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:

Software Title Description Links
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. 

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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
Code.org (Offline Only) Code.org® is dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Privacy Link
CodeHS (Offline Only) 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
Egdenuity

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.

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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
GradeCam Go! GradeCam allows teachers to use their device's camera to instantly scan and grade multiple-choice, fill-in, or short answer assessments.  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
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

Reading Plus

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.

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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
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
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