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BreakoutEDU
Bring the challenge and fun of an escape room to your classroom! BreakoutEDU takes the concept of an escape room and applies it to your content. Students will have a set amount of time to break into their box! BreakoutEDU is an exciting and innovative way to promote the four Cs: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

If you would like to request a box to use at your school, please check availability and request check out.

For more information on BreakoutEDU or to purchase your own kit, please visit the BreakoutEDU website.

Bloxels
Bloxels is the most intuitive platform for creating video games in the classroom. Students can use the Bloxels gameboard and blocks to create their own 13-bit layouts, characters, and art for their game. With the Bloxels EDU app, students can instantly turn their physical creations into a digital game. In the app, they can edit and customize everything - what it looks like and how elements interact and behave.

If you would like to request a Bloxels Kits to use at your school, please check availability and request check out.

Merge Cubes
The Merge Cube is a holographic cube that allows users to physically hold and interact with 3D objects using augmented reality (AR) technology. The Merge Cube works with many apps. To discover the possibilities, visit the Merge Miniverse. 

A classroom set of Merge Cubes is available for your class. If you would like to request a class set of Merge Cubes, please check availability and request check out.

VR Headsets
Experience global adventures with your students without ever leaving the classroom! From ancient Roman ruins to the Great Barrier Reef to the International Space Station - where will you take your class?

If you would like to use the VR Headsets at your school, please check availability and request check out.

Qballs 
Qball is a portable, throwable microphone! The Qball is made of a light, soft, and durable foam, designed to take a beating. The microphone automatically shuts off while in flight so you don't get any unwanted thumps or bumps over the speakers. The Qball promotes engagement, participation, and inclusion- and its FUN!

If you would like to request a QBall to use at your campus, please check availability and request check out.

Skyward

All Skyward resources can now be found in this Canvas course. To enroll in this course, sign in with your MISD username (first+last name) and password.

In this course, you will find handouts and videos to help teachers get started and maintain their Skyward gradebooks throughout the school year. 

For general Skyward questions, email our EdTech Trainers, Cynthia Petty or Mary Lemons. Please include your campus and grade level or subject in the email.

Log into Skyward

Office 365

In January 2016, Technology Development launched Office 365, the online suite of Microsoft products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. 

With Office 365 you can create and collaborate in the "cloud" with online versions of the software or you can install the latest versions of the software on your computer. With your subscription, you can install Office 2016 on up to five different devices - PC or Mac.

Robotics

The Mansfield ISD Robotics initiative was launched as an effort to ensure educational opportunities for all students delivered through innovative and inspiring teaching methods, as outlined in the MISD Strategic Plan. The pilot program started at Willie Brown Elementary in the fall of 2011.

The success of this pilot sparked a passion for robotics across the district. Fueled by funding from LEGO Smart Schools and the Mansfield ISD Education Foundation, our robotics program quickly expanded with robotics clubs at most K-8 campuses and the integration of robotics into the K-4 Tech Apps curriculum.

For more information about our robotics program, contact EdTech trainers Ashley Coffman or Lynn Gustafson

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit organization which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families.  Through research, resources, events and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all.

NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.

CyberWise is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art resources for BUSY grownups who want to help youth use digital media confidently and safely.

OnGuard Online provides tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your kids online.

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