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Name of App/WebsiteWeb AddressDescriptionFree/PaidAge LimitRequire Student AccountRequire Parent PermissionOther Information
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Actively Learnactivelylearn.comThink of this website as being an EDpuzzle for text. This website allows you to annote text and embed questions in the text to guide students through the reading. Other tools offered allow you to reply to and read the annotations of your students.Free, but paid versions offer more features. Least expensive paid version is $18 per month.Grades 2-12Yes; no email addess requiredIf under 18This is a great tool for helping develop literacy skills, and it can be used in all subjects. In the free version you are limited to adding 3 resources of your own per month, and unlimited from their vast catalog. Whe you create your classes, you can get a class code that the students will use to join, but the students will need to create their own account. Luckily, Actively Learn doesn't require an email address, and you will need to make sure that the students use just their first name and initial of their last name to sign up. For example, student is named Charlie Charger, so they should sign up as Charlie C and use CharlieC as their user name.
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Adobe Sparkspark.adobe.com/homeAdobe Spark can make Google Slide-like presentations (or Power Point-like presentations) as well as other web-based presentations. Free version works well as a tool for students 13 or older.13YesStudents under 13 cannot use it. This cannot be used for students under 13. Students register with their school issued google email account.
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Canvacanva.comWeb-based graphic design tool to create picture that they can embed into documents and presentations.Free version is robust13YesIf under 13Students create their account by using the Sign-In with Google feature using their NACS Google account.
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CiteThisForMecitethisformeThis website helps students cite information in a variety of print and digital formats. Free and students can use without an accountNone because nothing is signed up forNoNoStudents can use this site and enter information to help created citations. They do not need to create an account to do what they need it to do. There is also a chrome extension that can be utilized.
https://www.commonlit.org/faq
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Class Dojoclassdojo.comClassDojo is a communication app for the classroom, connecting teachers and parents. FreeApp intended for parents to joinNo, intended for parents to followN/A for intended useAs this communication tool is used, be cautious about the type of content that is shared. Also be cautious about sharing an onslaught of negativity. Be sure the discipline and rewards are kept private. Don’t display student behavior data, don’t use this as the ONLY means of communication with parents, allow kids to start fresh each day rather than keeping a running misbehavior total, etc. Confirm use with the principal.
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Common Litcommonlit.orgAn online library of free literary and informational texts, CommonLit helps teachers quickly locate leveled texts that fit into a lesson or unit, assess student understanding, generate discussion, and even pair the texts with other media, all in one free platform. It’s an ideal tool for grades 5-12 but would also work for advanced students in the lower grades.FreeN/AYes. Teacher creates the educator account and invites students with a link.If under 13Teachers will create their account and invite students with a link. We ask that students only use their first name and last initial when creating their account to protect their privacy. (The teacher can edit that information if a student enters their full name.

See the FAQ list here.
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Dotstormingdotstorming.comThis is a free resource, similar to Padlet, that provides students with an opportunity to quickly examine and engage with the ideas shared by their peers in real-time. It’s designed for group-sharing, brainstorming, and decision-making, allowing students to share their work with one another in a safe and simple format.Free13No. Students join a Dotstorm via weblink.If under 13The basic product allows students to add “post-it” notes with their thoughts, ideas, images, and then collaborate with their peers through those posts, with the added benefit allowing users to “vote” – using Dots – or to provide feedback, through comments, on those ideas. This is beneficial in a discussion, in a survey, in sharing “best examples” of student work, etc… Teachers have control over how often students vote, how long they are able to post ideas, and whether or not student names can be visible to the group along side the individual posts.
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EDpuzzleedpuzzle.comWeb-based tool that allows the teacher to embed questions into a YouTube,Khan Academy, etc. video. Free13YesIf under 13Students have the option to add an email address that is only used for password resets, and they should use their @students.nacs.k12.in.us address. Teacher gives student a code that is used to join a class, and the student will create a user name and password. Teacher has access to user names and password of students in the class.
