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Scroll down for FAQs and tips pertaining to Zoom (K-8); SeeSaw (K-3); Google Classroom (4-8); DreamBox, Lexia, Literably (K-5); tech troubleshooting guides, and tips from CommonSense Media about supporting your child’s technology usage during Distance Learning. Check out these tips to troubleshoot home wifi coverage and here is a helpful video if you’re having wifi trouble.
If you are borrowing a Park Day School iPad or touchscreen Chromebook, the following Apps will be pre-loaded on your device. Current parents, please visit ParentSquare for information about passwords and other login data. Meraki is Park Day’s App management tool. Please reply affirmatively when Meraki prompts you to download or update an App. If you are using your own device for your child’s distance learning, be sure your child has access to the following Apps/programs:
If you have misplaced a username or password, this post in ParentSquare may help.
Navigate to Park Day School’s unique DreamBox login web address (URL): https://play.dreambox.com/login/wawg/parkds. (Bookmark this for future use.)
The school DreamBox login page will open. The student should then enter their username and password. Find username and password guidance here.
For additional help with DreamBox, please see:
Find username and password guidance here.
For additional information, please see:
If your student is using a computer (desktop or laptop) or Chromebook, they should go to literably.com and click Login in the upper right (or go directly to literably.com/login).
If you student is using an iPad, download the Literably app. (Literably does not yet work with Android tablets.)
Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool that enables students and teachers to video conference with one another, either 1:1 or as a whole class. It provides the ability to see, hear and interact through shared screens and a whiteboard function. Recording features allow for lessons to be played back later. Anything that can be shown live on a screen in a classroom can be livestreamed to one or many students with Zoom.
Students do not need an account to use Zoom. They will be prompted to join video-based meetings hosted by their teachers, who have access to a school-owned account. Don’t worry — teachers will guide students through the process step by step.
Families should make sure to have Zoom downloaded as an app on their tablets or the program downloaded on their computers. Links will be distributed by teachers.
In K-3 there will be one classroom Zoom link and teachers will rotate through. Parents can keep the Zoom link open all day if they want. For 4-8, Zoom links will be embedded in each student’s schedule to help guide them throughout the day. For MS, during advisory students will be taught how to populate google calendar with all meeting locations.
Select Mute and Stop Video in the lower left corner of the screen. You will know that you have turned off your mic and video when they look like this:
Most computers have built-in devices and no external cameras or microphones are required. However, we encourage students to use headphones or earphones with a microphone, such as a gaming headset or earbuds designed for a phone. This will allow for a better virtual classroom experience.
Besides just voice-chatting, Zoom gives kids plenty of tools to interact with each other and the teacher, work together, and even break off into smaller groups — just as if they were sitting with each other in a classroom. But if teachers don’t need these capabilities for class, or if they’re causing problems, they can all be turned off. Here’s just a sampling of what you can do if these features are enabled:
Students can use Zoom backgrounds, however backgrounds should be such that teachers are still be able to see the student and their learning space. Backgrounds should be a still photo, no moving backgrounds as they can become a distraction. For instructions on how to change your Zoom background and for some Park Day templates click through to this folder.
Yes, cameras must remain on while students participate in classes. For students that feel self-conscious seeing their image or feel distracted by their image, they can select “hide my image” by right clicking on their image so that they menu option of “hide myself” appears.
Once selected, your child will only see the other members of the Zoom call, and their image will disappear.
To bring back your image, right click on any visible user’s display and select “show myself” and your image will be brought back to the screen.
ZOOM Agreements in Picture/Written Form PDF
Seesaw is a platform that provides a simple way for K–3 teachers and students to record and share what’s happening in the classroom. Each morning, teachers will post daily schedules, activities and assignments for students — and parents — to see. Seesaw gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and submit assignments. It also provides a way for parents to see their child’s work and track the learning they are doing at school.
K–3 parents will receive an email from Seesaw prompting them to log in. Simply follow the steps in the email to access your account.
Either through the student app or through the Seesaw web browser.
Either through the family app or through the Seesaw web browser.
If necessary, parents should help their student(s) open the Seesaw app to view their daily schedule and assignments, and enter their Zoom room. Parents can also help create the right environment for studying.
