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Achieve 3000 for middle and high school students is an online differentiated nonfiction reading and writing instruction tailored to each student’s reading level.
Bedford is the online textbook component for Statistics and AP Psychology.
BrainPOP is a suite of digitally animated products that presents curriculum-based topics for students in grades K-8. The site strives to spark curiosity while delivering introductory material covering a wide range of topics. (source: EdSurge)

BrainPop offers both free and subscription based content and is a school based purchase. Contact your building representative for additional information.

Cacoo is an online drawing tool for creating diagrams which allows for real-time collaboration. Multiple people can work together on the same drawing at the same time. Diagrams can be saved, shared and exported to .pdf.

To create an account at http://cacoo.com, click Sign in at the upper right corner of the screen then click Sign up. Fill in the blanks on the registration screen and click I agree to the Cacoo Terms of Service. Then click Create.

Cengage is the online textbook component for Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Trigonometry as well as some Secondary Social Studies courses.
Davis Digital Art

Davis Digital Art accounts for grades 9-12 include such features as eBooks, ePortfolios, SchoolArts magazine, Curriculum Builder, and Fine Art Digital Images. Students can use the ePortfolio to share artwork with parents, community members, and colleagues.

Diigo is a collaborative social bookmarking tool for teachers and students that integrates tags and folders, highlighting and clipping, sticky notes, and group based collaboration.

To create an account you will first create a standard account and then apply for the educator upgrade.

  1. Go to https://secure.diigo.com/sign-up.
  2. Complete the online form.
  3. Contact your Tech Coach for the Diigo Educator Master Code.
  4. Upgrade your account to the Diigo Education Edition: http://www.diigo.com/teacher_entry/educationupgrades.
  5. Choose B) Teachers: Upgrade your own account.
  6. Sign into Diigo.
  7. Enter the Master Code from your Tech Coach.
  8. You will receive an email when your educator account is approved. Until then, enjoy the normal features of Diigo.

Diigo tutorial videos

Discovery Streaming

Discovery Education Streaming offers a wealth of resources to enhance instruction in your classroom through video, audio, lesson plans, and pictures. Content may be accessed by both teachers and students and some editable content is available.

Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades (does not sync with GradeSpeed), class discussions and notifications. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner. Source

Williamson County Schools Edmodo Site

Teacher Accounts: Teachers will create their own accounts using the school code.

Student Accounts: Students will create their own accounts using their teacher’s code. Students who choose to add an email address will use their WCS Google Apps account.

Check out the mobile version!

Check out the iPad app and Android app!

Help Resources

Glogster EDU

Glogster EDU is an online interactive poster maker. It allows teachers and students to create mash-ups of their learning by adding text, hyperlinks, images, audio, video and so much more to their Glog. Glogs are interactive and easy to create.

Please note:
Educators may sign up for a 7 day free trial which includes full access to the program and 125 student accounts. Limited, free accounts are available for educators and up to ten students but do not allow access to all tools and features in the program.

Educator Free Limited Accounts: http://edu.glogster.com/signup

Glogster Help and How To:

Glogster iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/glogster/id907433564?l=cs&ls=1&mt=8 (Available for paid subscribers only)


Grolier is an online encyclopedia database that indexes encyclopedia articles, magazines and websites as well as providing access to an electronic atlas. There are two modes available, Grolier Passport for older students and Grolier Kids for younger students. Both modes provide lexile levels for articles to assist in utilizing content appropriate for student reading levels.

School Access:

Home Access:
Contact your tech coach or library media specialist for home login user name and password.

Holt McDougal Online is the online textbook component for Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the online textbook component for a variety of secondary courses.

Access iSafe for comprehensive curriculum materials for equipping students with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need to be safe, responsible and technologically proficient cyber citizens in today’s global society and economy.

Sign Up and Implementation Information

Lesson Plans and Resources (Sign-in with your iSafe username and password)


iTunes is an application that organizes and plays your digital music, video, TV shows, podcasts, audio books, etc. iTunes University and iTunes Store make content available for playback on your computer or mobile device.

Download iTunes at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/. To create a free account, follow these instructions http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2534.


Jing allows users to take pictures or video of what is seen on the computer screen. Jing can capture step-by-step processes, comment on files, capture screen messages, and so much more. Jing can easily be shared online through http://Screencast.com or saved to the computer.

Account set-up:
Users should download Jing at http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/ and follow the directions for the install. After the install is complete, the user should watch the brief tutorial provided and then sign-up for a Screencast.com user name. Screencast.com will host the images and videos captured and provide a link to the images and video.


KidBlog is a secure blogging platform designed for students at the elementary and middle school levels. Teachers have complete control to monitor and control publishing activity as they facilitate communication within the classroom community.

To create an account, go to https://kidblog.org and choose Create a Class.

McGraw-Hill Glencoe is the online textbook component for Math in grades 6-8.

MICA, Measurement Incorporated Classroom Assessment, is an interactive web-based classroom assessment and learning tool for Tennessee educators.


Mindomo is an online mind mapping and brainstorming site. Students and teachers can create, view and share mind maps via the web. Mind mapping can help users better understand and learn new concepts.

