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BYOT - Now What Do I Do? As part of MISD’s 21st Century Learning Initiative, starting February 1, 2011, MISD will initiate a PILOT program that will allow High School students to bring their own wifi technology (Laptop, Netbook, iPad, etc.) to school and connect to the school’s wireless network. This will allow access to the Internet only (MISD content filter service will apply). These devices will not have access to network drives or printers.

T.I.M. – Wireless Network -


Teachers that want access to MISD network drives you have to have the WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol) Key put into your device.

Students will connect to the MISD-Guest wireless network.

Once connected, students must accept the McKinney ISD Guest Access Acceptable Use Policy.

Different types of Wifi devices that may show up: Smart Phone, Netbook, Laptop, iPod Touch, PSP, iPad, etc.

Which mobile device do you use most often? Tool: Text the Mob

Back to the Future - 1991 – VCR (Pre-eCommerce) A vision of the future: Corning Glass Using your phones texting ability, comment about the video you just watched: Text your comments to 87884: Start your text message with “@wif54871” then type your text message. Tool: Wiffiti - Robyn Hrivnatz Tool: Prezi

SMART Response VE Tool: SMART Notebook and SMART Response VE

From the blog "Classroom in the Cloud" You don't have to abandon the idea of using personal clickers in your class when your school isn't willing to shell out more than $1200 for an audience response system. Text The Mob allows a user to create multiple choice questions, polls, and open-ended questions that can be answered by SMS. All the teacher needs to do is set it up on a projector. The responses show up in real time and are identified by the last 4 digits of the students' cell number. This allows students who normally don't participate to interact anonymously. Teachers can also record these numbers before hand and use them to assess individual performance. Since it's the incomplete cell number teachers won't have to worry about accusations of keeping students' personal phone numbers. The free option gives you 3 questions and up to 50 participants per question.

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The 10 Best Apps for Education Article by

Jonathan Wylie This app is a must have application for students of all ages. It incorporates a dictionary, thesaurus and a word of the day feature. Students can have the words pronounced out loud to them, and examples of how to use the words in a sentence correctly are also included. Are you wondering where a word came from? The word origins feature will tell you just what you need to know. is one of the favorite apps of Language teachers, so why not add this free, versatile tool to your iPhone today.

World Wiki: Master international relations with this demographic goldmine. World Wiki collates information from over 200 countries from Wikipedia, and organizes them into useful categories like capital cities, currencies, flags, governments, populations and even national anthems. In the ever changing world that we live in, you can be sure to keep up to date with the very latest developments by using this handy app.

Evernote: This app can help students take notes and organize web media easily. You can take a photo, a screenshot, a typed note or save a web page and Evernote will save it, index it and make it searchable for when you need it most. In short it lets you learn on the go, and keep track of the most interesting notes and media that students might need for a class project or presentation.

Best of all, it works on PCs, Macs and other portable devices, so the content you save on one is available to view on all the rest. When used well, this is easily one of the best apps for education users.

Google Earth: You might already have this great mapping tool on your home computer, but you can be assured that the iPhone app is just as useful and just as easy to use. It makes great use of Apple's multi-touch by letting you zoom with a pinch, and navigate with a swipe. You can even tilt the world by tilting your iPhone. The Google Earth app is clearly among the best apps for education. It is also a popular app with Social Studies teachers because of the interactivity it offers their students.

Miss Spell's Class: This useful spelling app comes from the creators of Hold your own spelling bees and have students challenge their parents, siblings or peers as they cycle through the database of words to decide if they are spelled correctly or not. Points are awarded for speed and accuracy. The database contains over 10,000 words, so you will not tire of this educational app any time soon.

TED: Tech savvy teens will find that there is plenty in this free app to satisfy their innate curiosity. The TED app gives you access to the TED talks. These are a collection of presentations by some of the world's brightest minds and they give a glimpse into the future of technology, science, business, design and more. Each inspiring talk is no more than 15 minutes in length, and is usually engaging enough to capture even the shortest of attention spans.

Stanza: This award-winning e-reader app is one of the best educational iPhone applications because it offers a wealth of options for reading. For instance, you have access to over 100, 000 books in the Lexcycle Online Library. Text colors, line spacing, font sizes, and orientation can all be customized to improve your viewing experience. There is also a free desktop app will move any existing ebooks or documents you own to you iPhone or iPod touch with ease. With Stanza, you need never be caught without something to read.

Units: Given the sheer number of metric and imperial measurements, you can be forgiven for not remembering them all. Thankfully, this is where Units comes in handy. Units can convert area, currency, temperatures, length, speed, weight, power, volume and more. There is even a small built in ruler for quick measurements on the go. So, whether you are doing Math, Economics or Science, this useful app will have something to offer everyone.

iFlashcards Free: Flashcards are a favorite study tool of students the world over. This app lets you create an unlimited number of flashcards on your iPhone and iPod Touch, or on the internet so that you can download them to your Apple device. You can customize card size, colors and questions easily, and there are 4 test modes to make sure you have all the facts you need. The ability to tag cards means that you can test yourself on all the 'vocab' or 'science' cards by filtering

through all the collections you have. There are few educational iPhone applications that are more useful than this one.

Math Drills Lite: If there is one thing that Elementary and Middle School Math teachers agree on, it is the need for a mastery of basic Math facts. The ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, are the crucial foundations of success in Math. This app is aimed at improving these essential skills. Usefully, it has explanations of ways to solve each problem like number lines, groups of blocks or the nine times table on your fingers. There are also simple algebraic problems with missing signs to add to equations. Download this today and see why it is one of the top 10 iPod touch apps that are used in the Math classroom. Additional Resources: VerbGeek: “Great for learning Spanish Verb Conjugations.� Little Steps to Good Habits.-


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