Content Specific Tools

Updated:  March 23, 2017

This page provides a listing of many approved web-based tools that have been approved for content specific use. When a request is made for an online tool that requires setting up student accounts, or when a teacher creates an account and uses an online tool with students, the terms of use and privacy information must be carefully examined to ensure compliance with the CCPS Student Data Privacy Policy, Regulations and Guidelines in order to protect the privacy and safety of our students. This process protects not only our students, but also our staff  to ensure that they know how to safely use an approved tool.  For additional information about privacy concerns and Web 2.0 learning environments, please click here. If there is a tool that is not on the list that you would like to submit for review, you may use the Technology Request Center to enter a request.

The table below will be updated on a monthly basis beginning in November, 2015 to reflect the current status of many content-specific web-based tools, software, and websites. The chart shows what resources have been reviewed with additional information as to how to safely use the tool. Staff is expected to read the short description and the recommended guidelines and comply with any requirements before using a tool.  Prior to beginning any classroom projects that incorporate web based tools, you may need to obtain parent permission (see below) and explain to parents how the online tool will be used in class.  Here is a sample letter than can be edited for your own needs:  CCPS Web 2.0 letter Example

The newly reviewed tools include the following information:

Account Type: * (S) (T) Web-based tools approved for student and teacher accounts.
* (T) Teacher accounts only – teachers may share or display content to students from these sites, but students are not to input any personally identifiable information if tool allows for user interaction.
* (T, S No Student PII) Teacher accounts that may allow for the creation of student accounts but teachers must not use any student personally identifiable information in the creation of a student account.
* (Installed) Downloadable software that has been approved for installation on CCPS computers. Place a Helpdesk call if  multiple computers need the software.
* (N/A) Tool does not require an account and is available for all users.
Description/Link of Web-based Tool A brief description of the tool with a link to the tool or to a page with more information within this site.
Content May Be Used for a Grade If Yes, teachers may affix a grade to content created by students within the tool or grade student content created by the tool. Teachers should retain the graded digital files.
If No, teachers are not to grade any student content created within the tool unless they are able to retain a copy of the graded work to produce to justify the grade, or unless the content is used as a supporting artifact in conjunction with a scoring tool or rubric.
Parent Permission Required No if permission is not required, Yes if required, Yes, under 13, etc. age at which parent permission is required.
ES, MS, HS Tool appropriate or available for Elementary School, Middle School or High School level.
$$  Cost associated with the tool

