Parent's Plug-In

~September 2016~

MISD 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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*Apps...What is it? What does it do? Using 15-second clips of popular songs, users can create mini-music videos and share them on the platform or on other social media apps.'s user agreement stipulates that users must be over 13 years old, however, there is no way to confirm or enforce the age limit from within the app.

Secret Calculator- A private vault for pictures, files, music or text messages. The app icon is disguised as a calculator, but includes a password protected space to "hide" applications that users would like to keep private.

Periscope- is a streaming-video app that allows users to live-broadcast anytime from anywhere via their Twitter feeds. It's impressive technology but one that could expose the user to a wide variety of privacy implications (as well as potential inappropriate content). Because the app streams events live, there's no way for anyone to know what's going to happen next. Users must be at least 17 to accept the application's terms of service, however there is no way to enforce the age limit beyond the set up process.

*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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McKinney ISD's freshman laptop program will begin to deploy laptops on the following dates.

  • McKinney North High School - September 7
  • McKinney High School - September 12
  • McKinney Boyd High School - September 15

Credit/Debit card payments are currently being taken now and can be made through the Home Access Center using either the parent or student login information. Parents can pay with cash or check in person with the campus book keeper. Payment will be taken through the deployment date for the campus and on the day of the deployment. No laptops will be issued to students who have not paid their student assurance fee ($50.00 or $25.00 for students on free/reduced lunch).

Please click here for more information about how to make payments through HAC.

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Technology News...

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Online Courses for High School Credit

MISD students have the option of accelerating their course work by taking an additional course online during the Fall of 2016. 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. Please see THIS BROCHURE for more information on registering for online course work with MISD.

Instructional Technology Parent Series- Digital Resources for Home

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 6pm

2000 Doe Rollins

McKinney, TX

This parent session will be devoted to learning more about the technology tools your student has access to on their campus that can also be leveraged at home for learning. The session will be available in both English and Spanish.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

McKinney ISD Student Acceptable Use Policy for Digital Resources

MISD Acceptable Use Policy Video

History of Instructional Technology- A Bedtime Story.

History of Instructional Technology
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