In an effort to increase parent transparency and communication, Austin ISD has compiled a list of digital tools that have been reviewed and approved from an instructional, technical, and student data privacy perspective.
How does Austin ISD protect student data?
AISD requires vendor and campus software requests to be reviewed and approved before purchase or use in the classroom. AISD strives to meet federal law requirements to protect your student’s data privacy. The Office of Educational Technology has a link with more information for parents.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects personally identifiable information (PII) from students’ education records from unauthorized disclosure.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a federal law that places parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online. It imposes rules for websites and online resources to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet.
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires libraries and school districts to put safety measures in place for student protection while they use the internet. It requires monitoring of online activity as well as educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including cyber-bullying awareness and response.
Software available to our students:
|Actively Learn||Actively Learn is a reading platform where students can highlight, annotate, and discuss text as they read. Teachers can assign texts to students solo and in groups so that whole classes can read, annotate, and interact around texts at their levels. The site contains thousands of free ELA, science, and history texts, to recent news reports on climate change.||Privacy Link|
|Agile Minds||The Agile Minds program provides digital curriculum designed to increase the number and diversity of adolescents who excel in mathematics and science, and are well positioned for success in post secondary education and beyond.|
|Big Ideas Math||Big Ideas Math is a research-based program providing a rigorous, focused, and coherent curriculum. The program balances conceptual understanding with procedural fluency, as research shows that students benefit from equal exposure to discovery learning and direct instruction.||
|BLEND = Canvas||Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that connects all the digital tools and resources teachers use into one simple place. It integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps, empowering teachers and students with countless tools to make teaching and learning easier and more fun.||Privacy Link|
|BrainPop||BrainPOP creates cross-curricular digital resources including animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, and concept mapping.||Privacy Link|
|Bulb||Bulb is a Digital Portfolio where students and educators curate and create, share and showcase their smarts.||Privacy Link|
|CodeHS||CodeHS is an interactive online learning platform offering computer science and programing instruction.||Privacy Link|
|ConnectEd (McGraw Hill)||This resource provides online content that can be assigned to students. There are maps, readings, primary sources & critical missions (immerses students in historic events and helps them learn to think through the situations and develop arguments based on new understandings on these events)||Privacy Link|
|Discovery Education||Comprehensive service with a variety of multimedia learning resources, videos, lesson starters, and activities||Privacy Link|
Edgenuity provides a full suite of initial credit courses for middle and high school students in English language arts, math, science, and social studies.
Self-paced learning and pretesting allow students to spend more time on what they need and less time on content they’ve already mastered so students can catch up and graduate on time.
|EduSmart Science||The EduSmart Science program is a multimedia resource that was developed specifically from the TEKs in partnership with teachers and administrators in Texas. Edusmart Science builds students' concept knowledge using multiple real world examples and models, vivid graphics, concise narrated text, and strategically placed interactive opportunities to practice acquired knowledge. Edusmart Science enhances effective questioning, the activation of prior knowledge, and ongoing assessment through built-in pauses, allowing student-learning to drive the pace of instruction.
A test bank of multiple-choice questions, aligned to the learning objectives and supporting concepts presented, are included in each module.
|ESTAR/MSTAR||The purpose of the ESTAR (Grades 2-4) / MSTAR (Grades 5-8) is to help guide instructional decisions in relation to students’ readiness for algebra.|
|Everfi||EVERFI empowers educators to bring real-world learning into the classroom and equip students with the skills they need for success–now and in the future. Interactive, standards-based curriculums feature extension lessons and built-in reporting.||Privacy Link|
|Imagine Learning||Imagine Learning harnesses the power of technology to teach language and literacy to students through engaging, interactive instruction.||Privacy Link|
|IXL||IXL is an immersive K-12 learning experience that provides comprehensive, standards-aligned content for math, language arts, science, and social studies.||Privacy Link|
|Jasperactive||Jasperactive focuses on the critical thinking and application of learning so students can spend more time using Microsoft Office rather than learning how to use it.||Privacy Link|
|LENA Online||LENA (which stands for Language ENvironment Analysis) is the industry standard for measuring talk with children birth to three, a critical factor in early brain development. Used all over the world, LENA will support your initiative to improve early language, to close gaps in cognitive, emotional, and social development, and to improve school readiness.||Privacy Link|
|Moho Debut 12||Moho Debut 12 is a 2D cartoon and animation software program.||Privacy Link|
|Newsela||Newsela is a data base of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level.||Privacy Link|
|O Reilly Online Learning||O’Reilly learning provides expert-created and curated information covering all the areas that will shape our future—including artificial intelligence, operations, data, UX design, finance, leadership, and more. Materials are offered in a wide range of formats including live online training courses, interactive tutorials, books, videos, and case studies.||Privacy Link|
|Pear Deck||Pear Deck is an interactive presentation and lesson delivery tool designed to enhance learning as students move through a slideshow. Students can use their devices to follow along with the teacher's slideshow. With in-person delivery, teachers can pause at points where they've added one of several different question types, including drawing, dragging, text, number, and multiple choice. Teachers can view students' responses to these questions immediately, as well as share the results anonymously on-screen for all students to see.||Privacy Link|
|Pearson EasyBridge||It is a online destination for standards-aligned content, flexible class management tools, and embedded assessments that deliver rich data instantly to teachers.||Privacy Link|
|PlayPosit||Playposit is an interactive video and assessment tool that makes online, blended, or flipped classroom active by transforming passive video and audio into interactive experiences. Playposit allows teachers to easily personalize instruction by adding interactive elements -- such as questions and pauses -- to any video source, upload videos to PlayPosit, or use their screen capture app to make their own video.||Privacy Link|
|Quizlet||Quizlet is an online database of millions of study sets created by students and teachers. Data sets include both text-based and visual study materials. For each study set, Quizlet offers up to nine study activities, including matching and fill-in-the-blank games and timed quizzes. Adaptive learning technology helps students study effectively by offering more difficult questions as mastery increases. Teachers and students should always login to Quizlet using their AISD Google credentials.||Privacy Link|
Reading Plus is an adaptive reading intervention that integrates comprehension, vocabulary, motivation, and reading efficiency into one program. Reading Plus supports educators by providing differentiated literacy instruction for all students, grades 3-12.
|Ready Rosie||ReadyRosie is a research-based parenting curriculum that builds on parents' knowledge. ReadyRosie harnesses the power of video and mobile technology to empower families and schools to work together to promote school readiness.||Privacy Link|
|Renaissance Accelerated Reader and Renaissance STAR Reading||
Accelerated Reader helps teachers track students’ independent practice and progress with reading. teachers can use it to help guide struggling readers to books they can read successfully. The program doesn’t teach reading skills and strategies. It’s intended to encourage kids to read independently, at their own level and pace.
|Review360||A comprehensive, web-based behavior improvement system that provides the right behavior data for the right situation.||Privacy Link|
|Scratch (Offline Only)||Scratch is a graphical programming language. Children can drag and combine code blocks to make a range of programs, including animations, stories, musical instruments and games. It’s a bit like the programming equivalent of LEGO!||Privacy Link|
|SwimTopia||Swimtopia is a team and swim meet management: unifying everything you need to run a swim team into one powerful, web based, swim software solution. SwimTopia covers the needs of summer and high school swim teams: website hosting, online registration, online meet entries, team communication, volunteer management, merchandising, and fundraising.||Privacy Link|
|Vizzle||Vizzle can easily monitors student progress and evaluate mastery of IEP goals and objectives. Vizzle automatically collects data to help you quickly determine student proficiency of individual goals or objectives.||Privacy Link|