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Home / Instruction & Assessment / Educational Technology

Technology

Educational Technology in NLPS

In NLPS, we believe that Ed Tech (applications, extensions, devices, softwares…) should be used in classrooms and in schools to:

  • Enhance educational practices and learning
  • Differentiate for all
  • Allow for teacher innovation
  • Ensure that access is responsive to students’ needs
  • Educate students to become informed and reflective digital citizens.

 

In NLPS, students are welcomed to use their own device under the supervision of a teacher or in a pre-arranged setting.

Using Ed Tech Safely in the Classroom

In NLPS, we are obligated to follow the terms outlined by FOIPPA (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act).  Many online applications and extensions involve the exchange of personal information such as, (but is not limited to):

  • Students’ full name, birthdate, location, email address
  • Parent email address
  • Images, video or audio collected in student work

In order to make technology use easier and safer for teachers, learning coordinators, in collaboration with IT and the Privacy Officer have vetted apps for privacy.  These websites, apps and extensions for Chromebooks and PCs have been organized into two categories:

  • Parental consent required through NLPS bundle
  • Parent consent not required
 
View the complete list of approved web applications here or select the Approved Web Applications tab.

If the application you wish to use is not on the list, please email thelearningline@sd68.bc.ca to begin the vetting process.

Chrome extension to block ads and pop-ups on YouTube and websites.

Grades K-12

Teacher Accounts

  • Logging into Google is required to access the product

Student Accounts

  • Logging into Google is required to access the product

Getting Started

  • Visit the Chrome Webstore for a one-time install to a Chrome account

Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and services for photography, design, video, web, UX, and more.  It is primarily used in secondary schools for web design, graphic arts, yearbook publishing and drafting.

Grades 8 - 12

Educational Value

*Considerations

Teacher & Student Accounts

  • In September, NLPS generates Adobe IDs using learn68.ca identities.

*Privacy Considerations

  • Parental consent is required from NLPS consent bundle
  • Student work containting personal information (photos, names, location, etc.) must be stored on NLPS maintained servers such as OneDrive or H: drive.

Getting Started

  •  Adobe licenses are available in Secondary PC labs that are targeted for curricular courses requiring access
  • Check with your Zone Tech to see which devices have Adobe

Book Creator is a simple tool to create ebooks on iPad, Chromebooks and on the web. Users can add text, images, audio and video content on any page. It provides multiple modes of engagement with the content they are creating.

Grades K - 12

Educational Value

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher account can be linked with their Microsoft account (sd68 credentials)

Student Accounts

  • Student can login with Learn68 email and a class code

*Privacy Considerations

  • Student books should not be made public  
  • Users should be mindful of the level of personal information shared as part of the content.

An online platform for teaching the basics of computer science to students in cross curricular activities. 

Grades 4 - 8

Educational Value

Support

*Considerations

Teacher & Student Accounts

  • Teacher & Students can accessed by logging in through @learn68.ca Google accounts.

Getting Started

  • Once parental consent from the NLPS bundle is toggled in MyEd, sign into Google using @learn68 and CS First will appear as an option in the waffle.

Desmos provides flexible and gamified ways to learn mathematics while allowing students multiple ways to show their understanding. Can be used synchronously or asynchronously to let students work at their own pace.

Grades: 4-12

Educational Value

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher account is needed to share a session code or to assign content to a class

Student Accounts

  • Students accounts are not required
  • Students can create accounts if parental consent is received and be assigned to classes 
  • When students have an account they can enter into an activity whenever it is open and teachers can see student responses

This paid app has English lessons (available for online use), flashcards, and resources for ESL Students.

Grades 7 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required.

Student Accounts

  • Teachers invite students with a class code
  • Students should create their account with an alias and without an email address

*Privacy Considerations

  • ESL Library has been vetted for student safety and privacy impact.  Schools may choose to subscribe and pay for the app if deemed neccessary to support learning.

Flipgrid is a great tool to plan for diversity in a teachers  classroom. It allows teachers to pose questions providing a differentiated approach to students sharing their responses. It gives students a voice and a way to express themself in a rich and authentic way.

Grades K - 12

Educational Value

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required and should not be linked with Google classroom roster.

Student Accounts

  • Account not needed – the teacher will create a user name for student with aliases instead of names.

