District Software

Ok, if you want to get nerdy about it, this page really doesn't contain any software. Software is usually defined as standalone programs that you install on a device. What you'll find below is a list of websites which are licensed for use at the building or district level. In addition to basic information about each resource, the entries also include building and license information, and information on who to contact if you would like to use the service.

Services that have limited licensing (i.e. not available for whole buildings or the district), as well as sites that are included with textbook or curriculum purchases are not included on this page.

The Google "G" seen below denotes that this site supports single sign on with Google. This means that you and your students will be able to sign into these services using the button to log in with your Google account. This means no need for another username and password.

District Licensed

BrainPOP

  • These sites contain animated clips covering a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. The clips have support materials to go along with them like handouts and assessments. It's a great way to provide "one more look" at a skill, concept, or piece of content for your students.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting Access: Log in using the Google button. This applies for students as well as teachers.

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Castle Learning

  • Castle Learning offers review activities and benchmark testing for grades 3-12. All of the activities are based on past state assessments. With class rosters set up, you can easily keep track of student progress through their assessments and homework assignments. They offer a live chat feature for help with the product that is very good.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: Contact Mark Dalton for staff and student accounts.

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Edpuzzle Pro

  • Using this site, you can take any YouTube video (including ones you create and upload to your GAFE YouTube channel), and turn them into interactive lesson activities. You can even include questions in the videos for students to answers. You can monitor students progress, see how much of a video they watched, and get grades on questions you included. The premium version, licensed by our district, gives you access to a range of curricular materials and additional tools.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: Teachers, contact Mark Dalton for the link to create your Pro account. Once done, you and your students will be able to log in with the Google button.

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EquatIO & EquatIO mathspace

  • This premium Chrome extension is, as you might imagine from the name, aimed at bringing math into the digital realm. Using the extension, you can convert text, speech, or writing into mathematical equations. You can also go to the mobile site on a phone or other device and use your finger or stylus to write math and then insert it in a Google doc that you have open.

  • EquatIO mathspace is a browser-based virtual workspace incorporating EquatIO's tools. Teachers can use mathspace as a demonstration tool, a practice area for students, or even for assignments.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: The extension is automatically installed on all district accounts (look for the blue diamond icon) and can be used in Google docs, forms, sheets, etc. For EquatIO mathspace, go to the link below and sign in using the Google button.

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Flocabulary

  • With material for all grades, this site uses hip-hop music to teach content in many subject areas. Each music video is accompanied by support materials and lesson ideas.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: Teachers, contact Mark Dalton for the link to create your account. Once done, you and your students will be able to log in with the Google button.

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Fluency Tutor

  • This service is designed to measure and help improve students' reading fluency and comprehension. Using their library of hundreds of reading passages, you assign a student to read a passage aloud on their Chromebook. The passage is recorded and you can then review their recording and rate the fluency. Students can then receive feedback. There are a lot more features, but that's the basic gist of it.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: Sign in using your district Google account.

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Generation Genius

  • This site contains a very large library of videos with lessons built around the next generation K-8 Science standards.

  • Buildings: Davis, Flanders, St. Joe's, MMS

  • Getting an Account: There is one username and password per building. Feel free to get it from another teacher in the building, or contact Mark Dalton.

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Gimkit

  • Created by a high school student, this is a great example of why gamified education works. Students play through "kits" you put together, being exposed to content multiple times to ensure mastery. Students earn in-game cash by answering correctly, and then can use their cash to purchase power-ups and upgrades that suit their strengths when playing the game.

  • This is a fantastic way to do test prep, review, and summative assessment. It is extremely motivating for students, tapping into the universal parts of human psychology that have made gaming a multi-billion dollar industry.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: Go to the site and create a free account using your maloneschools.org email address. Once you have done that, email Mark Dalton (mdalton@maloneschools.org) and he will send you the link to follow to convert your account to premium.

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Google Workspace

  • First it was Google Apps for Education, then it was G Suite for Education, now it's Google Workspace...I think someone at Google just likes getting new business cards.

  • The core services of Google Workspace are: Calendar, Classroom, Drive & Docs, Gmail, Google Meet, Keep, and Sites.

  • There are a number of additional services that are included in your account, though, including YouTube, Google Books, Google Bookmarks, Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Photos, and more.

  • Getting an Account: All students and staff have accounts created for them when they enter the district.

  • Password Resets: For student accounts, the following people can reset passwords: Mark Dalton, Library Media Specialists, IT Building Assistants, NERIC IT staff; for staff accounts: Mark Dalton, NERIC IT staff.

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GoGuardian

  • GoGuardian is a service that filters student internet traffic and gives teachers a whole suite of tools to use when working with a class that has Chromebooks.

  • The GoGuardian Teacher dashboard lets you see what is on your students' screens during class, close tabs, push a tab out to individual students or the whole class, lock their screens, prevent them from going to specified websites, and more.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: Try going to GoGuardian Teacher and logging in with the Google button. If it does not recognize your account, contact Mark Dalton (mdalton@maloneschools.org).

