Working with Technology

Thanks to the collective efforts of an entire team, we were able to distribute more than 1,400 Chromebooks to our families. It was a great pleasure to welcome our parents and students to schools while maintaining health and safety through social distancing.

Parents' helpdesk

We expect parents to ask for help using Chromebooks, logging in or connecting to home internet. To support you, our Helpdesk is available by sending us a form detailing your request at http://helpdesk.st-clair.net/.

Staff will only communicate digitally with students through Board issued email or Board approved applications (e.g. Google Classroom, Edsby, school email, D2L, Brightspace).

Getting started with technology doesn't have to be a struggle, and you don't have to work through this alone. Please reach out to the classroom teacher by email if you have any questions about how they will be communicating with your child. Your teacher might direct you to the Board's Helpdesk to assist you with access to applications or hardware questions.

Your child's teacher will choose the digital tools that work best for their classroom. Depending upon age and readiness one or more tools may be used. The more common digital tools are listed below. Please contact the classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Google Meet

Parent and Student Guide to Google Meet

Google Classroom

Many teachers use Google Classroom to simplify home/school communication. You can use it by going to https://classroom.google.com/, or by downloading the app (iOS, Android) onto your mobile device.

Edsby

Some teachers have been using Edsby to stay in touch with you and your children. Watch for messages in your email, or set up notifications using the instructions below.

Parents and guardians of elementary students should have received an invitation into Edsby from their child's school earlier this school year. If you accepted the invitation, go to the Edsby log in page and sign in using your email address and the password you created.

Email

Your child's teacher may communicate directly with your family through email. You may want to check your email Spam filter to make sure that these messages are getting through.

myBlueprint (grades 7-12)

We are so excited to announce that the LIVE webinars for families are back by popular demand!

Based on the positive feedback, additional webinar dates have been added to continue to support the documentation of learning from home using All About Me Portfolio (K-6) and Education Planner (7-12).

Documenting Learning From Home (K-12)

  • April 29th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. EST

  • May 5th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. EST

  • May 13th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. EST

Can’t make it to one of the live webinars? Click here to watch last week’s webinar recording!

What topics will be covered in the family-focused webinars?

  • How students can document evidence of learning using myBlueprint portfolios (K-12), including examples of portfolio artifacts students can create from home

  • How families can create a Family Account to comment on learning and prompt for deeper reflection

  • How families can use the Family Activities Package to select fun grade-specific activities to try out with their students remotely

What technology is required for the webinars?

Families can join through their computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet connection. Turning on a microphone and webcam is entirely optional!

Instructions on how to connect to the webinar will be shared via email once families register to a webinar event.

Staying Safe

resources-for-families-and-educators-staying-home-during-covid-en.pdf
tipsheet_parental_controls_0.pdf

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