communicate with your instructors and classmates and many other things. Another great thing about Canvas is that it allows students to use G Suite (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drive, etc.) while working inside of Canvas without needing to switch between tabs and having to constantly log-in. This will make it easier for students to submit assignments, receive feedback from instructors and collaborate with one another on group projects. To learn more about G Suite and familiarize yourself with some of its tools see the videos below:

Tips for Microsoft Word and Office

Browsers and Canvas

Some browsers perform better than others when accessing Canvas through the web. All work a little bit differently.

Chrome: Your best bet for desktop computers and Android devices. As Google Drive is your Canvas its easy to go between features and products such Slides, YouTube and Docs.

Safari: Best for accessing Canvas through an Apple ISO device (Mac, iPhone, iPad).

Firefox: Next best option for desktops.

Internet Explorer: IE is not recommended for most tech.

Canvas App

The mobile app for Apple and Android is a little wonky so double check its functionality as it is not always reliable. It is useful to check assignemnts and to have in your hand, but probably not the best way to submit discussions or assignements.


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