*Privacy Considerations

  • DO NOT use complete name of students to create users. 
  • Teachers should remind their students not to share personal information in their video recordings. 
  • Teachers can set so the students can see each other’s work or only the teacher can see the students’ responses. 
  • Accounts should be set using student aliases.

IXL can be used to personalized math and analytics to assist teachers.

Note:  IXL does not directly align with the BC curriculum in the terms of meeting the curricular competencies but could be included in a rich numeracy program.

Grades K - 12

*Considerations

Student Accounts

  • Teachers can choose to:
    • Create student accounts with aliases
    • Use learn68.ca Google identities

*Privacy Considerations

  • Personal information may be used to communicate with the user
  • Parental consent is required and can be obtained through the NLPS privacy bundle.

Google Applied Digital Skills is a free, flexible video based curriculum that prepares students of all ages for the growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills.

Grades 4 - 12

Educational Value

*Considerations

Part of the Google PIA

Teacher & Students Accounts

  • Teacher & Students can accessed by logging in through @learn68.ca Google accounts.

Getting Started

  • Once parental consent from the NLPS bundle is toggled in MyEd, sign into Google using @learn68 and Applied Digital Design will appear as an option in the waffle.

Google Jamboard is a google product that can be used for collaboration and interaction between teacher and students and between students. Just like a Google Doc or Slide, it can be attached to a Google Classroom assignment as well as being used during videoconferences.

Grades 3 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Logging into Google is required to access the product

Student Accounts

  • Logging into Google is required to access the product

*Privacy Considerations

  • Teachers and students should be mindful not to share personal information as part of their work.

Getting Started

  • Once parental consent from the NLPS bundle is toggled in MyEd, sign into Google using @learn68 and Jamboard will appear as an option in the waffle.

The Khan Academy is a web application that provides free video tutorials and interactive exercises.

Grades K - 12

Educational Value

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required.

Student Accounts

  • Class rosters can be imported/linked using Google Classroom

*Privacy Considerations

  • Khan and Third parties may use cookies and tracking technologies for targeted advertising purposes on other websites other than Khan Academy

Minecraft EDU is a sandbox environment where students shape their world using blocks. It is highly engaging, adaptable to any subject area, and supports collaboration, and critical thinking.

Grades 2 - 12

Educational Value

Support

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher account exist as part of Microsoft 365. Log in with your sd68 credentials.

Student Accounts

  • Student account accessible with their learn68 credentials once parental consent is received.
  • Instructions on how to use Minecraft EDU on Chromebooks will be available soon.

Getting Started

  • iPads – School Airwatch managers with support from Zone Tech can install Minecraft Edu app
    • Students will login with @learn68.ca accounts
    • School-based Student Account Manager can support with PW recovery
  • PC – Install required by Zone Tech via Help Desk request
  • Chromebook – Coming soon!

Nearpod is a web-based and iPad compatible platform that allows K-12 teachers to present interactive lessons, quizzes, and virtual reality-based activities to their students.

Grades K - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required 

Student Accounts

  • Teachers will share class code to students
  • Students can use alias if requested

*Privacy Considerations

  • Student audio or image may be requested for the completion of assignment.

Newsela is an online news-as-literacy platform that features current, high-interest articles on everything from current events to myths and legends. All articles are available in five Lexile levels, ranging from third to 12th grade and include quizzes and writing prompts.

Grades 3 - 12

Educational Value

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required.

Student Accounts

  • Class code can be shared with students who create accounts using alias.
  • Alias should be co-created with teachers so teachers can monitor students that have been accessing reading materials.
  • Universal password for all students is discouraged.

*Privacy Considerations

  • Parental consent from the NLPS bundle required for student access via Google classroom.

Nimbus allows users to take screenshots and screen recordings as a means to share and illustrate their thinking.

Grades 3 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Logging into Google is required to access the product

Student Accounts

  • Logging into Google is required to access the product

*Privacy Considerations

  • Students should save screenshots to their Google Drive or download video recordings to their device and save them in their Google Drive.
  • They should not open a Nimbus Note account or use the Quick Uploads. 

