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Feb 11
Legacy Parent Academy

The Katy ISD Legacy Parent Academy is a series of informational sessions specifically designed to assist parents by providing valuable information that relates to topics that go beyond the academic experience. 

This month’s session is titled “Internet Safety” and will be led by the Katy ISD Technology Department and Crime Stoppers of Houston. Attendees will learn more about the challenges students face when going online. They will also hear what Katy ISD is doing to protect and educate students as well as strategies parents can use at home to help their children be safe and productive when using technology. 

Location: Legacy Stadium, Rooms ABC
Date and Time:  Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Can't attend? A live stream will be available beginning  approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time here: http://media.katyisd.org/katy-isd-administration



Feb 11
Destiny One Search

Destiny Discover.PNGDestiny One Search allows students to search multiple online resources simultaneously. Destiny One Search saves students time and effort by letting them search the campus library catalog and databases all at one time with a single search request.  In addition, secondary students do not need to remember URLs, usernames, and passwords for multiple databases.  To access Destiny One Search, students should go to MyKatyCloud and click on the Destiny Discover tile.  Next, students choose their school name and log into Destiny Discover using their Katy ISD username and password.  Once logged in, students may start searching for books and online resources about their topic using Destiny One Search.


Feb 11
Adobe Spark for Students

AdobeSpark.pngKaty ISD Students have access to Adobe Spark to make creative products for the classroom.  Students can create graphic designs, video stories, and other creative products.  Choose from themes, fonts, icons and graphics to get started or start from scratch and create your custom design.  Students easily access Adobe Spark by logging in MyKaty and locating the Spark tile.  Select the Spark tile and the students will be automatically logged in.  There are also iOS apps for Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video.  Google Play has Spark Post. When using the app students log in using their Katy ISD email address and password.  Refer to the Adobe Spark Education website for training and examples.  Get creative with Adobe Spark. 



Jan 14
Student Grades

Katy ISD endorses the Home Access Center for students to view their grades and the mobile app, Katy OnThe Go. There are numerous applications that students may use on their devices but Katy ISD does not endorse the use of these.  Students are using this application to calculate current and future grade point averages. Do not rely on other applications that Katy ISD does not endorse.

Jan 10
Digital Citizenship Week

Throughout the week of January 27th, students at all campuses will be reflecting on the amount of time they spend using computers, tablets, video games, television and other devices as part of this year’s Digital Citizenship Week.


 “Media Balance: Time for a Digital Checkup” is the theme for this year’s event. Students will be challenged each day with an activity to take the place of using technology, such as talking face to face with friends instead of texting, or having a device-free lunch or dinner. 


Technology offers so many educational and entertaining opportunities for kids, but as with most things, too much can be harmful. Students still need time to play, do chores, and have face to face communication with their family and friends. 


There is an increasing number of studies showing the effects of screen time on our sleep, vision, outlook and attitudes. Together with parents and families, it’s important for schools to help students understand the choices they make with digital media and that a healthy balance is important. 


The posters below are displayed at each school and encourage students to dress in a certain color each day that corresponds with the daily media balance challenge. When elementary students have completed a challenge, they can submit a paper “tweet” to their teacher about it and be entered for a prize. Junior and Senior High students can do the same, but will complete an online form to be entered for a prize.


For more information about media use, please consider these two articles from Common Sense Media and The American Academy of Pediatrics.


Elementary Poster

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Secondary Poster

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Jan 08
Katy Virtual School Registration Opens February 1

Katy Virtual School.pngRegistration for Katy Virtual School (KVS) courses begins online February 1, 2020 at KVS Registration.   Students can register for high school credit courses for summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021. KVS courses are developed by KISD staff and taught online by KISD teachers.  The Katy ISD Virtual School's primary objective is to expand the learning opportunities for our students by offering choice and flexibility for challenging online courses developed by Katy ISD.  Information, course lists and frequently asked questions are located at Katy Virtual School . 

Jan 08
Parent Help Desk

Parents, we want to make sure you have access to everything you and/or your student needs to be successful. For questions about Canvas, Online Textbooks, students' username & passwords and other related items fill out the Parent Help Form.

Dec 04
Sora eBook/Audiobooks - New for Students

Sora-300x250-1.pngSora is an app and website that allows students to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from Katy ISD libraries.  Inspired by educator and student feedback, Sora was created to excite kids about reading and remove distractions to promote a focus on learning. It empowers students to discover and enjoy ebooks and audiobooks for both leisure and class-assigned reading. With Sora, students can get free ebooks and audiobooks.  Some highlights of Sora include:Sora

  • Easy to use, one tap to get inside a book

  • Teachers can assign titles and track individual student reading progress

  • Exportable notes, highlights for collaborative learning

  • Personalized with book recommendations and learning tools like dyslexic font, enlarged text, Read-Alongs and audiobooks

Directions for accessing Sora:

Step 1

Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to soraapp.com

Step 2

In Sora, find your school, then sign in.  Username is ID#@katyisd.org and password is student’s Katy ISD password.

Step 3

Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.

 

Step 4

Close the book and go to shelf to see all your books (including assignments). From there, you can:

  • Select Open book or Open audiobook to read or listen to the book.

Select Options to renew or return the book, see your notes and highlights, and more.


Dec 04
Parent/Guardian Observers in Canvas

Parents and Guardians can log in to Canvas to view student courses that teachers have published. Parent and Guardians use the same log in credentials (user name and password) that they use for the Home Access Center (HAC).  For assistance with your log in, contact your campus registrar.  To learn more about the Observer role refer to:

Katy ISD Observer information
Canvas Complete Observer Guide

Dec 04
Hour of Code

​The Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative established to enhance student participation in computer science related activities. This highly engaging and creative initiative is intended to demonstrate that anyone, any age can learn the basics of computer science and programming.  hoc2019_social.png

Campuses will be highlingting Hour of Code activites the week of December 9th 2019.   Below are several links that your student can access to explore Hour of Code activities.

Elementary Activities

Junior High Activities

High School Activities 


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