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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Information

 11/26/13-Parents,

The Holiday's are upon us and gift buying will now move into high gear for many parents. I am sure that some sort of technology device is on many wish lists. Products like the iPad Mini, the Microsoft Surface, various Android tablets like the Nexus and the Galaxy, and color e-book readers such as the Fire and the Nook along with netbooks, Chromebooks, and laptops are utilized across our district.  We are receiving many questions involving our recommendation.  While we try to avoid suggesting specific models (each school's miDevice plan is different and parent's are spending their own money), we encourage the use of online resources to make comparisons.  Here are a few to get you started:

http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/

http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Computers-Promotions/Tablet+Operating+Systems/pcmcat236500050008.c?id=pcmcat236500050008

http://reviews.cnet.com/tablet-buying-guide/

FYI-The Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2 & 3, iPad & iPad Mini and the Surface RT & Pro appear to be the favorites across the district. 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9/10/13-miDevice Parents,

Please find below a list of FREE teacher suggested educational apps that we will begin using in the classroom.  We are asking that you help your student download these apps.  Our teachers will let you know via their classroom newsletters of any updates to the list.  And remember, we do suggest protective cases and headphones.  If you have any questions you may email me at lmorris2@mcpss.com.  Thank you, Lisa Morris Molyneux, Technology Support Teacher

 FYI-  The Pandigital device does not function on our school network and gaming devices like the Nintendo DS are not allowed on our network.

The following list of apps is a starting point.  Your child's teachers might have an updated list and please feel free to make suggestions.  In the ever changing world of technology, it is quite difficult to stay up on all the new apps.  Your suggestions are welcome.  Just send a note to your child's teacher.  Thank you, Lisa Molyneux, Technology Support Teacher

Media Specialist for ALL grades:  Destiny Quest, Edmodo, Follett e-Reader, Story Creator, Accelerated Reader, QR Scanner, Find My iPhone (Location Services Turned On), Story Lines for Schools, What Word Is It, My Math App, I Like Reading

5th Grade:  BrainPOP Featured Movie, any Dictionary/Thesaurus app, any Multiplication Facts practice app, Splash Math Grade 5, National Geographic for Kids Magazine, Google Earth, Space Place Prime (NASA), Science 360, Order the Boxes

4th Grade:  Gramaropolis, any Math Fact Practice app, iLearn:  Continents and Oceans, Order the Boxes, Science 360, Sound Uncovered (Exploratorium), National Geographic for Kids Magazine, BrainPOP Movie of the Week

3rd Grade:  Sushi Monster (Scholastic), any Math Fact Practice app, Science 360, BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

2nd Grade:  Miss Spider lite, Splash Math, Phonics 2nd, Ponics Tic Tac Toe, Math Works, Ranger Rick, k12 Timed Reading, Abby, Dino Kids Math, Peter Pig, BrainPOP Movie of the Week

1st Grade:  Fun Rhyming, Math Bug, Phonics and Vowels, Moxie Math, BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

Kindergarten:  Miss Spider, Flash Cards, Handwriting without Tears, Hungry Fish, Math Bingo, Splash Math Kindergarten, Tally Tots, Toontastic, Feltboard, Intro to Letters, ABC Pocket Phonics, ABC Trace, BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

 Select the link for a listing of Kids Safe Search Engines.

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