Parent Tech Notes, Tips, and Tricks
This page contains some helpful notes, tips, and tricks to better ease your mind, answer your questions or possibly point you in the direction to get some help.
HOW STUDENTS CAN ACCESS THEIR LEARNING
Google - Decatur is all Google. All students, teachers, and staff have Google accounts. It is best for students to be using their Google accounts when doing their online coursework.
Google Chrome - If students are using another computer or device other than their school-issued device, they should be using the Google Chrome browser or any of the downloadable Google apps on smart devices such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Hangouts, etc.
Student Email - Student email is active for students in grades 3 through 12. Student email is monitored and filtered by a product we used called Gaggle.
- iPads - iPads will be made available for students in grades 3 and 4. Please look for new announcements coming to parents of students in those grades. iPads will use the passcode assigned by the student's homeroom teacher. There are specific apps loaded on the iPads and only teachers can request new apps. Students will not be able to install new unapproved apps.
- Chromebooks - Chromebooks are assigned to students in grades 5-8. The Google Chrome browser is automatically included with each device. Students can only use the device by logging in using their Google username and password.
- MacBooks - MacBooks are assigned to students in grades 9-12. The Chrome browser is included and loaded on all student MacBooks. Students are encouraged to use Google Chrome to access their school email and other online resources such as ClassLink and Canvas.
ClassLink - Using their Google Login students are able to access most of their online resources without having to memorize many different usernames and passwords. Encourage your child to use ClassLink to access their resources. Students use the Sign in with Google button on the ClassLink launch page.
Google Hangouts - Google Hangouts give teachers a way to have live video sessions with students using their Google usernames and passwords. Hangouts is accessed through the Google Chrome browser or through the Google Hangouts app on a smart device.
Canvas LMS - Canvas is the learning management systems and can be considered the "classroom" of online learning in Decatur ISD. Imagine the place where students meet to get their materials, assignments, activities, discussions, quizzes and tests. Decatur ISD supports Canvas as our learning management system but some teachers use Google Classroom as well.
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HOW TO GET HELP FOR YOUR STUDENT
If the problem involves a specific online lesson or activity your child is doing, please contact the teacher that made the assignment.
If your student issued device is damaged, lost, or stolen, please be sure to notify the campus as soon as possible so arrangements can be made to lock the device and start immediate recovery efforts.
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