Approved Digital Tools & Apps for SFUSD Students

Centrally Funded Technology Applications for 2021-2022

SFUSD will continue funding technology applications that serve essential teaching and learning needs for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Google Enterprise (includes limited licenses for Google Meet advanced conferencing and management features)
  • Seesaw (all grades)
  • Zoom (conferencing)
  • Screencastify (screen recording and video editing)
  • TypingClub (touch-typing for grades 2-12 only)
  • Raz Kids (books and reading for K-3 and 4-5 Special Ed)
  • Newsela (leveled news articles, useful for many academic subjects in all grades)
  • myON (books and reading for grades 3-5)
  • Dreambox (math for K-8)
  • Nearpod (direct instruction for all grades)
  • iSpire (limited licenses for reading intervention)
  • Music First (limited licenses for music instruction)

For pedagogy strategies that use our approved apps please visit our Digital Differentiation Guide

Data Privacy at SFUSD

SFUSD takes student data privacy and is in compliance with regard to state and federal requirements including COPPA, CIPA, FERPA, and SOPIPA with our district-approved online applications. Learn more about Data Privacy in SFUSD.

Content Agnostic Apps and Digital Tools

The following apps and digital tools are great for any content area. These apps are approved and recommended for use by SFUSD students. They are organized below according to instructional purpose. 

Apps that are not on this list, and which collect any student information should not be used with students: those applications may sell the students' information or use it for marketing purposes. Please be a champion for protecting student data privacy, by only using approved apps and by encouraging others to do the same.

The following icons are used to help you quickly find and identify the apps that are right for you based on grade-level, cost, and instructional priority:
 

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SFUSD Sign On Portal

Clever is available for grade PK through 12, paid for by SFUSD as a core application

The SFUSD Sign On Portal (Clever) makes it easy and safe for students to access approved digital learning tools. Learn more about Clever

  • “Single Sign On” to make it easier for students to log in
  • Students automatically rostered from Synergy
  • Apps assigned based on grade level and school
  • Convenient messaging tool between teachers, class, and individual students
  • Share important resources and links
  • Launch apps for students and see who's logged in
  • Easy badge log-in (no passwords!) for K-3 students

 

Learning Management Systems

A Learning Management System (LMS) is an application used as your online learning classroom or hub. It is where you can post and receive assignments, provide ongoing feedback to students, and communicate learning back to families. Every teacher in SFUSD should create and maintain an online learning hub for students using the appropriate LMS for their grade-level.

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Teachers can post assignments and resources, collect work, facilitate collaboration, & provide feedback. Google Classroom is SFUSD's official LMS for grades 3-12. While grades 3-12 may leverage Seesaw for creation and sharing, they should do so in conjunction with Google Classroom. Learn more about Google Classroom

Seesaw is great for K-12. Pro-licenses have been purchased district-wide as part of SFUSD's Core Suite for Distance Learning. Seesaw
Teachers can post activities and provide feedback. Students can use a variety of tools to create and post work, including text, drawing, video, voice, photos, and more! Seesaw is SFUSD’s official LMS for grades PK-2. Learn more about Seesaw.

 

Grading, Attendance, & Student Data

Synergy Student Information Systems is used districtwide for grade-book, attendance, and student data

Content Specific Apps and Digital Tools

The following apps and digital tools are great for specific content areas. These apps are approved and recommended for use by SFUSD students. They are organized below by content area. 

Apps that are not on this list, and which collect any student information should not be used with students: those applications may sell the students' information or use it for marketing purposes. Please be a champion for protecting student data privacy, by only using approved apps and by encouraging others to do the same.

These apps may be purchased by completing an ISA. Sites should not use credit cards or PTA funds without prior authorization from Purchasing and DoT.

STEM

Amplify Science: curriculum for grades K-8 that blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers.

Dreambox: Gamified lessons recommended for PK-8. Dreambox is centrally-funded for all K-8 students. High School sites should complete an ISA to purchase.

