Valley Central Parent Resources for Digital Learning

Log In l Connect to WiFi l Classlink l Google For Education l Kami l Read & Write

Logging In at Valley Central

All students have access to a Google Account that will give them access to the Google Classroom digital learning space and tools for them to access online instruction.  The student’s username and password configuration is:

Student USERNAME
Firstname.lastname@k12.vcsdny.org

Student PASSWORD
VClowercasefirstinitiallowercaselastinitialbirthmonthbirthdate

EXAMPLE LOG-IN

Meet (fictitious student) Jacob Zales whose bday is March 27th

jacob.zales@k12.vcsdny.org
VCjz0327


Connecting your Chromebook to Home WiFi Network

You will need to connect to a wireless network (commonly known as WiFi networks) to access the Internet. To check for your WiFi networks you click on the network icon in the lower-right corner of your screen. Just click your network name to connect to it and if you have it secured you will need to type in your password. 

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.

  2. Select Not Connected (Note: If you see your Wi-Fi network name and a signal strength, your Chromebook is already connected to Wi-Fi.)

  3. Select the (secure) WiFi network.

  4. Type the network password

  5. Select Connect.


    Classlink

    If you are not using a school-issued device and Classlink does not automatically open when logging in, you can directly go to the Classlink using LAUNCHPAD.CLASSLINK.COM/VCSDNY

    What is Classlink?

    Upon logging into your student assigned Chromebook, you may have noticed a login page for “ClassLink”. ClassLink provides “OneClick”, which enables single sign-on (SSO) access to web and Windows applications that the district has signed up for staff and students to use. ClassLink is ideal for 1:1 initiatives, which Valley Central School District currently offering. ClassLink connects many district software and cloud accounts to one interface, which also stores usernames and passwords. This means no more needing to remember them, write them down, or access multiple lists around the buildings.

    STUDENT LOGIN (FIRST TIME ONLY)

    ClassLink uses your network credentials (Active Directory), which is the same login information you use on District computers. During the first time users will log in using the Active Directory credentials to get into ClassLink, but once in, they can configure ClassLink to “remember” their accounts for future logins. When a Chromebook first boots up students log into it using their Gmail User ID and password. Once they have logged in to the Chromebook they will see the Classlink login page.

    At this point, they need to log in to Classlink. The following steps are only done once:

    Enter your User name and Password into Classlink, this name and password is the same as the one you use to log into a District computer. If you do not remember this information, please use the following guidance:

    User ID= firstname.lastname

    Password=(VC – All Caps)(First initial First name – ALL LOWERCASE)(First Initial Last name –ALL LOWERCASE) (2 characters for the students MONTH of birthday) (2 characters for students DAY of birthday)

    Example:

    Student John Smith born on May 10th

    Username would be – john.smith

    Password would be – VCjs0510

    After students are logged in, they MUST do the following steps (ONE TIME!) so that Google can sync with their Gmail account:

    1 – Once logged in to Classlink, go to the top right corner and click your user profile.

    2 – Click “Settings”.

    3 – Click “Sign In”

    4 – Under the “Google account” click the BLUE CHAIN under the word “Disconnected”. The chain should turn red and you should see your Gmail account appear over it. NOTE: You MAY be prompted to log into your VCSD Gmail account.  (If that is the case log into your Gmail at this time). Once this is complete you have now synchronized all of your accounts.

    You will not have to do these steps again. From this point on, applications will be made available through Classlink and many of them will log you in automatically without the need to remember multiple passwords.


Google for Education

Google Junior Training Series

The Google Junior Training Series offers Youtube videos on Chrome, Drive, Slides, Forms, Doc, Classroom, Meet, Keep, Gmail, Calendar. 

How to use Google Meet for Online Learning

The article, How to use Google Meet for Online Learning, from the “Ditch that Textbook” explains how to master Google Meet.

More Help with Google Classroom 

 


Additional Classroom Tech Resources

Kami

Kami is an online document annotation and markup tool. You can highlight, underline, and strikethrough text in PDF and other document formats.

Get the Chromebook Kami Extension here. 

A Step by Step Guide for Students on completing assignments with Kami

Read&Write

 

Read&Write is literacy software with tools designed for reading, writing, study, and research support. 

Here is the Chromebook extension for Read&Write.

Read&Write Overview

Texthelp Overview

Read&Write for Google Chrome Tool Usage Guide gives step by step instructions for using the tools

Basic Practice with the Tools for Students

Advanced Practice with the Tools for Students