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Technology Information for Parents

​Technology Information for Katy ISD Parents


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Dec 05
e-Books and Audio Books

Your students have access to an amazing amount of e-books and audio books through your student's campus library.  This resource is great to use during the school year as well as during the upcoming break that we will have.  Please use this resource to READ! READ!READ!  

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Instructions below on how to access. 

How to access from a desktop:

From MyKaty Cloud, search for Library Catalog.  Click on your campus name.  Click Log In and enter your Katy ISD username and password.

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Search the catalog tab for the item you wish to read and click  the Open button for ebooks or the Play button for audiobooks.

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How to access from a mobile device:

The Destiny Discover web app gives you an additional entryway to Destiny Discover.

  1. Go to this web page: https://reader.follettsoftware.com/DD-launcher

  2. Create a bookmark or shortcut to make it accessible from your home screen.

To log in:

  1.  Use the Location drop-down to select your state or province.

  2. In the School field, type the first few letters of your school's name. When your school appears in the suggestions, select it.

    Note: Steps 1 and 2 only need to be completed the first time you log in, or if you need to select a different school. 

  3. To log in with a username and password, tap Log In. Note: You can browse the Catalog by clicking Browse as Guest.

  4.  On the next screen, type your Username and Password, and then tap Submit.

You will then see a screen with the digital resources available from your campus.  Click on the title and you will be able to Open/Play or Checkout the resource.

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Dec 04
Kids and Media - Resources for Parents

Cell phones, video games, YouTube, television, the internet, and social media are all vying for our kid’s attention. As parents it’s often overwhelming trying to keep up with it all. Knowing the difference between Fortnite and Minecraft or Snapchat and Musical.ly (to name a few) can be challenging and time consuming. ""As parents, we do our best to have thoughtful conversations with our students about being digitally responsible and making good choices while navigating online.  Fortunately, there are great resources available that will assist in the guidance of the digital application and media world.


Common Sense Media (http://commonsensemedia.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help kids thrive in a world of media and technology and to empower parents and educators by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help harness the positive influence of media and technology.


On the Common Sense website under the parents section, you’ll find advice for parents categorized by age level and also by subject areas such as screen time, cyberbullying, privacy, and media literacy. Another popular feature with parents are the ratings given for TV programs, video games, movies and more. Common Sense helps by providing their own ratings as well as ratings from parents.


This is just one example of a resource dedicated to helping our children use media responsibly. At Katy ISD we have Digital Citizenship focused lessons, contests, and interactive workshops to ensure our students are receiving current information about being good digital citizens.  




Dec 04
Lynda is all about Learning

Katy ISD students and staff have access to Lynda.com!


What is Lynda.com?

Lynda.com is a leading online platform that helps anyone learn a variety of items such as business, software, technology and creative skills. The courses are offered by industry experts.  Lynda.com is also available in 5 languages.


How do I access on my computer?

Go to MyKaty.katysd.org and use the search to find the app Lynda.com.


How do I access on my tablet or smartphone?

The app can be downloaded from either the Apple or Android stores for free.  Staff and students must use their Katy ISD credentials to gain access. See screenshot below.  Items to note:

  1. Make sure Organization is selected.

  2. Type in User ID@Katyisd.org

  3. Type in Password

  4. Type in KatyISD.org under Web Portal.




Oct 23
Back to School

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!

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