Parent's Plug-In

~ January 2016 ~

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McKinney ISD 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.

~ Gale Virtual Reference Library for K-12 Students ~

...not your grandmother's research project!

January Parent Series- K-12 Gale Virtual Reference Library- Cockrill Middle School

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 6pm

1351 Hardin Boulevard

McKinney, TX

January's parent series will cover the Gale Virtual Reference Library and research resources for students in grades K-12. Gale Virtual Reference Library is MISD's single source for eReference aimed at the needs of our K-12 students. GVRL includes more than 7,000 authoritative, full-text titles customized for grade level appropriate research and informational reading. GVRL is available to students anytime any place. With simultaneous check outs there is a never a wait for books or information your student's needs.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Google Apps for Education...A Student Perspective

Three 3rd grade students at Reuben Johnson Elementary got excited about all that Goole Apps for Education could provide them and their classmates this year, so they took it upon themselves to educate their peers on how awesome this tool is for learning. No better way to promote a tool than through the voices of students. See the link below for their presentation on using Google to collaborate, plan and learn.


..."Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

~Benjamin Franklin

1:The World Parent Meetings

Parents of current 8th graders are invited to attend one of the 7 scheduled parent meetings being held this spring to learn more about the 1:The World Freshman Laptop initiative at each high school. All rising freshman students will receive an 11" MacBook Air computer to use for learning over their four years of high school. The meetings will cover logistics of the initiative, MISD's goals and direction with technology in the classroom and rules for use of these devices. Parents need only attend one meeting and can come to any campus/date that works for them. Meetings will be held starting at 6:30 on each date. See THIS LINK for more information.



  • February 15- MHS (Library)
  • February 29- MNHS (Room G119)
  • March 14- MBHS (Cafeteria)
  • March 28- MHS (Library)
  • April 11- MNHS (Room G119)
  • April 25- MBHS (Cafeteria)
  • May 9- MHS- (Library)

~ Google Cardboard ~

What is Google Cardboard?

Together with the Go-Pro company, Google created a circular camera aray that takes 360 degree, 3D pictures. Utilizing Google's "Cardboard Viewer" and a smartphone users can access and view virtual reality experiences in stereoscopic views; literally making you "a part" of the photograph. Using Google's free "Street View" app, anyone can travel virtually anywhere in the world. From the top of Mt. Everest to the the Great Barrier Reef.
Google Cardboard reactions, #throughglass
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Save the Date! June 21-23

Please mark your calendars for Converge 2016. Converge is MISD's annual digital learning conference. Converge includes keynote speakers, break out sessions, a maker space, music, food trucks and much more. This year we are inviting interested parents to attend and learn more about using digital tools in the classroom. Strands for the conference will include blended learning, digital resources and parents as partners for innovation. Parents are welcome to come and go and attend the sessions you find pertinent. A detailed listing of all of the learning opportunities with location and logistics will be sent out in late spring.
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