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Edulasticedulastic.comA formative or summative assessment tool for teacher classrooms. 13NoIf under 13They will collect information about students that is entered by the teacher. If you don't enter it, they won't collect it.
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Epicgetepic.comDigital Library for kids under 12Free13No, teacher creates a class and invites students with a codeIf under 13
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EZ Scanfitnessfinders.netThis is an application that can be used to track laps students do during recess. StudentsPaidnoneNo, account is created and students get cards if QR codes on them that can be scanned.If under 13Person registering students should only include first name and last initial. To enroll students, be sure communication with parents is made and permission granted.
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Flipgridflipgrid.comThis is a video response site that allows teachers to create a question and students submit responses. You can limit who participates in the conversation as well as the lenght of response. This would be a great tool for ELL students to practice listening and speaking skills while also tying in academic vocabulary and higher order thinking. Free13Teacher created account and then teacher shares the link with the student(s) for particular grids.if under 13Pay special attention to the settings. You can limit interaction. Pay attention to what the students are able to comment on. Allowing comments and reactions pose potentional risks. Avoid this.
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Formativegoformative.comThis is a tool to help generatie formative assessments and aid in identifying areas of reteach as well as a guide for student feedback.Free and paid N/ATeacher creates an accountIf under 13Teachers create an account. They then create a class. After this is done, students logon to the site and click the google button. They'll then be entered in with the school email and password. This needs to be done. After, students join class or classes with the classroom code that is associated with the teacher generated class.
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Freckleclassroom.freckle.comThis is a differentiation application that allows students to work on concepts at individual levels.Free and paid N/ATeacher creates an accountTeachers add the students into teacher created accounts. Students join by goin to student.freckle.com. They enter their name and class code. Teachers can print cards with this information for the classes they've created. When generating student accounts, use the student first name and last initial.
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Gimkitgimkit.comThis application allows teachers to create content and then share it with classes for review and demonstration of mastery (or moving students toward mastery) of key ideas. Free version allows 5 kits; there is a paid version as well. 13NoIf under 13Teacher creates Kit and the students access with play.gimkit.com and then enter a 4-digit code that cooresponds to the kit.
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Kahoot!getkahoot.comFormative assessment/review tool that offers a quiz format/review game that can be used in any browser of device. Offers a smartphone app.Free13NoIf under 13Students create a user name each time they start a game. This tool follows the COPPA law.
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Khan Academykhanacademy.orgKhan Academy is a free website that offers free lessons in nearly every subject and grade level.Free13NoIf under 13Excellent resource for supplementing instruction.
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Mystery Science mysteryscience.comThis website offers video-based lessons that incorporate a corresponding lab activit complete with a list of supplies needed.Expensive! $299 annually per teacher or $1499 annually per school. Free trial available through the rest of this school year.N/AN/AN/AThis is a teacher resource, and there are no student accounts to be created. You can share a link to the lessons via Canvas. Great resource, but it could be cost prohibitive.
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Newselanewsela.comNewsela is a data base of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level. Use Newsela to differentiate nonfiction reading. Newspaper writers rewrite a story four times for a total of five Lexile levels per story. Many stories also have embedded, Common Core aligned quizzes that conform to the reading levels for checking comprehension. In addtion, each article has a writing prompt which is also designed to assess reading comprehension.Free13Yes. Students will sign up using their NACS Google account.If under 13An account is required to use Newsela, both for teachers and for students,so have the students sign up using their NACS Google account. Teachers can create classes and assign reading-level specific articles to individual students, or download printable PDF copies of the article in any of its reading-level versions. There is an upgraded fee-based Pro Version which allows teachers or administrators to track reading progress, but most of the features are free and there is no advertising.
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No Red Inknoredink.comAdaptive gramar and writing instructional toolFree version is robust13YesIf under 13Students have the option to add an email address that is only used for password resets, and they should use their @students.nacs.k12.in.us address. Teacher gives student a code that is used to join a class, and the student will create a user name and password. Teacher has access to user names and password of students in the class.
