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CFSD Digital Tools and Resources

The growing availability of new technology applications (apps), websites, software, and web-based programs/services is providing teachers with new and exciting methods to improve, enrich, and diversify the delivery of and engagement in curriculum with our students. Due to the complexity of district-wide systems, the potential impact on the education of students, and the cost of new resources and tools, there are many factors that must be considered before new digital tools and resources are approved and funded. Additionally, school districts must abide by federal regulations that require parent/guardian consent. One such regulation is the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) (15 U.S.C. § 6501–6505) governs online collection of personal information from children under age 13. For example, before a developer can collect any information from a student under 13, verifiable parental consent is required. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which enforces COPPA, has said that school officials can act in the capacity of a parent to provide consent to register students for online educational programs at school for the use and benefit of the school, and for no other commercial purpose. The general guidance is that software companies are allowed to track students within their program, but COPPA prevents them from tracking those students across the Internet.

CFSD makes every effort to select and implement products that protect the confidentiality of students' personally identifying information and that avoid third party promotional marketing material. CFSD considers the Federal student privacy rights and other factors such as instructional benefit, system requirements, cost/benefit analysis, and redundancy before a digital tool, software, app, or website is approved or funded. More information about Federal student privacy rights can be found at the links below.

Federal Student Privacy Rights

CIPA – Children’s Internet Protection Act

COPPA – Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

FERPA – Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

The digital tools and resources listed below support the CFSD curriculum and have been vetted and approved for classroom use. There is a description of each tool or resource and a link to the provider's privacy policy. This is a dynamic list as we are continually reviewing digital tools and resources used with our students.

CFSD Matrix of Approved Digital Tools and Resources

Teachers and schools may request to use a digital resource or tool. The district has an approval process, which includes a review of the requested resources and tools and the associated privacy policies. This matrix of approved school-based digital resources shows the required permissions and restrictions (if applicable) for each of the resources. For some of the digital resources listed in the matrix, a teacher or school is required to obtain parent/guardian consent before they can be used in the classroom. Teachers and/or schools will obtain consent for the resources that require permissions or have restrictions before they are used in the classroom.

District Approved Software and Online Resources

The list below includes web-based services, programs, subscriptions, or software applications in which CFSD knowingly entered into a contract or agreement, or purchased solely for the benefit of students and the school district within an educational context. Some of the resources are general resources that can be used by all students and some are specific to grade levels or grade level spans.

 

Synergy (StudentVUE, ParentVUE, TeacherVUE)

Student information system and grade book; students and parents can access information on assignments, grades, and attendance

Destiny Library System

Allows 24/7 access for students to search their school’s library collection from school or from home

TumbleBooks

Interactive library of animated, talking picture books for K-5 students

Nearpod

Student engagement, instructional, and presentation platform that teachers and students use to actively participate in lessons or activities. Includes modules with content on digital citizenship and social-emotional learning.

Formative

Web-based platform that provides teachers with the ability to create and/or administer "live" assignments and/or assessments in traditional and digital classrooms. Teachers can make instant teaching adjustments, provide real-time feedback to students, and include audio and video options.

MaiaLearning

Comprehensive high school college and career planning tool used to align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals

Office 365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Subscription software services offered by Microsoft for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations

Savvas Realize/Pearson Realize

Provides online texts and support for elementary math and middle school science

McGraw-Hill Connect

Provides online textbooks for math and health

McDougal Littell CLASSZONE

Provides online textbooks for high school biology

Remind

Communication app that provides educators with an effective and timely way to communicate with parents

Bloomz

Communication app that provides educators with an effective and timely way to communicate with parents

SMART Notebook

Software that enables educators to create interactive lessons and activities

Kendall Hunt Flourish

Provides online textbook for high school geometry

CQ Press

Provides online references, periodicals, and texts on American government and politics, journalism, and mass communication

STELLA

Simulation software for systems dynamics modeling; students can run models created as graphical representations of a system

Country Reports

Provides online content on the cultures and countries of the world

BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr., BrainPOP Espanol

Animated subject area content with support activities for students

Turnitin

Online subscription that checks submitted documents against its database and the content of other websites with the aim of identifying plagiarism

STAMP

Adaptive online assessment tool that measures second language proficiency in World Languages and immersion classes


College Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+)

Online assessment used at 9th and 11th grade that includes a performance task and selected response items; measures the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication skills - essential skills for success in college and the workplace

MindPlay

Online software program that assists students with their reading needs; includes a universal screener that evaluates current reading skills for individual students

ALEKS

Assessment tool that uses adaptive questioning to determine current strengths and weakness in math courses and then provides students with instruction on the topics they are most ready to learn

QuaverMusic

Provides teaching resources, songs, and supporting activities for an engaged, interactive, and fun music classroom at grades K-5

FitnessGRAM

Comprehensive tool used to assess physical fitness and physical activity levels; tracks trends and changes in fitness levels over time

Polar GoFit

App used with individual heart rate monitors to collect real time data on physical activity and monitor progress over time

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