Getting Started

  • Visit the Chrome Webstore for a one-time install to a Chrome account

Padlet is an online bulletin board where invited contributors can share, collect, and collaborate by posting text, images, links, documents, and audio or video recordings. It provides multiple modes of engagement and real time collaboration.

Grades 3 - 12

Educational Value

Support

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher account is required

Student Accounts

  • Student account is not required as they are just contributors to each Padlet

*Privacy Considerations

  • Teachers should create secret Padlets
  • Teachers should remind their students not to share personal information in their contributions or in their video recordings. 

Pear Deck is a presentation platform that allows teachers to collect and save student responses in a live session in order to gauge student comprehension. 

Grades 3 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher accounts required to use social login via Google.

Student Accounts

  • Student accounts required to use social login via Google.

*Privacy Considerations

  • Peardeck has been vetted for student safety and privacy impact.  Schools may choose to subscribe and pay for the app if deemed necessary to support learning.

Quizlet is an online database of flash cards that can be practiced using 9 different study activities.  While students can browse for study materials from users around the world, many teachers make and share custom study sets just for their classes. There are other great features for teachers, too, including Quizlet Live, a team-based quiz competition that turns study sets into a collaborative classroom quiz game. 

Grades 8 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required.
  • Class rosters can be created via Google classroom

Student Accounts

  •  Student accounts created using @learn68.ca accounts

*Privacy Considerations

  • Quizlet has been vetted for student safety and privacy impact.  Schools may choose to subscribe and pay for the app if deemed necessary to support learning.
  • Signing in through Facebook is not allowed
  • Be aware of advertising to Students in the free version

Read & Write for Education provides tools such as highlighters, voice notes, thesaurus, word prediction, speech to text and text to speech to support students with written work.

Grades 2 - 12

Educational Value

Support

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Logging into Google is required to access the product

Student Accounts

  • Logging into Google is required to access the product

*Privacy Considerations

  • Teachers and students should be mindful not to share personal information as part of their work.

Getting Started

  • Once consent from the NLPS bundle is collected and toggled in MyEd, Read & Write will be pushed automatically to @learn68 Chrome accounts

SketchUp for School is a 3D modelling app that allows for students to create 3D models, drawings and plans. It supports core competencies, the ADST curriculum and cross curricular activities.

Grades 4 - 12

Educational Value

Teacher Accounts

  • Log in with a Google or a Microsoft account

Student Accounts

  • Logging in with the learn68 account (choose Microsoft or Google)

A tool for collecting and representing data graphically.

Grades 8 - 12

Teacher Accounts

  • No account required
  • App is installed through the Chrome Web Store

Student Accounts

  • No account required
  • App is installed through the Chrome Web Store

Student Accounts

Scratch is a block-based visual programming language and website is used as an educational tool for coding.

Grades 3 - 12

Educational Value

Support

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required and should not be linked with google classroom roster.

Student Accounts

  • Teacher should create student accounts with aliases.

*Privacy Considerations

  • DO NOT use complete name of students to create users. 
  • All projects published can be viewed by the Scratch community. As students can engage in on-line conversations, it is imperative that teachers educate students about digital citizenship and the importance in not sharing personal contact information in projects, comments, profiles, studios, or forum posts. 

Web application that lets users create Storyboards or other visual communication from an image bank in a drag-and-drop interface. It can be used in multiple creative ways and across the curriculum. Storyboards can be saved to the account and downloaded in different formats. In Storyboard for classrooms, teachers manage the privacy setting of student work and can make it viewable only by the teacher or give the ability to student to share work within the class.

Grades 2 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher can use the free and limited version or Storyboard for Classrooms (subscription required)

Student Accounts

  • Student should not create an individual account in the free version.
  • Students using Storyboard That for school should have an account connected with their teacher. They can log in using their Google Account or a username (alias or password)

*Privacy Considerations

  • Users should be mindful of the level of personal information shared as part of the content.
  • Free version doesn’t require and account but work can only be “screencaptured”.
  • In Storyboard for classrooms (paid version), teachers manage the privacy setting of student work and can make it viewable only by the teacher or give the ability to students to share work within the class. Storyboards can be saved to the account and downloaded in different formats.

ChessKid teaches the game of chess with lessons and play. Each player, regardless of mastery level, can learn from lessons and videos that cover a wide range of topics, such as an introduction of each chess piece, opening offensive and defensive strategies, and common attacking patterns. 