Approved Content Specific Tools
under the CCPS Student Data Privacy Policy

Account
Type

Description/Link of Web-based Tool

Content May Be Used for a Grade

 Parent Permission Required

ES

MS

HS

-Career and Technology-
 T,S EverfiK12 –  Free, online courses to learn about Financial Literacy for middle school and high school. There are also modules available for elementary and middle school digital literacy and STEM. Yes N/A  E  M H
 T  ITEEA – The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) is the professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators.  N/A     Teacher Account Only
T SketchFab Virtual Creation LabArtifacts have been scanned using a 3-D scanner. They can be printed using a 3-D printer so students can handle “real” artifacts or they can be used virtually by the teacher. N/A Teacher Account Only
T, installed Testgen software – from Pearson – approved for TechEd, link needed to download software from website and username and password.
N/A Teacher Account Only
 T,S
installed
Visual Studio –  is a comprehensive collection of developer tools and services to help create apps for the Microsoft platform and beyond. This is a Microsoft product and is a free download.  N/A No  H
– ESOL –
T,S SummitK12 –  $$ Engage Students at their Natural Reading level and Use our Proven, Spiraled Building Blocks and Scaffolding to Achieve Mastery. Non-fiction eBooks. Yes Yes under 13 E M H
-Fine Arts-
T,S Noteflight LEARN – $$ A private school website designed specifically for music education where all users have Noteflight Premium features, including performance and assessment tools. Ideal for learning to create and perform music, and students can access their accounts on any device, anywhere, at any time. We must upgrade to LEARN. This account type allows teachers create a secure COPPA compliant school community to protect your students’ privacy in a private web site. Yes Yes under 13 H
 T,S  QuaverMusic – $$ is a music education company committed to equipping teachers around the world with high-quality resources for an engaged, interactive, and Seriously Fun™ music classroom! Suitable for the elementary music classroom, parent permission is required for student use. If a subscription is purchased, an authorized CCPS representative would be required to sign the contract.  Yes Yes, under 18  E  M  H
-Foreign Language-
T, S AvancemosTo be used in class with computer lab technology and at home for individual needs and differentiation. Students are immersed in language whether aural, oral, visual.
Yes No H
 T,S Conjugemos – $$ Is an online workbook for your Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Latin language students. Yes No  M H
T,S Mango Languages – Mango Languages creates lovable language-learning experiences for libraries, schools, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. This is a free tool that has to be entered via the Carroll County Public Library (CCPL) website in order to use the CCPL subscription. A student library card is needed to enter into the page with the above link. Follow this path CCPL website>Online Research>Education>Mango Languages to create an account and enter the application. N/A Yes under 13 M H
 T StudySpanish – If you want to learn to speak Spanish, you’ve come to the right place. N/A    Teacher Account Only
 T,S VHL Central – This is the supersite that accompanies the 3rd edition of Imaginez textbook series for upper level French students and teachers. Yes Yes under 13  H
– Health –      
T,S Choose My Plate – Super Tracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. Find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting. No student PII to be used by students creating accounts.
No Yes, under 13 E M H
T
Student Access Keys
FBI Cyber Surf Islands – Cyber Safety lessons in a highly engaging, interactive format. Once registered the teacher will be provided a unique URL for students to use and class set of access keys from the site for the student. Students can do the lessons at their own pace and only need the access key to take the exam. No No E M
T Learn to be Healthy – Get activities and health lesson plans your students will love. Search by grade, topic or national and state standards.
N/A Teacher Account Only
 T My Fitness Pal – My Fitness Pal is a free and easy nutrition and fitness system. No  Teacher Account Only
-English Language Arts –
T,S Accuplacer Study Guides – Aims has put together some helpful study guides in reading, sentence skills and math for students preparing for the Accuplacer exam. Yes No H
T, S Citelighter  Yes Yes, Under 13 M H
Citelighter is an engaging online platform designed to support students as they tackle writing a research paper. Only the free version has been approved. Parents must be given access to the terms of use and privacy policy. When students under 13 register they will be required to give a parent email address as part of the process.
T, S ConnectEd
Online companion website for the Treasures Reading Series. See your ELA Specialist for information.
 Yes No E
T,S GetEPICThousands of popular, high-quality books for K – 5.
N/A Yes, Under 13 E M
T, S MobyMax  MobyMax is an online resources that offers a free math, language, and reading curriculum for K-8 teachers. All lessons are aligned with the Common Core Standards. Yes  No  E M
N/A PARCC Online Practice Tests – English Language Arts/Literacy
The practice test platforms requires users to enter a name to begin. This is for the teacher’s reference when printing reports at the end of the scorable practice tests. This information is not captured or maintained in the system. Teachers can assign numerical values to each student as a log in, if it is preferred.  Paper practice tests can be printed. The material on these tests is non- secure.
No No E M H
 T Perma-Bound –  Perma-Bound Books provides traditional, digital and information services to schools and libraries. N/A   Teacher Only Account
T,S Reading Plus – $$ Reading Plus is a web-based program serving students in grades 3 and up that transforms how, what, and why students read while broadening interests and building knowledge. Yes No E M H
T Readworks – provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. N/A Teacher Account Only
