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Mission CISD Instructional Technology Newsletter

November 2015

What's new @ MCISD?

Mango Languages Tutorial

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is a self-paced, self-directed instructional foreign language website.
From French to German to Mandarin Chinese, learn conversational phrases and sentences simply by clicking on this link:

Login --

Username: your email

Password: your email active directory

For example:

Password: dpena04

Students login:

Username: I.D. #

Password: I.D. #

How to access Virtual Job Shadow...

1. Go to

2. Click on Login (orange button located on the top-center of the webpage).

3. Login with your email address --

Username: your MCISD email address (For example:

Password: your email prefix (For example: dpena04).

Students login:

Username: I.D. #

Password: I.D. #

Click on the video below to learn more about this site.

Explore New JobGateway® Feature: Virtual Job Shadow
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Coming soon for secondary and elementary schools!

Atomic Learning provides online training for more than 110 of the most commonly used software applications such as Google apps, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Moodle and more. Each technology skill is comprehensively broken down into manageable and explanatory tasks with a one- to three-minute video tutorial that is accessible 24/7.

  • Topics include blogging, podcasting, newsletter design, 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

  • Closed captioning on thousands of tutorials

    To login, go to the MCISD Atomic Learning link:
    and, use you MCISD username and password to login.

    Username: your email

    Password: your email active directory

    For example:

    Password: dpena04

    Students login:

    Username: I.D. #

    Password: I.D. #

    If you should need assistance regarding Atomic Learning, please contact the Instructional Technology office at extension 5560.

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Did you know that MCISD has a Technology YouTube Channel?

The MCISD Tech's YouTube Channel is where you will find useful training's that you can view at your pace and work right along side of the presenter. Click on the link below to view the uploaded videos. Don't forget to like the videos and subscribe to the channel.

Available Training Video's:

Setup Google Classroom

Atomic Learning

How to push apps to Tablets/Chromebooks

How to create a Google Form with Auto Grade

Preparations for Hour of Code are underway

The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science, hosted by It is designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

The event will take place during the week of December 7-13, 2015 at your respective schools.

This offers every student the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

As of November 30th, 2015, we have a total of 15 schools in our district that have committed to this initiative.

If you would like to register your school to participate go to and click "Sign up your event".

Beyond Hour of Code

This coding event doesn't have to end, it can be a continuous learning experience for students and teachers alike. Why not use this as an enrichment activity? You can allow your students to work on and learn a new language when they have completed their classwork. It can also be a reward for good behavior or high grades on assignments or tests.

Does this target STEM courses?

No, this program targets all subjects. Let me explain, science, technology, engineering, and math may be at the core of coding/programming, but it actually targets all subjects. Coding is behind video games or mobile gaming and this is what involved:

Art for designing the look of the game, app or movie

Music/band/Sound Technicians to create the sound that you hear

Theatre/Film for the creation of a story line in some of the game/apps

Social Studies when designing the geography in games, apps, or movies

Language Arts when adding text, dialog or creating a story line for games, apps, or movies

If we can get students interested in coding through one of the ways stated above, we will be one step closer to achieving our district vision.