Monday, October 26, 2015

We're Moving

The FishBowl is moving to a new home!

You can find us now at
There is a link on the website at the bottom.
Just click on the KIS PD Button!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Social Media at KIS

KIS needs your help in promoting great things here at KIS.  Social Media is a great way to get the word out about what your students and co-workers are doing!

There are lots of great things happening, but we need to consider a few things.  What concerns do faculty members have?  What privacy issues need to be considered?

Our Students use lots of Social Media networks.  Out of 285 students polled, our percentages of students using these networks are shown below.

Your students use social media.  Sometimes the conversation needs to come to them.

Help us to gather a little information, so we can reflect your ideas in KIS policy.

The Draft Social Media policy is linked here.  

Make "Suggestions" so we can make this better, with your input.

Let's look at it together, and discuss what is in it.

Friday, October 16, 2015

PowerTeacher Comment Bank

In the Fishbowl this week learn about PowerTeacher Comment Bank.  In PowerTeacher Gradebook, you are able to add comments to your Personal Comment Bank. Your Personal Comment Bank will be available when assigning scores and comments to assignments and final grades. You can also edit and delete previously entered comments. Your Personal Comment Bank will remain available for use with any current and future classes in your PowerTeacher Gradebook during your tenure at KIS.

Fishbowl Schedule

Session 1 8:10 am - 8:50 am
Session 2 9:40 am - 10:20 am 
Session 3 2:10 pm - 2:50 pm
**20 min Mini Session  1:10 pm- 1:30 pm Tech Bytes

Goal 1: Learn how to create a Comment Bank in GradeBook

Time:30 mins

Goal 2: To create a comments in MS/HS for C1/C2, or S1/S2 Reporting Terms in GradeBook

Target Audience: Any Faculty at KIS responsible for reporting

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 right click 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.

Tech Bytes: Google Addons

This week Tech Bytes presents Google Add-ons.  Google Add-ons add more functionality to your documents, spreadsheets, and forms.  In this session you will learn how to install and manage add-ons in Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms, and all about the wonderful variety and functionality of add-ons!

When: Monday through Thursday

Time: 1:10-1:30

Where: The Fishbowl

Monday, October 12, 2015

Advanced Google Forms

In the Fishbowl this week learn about Advanced Google Forms. You'll learn about creating non-linear forms for surveys, questionnaires, or lessons. Form results are automatically sent to a Google Sheet.  By using scripts, addons, and other tools you'll be able to analyze your data in more meaningful ways and even provide targeted feedback to your students. 

Fishbowl Schedule

Session 1 8:10 am - 8:50 am
Session 2 9:40 am - 10:20 am 
Session 3 2:10 pm - 2:50 pm
**20 min Mini Session  1:10 pm- 1:30 pm Tech Bytes

Tech Bytes: Google Forms 101

This week Tech Bytes presents Google Forms 101.  Create custom forms for surveys and questionnaires. This week you will learn:

  • What is Google Forms?
  • Creating a new form
  • Adding collaborators to the form
  • Editing the form description
  • Editing form questions
  • Adding more questions and other items
  • Question types

When: Monday through Thursday

Time: 1:10-1:30

Where: The Fishbowl

Monday, October 5, 2015

Google Slides

Google Slides

Slides is a powerful Google tool.  It has many features of Powerpoint and Keynote, with the flexible collaboration tools of Google Docs.  It allows for embedding into websites, and can also convert those pesky .pptx (Powerpoint) files into Google Slides.

This session helps the user to:

  • Understand the new templates and styles.
  • Using the Research Tool.
  • Inserting Creative Commons images.
  • Embedding to Websites & Schoology.
  • and much more!


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