Desmos: Students graph, plot data, evaluate equations and explore transformations. Includes standards aligned lessons and activities. 

Tuva: Real-world data sets that students can use to create their own graphs and charts. Includes standards aligned lessons and activities. Recommended for 6-12. 

GeoGebra: Geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus activities recommended for grades 6-12. 

Blue BotStudents write algorithms to control and move the “Blue Bot” robot. 

Scratch and ScratchJr: Block-based coding software that students can use to create games, animations and stories. 

Code.Org: Interactive computer science curriculum. CS Fundamentals (K-5) - Students learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag and drop blocks and can create drawings and games. CS Discoveries (6-12) - Introductory computer science course with lessons and programming practice (app design, animations, etc.).

Tinkercad: Online 3D modeling design tool that students can use to quickly turn their ideas into a CAD model for a 3D printer. 

BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr: Interdisciplinary lessons presented as animated movies, games, quizzes, and interactive features. Sites or departments wishing to purchase BrainPOP or BrainPOP Jr should complete an Individual Service Agreement.* After the ISA is finalized, DoT will make the program(s) available in Clever.

Humanities

Newsela: Non-fiction articles and text sets offered at multiple lexile levels. Articles can be found on a variety of topics, including science, history, social studies, and current events. Texts are organized as both standalone and text sets, with accompanying lessons and assessments. Available in Spanish. Recommended for 3-12. *Pro-licenses have been purchased centrally for the 2020-21 school year. 

Raz Kids Plus: Leveled texts paired with interactive reading skills practice. Available in Spanish. Recommended for K-5. Raz Kids Plus is centrally-funded for grades TK-2, and is available in Clever for homeroom teachers, certain SPED teachers, IRF's, ARTIF's, and Lit Coaches. 

Typing ClubGame-based lessons to teach and develop typing skills.

Hoopla: ebooks, audiobooks and comics offered by the public library system for students to “borrow”. Available in Spanish. Recommended for K-12. 

Britannica and Britannica EscolarEncyclopedia with up-to-date articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools. Available in Spanish as Britannica Escolar.Articles can be annotated & saved to Google Drive. Recommended for K-12. 

SIRS DiscovererResearch database for beginning researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. Articles can be annotated & saved to Google Drive. Recommended for K-8

Gale in Context: High SchoolResearch database for a wide array of subjects up-to-date reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, and audio files. Articles can be annotated & saved to Google Drive. Recommended for 6-12. 

Sirs Issues ResearcherResearch database for background and current analysis necessary for understanding current and pervasive issues.  Articles can be saved to Google Drive. Recommended for 6-12

BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr: Interdisciplinary lessons presented as animated movies, games, quizzes, and interactive features. Sites or departments wishing to purchase BrainPOP or BrainPOP Jr should complete an Individual Service Agreement.* After the ISA is finalized, DoT will make the program(s) available in Clever.

myOn: myON Reader is a student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. 

iSPIRE: Reading intervention multisensory structured curriculum. Working directly with the Special Education Supervisor and school Psychologist, teachers determine which students with IEPs will benefit from this program.

English Language Development

NewselaNon-fiction articles and text sets offered at multiple lexile levels. Articles can be found on a variety of topics, including science, history, social studies, and current events. Texts are organized as both standalone and text sets, with accompanying lessons and assessments. Available in Spanish. Recommended for 3-12. *Pro-licenses have been purchased centrally for the 2020-21 school year. 

Quill: Interactive writing and grammar training tool. *Funded by Curriculum and Instruction for all high school users for the 2020-21 school year. 

Wonders: Curriculum that builds proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing with scaffolded support for all language proficiency levels.

Brainpop ELLEnglish Language Learning lessons presented as animated movies, games, quizzes, and interactive features that support the four main language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Sites or departments wishing to purchase BrainPOP should complete an Individual Service Agreement.* After the ISA is finalized, DoT will make the program available in Clever.

