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Brian Bell
Technology Facilitator
Brian Bell

Brian Bell has been in Information Technology since the 80's in various functions. Since 2002 he has been the Technology Facilitator for the Ell-Saline USD307 District. Ell-Saline has used PowerSchool as the District’s SIS since 2006.

Brian's responsibility includes but not limited to; Administration, maintenance, implementation and support for all Databases, Servers, Networking equipment, Workstations, Mobile devices, Presentation equipment, Sound systems, Security systems, Video systems, Environment systems and other miscellaneous devices. Plus PowerSchool Administration

Job duties simplified; If it has or uses a power source and/or has any sort of operating system, I support it, configure it, troubleshoot it, fix it, and educate other people on how to use it.

 

See Below for Presentations, Presentation Handouts and How-To Documents

Phone: 785-225-6813 Email: Brian Bell

Ell-Saline USD307
412 E. Anderson
Brookville KS 67425

 

Certifications / Awards
PSU-Boston-I'm Going A+ Certified - CompTIA Distinguished Leader in Online Safety
Microsoft Certified Professional   Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert

 

 

Start of Year Process - How to in  PowerSchool

bit.ly/PSstartYEAR

This document will provide a steps and suggestions for verifying that the school / district is ready for the start of the year.

 

Chromebook / Device Summer Tasks

bit.ly/STOREdevice 

This document provides tips and instructions for Long Term Storage of Chromebooks (but good advice for any device).  And the process that I use to get the Chromebooks / devices ready for school.

 

No-Show Students, How to Exit in PowerSchool

goo.gl/bxN5Eq   or  bit.ly/PSnoShow 

This document explains how to exit a student who did not return from the previous term, but was promoted by the End Of Year rollover.

 

KIDS Collection EXIT

bit.ly/KIDS-exit

This document will provide explanations for the 4 different types of EXITs available with the KIDS Collection EXIT report.  The presentation will offer tips, tricks and gotcha's that should be helpful in successfully creating and submitting the EXIT report.

 

PowerSchool - Preparing for the End of the School Year

goo.gl/xJUmc9

Instructional how-to and walk through preparing for the End of Year in PowerSchool

 

GMail Migration
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z2k5jNb2tzB86JR60YvOTQHTpotQ52Zaja4CZF1ffR4/edit?usp=sharing

This document explains the our current system and what to expect after the Migration.

 

Search in PowerSchool - How to

2SearChhttp://bit.ly/ 

How to document explains the basics of searching in PowerSchool to make the most of your time.  Start with easy searches and work your way up to advance searches.  Search on  Birthdays, Courses, Sections, Teachers, Absences, Alerts, Activities, and more.  

 

KIDs Collection - Tips-N-Tricks and Gotcha’s

goo.gl/dVe5C6

This document provides common Tips-N-Tricks, Gotcha’s, where to find answers for the KIDs Collection reports in PowerSchool and KSDE KID’s data upload.

 

PowerSchool - SIMPLE Custom Fields and Custom Screens

goo.gl/W3pQVe

  • Learn PowerSchool’s data structure
  • Use best practices to create custom fields and screens
  • Brainstorm possible custom screens

Examples include Transportation/Bus setup, Device assignment to students, 

 

Eligibility - How To PowerSchool

http://bit.ly/PS-Eligibility

This “how to” guide will show you how to create a Form Letter that includes Course Name, Letter Grade, Percentile Grade, Teacher, Teacher’s eMail for students receiving Non-Passing Grades. AND how to run the Student Selection by current grade in gradebook.   

 

Lunch Status in PowerSchool

http://bit.ly/PSlunchSTATUS

This document will explains that there are 2 Lunch Status fields in PowerSchool. One is the KIDs field and the other is the PowerSchool field.  This document also show how to mass modify those fields for quick data entry.  These fields need to be adjusted at the start of each year and when the financial status of the parents change.

