Please explore this page for district recommended teaching and learning resources.
To begin, the Abbotsford District uses Google Meet for video conferencing with students K-12. Other key resources include:
Google Classroom (Grades 6-12, some 4-5)
Seesaw (Grades K-5 district licensed professional version; free version available as a teacher choice grades 6-12)
Do you want a full-fledged learning management system (LMS) to use with students? Contact Zhi Su, District Principal, for information about Canvas.
Adobe Post, Spark, and Pages! spark.adobe.com/
Click here for step-by-step instructions. Watch video to the right.
Students can CREATE individual slides which are "knit together" to create a video. Spark also has "Posts" (like an Instagram post or poster) and "Pages", which is a scrolling webpage. Note the new way to sign in. Teachers can create too and use these as instructional tools.
Watch this to see a STUDENT view of how to log in the first time.
How to Create a website using Google Sites
Sites is considered a teacher resource. The district does not generally recommend Sites for student use and it is not part of our Google consent form process. If you really want it, please contact the VP for Digital Learning. It can be opened temporarily and will need to be shut down again. Alternatively, consider having students create Adobe Pages, which is a scrolling website. See Adobe Spark section on this page for more info.
Teachers might want to create a Google Sites website and post plans for the week including choices according to your learning targets! Just one example. Click here for a tutorial
NearPod - learn more hereAdd features to your Google Slides for more student interaction, including Immersive Reader, polls, media, collaborative boards, insert web content and more. Great for hybrid learning in high school all the way down to independent student centers in Kindergarten.
Common Lit - commonlit.org
This FREE resource allows teachers to find books, articles and more as online resources. Find lessons and units aligned with curriculum standards. Set it up as a Common Lit Classroom (links to Google Classroom) or just use the links within Google Classroom. It suggests "pairings" that would work with your article. Many accessibility features. And always free.
Techsmith Capture -
for Screen captures (formerly known as "JING")
This is a free video or image screen capture tool available from Techsmith, the same company that brought Jing to many of our computers! Jing was discontinued in the fall of 2020.
Make Your Own Stylus
Tip: Change the address on your SLIDES presentation to make it easier for your participants to watch!
For example (look at the ending section)https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13ENIcC6yXP5__77TYT10ZtjdNnEGfVFqsX8KbEtLTjY/edit#slide=id.p
Now your presentation will fill the whole screen and you will still have access to all your tabs to navigate around.
GreenScreen by DoInk
Great tool for Content Creation! This is a paid app for the iPad, but the good news is you do not need the app on every iPad.
For some quick tips and hints on how to use the GreenScreen App, click here.