Tools for Teaching and Learning

Available through Contract with ESC Region 11

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Canvas Learning Management System

Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) utilized by ESC Region 11 to provide online and blended learning opportunities.

School districts may purchase Canvas at a discounted price through the ESC Region 11 Administrative Services Contract. For information about purchasing Canvas, contact Teela Watson or Dr. Chris Everett,

Canvas is supported by the Digital Learning Department.

Learn more about Canvas.

Discovery Education Video Streaming

Region 11's Instructional Video Streaming Library is a collection web-accessible curriculum-based videos in a digital format, provided through Discovery Education Streaming. This service provide saccess to thousands of digital videos, video clips, audio clips, supporting classroom materials, and instructional tools for teachers and students on-demand throughout the region.

Learn more about Discovery Education.

TeachingBooks online database available to all ESC Region 11 schools and charters through the EdTech/Digital Learning Contract. Students and educators can use TeachingBooks to explore children's books and young adult literature and their authors. The database provides access to educational materials and programs (short movies, audio book readings, book discussion guides, and more) that add a multimedia dimension to reading in the classroom, library, and home.

For information about how to sign in to TeachingBooks, contact your district technology director or E-mail Kayla Steiner.


VoiceThread is available to every district and charter school in ESC Region 11 through the Educational Technology Digital Learning Contract. VoiceThread can be a highly powerful tool to facilitate communication and collaboration at all instructional levels and across content areas. Click here for a great introduction to VoiceThread.

If your district is ready to get started with VoiceThread, please contact Linda McDonald for assistance.


Zoom is a cloud based desktop videoconferencing solution. The premium version of Zoom is available to all RETN members. The free version of Zoom is also very robust.

Read more about Zoom.


More Tools from ESC Region 11

BrightBytes Clarity

BrightBytes Clarity is a product that is included with the Administrative Services Contract with ESC Region 11. This product helps districts Determine whether the technology they are purchasing is improving learning outcomes, and helps administrators focus on the things that matter most.

For more details, contact Dr. Chris Everett, director of Administrative Services, or Michele Moore, with BrightBytes.

ESC Region 11 Data Analysis Tools

Our Teaching, Learning, and Certification Division provides numerous digital tools to aid in data analysis.

Learn more about data analysis tools provided by ESC Region 11.


Library, textbook, and asset management tools are provided through the TREC consortium. Contact Debby Reiling for more information.

Learn more about TREC products