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How It Works: Katy ISD Apps and Technology
KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
August 21, 2018
Natalie Cook Clark
One week into school and everyone is trying to adjust to new routines. With a new school year comes the need to stay informed, communicate and organize. Katy ISD gives us easy access to all of those things and sometimes it’s just at our fingertips.
While it’s all designed to make your life easier it’s important to know your app and tech options. Technology is engrained in our lives. Smart boards assist teachers of our youngest students. While parents recall their school days of heavy, book-filled backpacks, their children access textbooks through websites or Ipads. It’s part of their school experience. Now parents and students can use district run apps and technology programs to stay informed, communicate and organize their educational experience.
HAC- Home Access Center
Who: Every parent with a child in Katy ISD is given an access code and password to their Home Access Center at enrollment.
Here you can view everything about your students KISD experience from teachers, schedules, grades, attendance, and more.
“It’s a system of record and is designed to be a parent’s one stop shop for all their information needs,” explains Kerry Rampelli, Director of Enterprise Systems. This page follows you throughout your KISD journey.
HAC is also updated in real time where the app is updated nightly. This is important to know as older students (or parents) may be anxious to get test scores.
Katy OnTheGo App
Who: Everyone with access to HAC.
This application is everything from the Home Access Center (and more) at your fingertips. From news, calendars, menus, bus routes, the new Bullying Tip Line and everything you had at HAC this app is a must for your smart phone.
“The app has many pieces and can easily be added to based on our needs such as the addition of the Bullying Tip Line this year,” says Maria DiPetta, Manager, Media Relations and Multimedia.
Learn more about how KISD is using technology to report bullying in their new campaign.
Who: Differs based on grade level and campus. All junior high and high schools are using it to some degree. Elementary schools have access to it but only 3rd-5th use it and at some campuses.
Canvas is a learning management system that is accessed through a website and the canvas app. The link is accessed through your HAC page or your instructure, the Canvas software login.
This a great tool where teachers can post assignments, set to do lists and so much more.
When grading assignments, teachers can grade and post work but with this they can also record comments in audio and video. Teachers can also share a video of them doing a math problem so that students can easily refer to it at home and so parents can better understand the work too.
“Students like it because it gives them a to-do list,” says Darlene Rankin, Instructional Technology Director. “Students (and parents) can set push notifications for reminders based on when and how (email, text) they want to be reminded about assignments.”
This makes remembering assignments easy after long rehearsals, practice, etc. It’s never been so easy to not forget your homework!
Naviance: Career and College Planning Tools
Who: 6th grade-12th grade
Naviance is an application that evolves with it’s service based on your grade. It inventories your interests and skills and identifies where those area overlap. With this and more information, it helps students with college prep by finding a school and scholarships.
“This really helps our counselors to comb through a bunch of things and help students find what they are looking for,” said Christy Maeker, Director of Counseling Services. The program is tailored and controled by the student. Parents have access but it’s read-only.
“It really helps us to empower students to see what their future look like,” says Stacie Zimmerman, Counseling Specialist. Each campus varies in how this is introduced but junior highs cover it in social studies and in high school it is discussed in english.
Another great feature to Naviance is that graduated seniors can still have access to it and refer back to lists and interests to help them continue towards a successful future.
Now these are all the district run applications and resources. There are a lot or resources out there designed to help education communication. Some teachers or programs may use resources such as SeeSaw. Most of the fine arts programs use an application called Charms that helps students and parents stay informed on the many parts of those programs. We are now at the time of year where parents are having their curriculum nights are schools so when applications or sites are introduced, ask your questions and get ready for this academic year.
My Katy: Single Sign-on Environment
To make our lives even easier, Katy ISD gives us one place to sign on and access all of our district applications and educational resources with My Katy . So this isn’t like our social media headache where we have so many passwords to keep up with. In one login we can access all the tools we need to stay informed, communicate and organize…and with a few clicks we’re on our way to a successful academic year.
Which is your favorite application or site? Let us know in the comments.
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Katy isd tech survival tips for parents.
KATY MAGAZINE l AUGUST 2019
By Anne Lee
Throughout the school year, Katy parents everywhere will be logging on to see grades, homework assignments, required textbooks, or other vital information about your Katy ISD student. Katy Magazine has highlighted some of the most common apps and sites used in Katy ISD schools by students and parents. Here's what you need to know.
Katy ISD believes that "technology is all about unleashing the human capacity to innovate, communicate, educate and transform lives." Throughout the district, teachers, students and parents can access important information that supports a positive educational experience. Here's where to start:
HOME ACCESS CENTER (HAC)
The Home Access Center (HAC) provides an online grade book where Katy parents and guardians can view helpful student information to support and guide their children through the educational process. From anywhere and at anytime, parents can access the web portal to track academic achievement. E-mail links are also available throughout the portal so parents can communicate with the school and teachers.
Provides parents and students with a daily summary page of student information
Features schedule and attendance, class work, test scores and course requests
Allows students to view their own records in the system to help keep them informed about their progress
Engages parents via an internet parental portal, connecting them with the classroom and provides them with relevant and timely information to support/direct their children
Helps open a consistent avenue of parent-teacher communication
Creates stronger connections between students, parents, teachers and administrators
Empowers students to actively take a role in their progress and future
Canvas connects all the digital tools teachers and students use and hosts them in one easy place to simplify teaching and learning. Canvas provides a learning management system that integrates with the student information system allowing students and teachers to stay connected anytime, anywhere, with any device.
Benefits to Students
View upcoming assignments and access worksheets that were handed out in class
Submit digital assignments
Watch video lessons and share subject matter modules (great tool for parents trying to help with homework assignments)
Access information in a modular format to make accessing course activities and information easily
Integrates with many other tools so that students access them through Canvas
Collaborate with their teachers and peers on discussions
How Do Parents Use Canvas? (Note: not all courses/teachers use all features.)
