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:
(* Approved for use during COVID-19)
|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|
|Connect to Literacy Listening-Speaking||Connect to Literacy™ helps students, from Beginning to Advanced High, develop their vocabulary and practice speaking and listening in a supported online environment designed to accelerate English language acquisition and prepare students for TELPAS. Through audio, video and sample TELPAS Listening-Speaking assessments, students actively engage with English and build language proficiency.||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|
|FastForWord||Fast ForWord is an online language and reading intervention software that targets learning struggles at their core, starting in the brain. Different learner types and intervention levels have different needs. Fast ForWord offers a personalized and differentiated pathway for each learner to maximize achievement potential.||Privacy Link|
|Gamemaker||GameMaker is a cross-platform game engine developed by YoYo Games. GameMaker accommodates the creation of cross-platform and multi-genre video games using a custom drag-and-drop visual programming language or a scripting language known as Game Maker Language, which can be used to develop more advanced games that could not be created just by using the drag and drop features. GameMaker was originally designed to allow novice computer programmers to be able to make computer games without much programming knowledge by use of these actions.||Privacy Link|
|Imagine Learning||Imagine Learning harnesses the power of technology to teach language and literacy to students through engaging, interactive instruction.||Privacy Link|
|i-Ready||i-Ready is an interactive online learning environment designed to assess students and provide individualized instruction based on each one's unique needs.||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|
|Library Pass / Comics Plus Library Edition||Comics Plus Library Edition allows you to read digital graphic novels and comic books on any web connected device. There are thousands to choose from for all ages and interests. The comics and graphic novels are for children, young people and each title has been given an age rating by the publisher. This database can be accessed through the MackinVia resource or the Portal||Privacy Link|
|MackinVIA||MackinVia is a complete digital content management system providing easy access to eBooks, audiobooks, databases and videos.||Privacy Link|
|Marathon Kids Connect||Marathon Kids Connect is a digital lap tracking tracking system for all AISD elementary schools implementing the Marathon Kids program. The system is web-based and utilizes a barcode scanner mobile application. Its primary utility is for classroom teachers across all subject areas to measure and report on students' mileage to ensure WOW (Working Out for Wellness) requirements are being met on campus.||Privacy Link|
|Moho Debut 12||Moho Debut 12 is a 2D cartoon and animation software program.||Privacy Link|
|News2You||New-2-you bridges the gap for Special Education students by distributing an online symbol supported weekly news articles, worksheets, and other activities differentiated to four levels.||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|
|Padlet||Padlet is a website and app that allows kids to curate information onto virtual bulletin boards using a simple drag-and-drop system. Padlet can also be used as a tool for group projects Because it's device-neutral, you can easily use Padlet in your 1:1 or BYOD classroom.||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|
|PebbleGo/PebbleGo Next||PebbleGo is a kid-friendly, searchable database that covers a variety of topics. Databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. Teachers can use these databases to teach kids about research, reporting, and citing. This database can be accessed through the MackinVia resources. Recommended for grades K-6.||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|
|Seesaw for Schools||Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students.
Students can show their work and thought processes in real time by submitting a video of themselves working through a math problem, snapping a picture of a paragraph they wrote, recording themselves reading a poem, or uploading a file to demonstrate their learning.
You can communicate with families easily and share student work with them, or push out assignments to students to individualize instruction.
|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|
|SnapType||Snaptype makes it easy to complete any school worksheet on an iPad or Tablet. SnapType is an empowering tool for annotating digitally over printed material. SnapType is designed with the intention to bridge the gap for struggling writers, this app is a no-frills annotation tool that offers limited text and color options but focuses instead on easy click-and-type actions for students.||Privacy Link|
|Suite360||With Suite360, students, parents, teachers, and school administrators are equipped to cover a range of topics, including; anxiety, mental health, personal hygiene, time management, diversity, social media, substance abuse, and more. Program content is aligned with the standards developed by the National Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and mapped to the grade-specific learning objectives published by state school boards. Schools can assign topics to individual students, groups, classes or grades, and the multichannel platform is accessible on any web-enabled device so students, parents, and staff can go through lessons at home with ease.||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|
|TeachTown Basics||TeachTown Basics offers a blend of computer-delivered and teacher-led Applied behavior analysis instruction proven to increase a student’s vocabulary, listening skills, social-emotional development, independence, academics and cognitive skills. The system automatically adapts based on each individual’s progress providing meaningful instruction to all students.||Privacy Link|
|TinkerCAD (Students 13+ only)||Tinkercad is a free, student-friendly online computer-aided design (CAD) program where students can design, modify, and print 3D objects.||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|