Approved Digital Resources


Students have access to many valuable online digital resources. At the time of review, the following list of resources met district criteria deeming them curricularly aligned and safe for student use. Vendors may change their Terms of Service and Privacy Policies; therefore, approval statuses are subject to change.

AACORN AAC

Symbol-based AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) assistive technology iPad app. Use is determined by Speech Language Pathologist.

ABC MAGIC PHONICS | ABC Spelling Magic (by Preschool University) 

Practice letter sound identification.

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program
Scholarship Program pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. 

ACT Academy 

All GISH students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to work during Islander Time every week on areas of need through ACT’s FREE online ACT Academy. Parents and students can log onto and use the site at home as well. District adopted and supported.

ACT (act.org)
All 11th grade students take the ACT and 10th grade students can take the Pre-ACT exam. District adopted and supported.

Amplify

Authored by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, our standards aligned K-8 core science curriculum places students in the roles of scientists and engineers to solve real-world problems in innovate ways. District adopted and supported.

AR Flashcards - Animal Alphabet

Alphabet flashcards for primary students.

Autodesk: Architecture,AutoCAD,Inventor,Revit,Dynamo   
Computer aided design tools for architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing. District adopted and supported.

Bensound
Royalty free music available under the Creative Commons License. Used in multimedia projects with credit to Bensound.com.

Biblionasium 

Book club intended for students ages 6-13.

Big Ideas Math 

Core 9-12 math curriculum resource aligned to standards. District adopted and supported.

Blockly & Go for Dash & Dot Robots | Path for Dash Robot | Wonder for Dash and Dot Robots (by Wonder Workshop)

Robotics iOS software where 21st Century Skills are used to problem solve.

Bloxels
Bloxels is a hands-on platform to build, play and share your own video games on iOS devices.

BobCAD-CAM
Standalone machining software used with Baliegh WR-30 router to create, cut out, and produce 3D objects and assemblies.

Book Creator
Digital book creation application.

Box Island

Mobile coding app designed for Hour of Code. Teaches basics such as loops and conditionals.

BrainPOP | BrainPOP Jr.

Engaging website helping students to learn difficult concepts across multiple subject areas. District adopted and supported.

Camera (by Google) 

Pre-installed on Chromebooks. A utility for taking photos & video with built-in camera. Media is saved to a gallery where it can be named, organized, deleted, saved to the local device or to Google Drive.

Canvas
Learning Management System.

Cargo-Bot

Logic game for iPad where user programs robot to move cargo.

Carnegie Learning and MATHia
Adaptive learning mathematics platform. Middle school pilot.

Central Community College (Web Central)
Web portal for dual enrolled students. District adopted and supported.

ChatterPix Kids (by Duck Duck Moose)

Voiceover iPad app for pictures and video.

Chess Clock (by Chess.com)

Game timer iPad app.

Chrome Music Lab
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.

Cimo & Snow Spelling Pals Lite

iPad app where beginning readers learn to sight and sound out words.

Cisco Networking Academy
Online learning platform specializing in networking, security, IOT, and programing. District adopted and supported.

Class Dojo
Classroom management tool where teachers reward individual, group, and class behaviors.  This is an in-class tool only and used without individual student accounts.  Students use a teacher-generated Class Code to enter a session.

Classkick (Free Version)
Realtime assignment monitoring and collaboration tool with virtual whiteboarding between teacher and student.

Clever 

Our district's single sign-on solution where students and staff log in one time to access core and supplemental digital curriculum resources. Clever partners with vendors and syncs with our Student Information System to roster key resources, thus providing an efficient way of managing and accessing apps. District adopted and supported.

Co:Writer Universal

Word prediction, flexible spelling, speech-to-text assistive app used upon approval through school's Speech Language Pathologist.

Code.org

Nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science. Code.org provides leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Amazon, Facebook, Google, the Infosys Foundation, Microsoft, and many more.

CodingBat
Live coding problems to build coding skill in Java and Python (example problem). CodingBat is a project by Nick Parlante, a computer science lecturer at Stanford.

CogAT
Reliable and valid abilities assessment platform.  CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) lets educators make important programming recommendations, understand how each student learns, and gain valuable information about all students. District adopted and supported.

CommonLIt
CommonLit delivers high-quality instructional materials that support student literacy development.

CompTIA 
Performance-based exams certify foundational IT skills across a variety of devices and operating systems.

ConnectEd: Spotlight on Music (by McGraw-Hill Education)   
Spotlight on Music is our K-5 music resource which features hundreds of videos, playalongs, songs, and more. District adopted and supported.

