- General Tips on Managing Your Student Laptop
- Managing Messages in Veracross, Haiku, and Google Classroom
- Security & Privacy Recommendations
- General Educational Resources
- Digital Health & Wellness
- On Digital Citizenship & Digital Parenting
- Tips and Tricks for Learning with iPads
- Using Zoom
- Setting Up Parental Controls on Mac: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/mac-help/mtusr004/10.14/mac/10.14
- Adding a printer on Mac: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/mac-help/mh14004/mac
- Guide from Apple with resources for families along with many other troubleshooting tips via the search tool: https://www.apple.com/families/
- Installing software on a Mac: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/mac-help/mh35835/mac
- To access all messages from Haiku, teachers, etc in Veracross:
- Login to the Parent Portal at www.sidwell.edu/parent
- Once in, click on the orange QuakerZone button
- From the main QuakerZone page, you’ll see Messages and an envelope in the upper right. Click on that, and it will default to the most recent, and you can also click on the People tab to see emails by person.
- When logging into Haiku:
- Your username is your email with an underscore instead of the @ sign
- You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for help logging in or resetting your password
- Google Classroom - guide and notifications
- You might have seen many, many notifications for your student’s Google Classroom classes. This is because Google has a lot of different kinds of notifications - ones for each post, assignment, and each class. Some students prefer to receive these emails as a reminder, but many others find them overwhelming.
- Here is a step-by-step guide for turning off those notifications: Turn notifications on or off - Computer - Classroom Help
From Common Sense Media: Parents' Ultimate Guide to Google Classroom
- Best Practices for Securing Zoom Classrooms and Meetings
- In addition, Cornell University has a great guide on Zoom security features
- Common Sense Media has a fantastic guide on supporting your students to use Zoom or other video conferences as their classroom: How to Get Kids Ready to Video-Chat for Online Classes
- On Zoom Accounts for MS Students:
- Installing AdBlock - Google Chrome Extension
Install MalwareBytes (virus scanning software recommended by SFS IT)
- Family Media Agreement (Common Sense Media)
- Great worksheet for you and your family to refer to to cultivate healthy routines around using media and technology
- On Making Digital Well-Being a Habit (Common Sense Media)
- This is a great resource that talks about both sides of using technology responsibly, with additional tips for families to consider as part of boosting digital well-being
- Google & Digital Well-Being
- This is Google’s resource for helping families to cultivate good digital habits. It’s a great resource filled with activities and other resources (along with tips for navigating Google-specific tools like Youtube)
- Helping Parents to Identify Cyberbullying (Connect Safely)
- How to Protect Sleep, Attention, and Family Relationships (Common Sense Media)
- This is a wonderful article going into some of the latest research on the ways families and teenagers engage with media (especially social media). The article also provides helpful tips on managing technology use.
- School Year Screen Time Rules From a Teacher (Common Sense Media)
- This article goes into the perspective of a teacher (and parent) sharing firsthand tips for establishing screentime rules and finding a balance, along with highlighting the benefits that come from responsible technology use.
- Socializing from a Distance (Common Sense Media)
- CommonSenseMedia is one of the best tools available to evaluate media, apps, and websites to make decisions about what media you and your family are engaging with.
- Be Internet Awesome is a tool from Google that we use as part of our digital citizenship curriculum with 5th and 6th grade students. Here are their resources for families page!
- Family Online Safety Institute is a comprehensive resource dedicated to guiding you through evaluating tools and setting your family up for success. This specific page is all about digital parenting, what it looks like, and a toolkit you can use.
Switching Between Apps https://support.apple.com/guide/ipad/switch-between-apps-ipad619935ea/ipados
Split the Keyboard - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207521
Markup on iPad - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206885
Steps to troubleshoot an App - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201398
How to update an iPad - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204204
AirPrint from an iPad - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201387
Note: We have added a filter for Safari on the iPads that will “Limit Adult Content”.
- Students can mirror their iPad to a TV if the parents have an Apple TV or if they purchase a Lightning to HDMI cable.
- Parents can “Lock” the students into an application with Guided Access. A passcode is needed in order to allow this feature to work which also prevents the students from leaving the app. Parents would have to create this passcode. - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202612
The Zoom app updated on all the LS student iPads and as a result, it seems that audio isn’t working on some of the student iPads. Students may see a “Connecting…” message at the top of their zoom call and the normal controls will not load. There has been some success with just restarting the iPad and reconnecting. If that doesn’t work, then follow these steps:
If students are experiencing this, there is a setting that parents will need to ensure is on before the students connect to meetings. When you first open Zoom on a student iPad, there is a settings icon on the top left corner, click on Meetings and make sure that Auto-Connect to Audio is set to Use Internet. I have attached a screenshot. This will allow the students to hear and speak. Since the students may not have access to the mute button, you may need to unmute them.