View the course syllabus
View prompts but not participate in discussions
View but not submit assignments
Preview and download some files
View the modules page
View the calendar
Communicate with the teacher
In our increasingly mobile world, teachers and students don’t have to be tied to one device to access their data. Plus, they don’t need to carry flash-drives and other portable storage devices. Google Drive acts as a cloud storage. The site allows students and teachers to access their data anytime, anywhere, from any device.
With its sharing and privacy capabilities, Google provides a digital venue for teachers and students to seamlessly create a paperless workflow. This process increases learning time by offering peer collaboration and real-time feedback from teachers.
Provides online storage capabilities
Allows students and teachers to collaborate together, using one document, in real time
Gives students working on group projects access to the same document and make changes together, despite working on different computers, or in different locations
Eliminates the need to email documents back and forth and save different versions
Accepts revisions immediately
Permits everyone collaborating on the document the ability to see the changes
All students in Katy ISD have access to online resources to help them with their education. Each of these district resources is located in one place called MyKaty. This web portal that provides Katy ISD staff and students with a single sign-on location to access district applications and educational resources. MyKaty is available anywhere the user has internet access. It is compatible with major operating systems such as Windows, iOS, and Android.
Access online databases, many of the online textbook resources
Contains paid educational resources, with quality information
Includes access to applications such as BrainPop, ABC Clio American History and Government, National Geographic Kids, Biography in Context, Britannica and World Book Encyclopedias, and many more.
Uses one login and password, and automatically connects to most other Katy ISD applications using the student's established credentials. (Need to install Webpass to activate. Visit their website for instructions.)
Turn It In is a high school online subscription that provides a rich collaborative environment to support the writing cycle. Turn It In also supports online discussions in a safe, secure and moderated discussion thread.
Students submit original digital content.
Teachers review the documents and provide digital feedback for editing.
Turn It In allows anonymous peer review in a structured system.
KATY ISD VIRTUAL SCHOOL
The Katy ISD Virtual School's primary objective is to expand the learning opportunities for students by offering choice and flexibility for challenging online courses developed by Katy ISD.
Online learning is an essential part of today's learning culture that can provide students with the opportunity to acquire required credit from anywhere and at any time. Online learning offers the unique experience of self-directed learning that will instill advanced learning skills and better prepare students for life and college. In today's world, this model of learning is increasingly in high demand and is a cost effective way to deliver instruction.
For more information, visit their website .
KATY OnTheGo - Mobile App
Download this Katy ISD app to view your child's grades, assignments, attendance record and cafeteria balance.
Grades and assignments are pulled from the Home Access Center (HAC) so you will need to enter your HAC login ID and password. If you don't know your HAC information, contact the campus registrar at your child’s school.
For help logging into the Katy OnTheGo app, email [email protected] .
For how-to videos follow this link .
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Book titles public review and comment dashboard .
Recommendations by district personnel to purchase books new to the Katy ISD circulation are available for public review and comment prior to purchase. To review and/or comment on book titles currently being considered for district purchase, please click here .
PROHIBITED ITEMS & CONSEQUENCES
Students who unintentionally bring to school a prohibited item, which is not illegal, may turn in the item to a staff member without disciplinary consequences if this is done before the item is discovered or reported by a staff member or another student. this option applies only to the first time the prohibited item is accidentally brought to school. the second time the prohibited item is brought to school, the item will be confiscated and the student disciplined according to the type of item brought to school. parents/ guardians may pick up confiscated items which are not illegal within two school days. items not picked up within two school days will be discarded. illegal items and items designated as evidence will be turned over to the katy isd police. .
Students shall not possess or use:
Fireworks of any kind, smoke or stink bombs, or any other pyrotechnic device
A razor, box cutter, chain or any other object used in a way that threatens or inflicts bodily injury to another person
A gun of any kind
A toy gun/“look-alike” weapon
An air gun or BB gun
Ammunition of any kind
A stun gun
Mace or pepper spray
Pornographic material or items
Tobacco products, cigarettes, e-cigarettes and any component, part or accessory for an e-cigarette device or accessory to vaping
Devices designed to emit an electrical shock (such as a TASER)
HOME ACCESS CENTER – PARENT-DEFINED GRADE NOTIFICATIONS
Katy ISD Parents and/or Guardians can view their child’s grades in the Home Access Center at any time. On the Grades page, you can access your child’s most recent progress report (IPR) and report card grades. On the Classwork page, you can setup personalized alerts for your child’s class averages. Based on the parent-defined percentage (%), you will receive an alert when your child’s average falls below or rises above a certain threshold. Select here to locate Instructions on how to setup grade alerts.
SAFE FIREARM STORAGE RESOURCES
House Bill 3 , (88th Texas Legislature) requires the Texas School Safety Center, in collaboration with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), to provide school districts information and other resources regarding the safe storage of firearms, including information on section 46.13 of the Texas Penal Code , for distribution to parents/guardians and community.
The Texas DPS has created a public relations campaign – Keep ’Em Safe Texas – that offers free downloadable resources to promote safe gun storage. Below you will find links to resources in English and Spanish.
Program Overview 8.5 × 11 Flyer: English / Spanish 12 × 18 Poster: English / Spanish How to Talk to Others About Gun Safety 8.5 × 11 Flyer: English / Spanish Ways to Safely Store Guns (Devices) 8.5 × 11 Flyer: English / Spanish
STATE TESTING STUDENT RESULTS
State testing student results are available in the TEA Family Portal . Parents will need to utilize their student’s Unique Access Code or follow the directions to automatically access the state testing results using MYKATYCLOUD English version or Spanish version .
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