#PUSDinnovate Tech Central

For information and resources regarding virtual learning tools, please
visit the PUSD Virtual Teaching Resources  through the Canvas link here

Blended Learning

The practice of using online and in-person learning experiences to
personalize learning experiences through meaningful technology integration. 

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Three areas of blended learning:

Future Ready Classrooms

Flexible seating & redefining spaces to meet student needs 


Balanced Instruction

Using a variety of instructional strategies to individualize learning


Meaningful Feedback

Utilizing assessment & learning evidence
for deeper learning 



Future Ready Classrooms

Guiding Questions

  • How will you create a classroom culture that fosters strong relationships and collaboration, as well as autonomy and risk taking?

  • How can you setup your space to match your teaching style, student needs, and your intended blended approach?

  • How will you set expectations?

  • How will students move, enter, exit, and monitor themselves when they are in playlists or stations? 


Guide to Flexible Learning Spaces

Additional Resources:
  • Spaces: Cave, Campfire, Watering Hole (Article)
  • ​Do’s and Dont’s of Flexible Seating (Video)
  • Including Student Input (Video)
  • ​Classroom Examples
  • Classrooms That Kids Need (Edutopia Video)


Balanced Instruction

Guiding Questions:

  • How can you utilize a variety of offline and online methods, in a variety of different formats; small group, whole group, 1 on 1, independent and more?
  • How can you maximize small group learning time, while providing student choice and individualizing learning?
  • Which models can be adapted and combined to meet your student's needs?

Balanced Instruction
Examples (K-2)
Examples (3-5)
Additional Resources







* These resources are a collection from multiple sources and are meant to be customized for each classroom's needs.  
* Please see individual resources for author credit. 


Meaningful Feedback

Guiding Questions:

  • How can you collect and utilize evidence to create flexible groups?
  • How can evidence and feedback be used to foster strong relationships?
  • How do you know if each student is meeting their goals within their group?
  • How can you rearrange groupings to better serve the students?


Comprehensive Feedback includes:

  • Using data & evidence to inform instruction.


  • Creating opportunities for meaningful feedback - peer to peer and teacher to student - to improve their work.



Analyzing MAP Data

Teachers can login to NWEA here to access tools for analyzing student data.

Analyzing Winter Growth Reports:

MAP Data & Student Goal Setting

After testing, teachers receive class and individual reports in Student Report Cetner. When students review their scores and set goals with their teacher, they typically make greater progress throughout the year.

Goal Planning Sheets

Student Goal Setting Reflection Guides:
These two charts provide questions that help students reflect on their academic
performance on the MAP assessment as they develop personal goals.

Conferences & Self-Assessment

NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) developed the following pages to provide
students with opportunities for self-assessment after the fall and spring assessments. 


    Khan Academy to MAPs RIT Ranges

Digital Tools

District-Supported Tools

*Please note that additional tools may have been purchased or
recommended for your grade level in regards to virtual learning. 





Teaching Resources, Guides, Tutorials

K-12 District Learning Management System (LMS) MyPLAN Canvas Resources

Gale Cengage


Databases that provide content and technology to support research



Google Suite K-12 Tools accessibile to teachers and students include Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, and more MyPLAN - Google Apps Icon Google Teacher Center

Noodle Tools


Student research platform with MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian bibliographies, notecards, outlining


Noodle Tools Help Center

OverDrive K-12 Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and videos from PUSD's digital library account MyPLAN OverDrive Help Center
ProQuest K-12 Media database with age-appropriate content that covers core curriculum MyPLAN  
Synergy TK-12 District Student Information System (SIS) MyPLAN


6 -12

Internet-based plagiarism detection service


Quick Guide



Students answer self-reflective questions to find their strengths, includes lesson plans and ideas for meeting student needs


PUSD Thrively Resources

Typing Agent


Keyboarding skills program


Quick Guide

ThinkCentral - Personal Math Trainer


An adaptive tool based off of the Math Expression Curriculum, PMT monitors student performance on tests, quizzes, and homework, and targets a student’s unique needs 