ConnectEd: Wonders (by McGraw-Hill Education) 
Wonders is our core K-5 English Language Arts curriculum resource aligned to standards and designed to support strong literacy foundations. District adopted and supported.

CS First (by Google)

Students create computer science projects around different themes such as Sports, Art, and Fashion. Each theme contains 8 lessons of 60-90 minutes that can be tailored to fit your schedule.

Daisy the Dinosaur (by Hopscotch Technologies)

iPad app incorporating the coding basics of objects, sequencing, loops, and events.

Desmos Graphing Calculator  

Graph functions, plot data, evaluate equations, explore transformations.

Digital Passport (by Common Sense Media)
Digital Passport™ by Common Sense Education is an award-winning suite of engaging games that address key issues facing kids in today's digital world.

Dreambox  

Math lessons that adapt to student's level. Promotes student decision making and strategy development.

DRC Insight
Alternative Assessment platform in partnership with Nebraska Department of Education.

Ed Your Friend (by HMH)

Core 9-12 science curriculum resource aligned to standards. District adopted and supported.

Edmentum Courseware
Adaptive curriculum, assessments, and practice proven to improve student achievement. District adopted and supported.

Edmentum Study Island
Helps students master state-specific, grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner. Study Island combines rigorous content customized to state standards in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with interactive features and games that engage students and reinforce and reward learning achievement. District adopted and supported.

Education Quest
EducationQuest Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska.  EducationQuest provides free college planning services, need-based scholarship programs, college access grants for high schools, college access resources for middle schools, and outreach services for community agencies.

Electronic Form Solutions (eFormSolutions)
GIPS Foundation student scholarship and teacher grant application platform.

eHarcourt | Harcourt Social Studies
Core K-3 Social Studies platform. District adopted and supported.

ELPA21
English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) is the statewide summative assessment that all K-12 English learners (EL) take each spring. This assessment system measures and reports on a student’s English language proficiency overall, as well as in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Epic!   

Digital reading library for PK-5 audiences. Students join using teacher generated Class Code.

EquatIO for Chrome (by texthelp™)
EquatIO allows users to type mathematical expressions directly on their keyboard, eliminating the need for complicated code or programming languages.

EVERFI
GIPS partnered with EverFi through the U.S. Department of Education's Gear Up Grant to utilize this resource for Financial Literacy education. Available to Gear Up cohort students and staff.

Expeditions

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) app where students take virtual field trips around the world.

facts4me
Child-friendly research site with accurate and interesting information that stimulates the interests of students in either a school or family setting.

FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for college or grad school.  Guidance counselor facilitated.

Follett Destiny 
Library management system that can be accessed from anywhere, 24/7, helping to strengthen the crucial bond between the library, the classroom, and home.

Formative 
Paperless platform that allows teachers to deliver assignments to students and tracks data over time.

Geoboard (by The Math Learning Center)
This app is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around the pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.

GeoGebra Math Apps 

Math tools for graphing, geometry, 3D, and more.

Go for Dash & Dot Robots (by Wonder Workshop)
Robot app that encourages hands-on play and learning to make creative problem-solving concrete and tangible.

Google Arts & Culture
Google partnered with 17 international museums to provide high quality content, virtual tours, and more in this Virtual Museum Collection.

Google Suite (G Suite)
Core productivity and collaboration suite for Grand Island Public Schools including: Calendar, Classroom, Drive, Docs, Gmail, Hangouts (gr. 9-12), Keep, Sheets, Sites, Slides.

G Suite Training 

Chrome extension that offers interactive training lessons to get you up and running in Gmail, Drive, Slides, Sheets, and more.

Google Chrome

GIPS preferred browser. Integrated with Google Suite for Education Apps (Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.)

Google Dictionary by Google 

Dictionary extension for Chrome.

Google Earth

A geobrowser that accesses satellite and aerial imagery, ocean bathymetry, and other geographic data over the internet to represent the Earth as a three-dimensional globe.

Google Similar Pages

Chrome extension for discovering web pages similar to the page you're currently browsing.

Google Tour Creator
Tour Creator allows users to build immersive, 360 degree tours from their computer.

Google Translate 

Text translation between 103 languages. Translations are not considered equivalent to that of a GIPS Bilingual Translator.

Grand Island Public Library
Weblink to Grand Island Public Library. *Parents/Guardians must negotiate all sign-up agreements and express consent for services directly through the GI Public Library and any digital or non-digital vendor or party it partners with.

Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase 
Children learn and practice correct formation habits for writing capitals, numbers, and lowercase letters.

Headsprout 
Teaches nonreaders and early readers critical reading fundamentals, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and basic vocabulary.

HMH Player
Companion app to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt curriculum resources. Used for accessing digital content.

iBooks | Apple Books
Native iPad app for reading eBooks.

Imagine Language & Literacy | Imagine Math (by Imagine Learning)
Full suite of language, literacy, and math solutions.

Infinite Campus
Student Information System.

i-nigma QR Code, Data Matrix and 1D barcode reader 
QR Code Reader used during interactive assignments.

Interland (by Google)
To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

IPEVO Presenter | Visualizer 
Chrome extensions used with iPevo Document Camera for in-class instruction and demonstrations.

i-Ready (Ready Math)
Differentiated instruction for students. Designed to get students excited about learning and to support teachers in the challenge of meeting the needs of all learners.

IXL Learning | IXL Math and English
IXL is an immersive learning experience that provides comprehensive, standards-aligned content for math, language arts, science, and social studies.

Kahoot!
Student response system for game-like quizzes in real time environment

Khan Academy
Comprehensive online learning resource with practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners.

Kids A-Z (by Learning A-Z)
Multiple eLearning resources. Provides digital reports that educators use to inform their instruction.

Kodable
Helps teachers teach computer science to tomorrow's innovators.

LAMP Words For Life
English vocabulary augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language app that combines PRC Unity language system with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) principles and strategies. LAMP is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles as well as clinical experiences that address the language development and communication needs of children with autism. Students are referred by the Student's Special Education Team through the Assistive Technology Referral Process. Installation subject to funding availability.

Learn360 (by Infobase)
Interactive media-on-demand service providing teachers and students streaming video, audio, and accompanying support materials.

Let's Talk! - Customer Landing Page
Customer experience and community engagement platform for students, parents, teachers, and support staff.  With customer service at its center, Let's Talk helps give school communities a voice and build stronger relationships with stakeholders.

Mastercam
Computer aided design and manufacturing tools for torch, mill, and lathe.

Medical Language Lab (F.A. Davis in partnership with B.E. Publishing)
Online medical terminology text. Based on proven language methodology, the Medical Language Lab guides learners from basic through advanced levels of proficiency to become fluent medical language speakers.

Menti.com (Mentimeter.com)

Real-time voting response system where students join teacher created session using a join code.

MindMup
Mind mapping tool that allows users to save their ideas to Google Drive and collaborate with others.

Modela-DGShape For Roland MDX-50
Standalone milling software used with Roland Modela MDX-50 Benchtop CNC Mill. An ideal solution for short-runs and prototypes, the MDX-50 allows users to mill functional parts with good quality on a wide range of materials.

MyHRW | Holt McDougal Online
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt web portal for Chemistry and Government courses. District adopted and supported.

MySciLEARN (FastForWord)
Language and Reading Intervention Program for Struggling Readers and English Language Learners

Mystery Science
Supplemental science resource with open-and-go lessons.

Nearpod

Teachers embed polls, interactive quizzes, and open-ended questions in slideshow presentations. Students enter teacher generated code to enter session. Teachers launch the presentation and observe live student progress.

NebraskAccess | EBSCO K12 Databases
Research databases for K-12 Nebraska students at no cost. The Nebraska Library Commission purchases these subscriptions for Nebraskans with funding from the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Nebraska Career Connections (Kuder)
Education and career planning resource that brings Nebraska's students, parents, educators, adults, and employers together.

Newsela
Adaptive news articles where each article adapts to the student's reading level.

No Red Ink (Free)
Builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and actionable data.

NSCAS (Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System)
Pronounced “en-skass,” is a new statewide assessment system that embodies Nebraska’s holistic view of students and helps them prepare for success in postsecondary education, career, and civic life. It uses multiple measures throughout the year to provide educators and decision makers at all levels with the insights they need to support student learning.

NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)
NWEA delivers insights that help students learn, teachers teach, and leaders lead. Proven assessment solutions, customized professional learning, and industry-leading research.

OBS Studio

Standalone video recording and live streaming software.

On To College with John Baylor (OTC)
Program helping families and schools create two - and four - year college graduates with minimal debt. This program offers test preparation and college counseling. District adopted and supported.

Origo: Stepping Stones - Slate | Slatecast

Stepping Stones is a core mathematics program, K-5, written by a team of experts focused on educational research that demonstrates how children learn math most effectively.

