Chrome Canvas

Chrome Canvas iconWhat is Chrome Canvas? Canvas is a drawing tool that allows you to create your own images and designs. What you create in Canvas is automatically saved to your Google account, so you can access your drawings from any Chromebook or any device using the Chrome browser.

Start arrow New to this Google tool?

Check out our "Basics" section for resources to get you started off on the right foot.

Compass Ready to learn more about this Google tool and go further?

Take a look at our "Tips & Tricks" section to get ideas and suggestions.

Open padlock Not sure if your students have access to this Google tool?

The "Who can use" section outlines which grade levels have access to this tool.

Rocket taking off Wondering how this Google tool ties into Deeper Learning?

You've come to the right place! Scroll down to our Deeper Learning section for ideas and resources.

Chrome Canvas basics

You can access Chrome Canvas from:

  • On a laptop using the Chrome browser: (on a Chromebook or in the Chrome browser on a laptop)
  • On a Chromebook: open the apps launcher by pressing the Search key Image removed. or the Launcher key Image removed.  and find the Canvas app

Important to know: You can only access Chrome Canvas on a device using the Chrome browser or on a Chromebook. Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Windows Edge cannot open Chrome Canvas.


Resources for Chromebooks:

Resources for using Chrome Canvas on any device:

Chrome Canvas tips & tricks

Who can use Chrome Canvas?

Chrome Canvas access and permissions

All staff and students in SFUSD have access to create and save images in Chrome Canvas.

If you have any questions, please submit a Help Desk ticket.

Deeper Learning has 4 core instructional priorities

Person looking at some images and text while thinkingInquiry

The thinking and questioning of students is the focal point. Students build connections to prior learning and experiences, and are independent learners who make their thinking visible.

Three students working togetherCollaboration

Students interact in meaningful ways through conversation, or participation in collaborative structures. The educator serves as facilitator and a collectivist or communal approach is used. 

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Curricula is designed and instruction is delivered to ensure access for all and cognitive demand for “each and every” student, supporting independence, not dependence.

Two people talking or communicatingAssessment for Learning

Students are provided with time, space and support to set goals, assess learning, track progress and present their growth. Students are seen as co-designers of their assessment, owning and sharing their learning.


To learn more about Deeper Learning in SFUSD, visit the Deeper Learning Towards the Graduate Profile website.

Assessment for Learning

Creating images

Students and staff can use Chrome Canvas to create a drawing, diagram, collage, or image that can be downloaded or saved to Google Drive as an image file. Image files can be submitted to Google Classroom, inserted into Docs/Slides/Drawings/Sites, and imported into Seesaw assignments or into Adobe Creative Cloud Express to create infographics and videos (formerly called Adobe Spark; make sure to log in with your SFUSD Google account). The creative freedom that Chrome Canvas offers allows students to create many different products as they demonstrate their mastery and understanding.

This page was last updated on November 29, 2022