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COVID-19: Accessing Classroom Resources

Accessing Classroom Resources

It's all about logging in the right way.

Step 1: Logging in to the Computer

There are several types of logins you'll need to differentiate during Distance Learning. Let's start with the computer since this is the first thing your students will need to do in the morning. It will vary slightly depending on the computer you're using.

District Chromebooks (Most Students)
This is the type of device the majority of students received from their school. With this type of device, students should log into "the machine" using the same username and password they are familiar with from school. Logging in this way will make all necessary applications or bookmarks available to them.

► PreK-2 Students
The majority of students in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade will use a shared username and password specific to their school. This information will come from your student's school. Some grade two students have individual accounts with unique usernames and passwords. If they cannot recall these, contact the school or teacher.

► Grade 3-12 Students
Students in grades 3-12 will login with a Google for Education username and password they have been using at school. The username is their school-issued email address and will look something like this: abstudent@nhsau57.org. Contact the IT department if they cannot recall their login information.

Personal Chromebooks 
Students using family-owned Chromebooks will follow the same directions as above, but may first need to log out of the machine, then log back in with their school username and password. The access to applications they will need are associated with their school user account.

District Windows Computers
Students with a school-district supplied Windows laptop will login to the computer with their username (not to include the @NHSAU57.org) and password. Next they will open a Chrome Browser and go to Google.com. Click the "Sign in" button and login with the @NHSAU57.org username and password. They will then need to take the additional step to log into the Chrome Browser. Click here for instructions.

Personal Windows or Mac Computers (Laptop or other)
Students using a family-owned computer will -- if necessary -- log into the computer as they normally would. Next they will open a Chrome Browser and go to Google.com. Click the "Sign in" button and login with the @NHSAU57.org username and password. They will then need to take the additional step to log into the Chrome Browser. Click here for instructions.

Step 2: Accessing Classrooms and Zoom

After successfully logging in to the computer, Google and the Chrome Browsser, you will need to access your student's classroom and, in some cases, the Zoom application for video communications.

Classrooms
Classrooms will be provided in two forms -- a teacher website (PreK-2) or a Google Classroom (grades 3-12).

► PreK-2 Students
Links to teacher websites for PreK-2 students will be listed on the homepage of the school's website. Clicking on the teacher's name will take you to their site. Starting Monday, March 23, a password will be required to access this site in an effort to maintain the privacy of students. Passwords will be provided by your school prior to Monday. Access your school homepage here:

► Grade 3-12 Students
Students in grades 3-12 will login to Google Classroom to access their teacher's class (grades 3-5) or a separate class for each subject (grades 6-12). All classrooms will be located at this link.

► Unified Arts and Student Services
Additional classes such as physical education, art, music, special education, speech, etc. will be available from the main classroom site.

Zoom
Zoom is accessed by students from icons or links within the Chrome Browser once they have logged in with their @NHSAU57.org account. There's no need to go to Zoom.com.

► Chromebooks
Students using a Chromebook will find the Zoom icon at the bottom of the screen in the application "tray". You may need to move the mouse/curser to the bottom of the screen for this to reveal itself.

► Non-Chromebooks
Students using a Windows or Mac computer will need to log into Google and the Chrome browser with their @NHSAU57.org account. They will then see an icon in the upper left of the browser titled "APPS". Clicking on this will reveal a number of applications including Zoom.

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