Grades 3 - 12

Educational Value

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher will register with name, email address and zip code.

Student Accounts

  • Teacher should create student accounts with aliases.

*Privacy Considerations

  • Students cannot send messages to anyone except to the teacher. 
  • Students cannot message / chat with each other on the site, regardless of if they are “friends” or are in the same Club.

Code.org offers a fun, creative platform for learning basic coding and computer science! Computer Science Fundamental courses teach students computational thinking, problem solving, programming concepts and digital citizenship.

Teachers can assign lessons or students can create individual projects in the different labs.

Grades K - 12

Educational Value

Support

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required and should not be linked with third party authenication such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc.
  • Invite students using a class code.

Student Accounts

  • Teacher should create student accounts with aliases.

*Privacy Considerations

  • Age is requested to limit sharing options for students under 13. Teachers can disable sharing abilities for older students too.

Edison is free website used as an educational tool for coding the Edison robots.

Email to thelearninline@sd68.bc.ca to check for availability.

Grades K-12

Educational Value

Support

Teacher Accounts

  • No account required

Student Accounts

  • No account required

Duolingo is a game-based language learning tool. Instructional practice activities covers: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  Students can also practice conversational, situational language skills in the Stories section.

Duolingo offers a consumer and a “for schools” version, and both applications are governed by the same privacy policy. 

Grades 3 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Use Duolingo for schools so teachers can create student accounts with aliases (email addresses are not required for creating student accounts).

Student Accounts

  • Use student alias.

*Privacy Considerations

  • Students should be informed that they are not allowed to link a personal facebook account or to invite friends via Facebook or Twitter.

Epic can be accessed via the internet or via the free app, during school hours, providing students with access to a variety of fiction / non-fiction ebooks, narrated books, audio books and videos.

EPIC should be used in combination with many other ways for students to access print / stories and is one part of a student’s comprehensive literacy program.

Grades K - 7

Educational Value

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teachers create a class account by sharing their first and last name, email address and password, profession, school address.

Student Accounts

  • Teacher MUST use student aliases instead of student names. (Eg:  Anita Book = AB 1).

*Privacy Considerations

  • Teachers MUST NEVER share parent email address with Epic.

FreshGrade is a digital porfolio platform that can be used for Communicating Student Learning.

Email thelearningline@sd68.bc.ca for support.

Grades K - 12

Educational Value

Support

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account are automatically created from MyEd.
  • Primary teachers of each division will automatically have accounts.
  • A co-teacher can be added by the primary teacher.
  • SD 68 email and password are used to sign in.

Student Accounts

  • Student Accounts are automatically created from MyEd. 

*Privacy Considerations

  • Consent is required if teachers are planning to post pictures of multiple students (Eg:  class photos & partner projects).
  • No consent is required if individual student images are posted in their own portfolio.

Kahoot is a student-response tool that allows teachers to run game-like quizzes and build presentations with embedded quizzes. Teachers can either create their own quizzes or find, use, and/or remix public quizzes. Kahoots can be presented live or assigned for self-paced learning.

Grades 3 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teachers create an account and will be asked for personal information such as: email address,  username, password, location, interests, picture, organization, title/position, age, etc.

Student Accounts

  • Students should access using an unidentifyable alias.

*Privacy Considerations

  • Students should NOT create accounts and should join games only with an alias.

Knowledgehook is an interactive math tool for students in grades 3 through 12. The practice tests and assessments are called Gameshows, which students join from their own computers or a mobile device. Teachers can choose from the existing Gameshows, or they can create their own by entering a set of questions.

Knowledgehook can be used to enhance a math program but should not be the primary mode of delivery. 

Grades 3 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teachers create accounts by providing:  name, email address

Student Accounts

  • Student can create their account using their @learn68.ca email address.

Make Code is a free online platform for coding Mircro:Bits.

To check for availability of robots, email thelearningline@sd68.bc.ca

Grades 3 - 12

Educational Value

Support

Teacher Accounts

  • No account required

Student Accounts

  • No account required

Mathletics is an online math program made for hybrid classrooms and home learning. Give your students fun practice and fluency activities, challenge their thinking with problem-solving and reasoning questions.

Grades K - 12

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required.

