Birdville ISD Technology & Digital Learning

PARENT NEWS #1

April 30, 2020

Top 5 Tech Tips to Support Your Child with Personalized Learning at Home

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Top 5 Tech Tips to Support Your Child with Personalized Learning at Home        

#1: Sign in to the Chrome Browser        

#2: Download and Use the App for Google Classroom, Seesaw Class, or

Canvas (phone and tablet users)        

#3: Translate Any Google Chrome Webpage into Another Language        

#4: Student Email        

#5: Parent Tips for Navigating Online Learning at Home        

BONUS #6: Immersive Reader  Help with Reading Online        

NEED TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE?        

We are here to support you and your child!

Here are the current top five tips for using technology to participate in personalized learning at home.

#1: Sign in to the Chrome Browser

Google Chrome Logo

Your student will always be able to access BISD resources and applications if they are signed in to the Chrome browser with their BISD Google account. See how to log in to the Chrome browser based on the device your child is using.

 Note: Students will log in with their Birdville ISD email.

CHROMEBOOK:
If your student is using a Chromebook, they are automatically signed into the Chrome browser.

WINDOWS LAPTOP OR DESKTOP:
If your child is using a Windows laptop or desktop, they will need to sign in to the Chrome browser.

>View Signing Into Chrome Browser Instructions

iPhone OR iPad:
On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app Chrome logo. If you don’t yet have the Google Chrome app, download it from the App Store.

  1. At the bottom right, tap theThree horizontal dots [symbol] for More Options symbol for More Options, then tap the Settings icon symbol for Settings. Sign in to Chrome.
  2. Sign in with your child’s Google Account.

NOTE: If multiple accounts are using the Chrome browser on this device you can tap the account you want to use.

  1. Tap Continue Open arrow [symbol] to the right meaning "and then" OK, Got it.

ANDROID PHONE

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app Chrome icon. If you don’t yet have the Google Chrome app, download it from Google Play.
  2. To the right of the address bar, tapThree vertical dots symbol meaning More Optionsfor More Options, then Settings, then theOpen arrow [symbol] to the right meaning "and then"symbol to select the account you are signing in to Chrome with.
  3. Tap the account that you want to use.
  4. Tap Continue, Open arrow [symbol] to the right meaning "and then", OK, Got it.

WHAT TO DO WHEN MULTIPLE STUDENTS OR PEOPLE USE THE SAME DEVICE

If your computer or phone is shared by multiple students or people, you can add multiple accounts (profiles) in Chrome and easily switch back and forth between users.

>View Instructions to Share Chrome with Others

#2: Download and Use the App for Google Classroom, Seesaw Class, or Canvas (phone and tablet users)

 Seesaw ClassGoogle ClassroomCanvas

Working inside the apps instead of the browser makes the learning experience much easier for students.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM, SEESAW CLASS, AND CANVAS APPS
If your teacher is using Google Classroom, Seesaw Class or Canvas to deliver personalized learning, go to the App Store (iOS/Apple) or the Google Play Store (Android) and download the app.

ADDITIONAL APPS FOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM USERS

NOTE: To use all the features of the Classroom app, you will also need the apps for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. If these apps  aren’t already on your device, you can get them from the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS/Apple).

Google Play Store

iTunes

REMEMBER:  Log in to these apps with your student’s email and password

#3: Translate Any Google Chrome Webpage into Another Language

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WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW TO EASILY TRANSLATE ANY WEBSITE ON GOOGLE CHROME

How to Translate a Website in Google Chrome Video – this will translate the webpage you are on, one time only.

HOW TO CHANGE THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR CHROME BROWSER (WINDOWS AND CHROMEBOOK ONLY)

You can set Chrome to show all settings and menus in the language you want. This option is only available on Windows and Chromebook computers.

On Mac or Linux? Chrome will automatically display in the default system language for your computer.

INSTRUCTIONS

CLICK FOR INSTRUCTIONS WITH PHOTOS

#4: Student Email

Email

Google Classroom and Canvas send notifications to your child’s Birdville ISD Student Email.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING BISD STUDENT EMAIL

View Details on Accessing Student Email 

#5: Parent Tips for Navigating Online Learning at Home

Picture of a family

Here is a great article with more advice for navigating this new frontier of online education with your children.

ARTICLE:  Tips for Parents Navigating Online Learning

BONUS #6: Immersive Reader – Help with Reading Online

WHAT IS IMMERSIVE READER?

Immersive Reader is a free tool that implements proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people, regardless of their age or ability. Immersive Reader can improve reading comprehension and increase fluency for English language learners. It can help build confidence for emerging readers learning to read at higher levels and offer text decoding solutions for students with learning differences such as dyslexia.

Immersive Reader is a tool that helps students to read by ...

(Screenshot via Microsoft Immersive Reader video)

WATCH A VIDEO TO LEARN ABOUT IMMERSIVE READER FEATURES

You can install the Chrome extension for Immersive Reader to help your child read text on any web page.

Get the extension

HOW TO USE THE CHROME EXTENSION

Your child will have access to all of the Immersive Reader features, including picture dictionary, background color change, focus view and more.

NEED TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE?

The BISD Technology Department and the BISD Digital Learning teams are here to assist you!

NEED A DEVICE OR INTERNET SERVICE?

Go to the Birdville ISD Devices and Connectivity webpage

HOW TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE

If you or your child have technical issues or questions, first email your teacher.

If you still need assistance, please email Helpdesk@BirdvilleSchools.net to describe your problem.

Please include parent/guardian name, email address, phone number, student's name, ID number (lunch number), grade level, and campus.