Sunday, August 24, 2014

Schoology: Assessment Made Easy

This session is for all teachers who wish to create:

  1. Assignments
  2. Quizzes or Tests
  3. Discussions (that you can filter students, provide individual feedback on, and even grade)
  4. Add Blank Grading Columns like on a tradition Excel/Numbers/Google Spreadsheet
  5. Badges
  6. Create Rubrics
  7. Manage Student Workload

Please take time at the end of the session to provide valuable feedback to the EdTech Team via Fish Food:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pearson Successnet eText Browser Settings

Pearson Successnet eTexts 

Pearson Successnet eTexts are great resources, but somewhat troublesome to get working on our devices.  Here is the definitive collection of Settings for the iPad and MacOS. Follow the instructions below, and your device should be happy to open Pearson's eTexts.  

With these resources, they use Pop-ups & Flash.  The iPad does not like Flash, and most browsers, do not like Pop-ups.  Here is how to fix it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Grading and Assessment Setup: PowerSchool and Schoology (Enterprise)

Grading & Assessment: PowerSchool & Schoology (Enterprise)


All Middle and High School teachers
This session is designed for teachers at Korea International School, Pangyo and Seoul Campus, South Korea. All teachers in Middle and High School are expected to have Outcome 5 verified, as required by Building Principals to ensure consistency and accuracy regarding grading and assessment for the start of the 2014-15 academic year.


In this session you will achieve the following:

  1. Set Grading Term Weight in PowerSchool (Middle and High School)
  2. Set Set Grading Categories according to class/Department agreements (Middle and High School)
  3. Complete Gradebook Setup in Schoology (Elementary, Middle and High School)
  4. Have 1-4 verified by member of KIS EdTech Department (Middle and High School)


Open PowerSchool Gradebook, and select your first Course for 2014-15
  • Grade Setup
  • Reporting Term Weights
    • C1 and C2 (Course, Semester 1/2)
      • 100% Middle School, Grade 6 only)
      • 90% (Middle School, Grade 7-9
      • 85% (High School including AP courses)
    • E1 and E2 (Exam, Semester 1/2)
      • Total Points (this is the default)

  • Categories
    • Preparation: In left side bar, in the 'Categories' box, use the + symbol to add new Grade Categories if your required Categories are not already populated.

    • Setup Categories Weights: Now in your Grade Setup, add your C1 and C2 Categories and associated weights. The percentage applied must equal 100% (i.e. 100% of the amount given to C1/C2

  • Do you this same setup for multiple Courses? It's easy to copy this 1 perfect setup. On C1, right select using your trackpad or mouse, and Copy Grade Setup -- Entire Class. Check the boxes for the Courses you want this configuration sent to. 
  • Complete any/all other setup in PowerSchool

All Gradebooks should be set to Round grades to 1 decimal.

2. Schoology

Schoology integration with PowerSchool is very new at KIS. As such, we are trialling the integrated Gradebooks. 

  • Schoology will send any grade you give to PowerSchool, live.
  • PowerSchool does not however recognise the Grading Category that is applied inside Schoology, requiring this small piece of double handling. i.e. Once a grade is posted you need to go to PowerSchool Gradebook and apply the correct category to your synched grade item. Annoying....yes. But better than double entering every grade for every student.
  • PowerSchool is for now the only definitive reference for student's Overall Semester grades. Think of Schoology right now as a synched spreadsheet that makes it easier to create, collect and grade assessments. 
For each of your Courses, you are however required to setup your Gradebook, in the same manner as PowerSchool. This is for the duration of 2014-15 so that we can assess the success of this part of Schoology. 

It's easy to do:

1. Go to your Course
2. Gradebook
3. Gradebook Setup
4. Next to Grading Periods & Final Weights > Select EDIT
5. Select C1 and E1, and deselect any other periods
6. Check the box for Weight Categories and enter each Category you have. 
7. Select Grade Scale 'KIS...or AP'
8. Enter all values in line with your PowerSchool setup. 

Finish! Now have your Setups checked by a member of EdTech. Please complete the Exit Survey (Fish Food) to have your attendance recorded for verification purposes as well as PD hours. 

Creating an Assignment:

This is a descriptive, but reasonably fast paced guide to creating and grading assignments in Schoology. Feel free to get the jump on this; however be advised that this will be the topic of our next Fish Bowl session (next week). 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Macbook and iPad MDM and Wifi Setup for 2014 at KIS

To improve WiFi Connectivity for Educational devices at KIS, several changes were made in the summer.

Only Educational devices will be on the WiFi service, meaning Macbooks and iPads.  If there is an educational need for an extra device, please see the IT Help Desk for assistance.

KIS's Mobile Device Manager (MDM) will automatically deploy the KIS_M password.  This will no longer be given out freely.  To assist gaining access to the MDM to deploy the password, a wifi network KIS_Visitor has been setup. This will only access the KIS MDM enrolment pages.  
To use KIS_Visitor, go to the WiFi symbol at the top of the screen, and Select KIS_Visitor.  Launch Safari or Google Chrome.  From here, KIS_Visitor will want you to select 'Guest'.  The Password is kisv1234

To add your Macbook or iPad to the MDM, visit this page via the KIS_Visitor network, or your home network.  I would recommend loading this website in Safari or Google Chrome.  Enter your LDAP login, which is your MacID.  The password for faculty is kisstaff, and the default password for students is kisstudent.  This will prompt your device to begin the enrolment procedure.

On the Macbook, a "QuickAdd" package will download.  Open this file.  A Mac's default settings will not open this directly.  To remedy this, Go to System Preferences / Security.  Click on the "Open Anyway" button to start the enrolment.

On the iPad, the procedure is very similar.  But for students, please gain assistance from the EdTech office, as there is another step.  After you visit the enrolment page, and entered your LDAP details, Follow the prompts for "install".  After the profiles are all installed, Safari will give you a message that the installation is complete.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Welcome to the Googleverse

Korea International School is a Google Apps school. We use many Google tools in to communicate, organize, and to teach. (Short explanations of Google tools.)

The Goal of Today's Session is to give a brief explanation of common Google Apps that are used daily at KIS.  There will be future training sessions, but this is meant to be used as a jumpstart to 2014 - 15.

In the above tutorial, we will cover the basics of:


Add accounts






There is more detail in Google's Learning repository, 


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