I.T. Monthly: September Issue

West Point Consolidated School District


We are off to great new school year! Hopefully everyone is getting settled and working hard to provide quality instructions to our students.

This month's newsletter contains everything you need to know to make a smooth transition back to school. If you're new, or you just need a refresher, we have provided some instructional guides on several district applications such as Canvas, Kami and Classwize. You will also find teaching resources and guides for Paper Tutoring, ELS, and Savvas.

Please read through it entirely. Contact us with any tips, tricks, or suggestions to help improve our communication!

As always, if you have comments or suggestions for improving this newsletter, please reach out to us.

~I.T. Department

Paper Tutoring

Launching Paper in your Classroom

We have launched Paper Tutoring services this week in West Point Consolidated School! We have gathered easy to follow resources on how to get started using Paper in your classroom.

Click the button below for login instructions for both students and teachers in grades 3-12, teacher guides broken down by grade level, activities, parent info, and professional development opportunities.

Thank you for your support in introducing Paper to students! If you have any questions about

Paper, please reach and email teachers@paper.co or contact a district instructional technology coach.

Paper Tutoring Resources

Click here to explore a compiled list of Paper resources to get students up and running Paper!


How to Hide Courses on Dashboard

Here are the steps on how to hide courses from the previous semester, trimester, or summer school and only display current courses on your dashboard.

Step 1:

  • Click on the Courses button in the Global Navigation area.

  • Next, click on All Courses from the menu.

Step 2:

  • Locate the courses you want to display on the dashboard and click the star next to the course.

  • Once you return to the dashboard, you should only see those courses you starred.

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SAVVAS Training

At the start of August, the Realize platform had major updates with many new features added and changed. Below are updated guides to both the Realize platform and the MyView Literacy programs.


ELS & Pathways to Proficiency Quick Start Guide

Click here to find a set of brief video tutorials to help you use Pathways to Proficiency to build and administer tests, analyze data and create individualized post-test student reviews.

On-Demand Learning Opportunities from FriedTechnology

Free On-Demand Courses for Mississippi Educators!

Upgrade your technology skills with these free asynchronous courses provided by friEdOnline for all Mississippi educators at NO COST!

Browse through the list of courses and register at https://www.friedonline.com/mscourses. Once enrolled, participants have 10 months to complete the course. Course completers will receive a Certificate of Completion and can apply for CEUs or SEMIs within 6 months of completing the course. For more information, please contact ms.help@fried.tech.

Chromebooks in the Classroom!

Are you or your students new to using Chromebooks?? Register for this free course to complete a scavenger hunt and explore your Chromebook like never before! https://www.friedonline.com/mscourses

Digital Teacher Academy

The 2022-2023 Digital Teacher Academy is a year-long academy designed to support classroom teachers as they implement digital instructional practices in their classrooms and become technology leaders in their schools. Click here to view the entire flyer above.

Interested participants should complete the online application by Friday, September 23, 2022. Participants with complete applications and approval forms will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis. Participation is limited to the first 50 participants for each region: Cleveland, Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg, and Biloxi.


  • Be a full-time classroom teacher.
  • Submit Approval to Participate form signed by your administrator to dlcoachingapp@mdek12.org.
  • Attend and fully participate in the following in-person meetings:
  • October 14, 2022 (in-person) from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • December 9, 2022 (in-person) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • February 20, 2023 (in-person) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • June 5, 2023 (in-person) from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Complete three online modules (at your own pace throughout the year).

  • Earn digital tool certifications and badges (at your own pace throughout the year).

For more information, email mebanks@mdek12.org or visit mdek12.org/DTA.


Click the picture below to see the latest releases on improve top features, streamline workflows and support accessibility.

How to Create a Kami Assignment in Canvas

Steps on how to create an assignment in Canvas using Kami.

Kami Template Library

Click here to discover over 100 templates and activities to create interactive assignments with your students.

IT Tips

Check for Updates on Surface Pro

Your Surface Pro needs to be updated every two weeks; think of it as your phone. If you notice it running slow, or having any other issues, then it's probably time for some updates.

Be sure to check for updates on your computer and online Microsoft updates.

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How to Check for Updates on Your Surface Pro

Complete instructions for checking for updates.

How to Access Print Jobs Under PaperCut

Click here for instructions on how to access your print jobs for school copier.

Previous I.T. Staff Newsletters

Missed a Staff Newsletter issue? What to go back and see a resource posted from a previous month? Click here see previous newsletters.


Learn How to Use ClassWize.

Click here for instructions on how to start using ClassWize to monitor student chromebooks.


Click the picture below to be introduced to the Zoom Learning Center and the fundamental Zoom basic courses.

Zoom: Show Me Videos

Click here to watch quick reference zoom videos.


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Common Sense Education

Digital Citizenship Playlist for K-12: Youtube

Click here to find Digital Citizenship YouTube Videos for K-12

Digital Citizenship Video for Grades K-2

How Does Technology Make You Feel?

Digital Citizenship Video for Grades 3-5:

Rings of Responsibility

Digital Citizenship Video for Grades 6-8:

Teen Voices: Friendships and Social Media

Digital Citizenship Video for Grades 9-12:

Teen Voices: Hate Speech Online


MDE: Digital Learning Best Practices

Click on the picture below to learn about the nine Digital Learning Deep Dives.

Click the picture below to learn about the guiding questions for integrating technology into the classroom.



Click on the flyer below to explore helpful resources, practice new skills, and reflect on ways Apple technology can support great learning and teaching.
MDE: Professional Development Calendar

Click here to see all of the Professional Development opportunities MDE has to offer.

Mississippi State University

MSU Extension: Center for Continuing Education

Click here to learn more about MSU Center for Continuing Education offers online and in-person trainings for teachers to earn CEUs.

ITS Cyber Tips Newsletter: August

West Point Consolidated School District: I.T. Department

Contact us with any questions or tips you may have!

Katie Roach

Instructional Technology Coach

West Point Consolidated School District

Meon Carroll

Instructional Technology Coach

West Point Consolidated School District