Ed-Tech Tools

Be intentional when you add new tools and resources to your current teaching situation.

Palliser's Technology Team maintains the security and safety of the G-Suite environment for both our students and our staff. If you are utilizing a 3rd-party solution outside of G-Suite or those listed below, it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable of the security and privacy settings so you can set-up and maintain a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff.

The linked Sheet outlines the equipment that is available for short-term loans from the Tech Team. Please submit a service request to request a piece of equipment.

The Sheet also contains tabs for DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP/LITERACY resources, approved iOS APPS, approved STUDENT CHROME Extensions, and LINUX APPS that have been tested on Chrome OS.

Palliser relies on G-Suite for Education as our primary suite of tools. This includes all Palliser email accounts, unlimited storage in Google Drive, assignment and resource management with Google Classroom, video conferencing services through Google Meet, and document creation using Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Palliser teachers also have access to G-Suite Enterprise for Education tools which include unlimited Originality reports in Google Classroom and Assignments, and the enhanced features in Google Meet (recording, larger group sizes, etc) that were available during the spring.

All students within Palliser have access to the premium features of Read&Write, EquatIO, Fluency Tutor, and WriQ - assistive, literacy, and numeracy tools from Texthelp - through their Palliser Google account.

Other approved tools

The tools listed below are supported by Palliser and as such technical and training support is available. Staff and students should use their Palliser email address to login for access to these tools. Contact Jason Kwasny for access information and with any questions or training needs.

A complete list of technology resources that are available to borrow from the Tech Team can be found here.

    • Adobe - All Palliser staff and students have access to Adobe Spark, Adobe mobile apps, and 2 GB of Adobe storage when logging in using the Sign in with Enterprise ID link and their Palliser email address. Access to the complete Adobe CC suite can be arranged at a minimal cost to the school.

    • Criterion On-Demand - Major motion picture streaming service that will auto-login within the Palliser network. Access outside of the Palliser network is not available.

    • Destiny by Follett - This is the library software that is used by the majority of Palliser’s schools; feature sets that are made available within the software are school specific

    • Exambank - Online test practice and study resource that is aligned with the Alberta curriculum; login information on this is available from your principal.

    • Learn360 - Educational video streaming service; computers within Palliser’s network will auto-login.

    • Microsoft 365 - Palliser staff can use their Palliser email account to sign up for an educational version of Office. Access is available as long as their Palliser email account is active.

    • myBlueprint - myBlueprint is the recommended student portfolio and educational planning software.

    • Overdrive Media - Alberta Public School K-12 Shared Digital Collection - Palliser staff and students can gain access to this collection of digital books using their Palliser Google login; the intent of this collection is to provide digital fiction e-books, audio books, and read-a-longs for recreational use.

    • SchoolMessenger - This communication application that integrates with Palliser's PowerSchool database, provides the ability for general broadcasts as well as classroom messaging.

    • Soundtrap - Access to a licensed version of Soundtrap (for audio production) can be obtained for a limited duration to assist in the completion of video projects.

    • WeVideo - Access to a licensed version of WeVideo (for video production and screen recording) is available to all Palliser teaching staff. Student licenses can be obtained for a limited duration to assist in the completion of video projects.

Classroom Activities and Suggested Tools

Discussion forums and Chat rooms

The intent of a discussion forum or chat room is to provide an environment for text based conversations among multiple people. Chat rooms can be used as a back-channel during a video conference or live streaming events (without fear of losing the chat when then event ends) or as an asynchronous learning tool.

Google Chat, Google Classroom, & Flipgrid

Learning Management System

A Learning Management System (LMS) is an online environment that is designed to host resources, managing the assigning and collecting of learning activities and assignments, and facilitating discussion and maintain communication.

Google Classroom, Moodle

Video Conferencing

Classroom uses for video conferencing include connecting with students who cannot physically be in class or with experts who would not regularly be accessible to your class (or both at the same time!).

Google Meet

Live Streaming

Live streaming is similar to video conferencing, without the direct interaction between the presenter and the participants, which is usually left to a back channel or chat room. Uses for live streaming in schools may include providing a video feed to a major event (concert, sporting event, etc) or to an event where input from the audience is not required.

Google Meet (internal only), YouTube Livestreaming


Classroom uses for screencasting include creating - (Teacher) instructional videos (for home viewing) - e.g. teaching an art or math concept, demonstrating printing, flipping your classroom; (Student) recordings of presentations for submission as evidence of learning.

Chrome OS screen recorder, WeVideo

Student Portfolios

Student portfolios are an opportunity for students to reflect on and demonstrate their learning over time.