New Resource @ KPBSD Newsela!

KPBSD students/staff have access to Newsela this year. Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that supercharges engagement and learning in all content areas. Newsela can be accessed through Canvas.

Alice Montgomery from Newsela facilitated a session at Districtwide Inservice. A link to the recording is listed below for those of you who may have missed this exciting session and would like more information on how to get started using Newsela in your classroom.

Recording of Newsela Session


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Alaska Week of Code

Alaska Week of Code

The Alaska Week of Code is dedicated to bringing awareness to the value in teaching coding and computer science in classrooms and school libraries around the state.  Contact Sam Jordan with questions


Code week

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Discovery Education 2018 Fall VIRTCON

Discovery Education’s fall VIRTCON is coming up this Saturday, October 20. It is an annual virtual conference where DE provides personalized PD that participants can take part in from pretty much anywhere with an internet connection.

Register Here.

Participants can join as many sessions as they are interested in. Note all times listed are Eastern. Don’t miss this awesome learning opportunity.


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Constitution Day with Discovery Education

Constitution Day

Check out this opportunity to commemorate the signing of our Constitution. Click here to learn more and register.


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New Digital Resources ~ Fall 2018

KPBSD has two new options for digital content this year.

World Book Online has added eBooks to our suite of database choices. Click on the eBook icon at World Book Online to browse the collection. These eBooks are available to all KPBSD students/staff.

NEW World Book

TumbleBooks – This special subscription is available through June 2020. Includes ebooks, animated ebooks, and videos for kids in kindergarten through middle school, in English, Spanish, and French. Flash is required to access animated and video content. Available as an iOS or Android app. Paid for by the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development.

This is an amazing resource! Check it out. To create personalized class and student Tumbletracker accounts, contact Tumblebooks support at


Both World Book eBooks and TumbleBooks require internet connections to access. Neither have downloadable titles.

Contact Karla Barkman for more information ~ / Extention 2379.


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Hour of Code is Coming ~ December 4-8! Are you ready?

Visit the Hour of Code website for more information or contact Karla Barkman ~ I am happy to help!

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SMART Notebook 17.0

You may have noticed that our SMART Notebook software was recently updated. There are a few changes you should know about if you use SMART Notebook or SMART Response.

One really nice feature is that there have been several more options added to SMART Lab. Most of them have the ability for students to complete the activities on your board or on a device. You will be asked to create an account the first time using one of these online activities. The option is given to log in using a Google or Microsoft account. I recommend choosing Microsoft. Use your Outlook email address and regular password when asked for that information. Check it out!

The biggest change in this update is probably SMART Response. It is no longer separate from SMART Notebook. It is now called SMART Response 2 and is accessed in SMART Notebook. It is MUCH easier to use, but using the “Clickers” is no longer an option. In order to use SMART Response 2 with students, they must have a device with an internet connection. So if you never got around to learning how to use that case of clickers in your room, you no longer have to worry about that. If you used clickers in the past and have SMART Notebook quizzes, no worries there either. When you open a quiz made in the old version, it will convert it to a quiz you can use with Notebook 17.0.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me, Karla Barkman.

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Signing Up for your TCI Teacher Subscription (KPBSD)

K-5 Teachers needing to sign up for a TCI Teacher Subscription should click below for instructions.

TCI Sign Up

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Middlebury Support

The best way to to let the Middlebury folks know of any issues or problems is to email or call their help desk.

Contact the Middlebury Client Support Team @ 1-800-596-0910 or

There are also video tutorials available. Click Middlebury World Languages on the right of this page to find topics covered and links to the videos.

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Lync is now Skype for Business

If you have used Microsoft Lync in the past to connect with those you work with, you may have noticed it has changed. Lync is now Skype for Business. It has a slightly different look, with a couple of added features including the ability to preview attachments in the SFB window and the option to add emoticons.



A video tutorial can be found at this link ~ Skype for Business.


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