Generating a new account:

Connect to http://www.mindomo.com/signup.htm to create a Mindomo account. Fill out all necessary fields to complete the registration form and click “I Agree.” Note: It is important that students use their WCS Google Apps Gmail address when signing-up for a Mindomo account.


netTrekker is a safe search engine for teachers and students. All resources found in netTrekker are selected, reviewed, and evaluated by educators. netTrekker searches can be saved and shared. Teachers will create their own accounts using their school code.

Additional Resources:

Pearson SuccessNet

Help and How-To Resources


Create stunning infographics in three easy steps!

A podcast is a series of audio or video files that are distributed over the Internet. It allows for ongoing updates that users subscribe to and receive automatically. A teacher cast is also an audio or video file that is posted to the Internet but without the automatic updates to subscribers.

Reasons to podcast in classrooms:

  • Curriculum enhancement
  • Program promotion
  • Research
  • Share school news
  • Professional development
  • Archive lessons
  • Field recordings
  • Study support

Teachers should follow these steps to begin creating podcasts with their class.

  1. Attend a podcast informational meeting.
  2. Identify your purpose for the podcast.
  3. After attending the informational session submit an intent to podcast to Belinda Moss. Include your name, school name, purpose of the podcast, frequency and delivery format (audio or video).
  4. Attend a Podcasting Tools professional development session.
  5. Submit your podcast to Sabrina Sayers as an .mp3 or .mp4 file type. Allow 3 business days for posting. Maximum file size per podcast is 5MB. For an audio podcast recorded at 64K you would have 30 minutes of recorded time.
  6. Sabrina Sayers will post the podcast and add the RSS feed.
  7. Your podcast will be available for download. (Make sure that all students have returned a signed media release.)

How to subscribe to a podcast

Podcast Examples:
Elementary School

Middle School

High School


Create mind maps online or using an iOS device!


Tired of the same old presentations? Prezi allows teachers and students to create web-based zooming presentations. Prezi allows your audience to see the big picture as well as all the small details. The zooming feature shows relationships and how they all connect together.

Access Renaissance Place at https://hosted177.renlearn.com/80937/ or through the link on your WCS Applications window.

Teacher and student data is integrated with our SMS system. Librarians will not have to add students, teachers, or set up classes. New students will automatically show up in Renaissance Place a few days after they are entered and scheduled in SMS. Contact your school level scheduler for the status of new or transferring students.

Please see below for quick tips on common tasks. You also have access to live chat within Renaissance Place.

Simple Transfer iOS app 

Transfer your photos and videos to computer and other iOS devices wirelessly with Simple Transfer.

Create quick puppet shows using the Sock Puppet app!


Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding.


StoryJumper is an online tool in which students can write and illustrate their own digital book.

Teachers create classroom accounts in the classroom edition.

  1. Go to http://www.storyjumper.com/
  2. Click Sign-Up on far right-hand side of screen.
  3. Enter user information.
  4. Make sure to check the classroom edition box. This will register you account as a teacher account.
  5. Check your WCS email and click the link to activate your account.
  6. Click Create a Virtual classroom to create student accounts.
  7. Make sure to uncheck Auto-Create in the Class Screen Name column in order to type in the screen name you would like for them to have.
  8. Create student accounts for your class.

TeacherTube is a media sharing website that allows teachers to view users videos or upload videos of their own.

  1. Go to http://teachertube.com/
  2. Click Free Sign Up! In the top right hand corner.
  3. Fill out the User Information.
  4. Click Submit.

Lesson Plans: Posted with each video


TED provides a collection of creative informative videos from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and innovators. TED’s collection focuses on ideas that can shape our world and make it a better place. Find videos on thought-provoking topics related to a variety of subjects including technology, science, global issues and much more.


The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is a virtual library that provides access to over 400,000 electronic resources, including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test preparation materials, federal census records, Tennessee primary source materials, and more!

School Access does not require a username or password. For home access, contact your teacher or media specialist for the password.

Social Studies students in fourth and fifth grades use the Tennessee through Time textbook by Gibbs Smith Education.

Today’s Meet

The backchannel is the conversation that goes on alongside the primary activity, presentation, or discussion. TodaysMeet helps harness the backchannel and turn it into a platform that can enable new activities and discussions, extend conversations beyond the classroom, and give all students a voice.

Combine video clips, photos and sound to make stunning videos using your iOS device.


A VoiceThread is an online slide show created using pictures, documents, and videos. A VoiceThread can be shared so that students and teachers can comment on student work.

To Create an Educator Account (students will log in with the Educator Account):

  1. Go to https://voicethread.com/products/k12/educator/
  2. Click Apply under VT Educator option.
  3. When it redirects you, Click Register.
  4. Fill out the login information.
  5. Click Register.
  6. Fill out the VoiceThread for K-12 Educators information.
  7. Click Submit.
  8. When you get the email, click the link to verify your account.

Lesson Plan:

Fables, 4th, 3rd 9 Weeks


Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character.

Transfer your photos and videos between computers and iOS devices with WiFiAlbum Free!


Wordle is a tool for generating word clouds from provided text or websites with RSS feeds.

Wordle does not require an account.

eBook Resources

Digital Book Index