Certain tools within a course have to be activated before you use them. To learn how to activate specific tools for your students, follow this link.
Outside of a certain course, there is a black toolbar. Here you are able to switch from:
-The Dashboard where you can view your current courses. You can customize the courses that show up here by selecting courses all courses and putting a star next to the course you would like to show up here.
-Your courses (past and present)
-Calendar where you will be able to view assignments coming up
-Inbox where you can message your teachers or class.
-And Help where you can report a Canvas issue, submit a request, or view tutorials.
You can also learn about the course list on your dashboard and the sidebar with your to-do list, coming up, and recent feedback here.