Category: Announcements

New K-2 Lessons from Common Sense Education! 

Common Sense Education just launched new K-2 lessons on digital citizenship! Each of these lessons introduces one of the digital citizenship characters (head, heart, arms, guts, legs, and feet) with a short, engaging video-based lesson and reflection activity. The 15-minute lessons are a perfect way to integrate these important concepts into your classroom in a ...

LockDown Browser is Back

Good news for those of you looking for a way to securely quiz your students using Canvas. ISD is bringing LockDown Browser back. This tool allows teachers to create a quiz in Canvas that will keep the students in the quiz, and prevent them from opening other windows or apps on the computer while taking ...

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with Seesaw

It’s time to celebrate Computer Science Education, and it’s even better when we have core tools to do so! Seesaw is offering several live webinars for classrooms to tune into this week (see below) as well as extensive collections of computer science related activities. Explore Computer Science Collections and Resources Seesaw has ready-made lessons and ...

2022-2023 Building Tech Series for Secondary

We've updated and made some changes to the BTS so read below to get the details. Ed Tech is offering regular opportunities for training on a variety of tech tools this year. These sessions will offer overviews of the tools and the features that support powerful learning.   These will take place on Zoom and each ...

Secondary Building Tech Series Trainings – Now Available on Kyte Learning

As part of the Ed Tech Professional Development Plan and the ISD's Building Tech Series this year, we are offering PD in a variety of formats including live synchronous trainings via in-person and Zoom sessions, as well as asynchronous sessions, via Kyte Learning. Our first training on Flip.com is now posted to the Kyte Learning ...

Digital Citizenship Week: Coming Soon!

October 17-21 is Digital Citizenship Week! As Common Sense Education reminds us, digital life is real life because our world is connected. This year, the focus of Digital Citizenship Week is on promoting digital well-being. Just as we support social and emotional learning in face-to-face situations, it is equally important that students are equipped with ...

Canvas Grading Periods for HS Semesters

Grading periods are back! We explored using them when our secondary courses were yearlong in the 2020-2021 school year, but we have brought them back to our high school semesters in the form of quarter grading periods. Why did we do this? One of the questions that arose often this past year was how a ...

Clever Cleanup for the 2022-2023 School Year (Plus a New Feature!)

As we begin a new school year, everyone is busy setting up classrooms and preparing for students – and this includes the digital space of our classroom! In Issaquah, we use Clever at the elementary level to function as a teacher web presence, a place to curate resources, and a single sign-on. This post will ...

Informational Research: A Curated Approach with Padlet and Book Creator

Are you looking for a simple way to curate research materials for your students and scaffold the process of independent research? Using Padlet to Organize Informational Text Resources Consider using Padlet as a tool to organize resources for your students. By linking to informational databases, videos, articles, and other resources, Padlet offers the right balance ...

Celebrate Hour of Code

It’s Computer Science Education Week! This movement, especially the Hour of Code Event, is a way to introduce students to coding and computer science in a fun and engaging way. What is Hour of Code? Check out this introductory video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DxWIxec6yo&t=97s Computational thinking integrates well with social-emotional learning and skills such as ...