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Noteflightnoteflight.comDesigned for music educators at all levels! Create a private website for students where all users have Noteflight Premium features, including recording, performance, and assessment tools.FreeCan use your Google AccountIf under 13Students can access it through their google account, but they still have to create a user name. Start with using the NACS username for simplicity sake.
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Padletpadlet.comThis tool allows for classroom discussion and collaboration. Teachers create the Padlet and then share the link with a class or a group of students. Once the link is shared, students then contribute information. Free version works well as a tool for hosting discussions.13NoIf under 13Teachers of students under 13 can create a padlet and share the link. Then the students add information to the Padlet discussion board. Students should not create their own accounts. When entering information, students should only use their first name and last initial. Under the "share" option, secret or private needs to be selected. Padlets cannot be used to collect personal information about the student(s) but rather to generate and share ideas about a classroom area of study.
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Pear DeckPeardeck.comInteractive add-on to Google Slides. This allows students to access the presentation via a code and then respond in real time to various formative assessment questions. Free and paid 13noCOPPA and FERPA compliantThis is an add-on through Google Slides when you are creating a slide presentation. It is then accessed by students via peardeck.com with a code you provide.
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Piktochartpiktochart.comAs students gather information, a good way for them to share it is visually. They process inportant details, and then arrange them in a way that communicates bigger ideas. Free version is basic, but can create infographics and posters13YesChildren undert 13 not permitted to be on the site.Students can login with Google. This site allows students to arrange information they've collected in a visual manner. Remember though, this is not usable by students under 13. Therefore, this is typically open for some 7th graders and up.
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Plickersplickers.comFormative assessment app that uses a smort phone or tablet camera to read proprietary cardsFree13NoNoTeacher creates the classes, and inputs the student names. Please use only first name and last initial for the student user name in order to limit any personally identifiable information.
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Poll Everywherepolleverywhere.comThis website allows you to create live polls that students can answer using a flip phone, smartphone, tablet, or laptop/desktop computer.K-12 free version should be good enough, but a $50 per year subscription offers more features.13No, unless you have a paid subscription and are using the site for grading.If under 13This is a great tool for getting real time information from the students, and think of using this tool as a whole class formative assessment or pre-assessment tool. The free K-12 is version is surprisingly robust, but has a limitation of 40 responses per poll.
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Prodigyprodigygame.comThis website is a math game in which the students complete a series of adventures to earn badges and points as they solve math problems.Free version is robust, more features with paid subscriptions of $8.99 per month or $59.88 yearly.13Teacher createdIf under 13When creating the student accounts, use the student's first name and last initial. The website will then create username and password for the student. Website will also produce reports showing how the kids did, but there is no personably identifiable information attached to the student account. The students should enjoy using this tool to help them learn math.
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Quizizzquizizz.comSimilar to Kahoot!, but offers better reporting and offers a homework function in addition ot live play.Free13No, but kids can create one.If under 13Works nearly identically to Kahoot! Students create a user name each time they take a quiz, or once if they have created their own acount. This tool follows the COPPA law.
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Quizletquizlet.comThis website is based on making electronic flashcards called study sets, but it also creates quizzes and study games based on the flashcards. Offers a quizlet.live feature that is a rival to Kahoot!.Free version is robust, but a paid version ($34.99/year) allows you to upload images, record your voice, and unlock other features 13NoIf under 13Teachers can create study sets, but they are advised to refrain from setting up classes because those require that students create an account. Students do not need an account to use any study set in Quizlet, including Quizlet Live.
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READTHEORYreadtheory.orgThis website initially tests to find out the student's Lexile score, and then provides passgaes and asseessments to continually challenge them to move up levels. Program is adaptive so the student receives the appropriate challenge and level.Free13Teacher createdIf under 13This website is free because revenue is gleaned from sale of their workbooks and ads on the site. The best feature of the website is it's adaptability and differention. Each student is given a passage and corresponding assessment based upon theirLexiles score, and the Lessons are designed increase the student's Lexile score over time.
