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Connecting: Enhanced Tools
Connecting: Enhanced Tools

Once your feet are on the ground with the basics, you may want to explore more tools. The trick is that while there are many services and sites on the web, not all of them are “safe” for students and teachers. Some may let unfiltered content through. Others may compromise student data. This page will help to guide you through this often murky landscape.

Featured Apps:
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Tier 0: Secure

Highest standard.  Certified private by international audit standards.  HIPA compliant; personal information can safely be shared within these systems.

L4U Library (Hosted)

The L4U Online Public Access Catalog serves as a single sign-on, one-stop hub for all education resources.


Division L4U Search:

Click here to view each school's L4U directory.

Our Help Desk ticketing system is based on JIRA. Please report any problems by logging into our help desk website and creating a ticket. Or you can email from your LSKYSD email and this will create a ticket.
Office 365
Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 (often called Microsoft 365 or Office 365) is a Web-based version of Microsoft's Office suite of enterprise-grade productivity applications. Office 365 is delivered to users through the cloud and includes Exchange Online for email, SharePoint Online for collaboration, Lync Online for unified communications, and a suite of Office Web Apps, Web-based versions of the traditional Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Ministry hosted learning management system



Your PaperCut account includes:

  • an account summary - dashboard view of your balance and a report on the printing you’ve done at your school
  • a transaction history - a detailed log of all print credits, debits and transfers
  • a list of recent print jobs - a detailed log of all you've printed


TrustedTier 1: Trusted

Usually access using your Living Sky School Division username and password.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. Adobe products are available via the software installer on your desktop. You can also sign into the website by choosing to sign in as a "Company or School Account" to see more information on each of the apps.

Support - Sign In to Adobe Products

Drafting software.                                                                                                                                            


Callysto is a free, interactive, curriculum-based learning and skills development tool — think “interactive textbook” — that can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. It was created to help students strengthen their computational thinking, coding, and data science skills.


ClassDojo is an educational technology communication app and website. It connects primary school teachers, students and families through communication features, such as a feed for photos and videos from the school day, and messaging that can be translated into more than 35 languages and has been used in 180 countries.


Clever single sign-on(SSO) is an online student portal, or landing page, that provides a single location for students to access digital content needed for their classes.

Common Sense Education

Help students take ownership of their digital lives. Common Sense digital citizenship topics include media balance, cyberbullying, news and media literacy, online privacy, digital footprint, and communication. All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life.

Edlio powers websites for K-12 schools and districts with an easy-to-use content management system (CMS) packed with features developed specifically for teachers and school administrators.


Edsby is a cloud-based software application that combines social networking with class and student management features. It is a learning management system with data aggregation and analytics features for K-12 students, teachers, and parents.


Encyclopedia Mythica

Encyclopedia of mythology



A digital whiteboard for collaboration using your Google Education account. 


Google Meet

Google Meet is a video conferencing app. It is the business-oriented version of Google's Hangouts platform and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. Google Meet integrates with Classroom.
G Suite for Education

G Suite for Education
Happy Numbers

While you teach small groups, Happy Numbers serves as an independent math center, providing individualized instruction for the rest of the class.
Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.  They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and moved.  Our math missions guide learners from Kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

Khan Create

Khan + Create lessons and other free distance learning resources


Math for Families(K-1)

No SSO but explicitly references BC privacy restrictions, which are some of the strongest in Canada.  Effectively trusted.
Minecraft EDU
Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination.
Download from the Software Installer, or on Win 10, iOS or Mac
Nrich Mahts

No sign-in. Minimal PII exposed. Trusted.                                                                                                                                           
OER Commons
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.
Books, Resources
Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and videos from thousands of public libraries worldwide.
Literacy resources
Read & Write
Read&Write for Google Chrome is an extension that provides comprehensive reading and writing supports for Google Docs and the web as well as PDFs, ePubs, and KES files stored in Google Drive.

Some of the benefits Read&Write for Google Chrome offers include:
  • An easy to use toolbar that integrates seamlessly with Google Drive and the web
  • Text to speech for reading accessible and inaccessible content in Google Docs, PDFs, ePubs and on the web
  • Tools like talking and picture dictionaries and a translator to support struggling readers or English Language Learners
  • Writing tools like word prediction and voice dictation
  • Colored highlighters for researching and extracting information from documents and the web
  • Typewriter and post-it annotations for PDFs and ePubs in Google Drive

Please check with Derick H. in our student services department for licenses if needed.
SchoolMessenger is a tool used to send phone messages regarding absences in our schools.
Scratch is a programming language developed by MIT that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art, and share your creations on the web.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
Seesaw - Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. For iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks and Computers with Chrome or Firefox. Free for teachers!