T,S Snosites – $$ Online and mobile publishing solutions for scholastic and collegiate journalism programs. Yes No H
T Teaching Books. Net – is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children’s and young adult books. N/A Teacher Account Only
T Wilson Academy – is a provider of research-based reading and spelling programs for all ages. Its multisensory, structured curricula _ Fundations®, Wilson Just Words®, the Wilson Reading System®, and Wilson Fluency®/Basic have been proven highly effective.  N/A Teacher Account Only
T,S Yearbook Avenue – $$ (Jostens) is a yearbook editor and the yearbook staff login provided by teacher/adviser Yes No H
–  Mathematics –
T, S Dreambox Learning Math $$ District License for Elementary Students – Helps students understand math concepts by providing visual tools and models in a fun, engaging environment. Yes Yes E
T, S First In Math – $$ First in Math provides online math practice to help improve computation, problem solving and critical thinking skills  No  No  E
Installed Geogebra  N/A No E M H
A free dynamic mathematics software for all levels that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. The downloadable program, Geogebra for Desktops, is approved for use, not the web version. No account is needed to download the program. The Geogebra website has tutorials to learn how to use the program.
T, S MobyMax  MobyMax is an online resources that offers a free math, language, and reading curriculum for K-8 teachers. All lessons are aligned with the Common Core Standards. Yes No M
T Origo Math$$ Teachers can sign up for a free 30 day trial. The purchase of a subscription provides teachers access to online lesson plans, support resources that can be printed, ppt presentations, on-line manipulatives, assessments, and professional development videos.
 N/A Teacher Account Only
N/A PARCC Online Practice Tests – Mathematics
The practice test platforms requires users to enter a name to begin. This is for the teacher’s reference when printing reports at the end of the scorable practice tests. This information is not captured or maintained in the system. Teachers can assign numerical values to each student as a log in, if it is preferred.  Paper practice tests can be printed. The material on these tests is non- secure.
No No E M H
 T,S Study Island (Edmentum) $$ – Study Island’s data-driven standards mastery and formative assessment solutions are designed to help K–12 students master the content specified in state and Common Core standards and improve performance in core skill areas.  Yes  Yes, under 13  E  M H
T, S TenMarks – provides personalized online math practice aligned with the CCSS. Student users under 18 must have parent/guardian permission. Teachers will need to create an account, create a class list and then provide students with their login codes (generated by Ten Marks). The free account has been approved for CCPS secondary math courses. Yes Yes M H
T, S XtraMathAccounts must be created by teachers.  The program generates a unique parent flyer for each student with PIN and registration information while also providing parents with parent account access. Yes No E M H
– Physical Education –
T Drums Alive – $$ Drums Alive integrates music with physical education. The subscription contains lesson plans, teacher guides, activity cards, activity videos, music, assessment tools and more. N/A Teacher Account Only
 – Science – STEM –
  Yes No M
T,S EverfiK12 –  Free, online courses to learn about STEM related content for upper elementary and middle school. There is also a module available for elementary and middle school digital literacy. Yes No E M H
T,S Explore Learning (Gizmos)$$ Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12. Over 400 Gizmos aligned to the latest standards help educators bring powerful new learning experiences to the classroom. 
Yes No E M H
T,S ExoPlanets LaboratoryThis cutting-edge project is designed for high school students in physics and astronomy. It’s a great way to introduce your students to the nature of science: They’ll reason from models; make predictions; gather evidence using online telescopes; and learn how to display, assess, and interpret their own, authentic data. Teachers will create student accounts using Student 1, Student 2 etc. no PII is needed or to be used. Yes No H
Installed Lego EV3 – an upgrade to Lego NXT software for grades 6-8 robotics unit. N/A No E M H
Installed Lego NXT – Teachers are permitted to create an account in order to access, download and install the software used to program the Lego NXT robots. Students are permitted to use the software that is installed on CCPS computers. Teachers can visit Lego Education Online to register and download the software. N/A No E M H
 Installed Logger Lite – Logger Lite makes collecting science and math data easier than ever. The simple interface makes learning intuitive by making science visual.  \\ccps.wan\deployment\co2\LoggerLite_Install  (Copy the entire link and paste in the Search field of your computer – available only within the CCPS network)  N/A  No E  M  H
T,S New!!  NASA OSPARC Challenge A STEM related challenge sponsored by NASA that is for students in grades 3-12. For an overview of the challenge, click here. Students who register will need to select their grade level and first name. Parent permission is required but is handled through the my.privo service as part of the registration process. Once an account is created, it can be used every year to take part in the challenge. N/A Yes but handled via the registration process E M H
 Installed Proscope HR – The ProScope HR is a true high resolution digital microscope.  The simple software allows you to show live views, still image capture, video capture, time lapse capture and preview captured images.
\\ccps.wan\deployment\co2\ProScope_Install (Copy the entire link and paste in the Search field of your computer – available only within the CCPS network)
 N/A  No  E M H
Installed Stellarium
N/A No E M H
Open source virtual planetarium for your classroom.  Special features include:  move forward or backward in time, view from different locations on Earth, and/or modify light pollution. Recommended for elementary students. Downloading of the software is permitted. 
 T,S

