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November 2017

McKinney ISD Department of Instructional Technology

A monthly newsletter for parents, grandparents, families and the community dedicated to updates and information on how McKinney ISD uses technology in the classroom.
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Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in more than 180 countries. McKinney ISD elementary campuses will participate in The Hour of Code this year during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11. Parents can follow a how-to guide for participating in an Hour of Code and inspire students with these videos. See your campus administrator for details on how and when your child's campus will participate.

*App Profile...What is it? What does it do?

  • Evernote- This widely used productivity tool works across multiple platforms to facilitate access to lists, notes, images, sound, and links -- almost anything! -- from multiple devices. It can help kids improve their own technological savvy and learn to better organize their digital lives.

  • MineCraft- Players land in the middle of a world that has no structures, other people, or objectives. They build a shelter and other buildings using resources they harvest. The app rewards imaginative thinking and may give kids a confidence boost as they show off the worlds they've created.

  • Dubsmash- With this selfie-video maker, users can create their own sound bites from songs or shows, editing them by simply dragging the sound bar into place to start and end. Some content is adult themed and the app is unmonitored.

*The descriptions here are informational only. This is not an evaluation or endorsement of app choices for students, but a tool for parent involvement.

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Student Privacy and Internet Safety

To help kids maximize the Internet's benefits -- while minimizing the risks -- Common Sense Media offers the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe. Which privacy settings should you use? What are the ins and outs of parental controls? Get tips on everything from the basics, such as smart usernames, to the big stuff, such as appropriate sharing. See THIS LINK for the full article and attached resources from Common Sense Media.

1-Minute Movie Reviews

Ghostbusters Movie Review
Alice Through the Looking Glass: Movie Review

MISD Virtual Reference Libraries

Gone are the days of cumbersome sets of Encyclopedia Britannica and bound volumes of Childcraft that could never leave the confines of the library. The Gale Virtual Reference Library is MISD's single source for eReference aimed at the needs of our grades 3-12 students while PebbleGo meets the needs of students in grades PK-2.

GVRL includes more than 7,000 authoritative, full-text titles customized for grade level appropriate research and informational reading while PebbleGo provides foundational tools for research for emergent and early readers. Research tools are available to students anytime any place. With simultaneous check outs there is a never a wait for books or the information your student needs. Contact your campus administrator or Media Resource Specialist for details on logging in to these valuable resources.

5 Ways to Make YouTube Safer for Kids
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