District-Approved and Pending Applications

SFUSD has agreements with the following vendors. To use an application, please view our page on Adding Approved Applications at Your Site.

*Starred resources are recommended by DoT because they feature Single Sign On and Rostering support through Clever or Google

  • *3P Learning: publishes programs math and science literacy, including
    • Mathletics
    • Mathseeds
    • Reading Eggs
    • Spellodrome
    • WordFlyers
  • *Achieve 3000: Achieve 3000 is a differentiated literacy tool with an equity orientation
  • Adobe:
    • Creative Cloud and Acrobat for PC and Mac are approved for purchase - submit a help ticket for more information
    • Creative Cloud Mobile, Spark, and other free Adobe apps are approved for download
  • *Amplify: Amplify is SFUSD's platform for teaching Elementary Science. It also has programs for Language Arts, Middle School ELA, and K-8 reading.
  • Apple: Apple Classroom, Garage Band, etc.
  • Avant Assessment is approved for use, but is only provided through the Multilingual Pathways Department
  • *BrainPOP: BrainPOP Jr., BrainPOP ELL, and BrainPOP offer digital educational content for K-8 with 1300+ cross curricular topics that include animated movies written with humor plus learning tools such as movie-making, concept mapping, coding projects, learning games, playful assessments, and primary source activities. These help build higher-order thinking, cognitive, and literacy skills while encouraging reflection and give students multiple ways to convey comprehension and self expression. BrainPOP is offered in English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin.
  • Celtx: is script-writing and production tool
  • *DreamBox: DreamBox Learning is the only K-8 digital math program powered by students, built by and for educators, and independently proven to positively impact student achievement. Both during and between lessons, DreamBox dynamically adapts and differentiates in real time based not only on students’ answers, but also on how they solve problems. By automatically and continually supporting all students at their right level, DreamBox is a powerful partner in every classroom, school, and district. Along with actionable reporting and tools that empower classroom differentiation for all learners, DreamBox also gives teachers content-specific professional development relevant to the math their students are learning, provides administrators with insights about how all students are progressing, and enables strong connections between home and school. DreamBox is also working closely with the SFUSD math team to support the core math curriculum.
  • *EdClub - makers of TypingClub, SFUSD's preferred typing training tool, provided for free by SFUSD Department of Technology
  • Edgenuity: approved for use in credit recovery and provided by Curriculum & Instruction. If you wish to purchase other Edgenuity services, please contact the Digital Backpack team at goulda1@sfusd.edu
  • *Edmentum: Edmentum sells a variety of learning tools, including:
      • Spellodrome
      • Reading Eggs
      • Word Flyers
      • Study Island
  • *EVERFI: approved for use throughout the District. Please contact the Digital Backpack team at goulda1@sfusd.edu to discuss using it at your site.
  • Fuel Education: tools for personalized and blended learning. Primarily provided by SFUSD's office of Extended Learning & Support.
  • *GoGuardian (published by Liminex): DoT's official solution for monitoring students' use of Chromebooks in class. IPad and Mac users should consider Apple Classroom.
  • *The Google Suite for Education: tools on this page, including Gmail, Drive, and Classroom are approved for use. Other Google tools must be approved individually.
  • Grammar Gallery (by SG Consulting): this tool is provided at SFUSD by the Multilingual Pathways Department. If you wish to purchase other SG Consulting services, please contact the Digital Backpack team at goulda1@sfusd.edu
  • *Greenfield Learning: the exclusive partner in Northern California for the following personalized learning programs (click for more):
      • Lexia Core5 Reading (TK-5)
      • Lexia PowerUp Literacy (6+ struggling and non-proficient readers)
      • Lexia RAPID Assessment (K-12)
      • Reading Plus (3-12+)
      • Symphony Math (K-5)
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: HMH principally provides the Reading Inventory tool at SFUSD through the Research, Planning & Assessments office. If you wish to purchase other HMH tools, please contact the Digital Backpack team at goulda1@sfusd.edu
  • iChineseEdu: the iChineseReader product allows is an audio-book and reading-support tool for Chinese-language texts
  • *Imagine Learning: Imagine Learning is a suite of digital learning products for grades K-12. Subject matter areas include language, literacy, and mathematics. Students are provided with individualized learning paths based on their unique strengths and growth areas.
  • *IXL: IXL has a variety of products for PK-12 math, PK-12 English, 2-8 Social Studies, 2-8 Science
  • *Learning A-Z: reading and science tools for PK-6, including Raz-Kids
  • Learning Ally: an audiobook solution, with a focus on vision-impaired and dyslexic learners
  • McGraw Hill: vendor of the WONDER and ALEKS tools. If you wish to purchase other McGraw Hill tools, please contact the Digital Backpack team at goulda1@sfusd.edu
  • MIND Research Institute: creator of ST Math, a visual teaching tool for K-8
  • *Nearpod
    • Nearpod core: instructional software for engaging with students
    • Nearpod instructional content: topics such as Dig Cit, College and Career, and SEL
    • Flocabulary: a library of instructional content in the form of hip-hop music videos
  • *Newsela: Newsela is a database of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level. Use Newsela to differentiate nonfiction reading. Newsela has a free version which can be added from your Clever portal. Just go to clever.sfusd.edu, click "Library," click "Newsela," and "Install Newsela."
  • *Renaissance: assessment, instruction, and practice products for K-12 literacy, including:
    • MyOn
    • Freckle
  • 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.
  • Screencastify: Screencastify is a tool for recording and editing video from users' screens, aka "Screencasting." Please note that the free version of Screencastify is not approved for student use - students must only use Screencastify Premium, which can be purchased through the Digital Backpack.
  • 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.
  • Scratch Jr: a free story-building tool that teaches programming fundamentals. Available online or through SFUSD iPad Self Service.
  • *Seesaw: Seesaw is a platform for student engagement. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work in one place and share with families, and nothing is shared without teacher approval. Seesaw has a free version which can be added from your Clever portal. Just go to clever.sfusd.edu, click "Library," click "Seesaw," and "Install Seesaw."
  • SoundTrap (by Spotify): SoundTrap is a tool for creating and distributing podcasts
  • TuVa Labs - a visual math-education tool
  • TypingClub - see EdClub
  • WeVideo: WeVideo is the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for stunning playback anywhere. Please note that only the paid version of WeVideo is approved for use with students. Students must not use the free version of WeVideo.

The following vendors are actively engaged in negotiations to join the Digital Backpack:

  • TurnItIn: a tool to assist teachers evaluate student written work, with support for plagiarism-checking and frequently-used feedback
  • Starfall: early literacy
  • Soundtrap: a podcasting and audio production tool
  • Explore Learning: science and math simulations
  • Wowzers: K-8 Math personalized learning
  • Ponddy: a personalized learning tool for language learners
  • Texthelp: reading, writing, and comprehension tools including Texthelp Read & Write
  • Book Nook: a reading intervention tool

Vendors not on this list have not been sponsored for inclusion into the Digital Backpack, or have not responded to our outreach about the Master Contract.

Ready to add an application? Please view our page on Adding Approved Applications at Your Site.