SketchUp for Schools is the core SketchUp modeler now available in a web browser.  Curriculum resources here:  


Story Online - The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy nominated, Storyline Online, features celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Kristen Bell, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more reading children’s books to inspire a love of reading in millions of children worldwide.
TED-Ed celebrates the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Discover hundreds of animated lessons, create customized lessons, and share your big ideas.
Unite for Literacy is a free online picture book resource supporting non-readers of individuals of different cultures.
Wide Open School
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.
Xello gives you everything you need to help your students build the skills and knowledge to create actionable plans for college and career success.
LSKYSD Learning Online - Planning for the future                                                                                                                                          

No sign-in.  The only PII they want is for their newsletter.  Fair terms.  Trusted.                                        
WellCan - Free digital mental health resource for Canadians available online and in the app store.

Tier 2: Use with Consentconsent

Requires a media release or explicit informed consent.  These sites may ask for personal information as part of registration terms.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.


Classwork Zoom


Digital Media Academy

Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. Adobe products are available via the software installer on your desktop. You can also sign into the website by choosing to sign in as a "Company or School Account" to see more information on each of the apps.

Support - Sign In to Adobe Products
Discovery Education

Description: Student Resources
Supports SSO?: No
Profit Model: Freemium                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


Description: Blogging
Privacy Policy:
Supports SSO?: No
Access Data Collected: Name, email, grade, job role
3rd Party Trackiers: Social media and analytics


Grids are the meeting place for your classroom, your school, your department or any learning community to discuss your Topics.


Paid Service
TOS are fair, COPPA, FERPA, and CSPC compliant
Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12. Over 400 Gizmos aligned to the latest standards help educators bring powerful new learning experiences to the classroom.
It has a free trial, but then a paid account that is quite pricey.




supports SSO with Microsoft, Google, and Clever but still prompts to accept ToS.  It does request a separate account for ordering, which is strange.  ToS and privacy policy are huge.  Use with caution or consent.



Math is Love

Free resources do not need sign-in.  ToS is fair.  Use with caution or consent.

Math is Visual

No SSO and PII needed to “order” the material.  ToS is fair.  Use with caution or consent.

Math Learning Centre


Math Tools

No SSO, has some 3rd party integration but anonymous access is allowed. No clear ToS but they do expose the API.  Use with caution or consent.





Pearson Mathology



Compute expert-level answers using Wolfram’s breakthrough algorithms, knowledge-base and AI technology.


Zoom is a video conferencing service popular with businesses and individuals. The education version is available until the end of June 2020. 

Tier 3: Use with Cautioncaution

Sites or software has low technical standards or promote shared accounts. 

Sites may require students (under the age of 18) to accept terms of service.

Aesop Canada

Weak Password Requirements


From calculus to guitar for beginners, we want to help high school students everywhere keep learning. Start learning for free! Offer is subject to change and valid through 5/31/2020


Privacy Info

Profit Model: Ad revenue
TOS: Unfavorable terms of services
3rd Party Trackers: Ads, Social media, analytics
Access Data Collected: All available data


Grammar Checker

Privay Policy
Junior Achievement

JA offers learning opportunities in three key areas – financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

Making Math Moments

No Privacy Policy

Mathematics Learning Center - Bridges In Mathematics

Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive PK–5 curriculum that equips teachers to fully implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners.

Doesn’t look like it supports SSO but the ToS are fair. They do collect some PII and do share with 3rd parties. Safe to use with caution.


TOS hidden behind sign up
Non secure elements on pages
offers a robust set of focused tools to help build capacity in teaching mathematics through professional learning for both teachers and administrators. It empowers teachers and principals with the knowledge and processes to build a successful math learning environment and school math culture.


Media Smarts - MediaSmarts has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities since 1996. Through our work we support adults with information and tools so they can help children and teens develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the media they love.

Media Smarts - Contact your school librarian for information.

Free Resources

Messenger for Kids
Facebook Messenger, but for kids.
Unfavorable Terms of Service
Data Collected: All available Data
Third Party Trackers: Ads, Social media, analytics
Profit Model: Ad Revenue
Open Culture
Find thousands of free online courses, audio books, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, movies and more.
Unfavorable Terms of Service
No SSL Certificate
Data Collected: All available Data
Third Party Trackers: Ads, Social media, analytics
Profit Model: Ad Revenue
Oxford Owl
Weak Password requirements

picoCTF is a free computer security game targeted at middle and high school students, created by security experts at Carnegie Mellon University. The game consists of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge.

Pre-K resources for remote teaching.

No SSL, no privacy policy, or ToS, but no sign-in. 3rd party trackers link to social media and analytics tools. Use with Caution for now..


Website Hosting

do not useTier 4: Do Not Use

Site or software is, or has been, compromised.


Designed to disregard privacy. Fundamentally insecure.