Using Clever at Star Elementary in Hastings

Teaching young students how to properly remember and enter their different usernames and passwords can be an overwhelming task. Here is a free tool that could help to take the stress out of the term, students login on your device. The tool I am referring to is called Clever. Clever is an easy way for a user to access all of their learning applications. The user only has to login once. The targeted audience is kindergarten to second grade.  

How it works The kindergarten students use Clever to login their Chromebooks and now different applications. Clever allows students to a QR code on student ID badges on the webcam of the Chromebook. This help to eliminate time for students looking up and entering their password. At the end of the day, Keith and Ron was able to discover more application that could be pushed out to allow the students to login faster. It is a simple process for the users.

Step 1:  Personalized Clever Badges with QR codes

Step 2: Students hold their Clever Badge up to the webcam on their device.

Step 3: Students have access to all of their learning applications connected with Clever with no typing


Clever has over 200 applications here are just a few from the App Gallery:

  • Google Apps for Education
  • Active Directory
  • Office 365
  • Canvas
  • LDAPs
  • Lenovo Stoneware/webNetwork
  • ABC Mouse
  • Common Sense Education
  • Code Combat
  • Canvas
  • Edmodo
  • Edupoint Synergy


Clever Security and Privacy:

Security: Clever uses defense grade security standards

Privacy: Clever is 100% FERPA compliant

Control: Districts always maintain full control of their data.

Instant Login: SAML and OAUTH 2.0 for authentication. Districts will maintain 100% ownership of their data.  


For more information contact the Clever staff at


Sample of sharing others blogs

Check out this great blog post by Ron Houtman from Kent ISD (source:

wentcamping.jpgAs a teacher, I’m always looking for ways I can get my work done or do research even when I’m not at home.  Something a bit vexing is that I’m often in a place without internet access, and that decreases the ability to do the work.

Recently I was made aware of a program from Digital Wish and Mobile Beacon that will help you or your students get online for a low cost.

Mobile Beacon’s 4G LTE Program has donated hotspot modems and discounted $10/month wireless service for educators.  You get unlimited, high-speed 4G LTE mobile broadband service and a high quality, 10 hour battery life hotspot modem that can connect up to 10 people to the internet on only one plan.

Your cost would be $18 for the application and device and $120 year for internet access – which seems like a pretty great deal.  You’d be wise to ensure that you are in Sprint’s coverage areabefore you go through the process.

Check out the FAQ at the bottom of the program listing for more details and to sign up.

Should You drive On The Ice When It’s 60 Degrees? Hmmm?

Have you ever had a thought about something you would say, “That is just common sense.” Well, I can tell you that common sense isn’t that common. I came across this video of a person driving their truck and trailer on Lake Michigan. I know many may have the thought, it is February. What is the big deal? Lake Michigan has had extremely warm weather. Several days of record breaking high temperatures will into the mid 60 degrees.

I will share a video showing the results of this interesting act. But ask yourself a few things first. Do you believe it is wise to walk on the ice if the temperature has been in the mid 60 degrees for several days? Don’t try this at home.

The following post is from Artimis is called, “Watch This Idiot Sink His Truck And Trailer In Lake Michigan.”  WPTV NewsChannel 5, the NBC affiliate

Click to view video.