Tinkercad – is an easy, browser-based 3D design and modeling tool. Tinkercad allows users to imagine anything and then design it in minutes. Designs can also be printed on 3D printers.

Note: Tinkercad is only approved for teacher accounts and for students under 13. Students are asked for their date of birth, a username, and a parent’s email address when signing up for an account. The tool is not approved for students 13 and over due to targeted advertising to those users.

 Yes  Parent Email Required  E  M
–  Social Studies.-
T Hillsdale College Courses – is an extension resource for teachers.  N/A  Teacher Account Only
T, S Stratalogica  $$ Nystrom Education maps, globes, atlases, and charts now come alive in an environment where teachers and students can actively engage with our multi-layered world, easily share content, and collaborate in ways never before imagined. Yes Yes M H
 T, S Teach TCI  $$ TCI is a K-12 publishing company that provides science and social studies textbooks. With TCI, teachers can have all the resources they need to create engaging and interactive experiences that meet both the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.  Yes  Yes M  H
 – Special Education  –
T Board Maker Online$$ Boardmaker Online is a complete system for delivering personalized instruction and therapy while also measuring student progress.
N/A Teacher Account Only
 Installed Co-Writer Universal $$ for Google Chrome uses grammar and vocabulary smart word prediction to help students better express their ideas in writing across devices.  N/A N/A  E M  H
 T,S HearBuilder – $$ Phonological Awareness helps students work on nine phonological awareness skills: Sentence Segmentation, Syllable Blending, Syllable Segmentation, Rhyming, Phoneme Blending, Phoneme Segmentation & Identification, Phoneme Deletion, Phoneme Addition, and Phoneme Manipulation Yes  Under 13 E M H
T,S Keyboarding Without Tears –  $$ We make it easy to teach the foundation skills students need to succeed with today’s classroom work and online testing. Builds touch typing fluency and speed. Includes general computer readiness and digital citizenship skills, too! (K-5) Yes No E
T,S Learning Ally – Learning Ally creates human-narrated audio textbooks, literature and education solutions for students with print and learning disabilities including dyslexia. Yes No E M H
T,S N2y Learning System – is your home for effective symbol-supported tools and materials for your students with special needs. We develop the special education curriculum, lesson plans, and materials so you can spend your time teaching. Yes E M H
 T Realize Language – $$ Realize Language™ is a new online service that gives parents and professionals powerful ways to monitor, measure, and maximize a child’s use of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) speech device. N/A   Teacher Account Only
 T,S Scilearn – $$ – Used in summer programs to enhance cognitive skills of children, especially phonological awareness. CCPS SPED staff administers the program and creates all accounts. Parent Permission is required. N/A  Yes for all students  E M  H
Installed Snap and Read from Don Johnston – is an accessible text reader that can read any text on-screen as it floats over any application. N/A N/A if students are using the installed software. E M H
 – Professional Development –
T Kognito MD  Kognito is an online, avatar-based, interactive training on student mental health and suicide prevention for Maryland Educators and Support Staff. MSDE is currently offering teachers 1 CPD credit for completing 3 of the 4 online modules. Teachers must create an account on the Kognito website in order to receive the completion certificate necessary for CPD credit. N/A Teacher Account Only
T SnagIt – $$ – SnagIt produces very professional looking images that are used to enhance training materials. It allows the user to choose what kind of a screen capture is needed, whether it be a window, a portion of a screen, or a scrolling window. It also allows the user to set a timer so you can capture such things as accessing a menu or submenu on a website. The scrolling window is used when the need is to capture an entire webpage. The annotation choices are extensive, and it also allows the user to blur or pixelate portions of images. SnagIt makes all of this very easy. There is also the functionality to create animated gifs as well as screen recordings. This software is really only appropriate for anyone who develops a lot of training materials. Educational pricing available. N/A Staff/Teacher Account Only
T Swivl CloudCapture and share multi-media videos today with Swivl Cloud and Swivl Capture N/A Teacher Account Only
T TeachingChannel – Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow. N/A Teacher Account Only
– Other –
T First Book Site which provides access to free ebooks and print books to Title 1 schools or to those schools or programs that qualify that qualify as Title 1 schools, such as the Judy Center. Only one designee from each school should create a school account. N/A School Account Only