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YouTube for Schools is provided now for our students. This allows them to view videos that are deemed educationally appropriate. YouTube sets what is appropriate in this educational format and our district then has local access to control the content even further.
Canvas or Google Classroom
Canvas is the Learning Management System that our teachers use in grades 6-12 in order to provide online assignments for students.
We have some teachers that are still using Google Classroom which is now used by teachers in Grades K-5. However we are starting to have them transition over to using Canvas. Higher Ed in the metroplex and even those across are also moving to Canvas. This in turn, better prepares our students should they decide to go on to college.
AirDrop is an extremely useful iPad feature that allows files to easily be shared between iOS devices. This means that a teacher can share a file with the entire class or a small group of students. And vice versa—-the student can share their project file back to the teacher. The schools ask students to keep it OFF UNTIL they actually need to use it. This keeps down some of the temptation to AirDrop things that are not of educational value.
Apple Classroom helps our teachers with classroom management and guided learning. Teachers in grades 6-12 have been using it and now it is available for the teachers to use in grades 3-5. They are excited about being able to use that this school year.
Sora Reading App
The Sora app is an extension of the campus physical library, only it's online with 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks. It's convenient for students to check out titles at home, one the weekends or during the school breaks with no worry about misplacing a book - these digital titles automatically return at the end of the two week lending period.