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Connecting: Enhanced Tools
Connecting: Enhanced Tools
Why:

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:
 
 
Check this List Before you use a new app!
 
Secure
Tier 0: Secure

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

 
 
L4U
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: https://l4u.lskysd.ca/4dcgi/gen_2002/Lang=Def

Click here to view each school's L4U directory.

JIRA
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 helpdesk@lskysd.ca 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.

Moodlerooms
 
Ministry hosted learning management system
 

 

Papercut
 

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
Autodesk
 

Drafting software.                                                                                                                                            

Badgr
                                                                                                                                          
Callysto
 

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
 

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
 

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.

https://clever.com/in/livingsky

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.

https://www.commonsense.org/education/
Edlio
 

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
 

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


https://pantheon.org/

                                                                                                                                          

Jamboard
 

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.
OnTheHub
 
Books, Resources
                                                                                                                                          
OverDrive
 
Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and videos from thousands of public libraries worldwide.
                                                                                                                                          
PebbleGo
 
Literacy resources
                                                                                                                                          
Powerknowlege
PowerKnowlege
 
                                                                                                                                          
Powerknowlege
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.
                                                                                                                                          
Powerknowlege
 
SchoolMessenger is a tool used to send phone messages regarding absences in our schools.
                                                                                                                                         
Powerknowlege
 
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.
                                                                                                                                          
Powerknowlege
 
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
 

SketchUp for Schools is the core SketchUp modeler now available in a web browser.  Curriculum resources here: https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-for-schools  

                                                                                                                                          

Powerknowlege
 
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
 
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.
Powerknowlege
 
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.
Wonderopolis
 
Wonderopolis
                                                                                                                                          
Xello
 
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                                                                                                                                          
YouCubed
 

No sign-in.  The only PII they want is for their newsletter.  Fair terms.  Trusted.                                        
Wellcan
 
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.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Edublog
 

Description: Blogging
Privacy Policy: https://privacy.commonsense.org/evaluation/Edublogs
Supports SSO?: No
Access Data Collected: Name, email, grade, job role
3rd Party Trackiers: Social media and analytics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Epic!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
FlipGrid
 

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

Gizmos
 

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.

Headspace
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Edublog
 

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.

https://heinemann.us.cosmos.school/v1/oauth2/auth?redirect_uri=https://www.heinemann.com/extracreditclub/default.aspx

https://www.heinemann.com/mathinpractice/covid19-resources.aspx

IXL
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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.

Mathletics
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

NoRedInk
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Pearson Mathology
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

pictoCTF
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Remind
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Screencastify
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Study.com
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
WolframAlpha
 

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

Zoom
 

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

Coursea
 

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

Facebook
 

Privacy Info

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

Grammarly
 

Grammar Checker

Privay Policy
Instagram
 
 
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.

MathUP
 

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.

MediaSmarts
 

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

https://my.mediasmarts.ca/en - Contact your school librarian for information.

Free Resources

https://mediasmarts.ca/teacher-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
 

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.

http://www.stfprofessionallearning.ca/prekindergarten-k/
 

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..

Twitter
 
 
Vooks
 
 
Weebly
 

Website Hosting


do not useTier 4: Do Not Use

Site or software is, or has been, compromised.

 
TikTok
 

Designed to disregard privacy. Fundamentally insecure.