OverDrive
Online digital library where eBooks, audiobooks, and more are available for borrowing. Students access resources through their Clever portal.

Ozobot | OzoGroove
Ozobot is an award-winning smart miniature robot that bridges digital and physical gaming. Designed to learn, play and entertain, Ozobot brings a refreshingly new element into solitary play and shines in a variety of social and interactive settings.

Pearson EasyBridge
Core Social Studies curriculum resource web portal. District adopted and supported.

Pear Deck
Presentation tool that integrates with G Suite for Education. Transforms presentations with live student polling.

Pearson Realize
Core Algebra and Geometry curriculum resource web portal. District adopted and supported.

Pearson VUE
Secure testing platform for industry certifications.

PebbleGo
Leveled information for emergent readers. Topics include Animals, Biographies, Science, Social Studies, and Dinosaurs.

PebbleGo Next
Helps students in Grades 3-5 learn about key concepts related to Social Studies, Biographies, Science, States, and American Indians. Robust articles, all supported by read-aloud audio and connected to curriculum, include critical thinking questions to help students connect to larger ideas.

Photos for Class
Creative Commons photos for school projects. Images are automatically cited.

Precision Exams
Industry-aligned Career and Technical Education exams that help students validate the knowledge and skills they have gained in the classroom. Educators receive powerful reporting tools they can use to evaluate their students’ understanding.

Professor Garfield Online Safety
iPad games and comic book style lessons centered around online safety.

Proloquo2Go (Symbol based AAC)
Symbol-based communication app that gives voice to those who cannot speak. This Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app is a tool for expressing oneself and increasing communication skills and language development. Students are referred by the Student's Special Education Team through the Assistive Technology Referral Process.

Precision Exams
Industry-aligned Career and Technical Education exams that help students validate the knowledge and skills they have gained in the classroom. Educators receive powerful reporting tools they can use to evaluate their students’ understanding.

Puppet Pals HD
iPad app allows users to create their own unique shows with animation and audio in real time.

Quantile: Summer Math Challenge (MetaMetrics, Inc)
State standards aligned summer school Math program.

Quizizz

Student response system. Students use teacher generated join-code to interact in real-time.

Quizlet | Quizlet Live
Student response system. Students use Quizlet Live with teacher generated join-code to interact in real-time.

Quiver 3D - Coloring App
Augmented reality coloring book app.

Raz-Kids
Guided reading program where students can listen to books for modeled fluency, read books for practice, and then record themselves so teachers can monitor progress.

Read Live (by Ready Naturally)
Web-based intervention applies research-based strategies to accelerate reading achievement. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through motivating steps to develop fluency and phonics skills, support comprehension, and improve vocabulary.

ReadWriteThink
ReadWriteThink's mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. This website is a good resource for parents to support their child's literacy development at home. Note: ReadWriteThink may link to other websites that do not appear on this GIPS Approved Apps List. If this occurs, GIPS has not approved the digital resource in question and therefore it is not sanctioned for student use.

ReadWorks Digital
Nonprofit that focuses on reading comprehension instruction and leverages cognitive-science research to create instructional materials and tools for the classroom.

Reflex
Adaptive and individualized, Reflex is an effective system for mastering basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for grades 2+.

Remind
School communication and messaging platform.

RobotC
RobotC is a cross-robotics-platform programming language for popular educational robotics systems.

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Go to RobotC
  • Standalone Software | No data collected

Robotx for VEX Robotics 4.x
Standalone software for the integrated system of motors, wheels, support structures, and sensors used to build and program robots.

Save to Google Drive (by Google)
Chrome extension that allows you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting 'Save to Google Drive'.

ScanQR
Scans QR codes and displays their contents on a Chromebook.

  • Grade: K-12
  • Go to ScanQR
  • No account required | No data collected

Scratch
Coding platform designed by MIT.  Create stories, games, and animations.

ScratchJr
With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.

Screencastify - Screen Video Recorder
Desktop video recording extension for Chrome wherein the camera and microphone can be utilized to record and annotate classroom assignments. This tool must only be used for classroom content.

Seesaw
Digital portfolio where students express themselves and reflect on their learning. A place where teachers can monitor progress, gain insights, and give differentiated instruction.

Shadow Puppet
Video app for iPad. Combine photos and video clips with your voice and songs. Draw on screen, add emoji stickers, zoom and pan.

Share to Classroom (by Google)
Companion to Google Classroom. Chrome extension allows teacher to push websites to students.

