Digital Learning Tools

Google for Education

The Lakeville Area Public Schools has implemented Google Apps for Education for students. Having an account allows for student files to be stored online and accessible from home, school, or anywhere. 

Top Reasons for Students Using Google

  • Allows for communication and collaboration with teachers and other students.
  • Anytime, anywhere access on any smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.
  • Students can store, create, and access data files from home.
  • Student can use the built-in productivity software to create word processing, presentation, & spreadsheet documents

Google Help Documents


Special Education Summer Institute.

Click here for the document from our iPad Special Education Summer Institute training

Digital Learning’s Favorite Apps

  1. iMovie
  2. Thinglink
  3. Keynote
  4. Google DriveDocsSlidesSheets
  5. Schoology
  6. Nearpod
  7. Educreations
  8. Pages
  9. Chirp
  10. Qrafter
  11.  Pic Collage
  12.  MyCreate (Paid)
  13.  Socrative
  14.  Plickers 

  iBook Author Tutorial (from JAMF)

Click here for the link!

  Link to iPad Support Documents

Click here to go!

Projecting your iOS device

One need many teachers have when it comes to using iOS devices in the classroom is the need to project their iPad for all to see. Here are a few options available for projecting your iPad:

Apple TV allows you to wirelessly project your iPad and any other iPad to your screen.

It is $99 and an Apple product which means it should always be supported. Older projectors may need an HDMI adapter to connect your Apple TV to your projector.

Through Reflector, you can wirelessly project your iPad to your desktop or laptop computer screen to be projected through your LCD projector.

You’ll pay $12.99 for a single license and $54.99 for a 5 pack.

  • Airserver: Similar to Reflector in principle and function. Pricing runs a little different: $14.99 for a single license, $11.99 for a 3 pack, and just $3.99 each for a 20 pack.
  • Dongle: Also known as the “white adapter,” you can plug your iPad directly in to your projector cord. AVGA adaptor 30-pin – will run $29.00  .

  DLIT’s Ten Uses for iPads           

  1. Use video to record the fours steps of a lab report
  2. Use a whiteboard app to create and share a video of students drawing and explaining their thought process to a problem
  3. Gathering formative data through a Google Form and iPad
  4. Use a QR codes to direct students to differentiated assignments
  5. Use a voice recorder to record student read-a-louds to assess fluency
  6. Use a simple website creation app to build a student digital portfolio
  7. Use FaceTime to connect classrooms to other students and families to share learning
  8. Collaborate on a brainstorm or concept map
  9. Use the iPad to translate or record a lecture to be used later in small groups with specialist teachers such as ESL or Special Ed

Anything that allows students to create, collaborate, or explore!

Web 2.0 Tools

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Animoto is a great way to create videos with sound from existing photos, clips and other recordings.  You can request an educational subscription, which allows for a few more features.
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Creaza Build interactive creative space and content generating tools
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Diigo is an organizational tool that allows you to collaborate and collect web content
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Evernote is a multi-platform organizational and communication tool
Getting started with Evernote?  Click here for an article to get you started!
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Gliffy is a tool for creating charts and diagrams. Works with Google Docs! 
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Lucidchart is a mind-map/planning tool that allows you to plan and create workflows in real-time.
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Meograph is a great site that allows you to create digital stories using place markers and maps to convey a story. You can combine the dynamic map views of Google Earth, multimedia files such as images, and text to share information.  
Check out their demo video here:
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Photopeach  allows you to pull images to mix with preloaded music create short slideshows. Check out the spiral option for a cool effect!


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Prezi is a great, non-linear presentation tool. It is entirely web-based and allows for creation of a presentation that is dynamic for the view. It also has an iOS app which has recently been updated to allow for creation on the iPad.

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Realtimeboard allows you to work collaboratively on an infinite canvas.  You can draw, insert images, or files from your Google Docs 
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Screenleap is a free and simple way to share your screen with others by sharing a code.  The code is generated by screenleap website.  It’s a great way to provide support remotely type of screen (pc, laptop, tablet)
Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen capture videos. Great for flipped classroom videos!

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Today’s Meet is an example of a backchannel. A backchannel is an ongoing, online live chat that occurs during a meeting or presentation. It’s also a great way to allow students to pose questions or statements without interrupting a presentation or movie. We recently used this during our presentation at TIES to allow audience member to ask questions. A great tool!


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Twitter is a social networking site that allows users to post information in chunks of up to 140 characters. Twitter users gather followers, and follow other Twitter users to create a network, and to view ‘tweets.’
Click here to go to our collection of links and files to get started with Twitter.

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 TWTPoll Create an poll or survey within Twitter

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WeVideo – A cool online video editor that now has a You Tube and Chrome extension adding to the functionality. There is a free personal and educators license, which is great for getting started. There is also a reduced educator subscription level as well.
 Blabberize – This site immediately conjures up memories of Monty Python and the Flying Circus. Use and manipulate images of faces to create talking images. Use your voice to create a voice-over that syncs with the cartoonish mouth movements.
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  1. Blubblr – Check for understanding by embedding a short quiz in the middle of YouTube video. Immediate feedback! Sorry, no reports for teachers 🙁

EdCanvas –   Post/share/embed a series of files, media, quiz questions, etc. Students can work their way through tasks. You can unlock a class and allow students to create a canvas.