Actively Learn: Catalog of texts and videos. Experience engaging standards aligned instruction including the ability to add or modify instruction and to bring your own content and share with colleagues. It includes differentiation tools including text to speech and translation in over 100 languages.

Conditionally Approved Free-only Apps

The free version of these apps are approved for use during distance learning. However, they are not available for purchase because the vendors have not completed our contracting requirements.

  • Ed Puzzle, curate or create instructional videos, add voice narration, and embed formative assessment questions
  • GoFormative, an assessment tool
  • Kahoot, used to gamify instruction as a pre-assessment to spark interest and/or formative assessment to adjust instruction
  • Loom, a video communication tool
  • Miro, a whiteboarding tool
  • Padlet, a collaboration tool
    • You must not share the link or code outside of your class
    • You must not set the privacy to public
  • Pear Deck, a direct instruction tool
  • Socrative, a gamified assessment tool
  • Sutori, a collaborative instruction & presentation tool
    • Teachers and students must not share codes or links with the public.
    • Teachers and students must not set classes or posts to “Public.”

Additional Approved Applications

Vendor and Product Names

Subjects

3P Learning sells the following programs:

  • Gooseberry Planet
  • Mathletics
  • Mathseeds
  • Readiwriter
  • Reading Eggs
  • Spellodrome
  • STEMscopes Science
  • WordFlyers

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Math, Science, Reading, Spelling, ELA

Achieve 3000

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Literacy

Certain Apple Products, including:

  • Apple Classroom
  • Garage Band

iPad Monitoring, Audio Editing

Note: Chromebook monitoring is provided by GoGuardian

Cloud Lab (New Visions) products:

  • Autocrat
  • Copy Down
  • Goobric
  • Form Mule
  • Quiz Banker
  • Doctopus
  • Form Ranger
  • Sheet Spider
  • Doc Appender

Productivity, Assessment, Quizzes, Forms, Mail Merge, Google Drive, Google Docs

Common Sense Media

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Digital Agency (previously Digital Citizenship)

Edmentum sells the following products:

  • Study Island
  • Exact Path
  • Courseware
  • Reading Eggs
  • Assessments
  • EdOptions
  • Calvert Learning
  • Education City
  • ESL Reading- Smart

CCSS, NGSS, History-SS, AP, CTE, Literacy, Math, ELA

EVERFI products cover the content areas at right

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Workplace Training, Financial Literacy, Higher Education, Community Engagement, Health

Flocabulary - See Nearpod

 

Freckle - See Renaissance

 

GoGuardian (by Liminex)

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Chromebook Monitoring, Classroom Monitoring

Note: iOS users should look at Apple Classroom

Note: Monitoring students at home is not permitted by SFUSD, so GoGuardian does not have an approved academic purpose during Shelter in Place

Greenfield Learning sells the following products:

  • Greenfield University
  • Lexia Reading (Core5, PowerUp, RAPID Assessment)
  • Reading Plus
  • Symphony Math

Reading, Math

iChineseReader (by iChineseEdu)

Reading and Audiobooks for Mandarin and Cantonese

Imagine Learning sells the following products:

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Assessment

Literacy, Math, ELA

IXL products cover the content areas listed at right

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Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, ELA

Learning A-Z sells the following products:

  • Reading A-Z
  • Raz-Kids
  • Raz-Plus
  • Headsprout
  • Science A-Z
  • Writing A-Z
  • Vocabulary A-Z
  • ELL Edition

Reading, Writing, Science, ELA

Renaissance sells the following products:

  • Freckle
  • MyON

Math, Literacy, Social Studies, Science, ELA

TextHelp sells the following products:

  • Read & Write
  • Snapverter
  • Wriq
  • others
Accessibility, Writing, Supportive Functionality

Wowzers

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Math

Approved with Reservations

The following applications are approved for use with students, but we encourage you to discuss them with DoT and C&I before you use them.