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ReadWorksreadworks.orgThis free website offers an extensive library of curated lessons for reading comprehension. Lessons can be searched for by topic and/or grade level and include a complete lesson plan.FreeN/AN/AN/AThis website is essentially a collection of lessons that you can download and use in your classroom. No need for students to login to use the resources found on ReadWorks.
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Recapletsrecap.comThis is a free, web-based resource that provides teachers an opportunity to hear from their students, using recorded video. Teachers assign “recaps” or questions that they want students to reflect on in a limited video response(15 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds, or 2 minutes). Students can self-assess, as well, and give the teacher a quick preview of the student’s feelings about whatever the topic of the question is. Free13Teacher createdIf under 13This is a free web-based resource that provides teachers an opportunity to hear from their students, using recorded video. Once the teacher has created an account, they can set up classes by adding students (preference: first name, last initial). Students DO NOT NEED TO CREATE any accounts, and teachers are not asked to share any student-specific information! Teachers can then assign “recaps” or questions that they want students to reflect on in a limited video response(15 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds, or 2 minutes). Students can self-assess, as well, and give the teacher a quick preview of the student’s feelings about whatever the topic of the question is.
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Seesawweb.seesaw.meThis tool allows students to create digital portfolios to demonstrate their learning, and this portfolio is easily shared with parents. Parents can quickly and easily see the work students are producing and view teacher feedback -- as well as leave their own, encouraging students. Free, but a paid version offers more tools that you may not need13NoIf under 13Teacher creates the classes, and inputs the student names. Please use only first name and last initial for the student user name in order to limit any personally identifiable information.Teachers can approve items to make them accessible to parents. When teachers set up their classes, they can print a handout with a QR code to give to parents explaining how to register and download the parent app (which is available online, on Android, Chromebook, and iOS) and in a variety of languages. Alternatively, teachers can email parents a prompt to sign up for Seesaw. Seesaw is free for teachers and parents to use, parents wanting access to kids' work from year to year will need to purchase a parent premium subscription for $9.99 a year, which some parents might find prohibitively pricey. Otherwise, they'll have access only to the prior 30 days of their kids' work.
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Spelling Cityspellingcity.comVocabularySpellingCity's website and app provide K-12 cross-curricular word study with vocabulary,spelling, phonics, and writing activities that give students immediate feedback and record their progress on any device. ... It offers daily offline and online writing lessons through a user-friendly digital platform.Free version has some limitations, but it is a great place to start. Premium version offers desireable features, but costs $70 annually for a class of up to 25 students.Under 18 must be registered by a parent, legal guardian, or school officialYesUnder 18 must be registered by a parent, legal guardian, or school officialThe premium, teacher version places students accounts under the control of the teacher.
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Storybirdstorybird.comStudents can create stories, ebooks, poetry and more. There is artwork to illustrate or help prompt. There are challenges to trigger ideas. Free version 13NoIf under 13This seems to have many applications for multiple content areas.
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Storyjumperstoryjumper.comStoryJumper is a site that gives teachers, students, parents, and authors a fun set of intuitive tools for writing and illustrating stories. Users can add multimedia to the books, and they can collaborate with co-authors in real time. Website is free, but there is a charge if you want a hard copy of the book. Online sharing is free.Free to use and share onlline copies of the book, but there is a cost for hardcopies.13Yes. Teachers can create the accounts for students but they are not activated until the parent has submitted a signed permission slip to Storyjumper.If under 13This website has the strongest COPPA compliance we have ever seen. Students under 13 cannot use the site until Storyjumper has received a signed permission slip from the parents, and this is done digitally. Because of this, make sure that you do some preplanning byu setting up the student accounts and attaching the parental email well in advance of using the tool. Parents will recieve an email requesting permission, and you will need to make sure parents follow up with this. When making the student accounts, use non personal identifiable information (First name, last initial).
