Canvas for Parents

Creating an account and observing a student

As a parent or guardian, you can register for a free Canvas user account and observe a student’s progress. Canvas can be accessed online using the following Url:

https://smgs.instructure.com

Before you begin, make sure you have your child’s Canvas login details as you’ll need them to setup your account.

Load Canvas in a web browser using the link above and click on the “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here for an Account” Link.

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You will now be prompted to enter your details and your child’s login information:

  • Your Name – Your full name
  • Your Email – Your email address. This will become your username.
  • Child’s Username – Your child’s SMGS email address.
  • Child’s Password – The password your child uses to access Canvas.

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Once you’ve entered the information above, tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions then click “Start Participating”.

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You should be automatically logged into Canvas and prompted to set a password for your account. Click the “Get Started” button to load close the window and load the Canvas dashboard.

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You should receive an email from Canvas confirming your account. Click the “Click here to finish the registration process” link.

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Enter a password for your account and select your time zone. Click the “Register” button to complete your account.

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You will now be taken to the Canvas Dashboard. Any courses that your child is enrolled in will be displayed on the Dashboard.

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Observing a student from an existing Canvas account

Log into your existing SMGS Canvas account at the following address:

https://smgs.instructure.com/

This will bring you to your Dashboard page.

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Click the “Account” option from the left side menu then select “Settings”.

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Click on the “Observing” link.

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This screen will show you the students that you are currently observing. To observer another student, enter their Canvas username and password then click “+ Student”.

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