Software

Non-Adopted Software

October 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Recently, both the State and Federal Government have enhanced protections for student information, particularly where educational technology is concerned.  By using this technology, student learning can be made relevant to real world experiences, support the foundation of new Common Core standards, and prepare students with the necessary 21st century skills. IUSD policy requires teachers to provide their students with lessons in digital citizenship, to emphasize, model, and practice the importance of acting appropriately online before using any software or applications with students. District-supported software programs that meet the new requirements can be found at http://iusd.org/software.  All other online software programs and websites are considered non-District adopted software, therefore, parent permission may be required.  Throughout the school year I plan on using the following software that is not listed by the district. I will include a link to this same information online as I will be adding additional resources throughout the year. Please check back on a regular basis:

Website/App/
Software Title
Description Login/User/ID Password Purpose or Example Use Privacy Policy / Terms of Service
10 Frame Fill App-Math None required Students practice partners to 10 using a ten frame Link
Adobe Voice App Based Presentation Tool Teacher Account Only Students create visual and audio presentations Link
Amazon Echo Information Search Tool Teacher Account Allows students to practice questions, academic language and access to content information Link
Answer Garden Student Response Tool No Account Needed Used for whole class participation vs only a few students called on Link
BrainPop Learning Content through Video School Account Videos provided to add information to writing prompts. Link
BuzzMath Online math program Teacher & student account Math practice Link
ChatterPix Kids App-records voices to make a picture talk None required Students record their writing Link
Class Dojo Parent Communication Tool Held by Parent and Teacher Classroom management and Behavioral Reporting Link
Classcraft Parent Communication Tool Held by teacher, student, and parent Classroom management and Behavioral Reporting Link
Code.org A computer science software Teacher & student account Students learn to program Link
Discovery Network Learning Content through Video School Account Videos provided to add information to writing prompts. Link
Duolingual World Languages App Held by Student Learning New Languages Link
Educreations Video lessons Teacher account Create videos to help students master content Link
Epic Digital library. Students access audio books on any device Teacher account, no username and password required Digital library Link
First in Math Online Math Held by Students Provide differentiation and personal pacing in math Link
Flipgrid Video discussion platform Teacher Account Students or teachers create and respond to student created videos Link
Google Classroom Student/Teacher Communication Tool Held by Students Provides the means to reduce paper use and connected to Google Drive/Docs Link
Google Hangouts Video Conferencing Teacher Account Only Guest Experts, Virtual Field Trips, Class Connections Link
Google Storyteller Web Based Presentation Tool No Account Needed Students create visual and audio presentations Link
Haiku Deck App and Web Based Presentation Tool Held by Student Students create visual presentations Link
Instagram Communication Tool None Required Students do not hold account or password Classroom or School account to learn how to appropriately use social media, share our class learning and connect with other classrooms Link
Khan Academy Online Math Held by Students Provide differentiation and personal pacing in math Link
KidBlog Online Language Arts Held by Student Thematic Writing Practice Link
Kodable Beginning Coding Teacher and student account Students learn to program Link
Minecraft STEM based education Held by Student Used primarily as a demonstration and design tool Link
Newsela Online Language Arts Held by Student Non-Fiction/Informational Text Reading Link
No Red Ink Online Language Arts Held by teacher, student, and parent Grammar practice by standard Link
Padlet Student Response Tool No Account Needed Used for whole class participation vs only a few students called on Link
Piktochart Visual communication tool Teacher & student account Create infographics to share information or demonstrate mastery Link
Plickers Student Response Tool Teacher Account Used for whole class participation vs only a few students called on Link
Poplet Student Response Tool Held by Student Used for whole class participation vs only a few students called on Link
PowToons Video and presentation tool Teacher & student account Create animated videos and presentations Link
Prodigy Math practice Held by teacher, student, and parent Online math practice that aligns to grade level standards Link
RazKids Online reading program Held by Student Reading practice Link
Scholastic Magazine App- social studies Teacher holds password for class Games/ songs that follow up on topics from Scholastic News magazine Link
Scratch STEM based education Held by Student Students learn basics of computer coding Link
Skype Video Conferencing Teacher Account Only Guest Experts, Virtual Field Trips, Class Connections Link
Smore Newsletter Parent Communication Tool None Required Improved School to Home communication Link
ST Math Online Math Held by Students Provide differentiation and personal pacing in math Link
Starfall Online Reading None Required Students learn a variety of reading/phonics skills Link
StoryBird Online Language Arts Held by Student Creative Writing Practice Link
TenMarks Online Math Held by Students Provide differentiation and personal pacing in math Link
thingiverse STEM based education Held by Student 3-D Printing Program Link
Thrively Student Learning Tool Held by teacher, student, and parent Needs based assessment and online learning Link
Tickle App- block programming environment for iPads Held by student Students learn to program dash/dot, sphero, arduino, drones, iphone games at the same time. Link
Tinkercad STEM based education Held by Student 3-D Printing Program Link
Today’s Meet Student Response Tool No Account Needed Used for whole class participation vs only a few students called on Link
Twitter Parent Communication Tool None Required Students do not hold account or password Classroom or School account to learn how to appropriately use social media, share our class learning and connect with other classrooms Link
Vimeo Learning Content through Video None Required Videos provided to add information to writing prompts. Link
Wonder: Blockly, Go, Path and Xylo Apps - coding tools for Dash&Dot robots None Required Students learn to program a dash or dot robot for movements, music Link
YouTube Parent Communication Tool & Learning Content through Video Only accessible through teacher’s account Videos provided to add information to writing prompts. Link

If you have questions or would like to discuss how to opt out of having your child use any of the above, please contact your child’s teacher. Sincerely, Mrs. Giguiere