Student Accounts

  • Create student accounts using alias.

An adaptive math-practice game set in a fantasy role-playing universe, students customize colorful, anime-style avatars and send them off to the Wizard Academy to prepare for battle. Wizard spells are powered by math problems. As students progress in their math skills, so do their characters, learning new spells to use against enemies. 

 

This program should be used as a supplemental resource.

Grades K - 12

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required.

Student Accounts

  • Create student accounts using alias.

Raz-Kids is a website that gives students access to a virtual bookroom of more than 400+ ebooks. Students can choose between listening to their books, reading them aloud (and recording their reading), or simply reading silently.  There are also comprehension quizzes for each of the texts that include a set of multiple-choice questions, as well as a constructed response question. Students earn stars for practice and achievement that can be redeemed to customize their own Raz Rocket or to create a personal robot avatar (Common Sense Media).

Raz Kids can be used as one of many resources in a classroom to teach reading

Grades 3 - 12

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teachers can pay to subscribe by creating a class account:  sharing their first and last name, email address and password, profession, school address, billing information

Student Accounts

  • Teacher MUST use student aliases instead of student names. (Eg:  Anita Book = AB 1)
  • Fictious student email addresses can be used for the purpsoses of setting up an account
  • Voice recordings are permitted as long it is the only source of identifyable information

*Privacy Considerations

  • Teachers MUST NEVER share parent email address

Sphero is a free website used as an educational tool for coding the Sphero robots.

Email thelearninline@sd68.bc.ca to check for availability.

Grades 2-12

Educational Value

Support

Teacher Accounts

  • No account required

Student Accounts

  • No account required

SplashLearns is a game-based platform that targets math content for kindergarten through fifth grade based on US Common Core standards (which differ from the BC curriculum). 

Teachers can create an account, assign various concepts to either the whole class or individual students, and then track student progress using a detailed reporting system. They can also enable home access so that students can practice at home and their parents can see their progress. In addition to the website, SplashLearn is available as paid app, as well as individual apps split into each grade level.  (Common Sense Media)

Splash Learns is used to complement instruction in Numeracy and is not be be used as the only opportunity for Mathematical thinking.

 

Grades K - 5

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teachers create a class account by sharing their first and last name, email address, password, profession, school address

Student Accounts

  • Teacher MUST use student aliases instead of student names. (Eg:  Anita Book = AB 1) or first name only

*Privacy Considerations

  • Teachers MUST NEVER share parent email address
  • Home access should be shared used class code for web-based version (App requires parent sign in)
  • Universal passwords for entire class are discouraged

Teach Your Monster to Read is an early literacy game available as an app (iOS, Android, Kindle) and on the web. Kids play as an alien monster whose spaceship crashes on a deserted island. Missions focus on learning letter and vowel sounds, featuring a series of mini-games spread out across several islands displayed on a colorful map that visually tracks progress. 

This game will be used to complement literacy instruction and is one of many tools used.

Be aware that this app originates from the UK and sounds are pronounced with a British accent.

It’s free to play these games on the website.  Be aware that mobile devices require a paid app.

Grades K - 3

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teachers create a class account by sharing their first and last name, email address and password, profession, school address

Student Accounts

  • Teacher MUST use student aliases instead of student names. (Eg:  Anita Book = AB 1) or first name only

*Privacy Considerations

  • Teachers MUST NEVER share parent email address

Tinkercad is a free, kid-friendly online computer-aided design (CAD) program where users can design, modify, and print 3D objects by combining or substracting multiple simple objects to make more complex shapes.

Grades 3 - 12

Educational Value

Support

*Considerations

Teacher Accounts

  • Teacher Account is required and should not be linked with google classroom roster.

Student Accounts

  • Teacher should create student accounts with aliases.

*Privacy Considerations

  • DO NOT use complete name of students to create users. 
  • Teachers should remind their students not to share personal information in their video recordings. 
  • Leave the default Safe Mode on to keep student projects private.

Typing Pal is a simple and efficient web-based program for beginners and intermediates who want to touch type at full speed!

Grades 2-12

Teacher Accounts

  • No account required

Student Accounts

  • No consent required when using student alias

Privacy Considerations

  • DO NOT login using Google Single Sign in or share with Google Classroom.