 

View Feedback on Sched.com - How to
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pvUC4gRmk29b15p8FFgLxAHbq-_iLS_sZBXLbrON9xU/edit?usp=sharing
This document provides simple instructions to view feedback on Sched.com for sessions that you presented.
 

PowerSchool Photo Management

This document will cover the basics of creating a Roster file for the photographer, manipulation of the data received from the photographer and importing of the photos into PowerSchool.

 

KIDSs Collection TEST Report Assessment Field Value

Instructional how-to and walk through on resetting the assessment values in PowerSchool to 0. Finding and choosing the correct assessment and grade levels. And finally, changing the assessment value to 2. CTE General Assessment.

 

CTE Minutes - Tech_Ed_Minutes

This document is designed to show how Ell-Saline manually calculates CTE Minutes and then uses Quick Import to import those minutes into PowerSchool.

 

KIDS Minutes Enrolled - Bell Schedule to Educational Minutes - Sections to Educational Minutes

My example of how to convert a bell schedule or a section schedule to Educational Minutes for use in PowerSchool.  Also use this to calculate minutes for CTE courses.

 

PowerSchool - Auditors Report for 9-20 Count Day

This document explains the Class Rosters and instructions that USD307 does for 9/20 count day.

 

PowerSchool - Easy Activity Setup and Using Activities

Assigning students to activities in PowerSchool can help save time when marking the basketball team as absent when traveling, or sending letters home for the bowling team.

 

PowerSchool, KiDS and Kansas Assessment Changes

Documentation of most recent PowerSchool, KiDS and Kansas Assessment changes that affect the KSDE KIDS uploads. Examples of how to prepare your data to avoid issues when uploading to KSDE.  Includes references to source information.

 

Microsoft Outlook Tips N Tricks

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SFK94igCGrOZ-EbQYoDo5Eqz6Xz6S6M6GQvfyOLrNzU/edit?usp=sharing

This document will provide tips and tricks to help you become more efficient user of Microsoft Outlook. Below are some the topics we will cover.  Please click on a topic and the hyperlink will take you to that topic.  More resources are below and at the end of the document.

 

Parent Teacher Conference Sign up using Google Forms - How To (with video)

This is the best and simplest example of using Google Forms to create a Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up Sheet.  Each teacher can create their own Google Form for the Parent Teacher Conference, share the sheet with everyone who has the link and publish / create a hyperlink of the Parent Teacher Sigh-up Sheet to the Teacher's webpage. This example show how to create the time slots for the conferences on Google Forms. Using Choice Eliminator add on, the time slots that you have listed will automatically be removed from the list of choices as parents make their selections. This avoids double booking and the need to reschedule. Using Forms Notification you will be notified after you have received 10 form submissions, however you can customize how often you will receive the notifications. If I knew I would be seeing a lot of parents, I would change the default from 10 to 1. This helps you plan out your day ahead of time. You can also create a custom notification for the parents once they complete your form. This allows parents to receive a custom notification from you via email.  The Video is 13 minutes long and HIGHLY recommended.

 

You did WHAT !!??

This session will show you how to reach, or make an impact on your students internet usage in your classroom. The discussion will provide simple definitions about internet safety and resources. Resources will include links to posters about internet safety, copyright usage, verbiage and links to common classroom practices.

 

Resizing Images in Windows

This document will show how to resize the photo using Microsoft Windows, in 3 easy to follow steps; Open the image using Microsoft Paint, Resize the Image, Save the Image

 

Creating Courses

http://bit.ly/PS-Courses

>This document will show the steps to successfully create courses in KCCMS and PowerSchool.

 

PowerSchool Parent Portal Access, How To Create

Instructions for Parents to create an account to view there students using PowerSchool Parent Portal.

 

PowerSchool Student Email Export

Steps needed to create a file with the Student's Email

 

Create Internet Shortcut on Desktop - How to

Instructions on how to create an Internet shortcut on a Windows Desktop

 

Online Teen Safety Guide

Document for Parents and Educators 

 

 

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