The Digital Buzz

Mission CISD Instructional Technology - Oct/Nov 2014


Every morning, millions of people wake up to a very refreshing experience at work; they don't see "mailbox is full" errors in their email. They don't worry about backing up their data; they can get to any file they need from any computer, anywhere with Internet access and a browser. They can access and edit the same documents and spreadsheets at the same time as their colleagues. They use Google Drive at work as fluidly and easily as they use their personal email accounts. They video, voice and text chat with their peers globally as naturally as they send email.
How did they do that?
They found a better way of working by "Going Google".

What does it mean for a teacher to "go Google"? Read all about it.....

Learn how this powerful tool can transform teaching and learning in the classroom.

Google Drive@MCISD

Click here to learn how to create a Google Drive account.

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Google for Education 101 (in 101 seconds)
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Look what's new, again.....

Through the generous effort of the CTE Department, secondary (6th-12th grade), students, teachers and parents are able to use Atomic Learning.

What is Atomic Learning?

Atomic Learning provides training for more than 150 commonly used software applications, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, iLife, Moodle and much more. Each instructional session is fully explained and organized into manageable tasks with a one-to-three-minute video tutorial. You can view a tutorial when you have a quick question about a program you’re using or you can view a series of tutorials and master an entire application.

What's so great about Atomic Learning?

  • Available 24/7
  • More than 30,000 tutorials on more than 150 software applications
  • Workshops on topics such as blogging, podcasting, newsletter design, Prezi presentation and more
  • Over 500 new tutorials added to the site every 45 days
  • Free Storyboard Pro software and access to Atomic Learning’s popular Video Storytelling Guide
  • Self-assessment tools
  • Hundreds of Spanish language tutorials
  • Closed captioning on thousands of tutorials

To access Atomic Learning, go to:

  • Teachers: Login with your school district username and password.
  • Students: Login with district I.D. # as username and password.

MCISD is determined to prepare our community of learners and educators with the 21st-century skills needed for today’s world.

Embrace yourself! Empower yourself!

MCISD Technology experts present at Region One Technology Conference!

Vickie Cochran, District Instructional Technology Strategist, and Erika Miller-Morales, 504 & Dyslexia Coordinator, presented a lesson on the multitude of technology resources available for Dyslexia and struggling readers. Their presentation was so well-received that they have been asked to present at the May 2015 Region One Technology Conference.

Kudos for a job well done!

To access their resources, go to:

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MHS teacher, Kitty Hutchcroft, presents at Region One Technology Conference!

Kitty Hutchcroft, a Google-certified teacher, was also a presenter at the Fall 2014 Region One Technology Conference, "Using Technology to Make a Difference!" Her focus was finding solutions for applying your newly-learned skills and learning by collaborating with others. Educators from throughout the Rio Grande Valley shared their technology skills. Congratulations on a job well done!
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Instructional Technology Department

Find more Google tutorials at the Instructional Technology Department site.