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Launching this Fall!

Lightning Learning with Rachel Mainero is an instructional technology learning series designed to help you leverage digital tools and resources in your classroom. 

You'll learn strategies for integrating technology to empower deep learning in your classroom. 

More information coming soon!

 

Instructional Technology Resources for Educators 

District Provided Instructional Technology Tools 

The software and resources listed below are available to grades K-12 educators to use in their teaching and learning.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is our District Learning Management System. 

Moodle

Moodle is the second learning management system we have available.


 

Discovery Education 

Sign in with RCS Google Credentials 

Tool Type

  •  Audio sharing 

  • Video sharing 

  • Lesson authoring 

  • Knowledge organization and sharing 

  • Presentation 

  • Interactive assessment

Description

Discovery Education is an online learning platform with relevant content and resources.

Teacher Use

  • Create interactive lessons using DE studio boards 

  • Use pre-made lessons directly from the DE platform

  • Embed multiple question types at any point during the lesson to check for understanding

Student Use

  • Become more engaged with a lesson through multiple question types 

  • Search DE platform and design own Studio Boards


 

Flip 

Sign in with RCS Google Credentials 

Tool Type

  • Video creation and editing 

  • Audio creation and editing 

  • Video sharing 

  • Audio sharing 

  • Discussion forum 

  • Screen recording 

  • Multimodal production

Description

Flip is a video response system which allows students to record verbal responses to questions posed in class.

Teacher Use

  • Create “grids” to facilitate video discussions 

  • Use grids to function as a virtual message board

  • Pose questions, called “topics” that appear in a tiled grid display

Student Use

  • Respond to classroom questions through video or audio 

  • Respond creatively through the use of images, text, and whiteboarding


 

GoGuardian Teacher (3-12)

Sign in with RCS Google Credentials 

Tool Type

  • Online safety 

  • Personalized learning  

  • Manage digital distractions

  • Screen Sharing

 

Description

GoGuardian Teacher allows teachers to support learning in 1:1 environments so students can stay focused and engaged.

 

Teacher Use

  • Personalize learning resources

  • View student progress in real time 

  • Manage digital distractions 

  • Keep students safe and focused on their learning goals while learning online

 

Student Use

  • Become more engaged and safe online while learning with digital tools

 


 

Google Workspace for Education

Sign in with RCS Google Credentials 

Tool Type

  • Collaboration tools 

  • Presentation tools 

  • Data storage tools 

  • Organizational tools 

  • Communication tools

Description

Google Workspace for Education includes the full suite of Google tools. 

Calendar, Classroom, Docs, Drive, Forms, Jamboard (digital whiteboard), Meet, Sheets, Sites, Slides, Tasks

Teacher Use

  • Create presentations and classroom resources

  • Create assessments

  • Create interactive learning assessments 

  • Communicate with students and families

  • Organize classroom files

Student Use

  • Create presentations and class assignments

  • Collaborate with peers 

  • Communicate with peers and teachers 

  • Organize classroom files


 

Illuminate 

Sign in with district email

Tool Type

  • Assessment 

  • Data analysis

Description

Illuminate provides a streamlined solution that helps educators to accurately assess learning, identify needs, and drive school improvement goals. 

Teacher Use

  • Create assessments

  • Analyze data 

Student Use

  • Complete assessments 


 

Lumio

Sign in with RCS Google credentials 
 

Tool Type

  • Lesson authoring 

  • Knowledge organization and sharing 

  • Video sharing

  • Assessment 

  • Presentations

 

Description

Lumio transforms lessons into active, collaborative learning experiences that engage students on their own devices.

 

Teacher Use

  • Create interactive lessons using previously made PowerPoint or Google Slide, or SmartNotebook presentations

  • Create or use pre-made lessons directly from the lumio platform

  • Embed multiple question types at any point during the lesson to check for understanding

 

Student Use

  • Become more engaged with a lesson through multiple question types and interactive features

 


 

Nearpod

Sign in with RCS Google Credentials 

Tool Type

  • Lesson authoring 

  • Knowledge organization and sharing 

  • Video sharing

  • Assessment 

  • Presentations 

  • Digital board

 

Description

Nearpod is a digital tool capable of creating interactive lessons, videos, and formative assessments.

 

Teacher Use

  • Create interactive lessons using previously made PowerPoint or Google Slide presentations

  • Create or use pre-made lessons directly from the publisher’s platform

  • Embed multiple question types at any point during the lesson to check for understanding

 

Student Use

  • Become more engaged with a lesson through multiple question types like “Draw It”, VR Field Trips, or free responses

  • Take notes during the presentation through the built-in note feature

 


 

NoodleTools

Sign in with RCS Google Credentials 

Tool Type

  • Note-taking and annotation 

  • Research skills development

 

Description

NoodleTools is a research management platform that supports academic inquiry.

 

Teacher Use

  • Assign work 

  • Monitor students’ progress in real-time 

  • Provide feedback directly at the point of need

 

Student Use

  • Citing Sources

  • Taking Notes, Organizing, and Outlining

  • Collaborating with Peers

 


 

Playful Learning (6-12)
(formerly Nepris)

Sign in with RCS Google Credentials 

Tool Type

  • Connect students with thousands of industry professionals across all 17 career clusters

 

Description

Pathful learning brings work-based learning opportunities into the classroom and widen students’ interests and career paths.

 

Teacher Use

  • Expand occupational identity by introducing students to new careers

  • Create opportunities for students to ask about the path industry professionals took to get to their current position 

  • Virtual Field trips 

  • Guest speakers 

 

Student Use

  • Learn from industry experts

  • Capstone project feedback by industry professionals

 


 

Sora

Sign in with district username
and password 

Tool Type

  • Literacy 

 

Description

RCS Digital Library contains collection of ebooks and audiobooks for students in K-12 grade.

 

Teacher Use

  • Share ebooks and audiobooks with students

 

Student Use

  • Read ebooks or audiobooks

  • Collect badges for reading challenges

 


 

Xello

Sign in with RCS Google Credentials 

Tool Type

  • Career readiness 

  • Goal setting

 

Description

Xello is an engaging college and career readiness platform.

 

Teacher Use

  • Create opportunities for student to explore career paths 

  • Introduce students to the EDP process

 

Student Use

  • Complete EDP

  • Explore possible career opportunities and interests

 


 

Zoom

Sign in with district email

Tool Type

  • Screen sharing

  • Online presentation & webinars

  • Video sharing 

  • Screen recording 

 

Description

Zoom  is a video and screen recording tool.

 

Teacher Use

  • Invite in guest speakers 

  • Hold virtual PD sessions

  • Record messages for students and/or screen record “how to” guides to ensure student understanding

 

Student Use

  • Record a video response and/or showcase digital work through screen recording features

  • Send video answers to teachers rather than through text alone

 


 

Instructional Technology Resources for Educators 

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