Central office teams - if your resource appears in this list and you wish to have it fully recommended, please email help@sfusd.edu with the subject "Approvals for Backpack Resources."

 

The following applications are approved for use with students. We strongly recommend using a "Recommended" or "Additional Approved" application from above because they are significantly easier to use and manage, and offer strong integrations with existing SFUSD systems. Pricing and purchase details for these (and all other) applications can be found on the Contracts page.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (submit a ticket to help@sfusd.edu for information)
  • Avant Assessment
  • BookNook: a reading intervention tool
  • Celtx: a script-writing and production tool
  • Edgenuity: approved for use in credit recovery and provided by Curriculum & Instruction. (If you wish to purchase other Edgenuity services, please submit a ticket for the Digital Backpack team at help@sfusd.edu)
  • Explore Learning: Explore Learning sells Reflex Math, a tool for practicing basic math skills. (Explore Learning does not support Clever rostering at this time)
  • GoalBook: (by Enome) is tool at SFUSD through the Special Education Department (If you wish to purchase other Enome services, please submit a ticket for the Digital Backpack team at help@sfusd.edu)
  • Grammar Gallery (by SG Consulting) (If you wish to purchase other SG Consulting services, please submit a ticket for the Digital Backpack team at help@sfusd.edu)
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: sells Reading Inventory, provided in Clever by RPA (If you wish to purchase other HMH services, please submit a ticket for the Digital Backpack team at help@sfusd.edu)
  • Learning Ally: an audiobook solution, with a focus on vision-impaired and dyslexic learners
  • Loom: The expressiveness of video with the convenience of messaging. Communicate more effectively wherever you work with Loom.
  • McGraw Hill: vendor of the WONDER and ALEKS tools (If you wish to purchase other MGH services, please submit a ticket for the Digital Backpack team at help@sfusd.edu)
  • MIND Research Institute: creator of ST Math, a visual teaching tool for K-8
  • Miro: a collaborative online whiteboard platform designed for remote and distributed teams.
  • N2Y: develops curriculum and communication tools with a focus on Special Education
  • Read Naturally: research-based reading interventions
  • Rosetta Stone: provides SaaS-based subscription access to its language learning solutions and services for K12, including English listening, oral speaking, vocabulary, grammar and writing practice for newcomer students at various levels. 
  • SchoolMessenger: the District's communications platform
  • School Specialty: makers of iSPIRE, a reading support and intervention tool
  • Scientific Learning Corporation:  Cloud-based educational software company providing effective intervention solutions that help every child achieve their learning potential.
  • Starfall Education: provides games, books, and movies for reading, phonics, and math
  • Tobii Dynavox: publishers of Boardmaker, a SPED tool

Other Applications

A very limited number of applications are approved for purchase under special circumstances and are not listed here. Please contact the Digital Backpack team by submitting a ticket to help@sfusd.edu if you have questions about a program or website that you do not see.

At this time, we are not accepting requests to approve additional applications. We appreciate your patience while we implement the approval process, which is expected in Fall 2021.

Reviewed but not approved

The following applications have been reviewed for student data privacy and educational effectiveness, and do not meet the District's standards

The Legal, Technology, and Curriculum & Instruction Departments have strict requirements for student data privacy and curriculum compliance. We are also subject to various Federal and State laws, and Board of Education policies. Because of these requirements, we ask that you ONLY use the approved applications listed above. This list is only here to communicate that these apps are frequently requested, but have not met our requirements. Please help us protect student privacy by not using these apps, or any other unapproved app:

  • Chegg
  • Class Dojo
  • EPIC
  • Flipgrid
  • Kami
  • Khan Academy
  • Kidblog
  • LiveSchool
  • Parent Square
  • PLT4m
  • Prodigy
  • Quizlet
  • Quizziz
  • Remind
  • Zearn

Please choose approved applications. Please do not submit emails or help tickets about these applications - we have conducted rigorous reviews of these applications and they are not safe or appropriate for student use.