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Typing Clubtypingclub.comTypingClub is a typing and keyboarding website (and Chrome app) with lessons and incentives that help kids learn to touch-type (typing using all fingers, without looking at the keyboard). Kids progress through 100 levels of increasing difficulty, from the alphabet through numbers and symbols. TypingClub guides students through brief, easily digestible keyboarding lessons with a set of corresponding speed and accuracy assessments for each. Since there are 100 lessons to get through, difficulty ramps up slowly, making steady progress manageable for most students.The teacher account is free. A school account (with students enrolled) costs $96.60 for 30 users per year.13YesIf under 13When you create a free educator account, you can create student accounts. These accounts do not require an phone number or email. Do not use last names when creating student accounts. For example Charlie Charger would have the Name of Charlie C. Create a user name and password for the student that they will use to log into Typing Club.
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Vocabulary.comvocabulary.comThis website lets teachers build vocabulary lists or use premade lists. There is a "spoken audio" option which allows the participant to hear the materials as well. Teachers can set grade levels K-12. There are test prep lists as well as morphology & roots. There are also lists linked to historical documents. Free version; there is a paid version with more options13Join a teacher account with Google Email address from school If under 13Students should join with their google email address from school. Teachers should create the class and provide students the link to the class to join. Instruct students to change their name so it only has their first name and last initial. They do not need to add the state or school information to join.
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Whodouwant2bwhodouwant2b.comInteractive website that can aid students in the process of finding job paths.FreenoThis site comes from the state of California and has an online quiz. Students answer hypothetical questions which then lead to areas of potential study or career exploration. With the quiz, no personal information is shared. At the end, students are given potential areas of interest based on answer to multiple choice questions.
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XtraMathxtramath.orgThis website works similar to Prodigy without the game-like feel to help your students learn math facts. Think of an electronic timed math quiz.Free, but the mobile app costs $4.9918Teacher createdIf under 18No one under 18 is allowed to create an XtraMath account, but that will not apply to your students because the teacher creates their accounts. This website/app has the students take math facts quizzes, and the teacher and parents get a report on how well the student did on the task. This data can be used to drive future instruction.
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Zearnzearn.orgThis provides instruction in a way different than the adopted math curriculum. It is additional support or extension to students.FreeNoYesIf under 13You can have students join with Google by selecting the Google option. If you create a class, stick with first name and last initial.
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Scratch for Educators
scratch.mit.edu/educatorsTeachers create an account and students join with a classroom code. FreeNoNo -- teacher creates accountThis is different from students joining on their own and using parent emails. For it to be used in school, it must be with a teacher generated classroom and provided code.
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Remindremind.comA communication tool that keeps personal information private but allows teachers/sponsors/coaches to communicate important information.Free18Teacher creates an account and parents and students join with the codeYes if under 18The teacher needs to obtain consent from the parent of the student involved.
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SoundTrapSoundtrapThis website is the best GarageBand alternative for Windows machines and Chromebooks. Use this tool to edit audio and add multiple tracks. The Soundtrap interface is beautiful and intuitive. SoundTrap uses a "freemium model," with an empahasis on the "premium." The free version only allows the creation of 5 projects.Freemium13Students login with GoogleYes if under 13If under the age of 13, teacher needs to obtain the consent of the parent.
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Online Voice Recorder
online-voice-recorder.comDoesn't get any easier than this app when it comes to recording audio. Hit the record button, talk into the microphone, and hit stop when done. You can also trim the dead sound at the beginning and the end, but you cannot cut away parts in the middle. Once you hit save, it immediately downloads as a .mp3 No account needed!FreeNoNoNoMake sure your students save the .mp3 file in a location where they can find it later.
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Vocaroovocaroo.comVery simliar to the Online Voice Recorder, but offers different sharing and downloading options. Online Voice Recorder is easier to use, and allows for trimming. Use Vocaroo only if you need more sharing options than .mp3. No account needed.FreeNoNoNoMake sure your students save the audio file in a location where they can find it later.
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