Returning to school means schedules, homework, tests, activities, and so much more. In Katy ISD there are many resources to help students and families stay connected with what's happening at school and in the classroom.
Often parents are overwhelmed with the plethora of online resources and apps that students use throughout the day. In the coming weeks, we'll try to highlight several of these applications and also provide parents with tips and resources for helping their family manage the technology rich environments both in school and at home.
At the beginning of the year, it's all about access. How do we see when schoolwork is assigned? What are my child's grades? Where are the textbooks and online resources? Of course the Katy ISD website and the Katy on the Go app are the first places to check. Here you can find important information as well as links to the Home Access Center
where you can not only check grades, but view attendance information, update contact information, set notifications, and more.
Canvas is the District learning management system. Teachers use these online courses for posting assignments, quizzes, video tutorials, calendar events and much more. Parents who have students in classes using Canvas, have an observer role where they can see the activities posted by teachers and receive notifications when assignments are given or events are posted. Parents log in at http://katyisd.instructure.com and use the same login credentials as they use for the Home Access Center.
Students are encouraged to go to the MyKaty portal to start their search for District applications, textbooks and online resources. They should install the Webpass extension which helps them sign in automatically to many applications without remembering a lot of passwords.
It's important for parents to stay connected with school and for students to use technology resources to help them excel in their education. Katy ISD provides a wealth of opportunities and resources for communication, collaboration, and individual exploration and learning. If you have questions about these or other resources, please contact your campus administration. Have a great 2018-19 school year!