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Kami

  • Kami is a full-featured PDF and document tool designed specifically to integrate with the Google for Education environment. It will allow you to mark up and annotate PDF's and Google docs, use its OCR feature to convert PDF's to editable text, do text-to-speech in a PDF, and much, much more. Installing the Kami extension for Chrome (link below) will alert you to documents you can edit using Kami.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: We have a district license linked to our Google, so click the button to sign in with your maloneschools.org account. This applies to staff and students.

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Library Databases & Services

  • Students and staff have access to a wide range of resources that are purchased through or provided for free by the FEH BOCES School Library Service. These include everything from archives of historical newspapers, to research and citation tools, to ebooks.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: Talk to your Library Media Specialist to get the information you need.

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Newsela Pro

  • This site offers thousands of texts, articles and current events items, each available at 5 lexile levels, and even offers these articles with multiple lexile levels in Spanish. This can used as a tool to help develop reading skills while allowing an entire class of diverse learners to read and discuss the same content. Articles can be assigned to classes, and students can be given a quiz on the article, no matter the level at which they read.

  • Grade Levels: 2-12

  • Getting an Account: Students & teachers must sign in with their district Google accounts in order to access our Pro license.

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Pear Deck

  • A perfect presentation and feedback tool for a classroom where kids all have Chromebooks, it's kind of like interactive, directed PowerPoint (In fact, you can import PowerPoint presentation or Google Slides.). It also works extremely well for remote & hybrid lessons. Check out this 45 second video for a quick look at what it can do.

  • They also have a new feature in their Vocabulary and Flashcard Factory. Students can work along or in groups to collaboratively create flash card decks.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: We have a district license linked to our Google, so click the "For Teachers" button the main page and then sign in with your maloneschools.org account.

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Read&Write

  • Read&Write is a premium Chrome extension that offers a number of very powerful tools that are accessible across websites and in Google docs, slides, and sheets. These tools include: text-to-speech, onscreen dictionary, reading/visibility aids, and research and vocabulary tools.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Access: The extension loads automatically when logged into a Chromebook or Chrome with a district account. Click on the purple puzzle piece to bring up the tools.

  • Link: Quick Reference Guide

Renaissance Learning: STAR Reading & STAR Math

  • These three web-based services are designed to provide the teacher with assessment data which is fast, reliable, and actionable.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: Contact Virginia Bond for account creation and questions.

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Screencastify

  • This Chrome extension will allow you to record what is on your screen, your voice, and/or your webcam. It is great for making instructional videos for your students, and is a great way for students to be able to record their own presentations.

  • Our district license allows for unlimited recordings.

  • Videos are automatically saved to your Google Drive. Teachers also have the option of uploading them directly to their YouTube channels.

  • It has a million and one uses, so think outside the box. For instance, create screencasts to leave for your students in Google Classroom if you're going to be absent so you don't need to rely on a substitute explaining what you would like them to do.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: You and your students just need to install the extension. If it doesn't say "Record Unlimited" at the top of the menu when you click on the extension icon, click on the three lines in the upper right and make sure you are logged into the extension with your school account.

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Snapverter

  • This service lets you (and your students) convert any file into a PDF by simply dragging it into a specific folder in your Google Drive. It even works with pictures you take with your phone. The resulting PDF's are also optimized for text-to-speech.

  • Buildings: All

  • Getting an Account: When prompted, sign in with the Google button using your district account.

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Starfall

  • This service is focused on providing interactive activities for students to build and reinforce Pre-K through 2nd grade math and literacy skills. Many of the activities work particularly well on a SmartBoard, and there is an iPad app as well.

  • Buildings: Davis, Flanders, St. Joe's

  • Getting an Account: You don't set up an account, you authorize each computer or device (i.e. let Starfall know it's part of a building that has a license). You can find the directions in the Shared Google Drive called "Ed Tech Info & Resources."

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SchoolTool

Vocabulary.com

  • After setting up your classes, you can use this site to assign vocabulary lists to your students. The site with then work with each student until he/she has mastered the terms on the list. Vocabulary lists can be created from scratch, either by simply putting in a list of words, or pasting up to 100 pages of text into the list creator, which generates a list for you. In addition, their are pre-made lists that you can use and/or customize.

  • The site is adaptive, so it learns each student's strengths and weaknesses, and develops individualized vocabulary programs for each. So you could have them work on their own plan in addition to assigning specific lists.

  • The teacher dashboard provides extensive information on individual students' mastery, as well as data on whole classes.

  • Buildings: MMS & FA

  • Getting an Account: Contact Mark Dalton (mdalton@maloneschools.org) for the information you need to create your premium account.

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WeVideo

  • Want your students to be able to create and edit videos to be used in your classes or to show their mastery, or for you to create videos for them? WeVideo is a full-featured video creation suite that is very user friendly and browser-based, so it can be used on nearly any internet-enabled device.

  • Buildings: MMS & FA

  • Getting an Account: Teachers and students in those two buildings can sign in at the site using the Google button.

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Free Sites

Flipgrid

  • This site lets the teacher pose a question or discussion topic, and then students respond in the form of short videos. The teacher can control whether the students' video responses are only visible to themselves and the teacher, or whether other students can see them and respond.

  • This is a great way to get student involvement and give students an option beyond just writing to express their ideas.

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