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KeepVid – A way to download YouTube videos in a variety of formats


TubeChop – Want you show just a portion of a YouTube video? Copy and paste the URL of a YouTube video into Tube Chop, set the time limits, and a unique URL is generated that will show on the video through the Tube Chop website.


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Voki – Create an avatar (an animated version of yourself) and make it do the talking for you.  You can record what you want your avatar to say by typing the text, recording yourself using the computer’s microphone, or by calling in with a cellphone.


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 Record MP3Does just what it says. You can record your voice and they will convert it into a MP3 for you. Then you have the option of posting the audio file on a website, emailing, etc.
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Pixlr – Pixlr is a photo editing website that comes with three options you can choose based on the level of complexity 

Fotoflexr – Another photo editor that is a little more robust in its options. You can practice your skills with a few sample photos. 

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Zamzar – You are probably familiar with Zamzar as a video converting tool (especially pre-YouTube access for our teachers).  Zamzar can also convert other files as well.  If you’ve ever gotten an assignment from a student that was not a the format your computer recognizes, or had a PDF you wish you could edit with Word, Zamzar can convert it for you and send it to your email. 

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Poll Everywhere – Create a poll and receive responses instantly. Create multiple choice or open ended questions and have your respondents speak out using the web, SMS (text message), or Twitter. You can also download your polls as a PowerPoint presentation. Instant feedback and great for formative assessments! 

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Voicethread –  VoiceThread is a great tool for asynchronous conversations around documents, images, videos, etc. Simply put an image into a Voice Thread and it becomes similar to a presentation slide. Add more or publish what you have. Students and collaborators can then add their comments to what they see on each slide. There are a several way to add comments to the slide including typing, adding a video response, and calling in using a phone.   
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Here is my Declaration of Independence example:



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xtranormal – use animated people to tell a story 
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glogster – online poster maker  glogster how to video 
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wordle or tagxedo – use words to create an image (words used more often are larger than others – use to analyze student writing or a piece of literature)
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  1.  – This is a very cool site to take, “Let’s make a poster” to the next level. Integrate data collection and analysis, visual planning, and persuasive language to create engaging infographics.

      Video Antalt="video ant logo" Video Ant – Use Video Ant (out of the University of Minnesota CEHSD) to watch and take notes. Sync your notes to specific points during the video. 
      Kahoot  – is a highly engaging quiz game site.  Teachers create their accounts using the site linked to here.  Once the account is created, new quizzes can be created, or you can make use of public quizzes.  Students use their device to choose for the multiple choice questions which are displayed on the projector screen.  Think NTN trivia meets your content!

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Flipsnack – Allows you to create virtual books from PDFs and JPEGS.  Readers ‘flip’ through your book which can be shared.

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Loupe – This is a really cool site that allows you to use your photos to create shape collages.



Lakeville Area Public School students in grades K-5 have access to myON reader with more than 3,000 digital books — accessible anytime, anywhere AND on mobile devices! With myON reader, students have their own login and password and are able to choose what they like to read, anytime, anywhere.

myON reader is a complete literacy solution that reinvents student reading. Providing anytime, anywhere access to thousands of award-winning digital books, myON recommends books to students at their interest, and at their level. Students become immersed in reading titles targeted specifically for them. myON features include spoken word audio to model fluency, sentence highlighting and an embedded dictionary.

In order to access myON – please use the login information that was sent home with your student:

  1. Visit
  2. Click the red “Login Now”

Please contact your building’s media specialist for additional information.

Login Usernames/Passwords:

  1. Students:Student usernames/passwords can be found in the Parent Portal.  Also available from the media specialist at your student’s school.
  1. Staff: Teacher usernames are their AD username followed by the school abbreviation (last1234LNHS).  The password is the earliest employment start date with the district in ddMmmyyyy format (01Jan2013) as recorded in Campus. Teachers can now look that up for themselves in Campus by clicking on My Data under Census. They should see a My Employment tab with the start date.


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What is Schoology?

Schoology is a Learning Management System (LMS) which resembles some of same features of sites such as Moodle, Blackboard, and Edmodo. It allows teachers to post files and links, manage online discussions, make announcements, create tests/quizzes, and post assignments and deadlines. Schoology’s interface (appearance) resembles Facebook’s appearance, making navigating the site more intuitive to a wider audience of users.

What’s the Difference Between Schoology and Infinite Campus?

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Helpful Documents:

  1. Connecting your Google Drive to Schoology
  2. How to Submit a Google Document as a Schoology Assignment
  3. How to Submit a Google Doc as an Assignment Using a Mobile Device
  4. How to Create a Parent Schoology and Connect Your Account to Your Children
  5. Schoology’s YouTube Channel – several tutorial videos
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