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Independent Review - 4 Stars!

Macworld UK


Send in templates and make $$ for your school. See the news items on the right.

Sell Canvastic to your students and make $$ for your school. See the news items on the right.

Pilot Canvastic for 2 months. Have everyone test it. Park City Schools in Utah did, they bought it for every elementary school as did Steamboat Springs, CO. See for details.


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Version 3.5 is Ready!

  • Version 3.5 is ready! Canvastic now includes audio recording and embedding for presentations and enhanced media rich publishing.
  • Students can now produce their own podcasts. Audio recordings can be quite long. A 10 minute recording produces a document that is only 20MB in size.
  • Download the new archive today at:


Fund Raising Opportunities

Sell Canvastic to your students

Make some cash for your technology needs this year. You can offer Canvastic to your students to use at home for a discount and raise funds for your school at the same time. Call us for details at 877-579-8207. It is easy and you can raise $10 for each copy of Canvastic that your students buy. All you have to do is take orders and distribute the CDs! We do everything else.


Get paid for your templates

Canvastic LLC would like to build its library of templates with contributions from our users. We would like real technology teachers that work with Canvastic in the classroom to help create that library because you know best what students need. Do you have templates that you use? If so send them in and if approved for inclusion with Canvastic you will receive $5.00 for each one and the satisfaction of knowing that teachers and students everywhere are using your work!

Not sure what to create? Just choose Open Template... from the File menu and browse around. You will get ideas and find something that "should be there" already. If approved, your templates will be included with the next shipping version of Canvastic and posted online for download. You will be given full credit for your work in the file and online but Canvastic will assume all publication rights to the document. This would be a great activity for your next workshop with your staff. Have everyone create a template and send them all into Canvastic.


Please save the file as a template and email it with your contact information to Please put "Template Submission" in the subject line.


Macworld UK Reviews Canvastic

Macworld UK rates Canvastic with 4 stars. The website reviewed several creative products recently and Canvastic was definitely included.

"...Although Canvastic’s the kind of program you might buy for your children to use at home to get used to computers and creative packages, its real strength is in schools. We’d advise teachers and educators with budget control to take a look at the free trial version..."

Click here for the article.


Pilot Canvastic with Everyone

Now any school or class can try Canvastic with students with no cost. You can install Canvastic on as many computers and in as many locations as you wish. Most people are picking a school and/or lab to simplify things but you can configure your pilot any way you wish. It takes a few minutes to setup on the phone. We get all the contact and installation details and have a short lesson on installing it correctly then your registration code arrives via email. It will be valid for 60 days. You can decide when it starts. Call us toll free at 877.579.8207


We will be demonstrating Canvastic at some upcoming educational technology conferences.


Teacher Scholarships for Conferences

We would like to help you share your expertise and ideas with your local peers. You have shown yourself as a leader by being an early adopter of Canvastic technology. You either already do it or have considered presenting your ideas at the local technology conference. We would like to support those efforts with scholarships. If you are approved to present on the digital publishing process and you can highlight Canvastic as a tool that you use in the process we can award a $250 scholarship to support you directly. The presentation does not have to be "about Canvastic", it just has to highlight it as a great tool for the publishing process. The scholarship can used for materials, travel expenses or personal compensation for your preparation time. We are totally open to the actual content and scope of your presentation.

Besides the scholarship for the presenter, we can provide free single licenses, informational handouts, and/or 60-day pilot licenses for your participants and their schools.

If you would rather host a breakfast or after school meeting for your local technology teacher colleagues, you can use the scholarship for food, door prizes or anything else that facilitates the activity. We are really open to your ideas.

If any of this sounds interesting, just contact us personally and we can get the process going. Hope to hear from you soon and have a great school year.


Canvastic’s On-line Community

We know that technology integration specialists like you have no time to waste. With that in mind we are hosting and updating an easy-to-find on-line resource that will help you make the most of using Canvastic with your students. You will find lessons, templates and more.

Send us your templates and examples to share with everyone.

Check it out!


Can I keep the spelling checker from becoming ruined when students tell it to "learn" an incorrectly spelled word?

Yes, Canvastic's spell checker is smart and can be adjusted. You can:

  • enable it or not depending upon the user
  • enable the Learn button if you want to add custom words but DIS-able it if you want to prevent the problem of misspelled words being added!


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Lesson Plan

Title: Angles


Angles is a great way to reinforce the concepts taught in early geometry. In the activity the students use the computer graphics tools in Canvastic to create angle diagrams of certain measurements. It can be adapted to whatever levels of geometric angles have been taught or need to be practiced. It can be a short one session activity or can span multiple days as an on-going practice activity. It could also be used as an assessment of that knowledge. Grades 4-6.


Introduce the Object tools if necessary. Pay particular attention to the concept of editing with the Pointer tool and Choices palette as small adjustments to a geometric figure are helpful. Using the Connect-the-Dots tool can be very useful in this activity as it will allow you to create an both parts of an angle in the same object. See the Canvastic documentation for an explanation of the this tool.

Have the students open the Protractor.cdc template file. Choose File menu > Open Template.. and choose from the Math folder. This file has a protractor in the background layer of the document where it cannot be easily erased or deleted.

Have the students use the Line or Connect-the-Dots tool to explore how to draw angles of different measurements. Have them use the Pointer tool to move their angles away from the protractor.

Then have the students use the Line or Connect-the-Dots tool to draw angles of measurements that you assign. You can have them label them completely with names for the drawing, parts, and measurements. You can make the assignment as detailed as you wish. You may want to have them use certain colors for certain angles to make assessment easier.

Possible assignment drawings:

  • acute angle
  • obtuse angle
  • right angle
  • 45 degrees
  • 90 degrees
  • 120 degrees etc.

Needs and Preparation

  • Students will need a list of the angles you want them to complete.
  • Students should probably use the Object vs. the Paint tools for this activity. It can be done with the Paint tools but the objects will make a better project. So, if they haven't used them, the object tools should be introduced first.


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