Tech Help for Parents
Are your students telling you that they submitted their homework online using Canvas? Are you hearing that your student took a quiz on Google Classroom? Not sure what any of this means? Are you trying to locate assignment information or grades? Not sure what your teacher looks like or need their contact information?
In Wylie ISD, our teachers and students have access to many, many online tools and resources. These resources are useful because they help engage our students with the content, give them access to their classroom materials 24/7/365, help keep them organized, and give parents a way to "observe" what is going on in the classroom.
Often times our teachers have choices as to which online learning tool they use, and while choice is great, it is sometimes difficult for parents (and students) to keep up. Please know that it is our goal to streamline this, and by evaluating the usefulness, cost, and alignment to our content resources we hope to make the best decision for the varied uses and age groups we serve.
We also understand that as a parent it can be difficult to navigate between all the available choices to find the information you need. To help assist you, we have put together the following list of "common" tools and systems being utilized by the Wylie ISD.
The most common spring boards to information for parents are Skyward Family Access, the Wylie ISD website and the Wylie ISD Mobile App.
Family Access provides parents secure, web-based access to our student information system. This “real time” information promotes more effective communication between the district and our parents. This is the main source of student information for student schedules, progress reports, grades, discipline, attendance and food service. The Wylie ISD website (and campus websites) provide general (non-student specific) information about what is going on in the district, on campus and in the classroom. You also have access to recent news, staff directories, bullying information, statistics and more. You can also customize your website experience by logging in (using your Blackboard/mobile app credentials) to gain access to PassKeys and a personalized calendar. The district's mobile app is the "one-stop-shop" for Wylie ISD parents. With the app, you can access student information — like grades, attendance, lunch balances and so much more!
Help using and customizing the app is available by visiting our App Help Page.
Below is a list of commonly used online learning management tools, what grade levels are using them, and how to gain access.
Canvas - Pilot at all
Junior High Schools
Canvas is an easy-to-use learning management system (LMS) that connects all the digital tools and resources teachers use into one simple place. To learn more, including how to log in, visit the Wylie ISD Canvas help site.
Google Classroom - Used mostly grades 5-6 and High School
Google Classroom is a fairly new online resource for teachers to easily send out assignments and announcements, and helps students stay organized. Students log in with their Wylie ISD Google Apps account. To learn more on how the parent access (called Guardian summaries) works, visit the Google Classroom help site.
Seesaw - Used in many K-2 classrooms
Seesaw Learning Journal helps students "show what they know" by easily uploading photos, videos, text, and links. By creating an account, parents have access to their student's Seesaw Journal. Visit the Seesaw Help Center for more information.
The classroom teacher is the best point of contact with regards to the various online tools used in class. Everyone is welcome to visit the #edtechWylie website for additional information.