Middle School Technology News

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October 19, 2017
by Michael

Nano Wri Mo Middle School Sign Up

Sign ups

Ready to sign up for NanoWriMo?  Awesome!  Here are the steps to make it happen.

    1. Go to this website: ywp.nanowrimo.org
    2. Click the big sign up button
    3. Select “Young Writer”
    4. Put in your birthday
    5. Add class code of PTNIURPF
    6. Confirm it is ISB Middle School
    7. Enter YOUR SCHOOL email address, Username, First Name and Time Zone
    8. Enter password information and create the account.
    9. Enter your title, synopsis and the rest of it.  You can ALWAYS change it later.  No worries.


Writing Time

Writing can be done at home, during classes (with teacher permission) and during lunch and after school sessions.

Meeting Times

  • Mondays in room 204 at lunch
  • Thursdays, after school, in room 204

Questions?  Contact Mr. Boll michaelb@isb.ac.th

Distracting Videos



September 21, 2017
by Michael


Playing Minecraft

  1. Search for StartLauncher.jar file
  2. Open it
  3. Pick “Start MinecraftEDU”
  4. Pick “Minecraft EDU Hosting Account”
  5. Enter your username and password.  Your teacher has this information
  6. Enjoy!

Installing Minecraft

Steps to success

  1. Download and install this “Jar” file.  You will need admin access to install it.
  2. Search for StartLauncher.jar file in spotlight
  3. Open it up
  4. Username is panther1  and password is panther1.  For the next person, it is panther2 and panther2.  Let your teacher assign a number to you
  5. Enjoy!
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August 31, 2017
by Michael

Adding Parents To Your Haiku PowerSchool Learning Classes | Deactivate Old Classes


Right now some parents (it really is hit or miss) are not able to see your classes.  They must be added for each class by you all.  We hope to change this next year.

Also, we need to be sure to make “inactive” any classes from previous years.


Adding Parents to Your Roster

1.Open the class in Powerschool Learning.

2.Choose: “Manage Class” (on the right side)>

3.“Edit Roster”>

4.“Manage Roster”>

5.“Roster Settings” then check the box “Allow Parents in Roster”

Making Old Classes Inactive

  1. Click the “My Classes” drop-down menu, at the bottom of this drop-down, you may see “Classes Not shown”, click this.
  2. See a full list of Active Classes
  3. Deactivate old classes

Extra Help



August 30, 2017
by Michael

Parenting In The Digital Age


Your child has a laptop!  Depending on the age of your child, this may be old or new news.  Exciting or terrifying. Maybe a little of both. 

Learning more about how students use laptops, the expectations that go along with them at ISB, and what you should know as a parent, is a part of an upcoming middle school parent talk entitled “Parenting in the Digital Age.”

The talk will take place at 9:00 on September 14.


  • Understanding how students use technology
  • Parenting strategies
  • What we should worry about
  • Privacy
  • Mistakes our students make online
  • ISB’s role in online bullying and ISB’s values
  • Executive functioning and technology


  • Michael Boll, Middle School Technology Coach
  • Tico Oms, Middle School Dean of Students