Online apps and services that will be used by students in the classroom must meet privacy standards established by the Provincial Government. When IT for Learning has completed the prescribed Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) for online tools they are added to the Digital Toolbox. These tools still require the informed consent of parents and students before they can be used in the classroom. Consent forms for parents (K-8) and students (9-12) are available online using Parent Connect and Student Connect. More information on these services here.
Use the links below to learn more about the available digital tools. If you don’t see an online app or service that you would like to be using with your students please complete the request form at the bottom of this page.
District-Paid Licences Available
School-Based Payment Required
Edublogs is a student blogging environment built on the popular web-publishing platform WordPress. The video below gives a brief outline of how and why the tool might be used in a classroom. For more information please visit the Edublogs website: https://edublogs.org/
Epic is a collection of over 40,000 high-quality digital books—including many current titles—that appeal to students from Kindergarten to Gr. 7. The video below gives a brief outline of how and why the tool might be used in a classroom. For more information please visit Epic’s website: https://www.getepic.com/
Flipgrid is a video discussion platform suitable for all grades. The video below gives a brief outline of how and why the tool might be used in a classroom. For more information please visit: https://info.flipgrid.com/
Scratch is an educational tool that teaches students about coding. The video below gives a brief outline of how and why the tool might be used in a classroom. For more information please visit: https://scratch.mit.edu/
Prodigy is a math learning app designed to function as a video game in the Fantasy genre. Parents are encouraged to join, and can pay for an annual membership to unlock more game content, but membership is not required to use the app fully. For more information please visit: https://www.prodigygame.com/
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational resource with a broad range of courses, individual lessons and diagnostic tools. The video below gives a brief outline of how and why the tool might be used in a classroom. For more information please visit: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud is a suite of media creation tools used at the secondary level in dedicated media labs. Popular apps include: Photoshop and Illustrator for photo and graphics, Premiere for video editing and InDesign for desktop publishing. Please visit https://www.adobe.com/ca/creativecloud.html for more information. Staff requiring access to the tools can create a helpdesk request.
IXL is a paid application that offers topics in Math and English for students in K-12. Families can purchase a membership for $12.95/mo. Pricing for schools is not published publicly. Please visit https://ca.ixl.com/ for more information.
Learning A-Z (Raz Kids)
Raz-Kids is a paid application for K-5 students with a focus on increasing reading levels. Annual licences cost $115 (USD) per classroom. Please visit https://www.learninga-z.com/ for more information.
Mathletics is a paid application that contains a number of modules covering concepts for students in all grades. There are some game modes that are meant to appeal to younger users, and some “social media” elements that allow students to compete with one another. In previous years Mathletics cost between $12-15/student. Please visit https://www.mathletics.com/ca/ for more information.
Je Lis, je lis, littératie!
Je lis is a digital resource for French Immersion teachers and students. It contains a collection of leveled FSL readers for immersion students from Kindergarten to Gr. 4. The books contain audio files for reading back, as well as pictures and text that can be highlighted for reading along.
Campus is a collection of 5,200 documentaries, short films and interactive productions. The collection is designed for classrooms and includes study guides that connect to contemporary Canadian and world issues. Student accounts are not required to use this resource. More information here.
Yabla curates a library of videos in 5 popular languages for language learners (Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, German and English). The videos contain a range of content from direct instruction to popular television, music videos and interviews in their original language. Dynamic subtitles and other interactive elements are available to help students learn.
MyBlueprint is a Career Education planner that helps students to research and plan possible career paths. It includes self-assessment quizzes, post-secondary planning tools, resume builders and life-skills training, including budgeting. It is a Canadian-made product.
Discovery Education is a collection of resources curated by the same media company that owns the Discovery channel. Content includes digital textbooks, interactive lessons, and high-quality video.There are many STEM resources for students from K to 12, and a social-media space for educators to connect and share ideas/lessons.
CommonLit is a US-based non-profit organization that provides literary and non-fiction texts for students in grades 3-12. The service includes lesson plans for English Language Arts teachers, optional integration with Google Classroom and tools for collecting formative assessments.
Idéllo is an online platform with over 13,000 video resources, lesson plans, thematic folders and pedagogical resources in French. Videos cover all subject areas from kindergarten to grade 12 and beyond. More Information here.
App Request Form
Teachers who would like to request a privacy scan for digital tools that have not yet been approved can submit a request using this Google Form. Each tool will be prioritized and assessed for its educational benefits and data privacy concerns.