Digital Starter Kit
This suggested list of software and online resources is only a starting point for users to accomplish a digital task. However, if users find useful or innovative qualities of other applications, they have the ability to pursue that application to meet their needs. Click the link in the top-right corner above to see the full list of resources. If you are interested in an allowed and adopted list of software or apps for purchase, please visit the PPS Clever Purchasing Apps page. Districts, schools and teachers can also make more informed decisions about the safety and security of apps they use with students by checking out the Common Sense Privacy Initiative and Privacy Evaluations.
shortened link: bit.do/ppsdigstartkit
Google Classroom allows you to share, collect, and grade assignments using your Google Drive.
Canvas is an online learning management system that is available to grades 6-12 students and all staff.
Edmodo is another learning management system that allows teachers to assign work, quizzes, etc.
With Hypothesis you can annotate the web, with anyone, anywhere. Hold discussions, read socially, organize your research and take personal notes.
Allow voice comments with the Chrome extension Kaizena.
Learn360 Streaming Media
Learn360 is an interactive media-on-demand service. Through streaming video, audio and accompanying support materials, Learn360 supports web-based learning by providing an online collaborative environment where users can share information and ideas. Get your school access code here (must be logged in to your apps4pps.net account).
Create Digital Student Products
Google Slides lets you create a presentation with text, images and videos.
Use Adobe Spark to create impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos.
WeVideo allows students to create and edit videos in the cloud. Students can create narratives, documentaries and more.
Maximize Understanding & Encourage Communication
Provide a space for your students to give lesson feedback and ask questions while minimizing disruptions using a backchannel such as YO Teach!.
YO Teach! is a completely open back channel with no login.
*A backchannel is a way to maintain a real-time conversation alongside live spoken remarks.
Create Groups & Pick Participants at Random
Flippity allows you to easily turn a Google Sheet into a random name picker, but also includes cool stuff like flash cards, Mad Libs, scavenger hunt, quiz show and much more!
Google Forms allows you to create a survey and collects the information on a spreadsheet, which you can see in graphical form.
Padlet is a bulletin board where students can leave notes, links, images or video.
Lino is a digital corkboard where students can leave notes, images, or video.
Brainstorm & Collaborate
Google Docs allows you to share files with others to collaborate together.
Use Padlet to add ideas to a board like adding sticky notes to a wall.
Lucidcharts can be used to create collaborative mind maps.
Use OSLIS, a K-12 web portal providing access to quality licensed databases within an information literacy framework. It is designed for Oregon students and teachers, maintaining the school library at the heart of student research.
Google Docs research tool helps students research as they write.