McKinney ISD Department of Instructional Technology
Hour of Code
*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.
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
MISD Virtual Reference Libraries
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.
MISD Department of Instructional Technology
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