Recently, both the State and Federal Government have enhanced protections for student information, particularly where educational technology is concerned. By using this technology, student learning can be made relevant to real-world experiences, support the foundation of new Common Core standards, and prepare students with the necessary 21st-century skills. IUSD policy requires teachers to provide their students with lessons in digital citizenship, to emphasize, model, and practice the importance of acting appropriately online before using any software or applications with students. District-supported software programs that meet the new requirements can be found at http://iusd.org/software. All other online software programs and websites are considered non-District adopted software, therefore, parent permission may be required. Throughout the school year, teachers plan on using the following software that is not listed by the district. Teachers will include a link to this same information online as they will be adding additional resources throughout the year. Please check back on a regular basis:
|Boomwriter||Writing||Boomwriter is a collaborative writing tool that will bring more experimentation, craftsmanship, and fun to writing instruction|
Dance Mat Typing will help your kids learn to type – or if they can type already, it’ll help them get better and better!
|Edu.glogster||Graphic Design||Glogster is an online tool that allows you to create interactive online posters, complete with text, images, graphics, audio, and videos.|
|Kahoot||Quizzes||Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, students are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment|
If you have questions or would like to discuss how to opt out of having your child use any of the above, please contact your child’s teacher.