MISD Department of Instructional Technology
Did You Know...
*Apps...What is it and what does it do?
- Desmos- is a free graphing calculator app. Students can plot functions, create tables, add sliders, animate graphs, and more all on their phone or other compatible device. Features of Desmos include: graphing, tables, sliders, calculus, statistics and a scientific calculator. Once the app is added to the device there is no need for Internet access to use the tool. Desmos is currently NOT an approved tool for use during local (district assessments), state (STAAR), or any national testing (SAT, ACT, PSAT etc.)
- Puffin Academy -is an app that serves as an alternative Web browser that only offers access to a pre-set list of educational websites. Its big appeal is that it lets users access websites that use the Flash plug-in. If you're interested in accessing these sites on your mobile device or creating a safe space for your kids to study online, Puffin Academy can be a helpful tool.
*The descriptions here are informational only. This is not an evaluation or endorsement of app choices for students, but a tool for parent involvement.
Online High School Courses- Spring 2017
MISD students have the option of accelerating their course work by taking an 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.
1:The World Spring Parent Meetings
- February 13- MHS
- February 27- MNHS
- March 13- MBHS
- March 27- MHS
- April 10- MNHS
- April 24- MBHS
- May 8- MHS
Resources for Coding at Home
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. More than 163 thousand events in over 80 countries were scheduled for the Hour of Code this year. McKinney ISD students in grades PK-12 participate in coding clubs and events on their campuses throughout the year. Below are some resources campuses are using for coding at school:
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