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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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The new on line version of Canvastic is ready. Try it!

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Canvastic now has an on line version!

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  • Canvastic DOT NET is on line and ready to use with your primary students
  • It is very simple; nothing to install, nothing to buy, you barely have to teach it at all!
  • Just visit CANVASTIC.NET
  • CANVASTIC.NET is a really simple, fun version of Canvastic that runs on the Internet. There is nothing to install. You just go to the web page and start drawing and writing. If you have Flash installed it will work for Windows, Mac and Linux.

    This version was designed for Pre-K to 2nd grade but you might be drawn into the new Replay feature as well. It "replays" your brush strokes like a movie. Our crack team of testers (Mtn. View Elementary's 2nd grade) had a seed growing into a tree with leaves in just a few minutes. They loved it and the computer lab teacher had visions of primary sequential activities dancing in his head.

    Canvastic.NET is completely free for now. It prints and saves and makes primary publishing a breeze. There will be an ultra-primary version soon and also some documentation.

    Try it now:

    And let us know what you think:


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 on line for download. You will be given full credit for your work in the file and on line 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.


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.

  • Colorado TIE - Copper Mtn. - June 25-26
  • NETA - Omaha - April 23-24
  • MEC - Phoenix  - March 9-11
  • MACE - Manhattan, KS - March 5
  • METC - St. Louis, MO - January 27-28


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 make a line exactly straight up and down?

Yes, Canvastic's line tool can be told to draw lines exactly vertical or horizontal. You can:

  • Hold down the SHIFT KEY while drawing with the tool.
  • If you start in a generally up or down direction it will "snap" to vertical.
  • If you start in a generally left or right direction it will "snap" to horizontal.
  • The SHIFT KEY also works with the shape tools: rectangles will be square, ovals will be circles, triangles will orient themselves horizontally or vertically


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Lesson Plan

Title: Podcasts?


Yes, kids can use Canvastic to create a podcast or audio recording that can be shared. Using the new Audio tool is really easy.


Create and decorate a new document. Save it with a good name and in a good location.

Choose the Audio tool. audio tool iconThen click the record icon. record button icon

Canvastic will record everything from your computer's microphone for as long as you wish. (It uses about 2MB of storage space per minute).

When you stop recording the Audio object will play in your Canvastic document. Don't forget to save.

So, that was easy enough but what about sharing the show with others. There are 2 ways:

  1. Just send them the document and a link to downloading Canvastic. The demonstration version will open the document and play. The demo. version just restricts saving and printing, not viewing or listening!
  2. Use the FILE MENU > Movie... command to create a QuickTime Movie of your document. These are very common and nearly everyone can play on on their computers. Just send it or post it on the web.
Here are links to the explanations of using these tools:

On line documentation on Audio:

On line documentation on Movies:

Needs and Preparation

  • A plan or script for the "show."

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