Birdville ISD Technology & Digital Learning
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April 30, 2020
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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.
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.
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.
iPhone OR iPad:
On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app . If you don’t yet have the Google Chrome app, download it from the App Store.
NOTE: If multiple accounts are using the Chrome browser on this device you can tap the account you want to use.
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.
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
Google Play Store
REMEMBER: Log in to these apps with your student’s email and password
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.
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Google Classroom and Canvas send notifications to your child’s Birdville ISD Student Email.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING BISD STUDENT EMAIL
Here is a great article with more advice for navigating this new frontier of online education with your children.
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)
You can install the Chrome extension for Immersive Reader to help your child read text on any web page.
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.
The BISD Technology Department and the BISD Digital Learning teams are here to assist you!
NEED A DEVICE OR INTERNET SERVICE?
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.