Each specialty class teacher has a folder on your child’s Seesaw site. The work that is assigned, as well as any additional course content, will be available in this folder.
Humanities teacher, Rachel, shows students (and parents/guardians) how to navigate Google Classroom.
Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized. Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.
Teachers will go over all of these steps with their students, but as a reminder:
If you’re signing in for the first time:
Go to Menu to access:
You can join a class with:
Your teacher can tell you the class code. After you get the code, follow these steps:
Your teacher might send you an email invite. You can join the class from the email or in Classroom.
I forgot or lost the class code:
To join a class, you only need to enter the class code once. After you join the class, you don’t need the code again. If you forget, lose, or delete the code before joining the class, ask your teacher to share the code again.
My class code doesn’t work:
If the class code doesn’t work, check the following:
You’re signed in to Classroom with the correct account. Learn more.
The code you enter is 6-7 characters long, and uses letters and numbers. Codes can’t have spaces or use special characters.
If you still have trouble, let your teacher know.
You can attach one or more files to your work. You can also open new files in Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings, work in them, and then attach them to your assignment. However, you can’t attach a file that you don’t own.
If your teacher attached a document with your name in the title, it’s your personal copy to review and edit. As you work, your teacher can review your progress before you click Turn in.
Important: Any assignment turned in or marked done after the due date is recorded as late, even if you previously submitted the work before the due date.
Want to make changes to an assignment that you already turned in? Just unsubmit the work, make the changes, and turn it in again.
Important: Any assignment turned in or marked done after the due date is marked late, even if you previously submitted the work before the due date. If you unsubmit an assignment, be sure to resubmit it before the due date.
To quickly see upcoming work and latest announcements:
On each class card, you can review up to 3 assignments that are due in the next week.
You can see a list of all your work for a class. You can check your grades, review assignments and due dates, and see any work that’s late or missing. You can also filter your work by class.
When your teacher assigns work, it’s marked Assigned. If you don’t turn in your work on time, it’s marked Missing or Done late as soon as the due date or time arrives. For example, if work is due at 9:00 AM, turn it in by 8:59 AM. If you turn it in at 9:00 AM, it’s late.
If your teacher allows it, you can communicate with your class in the class stream in the following ways:
If you don’t want to post in the class stream, you can send a private comment to your teacher on an assignment or question.
Note: If your teacher mutes you, you can’t post, comment, or reply to comments. Only teachers can unmute a student.
Create a post:
To ask a question or to share information with your teacher and classmates, create a post.
Add an image, file, video, or link to your post:
You can attach items to your post, such as images, files, Google Drive items, YouTube videos, or links.
Search for a video:
Attach a video link:
Delete a post:
You can only delete your own posts.
If you delete a post, all the comments associated with it are also deleted. You can’t undo this action. Teachers can delete anyone’s post and see all deleted posts.
Add a comment to a post:
If your teacher allows, you can comment on other posts and comments. Teachers can delete comments.
Note: Comments are text only. You can’t add pictures, links, or videos.
Reply to a comment:
When you reply to a comment, the person you reply to is automatically mentioned. You can reply only to comments, not posts.
Delete a comment:
You can only delete your own comments. Teachers can see deleted comments.
Send a private comment to your teacher:
You can send a private comment to your teacher that only they can see from an assignment or question. You can see your teacher’s response when you open the assignment or question. If you delete a private comment, your teacher can still see it.
Q: What can I do to improve my Zoom experience?
A: If your laptop, desktop or tablet seems to be running slow at home, here are some strategies to “speed” things up:
Note: Comcast is offering free Wi-Fi hotspots to anyone who needs one – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. Learn more here.
Nearly all home internet connections are sufficient for Zoom, which recommends internet bandwidth at or above 5 Mbps. Most home plans range from 25-300 Mbps. You should be able to find this information in your home broadband plan details. However, a simple test is if you are able to stream video and movies with consistent results at home, then you are likely well prepared to support media-rich virtual collaboration. In fact, most mobile smartphones, when used as mobile hotspots, will deliver sufficient bandwidth to support Zoom-based video conferences.
Contact Jennifer Cooper, Facilities Manager, who can get you set up with a school loaner device.