Clever supports several types of district learning applications. This article outlines the differences between each type of application.
Most district applications are added by district admins to Clever via the district dashboard > Applications > Request Applications page. From this page, applications can be sorted by integration type to make it easier to locate the right one for your district.
Clever is a free service for schools and districts, so schools and districts do not pay Clever to utilize our platform. However, some learning applications do require certain fees to use their products through Clever (e.g. licensing or subscription fees). The 'Request Applications' list can also be sorted by 'Free' which provides a list of learning applications that are completely free to districts.
Rostering applications support Secure Sync Rostering. This means the rostering data from your district's student information system (SIS) is synced to Clever, which is then synced to your connected rostering applications. Essentially, this means up-to-date rostering data is maintained in your connected learning applications by the secure transfer of your SIS data from Clever to the applications.
Single sign-on (SSO) apps
These applications are integrated with Clever and support single sign-on (SSO). These applications do not receive rostering data from Clever.
Rostering and single sign-on (SSO) apps
These applications support both rostering and SSO! This means all rostering and single sign-on data is synced to the application by Clever.
The Clever Library is a place for teachers to discover, add, and review new resources for their classrooms. Resources in the Library can be added by teachers to their Teacher Pages for easy access by students.
Library apps provide lightweight rostering and are able to create accounts for students/teachers! They are the easiest and most secure way for teachers to add applications for their classrooms and provide a seamless SSO experience.
District administrators have the ability to recommend and block Library resources, or disable the Library feature completely for their district. Information on managing the Library at the district-level can be found here.
SSO (Saved Passwords) apps
SSO (Saved Passwords) applications are apps that don't currently have a rostering or single sign-on (SSO) integration with Clever, but can still be accessed via SSO through the Clever Portal. This means districts can provide users with a seamless SSO experience for almost any learning application even if it is not an existing Clever partner.
With the SSO (Saved Passwords) option, rostering data and user accounts are not synced to the app by Clever. This means they must be created within the application in advance, and user login credentials need to be manually set by the district admin, or by the users themselves. Clever will securely store these credentials so district users are logged into the applications automatically via single sign-on through Clever.
Click here to read more about SSO (Saved Passwords) applications.
If you have any questions about the types of learning applications in Clever, please reach out to Clever support! We are happy to help!