Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Create a Comment Bank in PowerSchool Gradebook

Create comments under C1 Reporting Term in GradeBook
Learn how to create  a Comment Bank in GradeBook
Target Audience:
This session is designed for internal professional development for MS and HS staff at Korea International School. For users of PowerSchool from other schools or districts, you may find the section on Comment Bank setup of use. 
30 mins

1. How to Add Comments to your Personal Comment Bank

  1. On the PowerTeacher Gradebook menu, select Gradebook Preferences. The Preferences dialog appears.
  2. Click the Comment Bank tab.
  3. Click Add to add a new comment. The Create a New Teacher Comment dialog appears.
  4. Enter a comment Code and Category.
  5. In the Comment field, enter the text of the comment. Select a Smart Text option from the pop­up menu to insert a name or pronoun into the context of the comment. Alternately, you can right­click in the Comment text area to display the Smart Text options.
  6. Note: Name options are case­ insensitive. Pronoun options are case­ sensitive.
  7. Click OK. The changes or additions appear in the Comment Bank on the Score or Comment
  8. Inspectors.
  9. To modify a comment, select a comment from the list and click Edit.
  10. To remove a comment, select a comment from the list and click Delete. A confirmation dialog appears. Select Yes to delete the comment.

2. Add a Comment from Your Personal Bank in PowerSchool

  1. Open PowerTeacher Gradebook.
  2. Open the Score Inspector: right-click on a score and select Score Inspector or single-click a score and choose Tools from the menu bar, then select Score Inspector.
  3. In Score Inspector, click on the Comment Tab. A dialog box displaying all  pre-entered comments will appear.
  4. Insert comments by either double clicking a comment or clicking a comment one time then click on the Insert Selected Comments button. Multiple comments can be added by control-clicking (Windows)/command-clicking (Apple) or shift-clicking desired comments, then clicking the Insert Selected Comments button.
  5. Click Close to accept changes or Cancel to ignore changes.
  6. Click the arrow next to the student or assignment name to add comments to another student/assignment score.
  7. Close the Score Inspector. Upon closing, the changes will be saved.
  8. Note that comments may also be entered by typing text in the comment box.
  9. To clear the comments, click on the Clear button then close the Score Inspector. 
  10. Once comments are added to a score, a comment icon displays next to the score in the Spreadsheet view.

Source: https://powersource.pearsonschoolsystems.com/article/10196?from=search

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Entering Comments in GradeBook MS/HS

To enter Course comments for the mid semester please do the following:

  1. Launch your Gradebook
  2. Select the class you want to work on
  3. Make sure you are on Score Sheet and either Assignments or Final Grades 4. Make sure Reporting Term is C1
  4. Right click on Final Grade box area for the first student
  5. Choose Show Score Inspector
  6. Click the Score tab
  7. Enter the comments in the Comment box, comment must begin with:
  8. “As of 10/23 the grade is (whatever grade they earned.)"
  9. Click the down arrow to proceed to the next student 10.When you finish with that class, be sure to click SAVE 11. Repeat for each of your other classes.

To enter Activity and Advisory grade for the mid semester please do the following:

  1. Select the Activity you want to work on
  2. Make sure you are on Score Sheet and either Assignments or Final Grades 3. Make sure Reporting Term is C1
  3. Right click on Final Grade box area for the first student
  4. Choose Show Score Inspector
  5. Click the Score tab
  6. Click Manual Override
  7. From the drop down menu choose the appropriate grade
  8. Your choices are E, S, or N
  9. Click the down arrow to proceed to the next student 10. When you finish with that class, be sure to click SAVE 11. Repeat for each of your other Activities.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Advanced Google Searching for Everyone

Advanced Google Searching for Everyone

The following post provides the materials and process for this professional development session for teachers and students.

This is a guide to do more advanced searching using the Google search engine, we do not dive into all features, but have selected out some especially useful ones. More will be covered in The Fish Bowl for KIS teachers choosing to attend.

This session is activity driven, and begins easy, branching out and dragging more layers into the search. Based on a topic (Ebola Virus), participants take a copy of the Google presentation (as below), select a topic of their own, and then use the presentation as their own workbook, pasting in their search results as they progress. 

Time: 30-40min
Type: Workshop
Bring: Computer or iPad

The following are links that we found useful in designing this session, or have used in the presentation above: 


For students:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Get Published: The Blogger Conclusion

The image to the left is a bunch of piles.  They are sticks, but imagine that the sticks were finished student assignments.  The student picks up their pile, parts of the pile makes it home neatly in a folder.  Some of the pile makes it home, crumpled up in the student's backpack.  Other parts of the pile are never seen again.  
Photo Credit: Ian Sane via Compfight cc

How do we get the good stuff home?  

The answer is Publishing.  Blogger, is a blogging platform that all students at KIS have accounts for, attached to their KIS Emails.  Blogging is Publishing.  
Are your students writing? Making movies? Drawing? Taking photos? Recording their voices?  These can all be added to your Blog, easily.

If so, Blogger is their "one stop shop" to publish all of their work.

Goal: Familiarize teachers with Blogger's tools and capabilities, and clarify the conventions used at KIS.

  1. Why standardize?
  2. Set up your blog
    1. Naming conventions
    2. Settings
  3. Create a post
    1. Labels
    2. Add photo
    3. Add YouTube video
  4. Questions


Blog Setup & Settings


Download the Blog Settings Cheat Sheet

How To

Embed a YouTube video

Add a photo

Looking for examples of students blogging? 

Check these out:

Thinkin About... http://blogs.goaj.org/gamekid/ (12 year old)
Third Grade is Fun http://blogs.goaj.org/emscanvas/ 11 years old)
Jaden's Awesome Blog http://jadensawesomeblog.blogspot.kr/

Friday, October 3, 2014

Professional Development That Works

Learning 2.014
New International School of Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
October 3, 2014

Below is the Keynote that accompanied the presentation by the Korea International School EdTech Team. This presentation details the history and model of our professional development program, and provides a structure for other schools that are interested in implementing a similar model.

2014-2015 KIS EdTech Team
Ben Summerton
Steve Katz
Art Schultz
Amalia Kingsbury
Rick Mallon
David Lee


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