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~March 2018~

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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Mr. Trey Wright- AP Eddins Elementary

Each year Texas Computers in Education Association accepts nominations from across the state for its annual awards spotlighting superlatives in the field of instructional technology. Three finalists from each category are honored and a winner announced at an awards reception at TCEA's annual conference in Austin in early February.

This year, Eddins Elementary's assistant principal, Trey Wright, was named "TCEA Campus Administrator of the Year". Mr. Wright's passion for challenging students through problem solving, coding clubs and learning outside the four walls of the classroom is evident in everything happening on the Eddins campus. His excitement and love of learning is contagious and the state of Texas agreed. MISD is lucky to have such an innovator among us! Congratulations Mr. Wright.


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We want your thoughts...

If you haven't already, please check with your campus administrator or MRS for a link to their campus BrightBytes survey. BrightBytes collects and reports perceptions on technology use in the classroom from students (grades 3-12), staff and parents. We are interested in what you think! Please don't miss the opportunity to share your thoughts with us.

"From Dream to STEAM"

Lawson ECS Playkerspace and STEAM Lab...

The Lawson Early Childhood school administrative team had a dream to ensure students were engaged in meaningful STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities. The administrative team began this journey by visiting STEAM labs and Maker Spaces in other districts. The team attended numerous Ed Camps, participating in all classes that related to Maker Space and STEAM. Head Start teachers and administration also attended Region X’s Now4ForEver 2016 Summer Conference which was entirely focused on STEAM teaching and learning. Teachers were surveyed to determine needs and expectations for this endeavour. The administrative team, which consists of principals (one principal and two assistant principals), librarian, 2 instructional coaches, and a counselor examined the Pre-kindergarten guidelines and districts Year-At-A-Glance and mapped out overarching themes for each month. The team purchased many books for book studies to ensure a high level of problem solving, creativity, and integration of subjects. The administrative team creates the stations each month along with guiding questions, reflection questions, and I Can Statements. Flipped videos are created for teachers and students to watch prior to attending the STEAM Lab. See the example of one of these videos below:

STEAM weather and energy

Money Transfer Apps...

Did you know?

Several popular apps frequently used by students have back-end options for transferring money from bank accounts. Users have the option to add debit cards, checking accounts or credit cards to personal accounts. Once account information is added users have the ability to pay others with the tool for a quick money transfer between accounts.

Facebook Messenger- an extension of the popular Facebook App, Messenger allows users to privately message one another outside of the public forum of Facebook. Messenger now includes an option to add a checking or debit card account to your Messenger account that will allow you or others to transfer funds. Funds transfers post immediately to the account based on availability of funds and require both sender and recipient to accept the terms of service to participate and user agreement.

Snapchat- "Snapcash" is an option within the Snapchat app that provides users the option to transfer money from a debit card to another debit card. The transfer requires an active debit card account and a Snapchat account for both the sender and the receiver. Funds transfers usually take up to 24 hours to post to an account and there are limits on transfer amounts. The "Snapcash" user policy can be found HERE.

Venmo- is an app totally dedicated to money transfer. Users must add an active checking account, debit card account or credit card to their profile in order to send or receive money. Money transfers can take up to 24 hours and require users to accept the funds once they are sent. Venmo user policies can be found HERE.

*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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Online Courses for High School Credit

MISD students have the option of accelerating their course work by taking additional

courses for high school credit online during the Spring of 2017. Courses are provided by Apex Learning and taught by MISD teachers. There are no course meeting times, and classes can be accessed 24/7 for the duration of the term. Online classes are available to students in grades 8-12 and include:

  • U.S. Government (11th or 12th grade)
  • Economics (11th or 12th grade )
  • Psychology (8-12)
  • Sociology (8-12)
  • Health (8-12 )
  • Creative Writing- (9-12 elective credit only)
  • English IV-A and B (11-12 graders only)

Please access THIS FLYER for more information or see your student's counselor for advising. All courses are self paced so students can enroll any time until April 28.

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