Shop Boss
Leading automotive repair software designed for core functions of the auto repair shop and day-to-day operations.

SignUpGenius
Event signup tool. This tool is not for use with students 13 years of age and younger. Students older than 13 years of age cannot be asked to create accounts.

Sight Words Learning (by 22L)
iPad app for beginning readers using educational sight word games.

Socrative
Student response system for teacher created quizzes and polls.

Solidworks
Suite of tools for design to manufacturing.

Sora (by OverDrive)
Online digital library where eBooks, audiobooks, and more are available for borrowing. Students access resources through their Clever portal. District adopted and supported.

Subject: English Language Arts (ELA) | Grade: 3-12
Go to Sora
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

Soundtrap
Online collaborative music studio. Students access via Clever portal. District adopted and supported. District purchased: limited seats, preference given to music students.

Sphero | Sphero EDU

Students learn and create code for Sphero robots.

Starfall
Website and companion iPad apps that help children to read with phonics.Starfall's systematic approach, in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.

Star 360 (by Renaissance)
Comprehensive K–12 interim and formative assessment suite. Renaissance Star 360 delivers valid, reliable screening, progress monitoring, and student growth data to make informed decisions. Teachers lead students toward mastery of state-specific learning standards for reading, math, and early literacy with this software.

Storyline Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Storynory
Selection of narrated books.

Story Time Online
Famous authors and stars reading children's books and short stories for kids of all ages.

Study Island (by Edmentum)
State standards-aligned program that drives proficiency and helps students prepare for high-stakes assessments.

Sumdog
Evidence-based learning for mathematics.

Sushi Monster
An iPad game to practice, reinforce, and extend math fact fluency.

Swift Playgrounds
Solve puzzles with this iPad app to master the basics using Swift — a programming language created by Apple and used by professionals to build popular apps. Take on a series of challenges and step up to more advanced playgrounds designed by Apple and other leading developers.

Teach Your Monster to Read
Series of games that help students read.

TestWiz (by Certica Solutions)
Formative assessment software used in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Education. Prepares students to be successful on the Nebraska Student Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) test given in spring. Topics covered: English Language Arts, Math, and Science.

Tinkercad
Easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. 

The First Thanksgiving (by Scholastic)
K-8 Common Core-Aligned Lessons with virtual field trips, video tours, and slide shows.

Thinglink EDU
Editor to enhance images and videos with additional information and links.

Think Central - Mega Math - Go Math! (by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
District adopted and supported core math resource with differentiated instruction that reinforces foundational skills.

Touch, Look, Listen ~ My First Words
A 3D pop-up book for iOS that emphasises first words.

Torchmate 4 | EDU-M
Torch cutting software used by students at Career Pathways Institute.

Tumble Book Library
Online collection of animated talking picture books.

Turtle Diary
Educational games, videos, experiments, puzzles, and coloring sheets.

Tynker
Students learn to code using visual code blocks that represent real programming concepts.

Typing Agent
Adaptive keyboarding curriculum pinpointed to the student’s individual proficiency level. 

Typing Pal
Web-based program for beginners and intermediates who want to touch type at full speed.

VCarve Pro
Standalone CNC Software.

  • Grade: 9-12 (13+ years of age)
  • Go to VCarve Pro
  • Standalone software | No data collected

Visible Body [Pilot]
Anatomy and physiology visuals where students learn and healthcare professionals practice.

VLC media player (by VideoLAN)
Standalone media player included on Windows computers.

Vocabulary Spelling City
Vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Voice Dream Reader
Text to speech iOS app. Students are referred by the Student's Special Education Team through the Assistive Technology Referral Process. Installation subject to funding availability.

Ways of the World (macmillanhighered.com)
World History curriculum resource. District adopted and supported.

WeVideo
Online video editor. Limited licenses, availability subject to curriculum requirements.

Wix
Cloud based web development platform used in high school Entrepreneurship class.

Wixie
Online publishing platform that lets students share what they know through their writing, their voice, and their art.

Woot Math
Real time formative math assessments (quizzes and warm-ups). Teacher and student data analytics dashboards with Google Classroom integration.

World Book
Online encyclopedia.

XtraMath
XtraMath is a Seattle 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all. Their goal is to develop effective, efficient, adaptive, and intrinsically rewarding supplemental math activities.

YouTube
Video website. Subsidiary of Google. Google Safe Search enforced.

Zearn
Designed for differentiation and student engagement. Independent, small group, and whole group activities.