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Monday, May 20, 2019

End of Year Clean Up


Before leaving for summer break, there are a few things you may want to do to prepare for next year and make your August return a little more smooth.

If you are a Seesaw user, complete the following steps to archive a class:

#1 - Have Families and/or Students Download Their Files

  1. From a computer using the Chrome or Firefox browser, sign into your FAMILY account at https://app.seesaw.me
  2. Click the PROFILE icon in the top, left corner:
  3. Click ACCOUNT SETTINGS:
  4. Scroll down and select DOWNLOAD JOURNAL ARCHIVES:
  5. Click the DOWNLOAD JOURNAL button:
  6. A zipped file will be downloaded that is organized by month and year. Read more here.

#2 - Archive Seesaw Classes

Seesaw does not recommend deleting classes or students. Read more here.
  1. While in Seesaw as a teacher, tap the PROFILE ICON in the top, left corner
  2. Tap the preferred class
  3. Tap the in the top right corner
  4. Tap CLASS SETTINGS
  5. Scroll down and tap ARCHIVE CLASS
  6. Tap to confirm

If you are a GOOGLE CLASSROOM user, complete the following steps to archive a class:
  1. While in the Google Classroom, click the 
  2. Select ARCHIVE:
  3. Click ARCHIVE to confirm:

    NOTE: The class files remain in Google Drive. 

    The class may be deleted once archived, however note the deletion is permanent




STUDENTS

Students will have access to the 2018-2019 courses until May 23, 2019, 7:00pm. After that, the courses will be removed from student dashboards and they will have READ ONLY access.

TEACHERS

Teachers will have access to make edits, score assignments, and make changes to grades in courses until May 23, 2019, 7:00pm. After that, teachers will have READ ONLY access. (NOTE: access to COPY or IMPORT that content will continue to be available.)

Those planning on working on a Canvas course over the summer can copy the course for summer revising.

If accessing the course past the end date, complete the following steps:

  1. While in CANVAS, click  in the global navigation menu on the left
  2. Click 
  3. View the course(s) under  at the bottom of the page

Copying a Course




NOTE: The course can be imported into the district-rostered course the following fall session. Stay tuned for further information....

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Keller ISD 19-20 Equivalency Time (aka EQ)

Keller ISD teachers - it's that time of year. If you are on a 187-day contract, you most likely are required to participate in Equivalency Time (aka EQ).* For the coming school year, you have 3 built-in EQ days - 

October 14, 2019
November 25, 2019
November 26, 2019


This means that our School Board approved the 2019-2020 KISD Calendar with these 3 days of compensation- but no requirement to be present at work ON THAT DATE.

How does that work? The School Board in return is asking you to EXCHANGE 18 HOURS of professional learning (learning that occurs on your OWN time & OFF of your regular contract time) for these days. 

The great thing is the 18-hour requirement OPENS May 25, 2019 and isn't DUE until May 1, 2020.  You have 11 months to fulfill this contract obligation!


What should you do? 

1. START NOW if possible. It's always easier to get these done in the summer before the school year is in full swing - there is an abundance of summer 'off-contract' time! (See summer Keller University opportunities here. Outside KISD participants are welcome, click here.)

2. COMMUNICATE with your campus principal. They have authority in approving and granting EQ opportunities.

3. REMEMBER the GUIDELINES - EQ time cannot be an activity that you receive a stipend for, cannot be accrued on sick or personal days, and cannot be accumulated while on FMLA.


The KISD School Board EQ Administrative Regulation about Equivalency Time can be found here

*Please always speak with your supervisor about whether EQ is applicable to your contract. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

KIC Start Your Learning - Google Sheets


Keller ISD Educational Technology ventured into something new this year - KIC Start Your Learning, a YouTube LIVE event. 

These are 30 minute sessions on a particular topic offered from 4:30-5:00 pm on scheduled dates.
*Keller ISD EQ Credit is offered to those who watch live, participate throughout the event and submit a form for credit verification.


Watch our latest event on Google Sheets:

Be on the lookout for next year's schedule to come out in the fall!


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Read&Write Tip: Simplify Tool

If you are concerned with students getting distracted while on the web and becoming inundated with ads and links to the point where the content is difficult to read, use Read & Write's SIMPLIFY tool.









Tuesday, April 16, 2019

More Google Classroom Integrations - Quizlet and Kahoot!

So not too long ago, we posted about integrating Newsela into Google Classroom with seamless delivery to your students. Guess what? Newsela is not the only tool! There are many educational digital resources that now integrate with content and learning management systems. If you are using a digital resource and wondering, could I deliver this through Google Classroom, you probably can!

Here is a quick video highlighting apps that work with Google Classroom.

Share Quizlet sets for use all year long through Google Classroom:


1. Create teacher account
2. Choose content or create a set of flashcards
3. Click Share
4. Choose Share on Google Classroom


Your students can play a fun Kahoot! in class for review and then practice it at home through Google Classroom, here's how:

1. Create teacher account
2. Search for content or create game
3. Choose Challenge, click Create
4. Share directly on Google Classroom (NOTE: Students can only participate from the app.)
 

   




Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Are You a Seesaw User?


Then you need Seesaw's PD in your PJs! Get great Seesaw training, tips and ideas from their webinars held throughout each month. Click here to find Seesaw's monthly schedule. 

April's schedule can be found here and will not disappoint.


Request to become a Seesaw Ambassador here
for even more Seesaw training and extra perks!