In order to view your student’s Canvas courses you will need to sign up as an Observer. You will be able to see assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content but will not be able to participate in the course. There are two steps to link to your student’s Canvas account.

Step 1: Your student will need to issue you a Pairing Code. Here are the steps:

1. Have your student log into their Canvas account.

2. In the Global Navigation menu on the far left side of the Canvas window, click “Account,” then click “Settings.”

3. Click on the “Pair with Observer” button (they should see this on the far right of the Settings page).

4. This is the six character Pairing Code your student will need to share with you.

Step 2: You will need to register for a Canvas account.

1. Start by going to https://sno.instructure.com/login/canvas.

2. Click on, “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here For an Account”

3. Complete the Registration and include the Student Pairing Code from Step 1.


You can also use an App on your phone or tablet to observe your student.

1. Download the Canvas Parent app (iOS or Android).

2. Choose, “Find my School.”

3. Choose, “Snohomish School District 201” as the school.

4. Choose, “Create an Account.”

5. Set up your account and use the Pairing Code provided by your student to complete your registration.


If you have multiple students and want to be able to observe them in your account, simply ask for a Pairing Code from your additional students (see Step 1 above). Then add the Pairing Code to your account. Here are the steps:

1. Log into your Canvas account.

2. In the Global Navigation menu on the far left side of the Canvas window, click “Account,” then click “Settings.”

3. In User Navigation, click, “Observing.”

4. Click on, “Add Student” and input the Pairing Code for your student(s).







Related References from Canvas:

How do I generate a pairing code for an observer as a student?

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-15036-4212938128

How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a parent?

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10913-414473163

How do I create an account in the Canvas Parent app on my iOS device?

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-15084-59346940211

How do I create an account in the Canvas Parent app on my Android device?

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-15181-59347942780

How do I link a student to my user account as an observer?

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10915-4144237751