Adding a Class
Quick Guide

Zoom TK-12 Video conferencing tool that is utilized for virtual instruction Canvas Zoom Professional Development (Canvas Course)


Free Tools

Below is a list of tools and resources that have been vetted by the Technology & Innovation department. Most tools include a link to a review and detailed information created by Common Sense Media.
Please note:

  • While many of these tools are free, they may contain plans or features that can be purchased
  • Tools and sites may require parent permission and/or have age requirements




Common Sense Review

Teaching Resources, Guides, Tutorials


TK - 12

Versatile digital portfolio connects teachers, students, and parents  

Tool Review 

Seesaw Help Center
Icon Shortcuts for Activities


K - 12

Interactive slideshow tool engages students, promotes collaboration

Tool Review

Nearpod Help Center


3 - 12

Game-like student-response tool

Tool Review

Kahoot Help & Support Center


TK - 5

Digital library with popular titles, read aloud functions, and quizzes

Tool Review

Epic! FAQ


TK - 3

Digital storytelling for beginners

Tool Review

WriteReader Lesson Plans


3 - 12

Pose questions through collaborative video responses

Tool Review

Flipgrid Educator Innovation Station
Flipgrid Integration Docs


4 - 12

PDF editor and annotation tool

Tool Review

Kami Help Center


3 - 12

Crop, customize, and add in questions to videos

Tool Review

Edpuzzle Help Center


K - 12

STEM, Science, Math content & customizable courses

Tool Review

CK-12 Webinars
CK-12 Help Center


3 - 12

Writing platform with built-in rubrics & revision tools

Tool Review

Writable Help Center


4 - 12

Image editing and design with use of templates

Tool Review

Design School

Typing Club

K - 12

Gamified, data-driven activities help master keyboarding skills

Tool Review



3 - 12

Screen recording tool
*Pro version is free for educators for life

Tool Review

Help Center & Guides

Khan Academy

K - 12

Adaptive learning missions in math, STEM, and other areas, CCSS aligned

Tool Review

Help Center & Guides

Explain Everything

3 - 12

Enhanced, interactive whiteboard with recording features and more

Tool Review

Explain Everything Support

Adobe Spark

6 - 12

Flexible design tool for crafting images, videos, and sites

Tool Review

Adobe Spark Support
Inspiration Gallery


1 - 8

Gamified, adaptive math practice

Tool Review

Prodigy Get Help
Prodigy Resources


3 - 12

Design 3D objects with CAD, turns kids into makers

Tool Review

Tinkering Resources
Tinkercad Help Center

Design Squad Global

3 - 8

Students compete to create solutions to engineering challenges 

Tool Review

DSG Guides


K - 12

Cloud-based video recording and editing site

Tool Review

WeVideo Academy
WeVideo Resource Hub
Converting Google Slides 
Advanced Skills

Britannica School

K - 12

Online encyclopedia with hundreds of thousands of objective articles, biographies, videos, and images

Tool Review

User Guide 
Britannica Help Center

SIRS Discoverer

K - 8

A database covering all curriculum areas; includes newspaper, magazine, and reference content


Educator Resources
SIRS Help Center

Culture Grams

K - 12

Reference database for statisitics and cultural information on the countries of the world




K - 12

*K - 5 students have access through MyConnect course


Quick Guide: Embedding YouTube in MyConnect


Chromebook Resources


Google Resources

Standards & Curricula

ISTE Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) inspires educators worldwide to use technology to innovate teaching and learning, accelerate good practice and solve tough problems in education by providing community, knowledge and the ISTE Standards, a framework for rethinking education and empowering learners (source). 

The ISTE Standards are a framework for innovation in education. These standards help educators and education leaders worldwide prepare learners to thrive in work and life. 

Trimester Standards

* Network Only

PUSD Learning Center (MyConnect)

  • Includes District MyConnect courses, testing & assessment, and MyConnect resources.


Benchmark Universe (Elementary ELA)


Math Expressions (K-5) - Personal Math Trainer



K-12 Video Curriculum Links

  • Free educational video links curated by Poway Librarians
  • Videos for student use should be viewed for appropriate age level before being used in class.




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