Canvas Announcements allows instructors to post information and updates to all members of a course or a certain section of a course directly in Canvas. Students also receive an email notification when a new Announcement is posted.
Canvas Discussions allows both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics with an entire class or group. Discussions can be graded or simply serve as a forum for topical and current events.
Groups are a small version of a course and used as a collaborative tool where students can work together on group projects and assignments. Instructors can place students in groups, or instructors can students to create their own groups.
The Canvas Inbox is called Conversations. It displays ALL messages from ALL your courses. The Canvas Inbox is connected to your campus email account and depending on how your notifications are set a copy of each message will appear in your campus email account inbox.
Hypothes.is uses annotation to enable sentence-level note-taking or critique on top of any web site. Instructors can use Hypothes.is in class to hold discussions, read socially, organize research, and take personal notes.
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing tool you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats, and sharing your screen. It lets you record the meetings to watch later or share with others.