Technology Support for Families

Access technology videos and technology resources to help your student in the virtual learning environment.

 

  • icon for desk and chairDedicate a space for your child to do their work.
  • The computer needs to be on a level surface. (Laptops should not be used on your child’s lap.)
  • Everyone can see where your child is working when their camera is on.

 

  • image of desktopStudents can email teachers through their Gmail account. (studentID@fcpsschools.net).
  • Your child may also use this email to reach out to their school counselor and other school staff. Parent emails will not go through fcpsschools.net

 

  • google classroom iconCheck for assignments and announcements in Google Classroom or FCPS 24-7 Learning.
  • Or Check for assignments and announcements in Schoology if your child is at a school piloting this program in 2020-21 (Langley, Marshall, Edison, West Springfield, Westfield pyramids) 

 

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  • Help your child stick to a schedule.
  • Have your child follow the schedule for meeting with teachers.
  • Your child may use the other days to complete assigned work and check in when needed.


Encourage your child to be open and flexible to learn this new way together.

A one-page Technology Tips for Families is available in multiple languages to help you support your child with virtual learning. Select your language below to access this helpful virtual learning technology resource.

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General Computer Use

Connecting to the Internet

1. Disconnect, then reconnect to the internet.

2. Restart your device.

Accessing a website

  1. Refresh the web page. Click on the refresh icon. 
  2. Try using another browser.
  3. Check your Internet connection.

Student login information

  • Username: Student ID number
  • Password: The FCPS network (Gmail and FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard)) share the same password.

 

Resetting a password

Forgot or Need to Change Your Password for FCPS 24-7, SIS Account, Google, or the FCPS Network?

Troubleshooting the Sound on your FCPS laptop - Videos

These videos will show you how to access and troubleshoot sound on your FCPS laptop. 

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Troubleshooting the Camera on your FCPS Laptop - Videos

This video will show you how to access and troubleshoot the camera on your FCPS laptop. 

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Microphone Troubleshooting on Your FCPS Laptop - Videos

These videos will show you how to access and troubleshoot the microphone on your FCPS laptop. 

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Printing at Home - Videos

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Connecting to a Bluetooth Device - Videos

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Connecting to an External Display - Videos

Connecting the FCPS Mifi Device to your lLaptop

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra -  allows real-time meetings between students and teachers. 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Videos

These videos tell you how to access links to your BBCU synchronous learning sessions. It also includes some information about the basic tools you will use including your microphone, camera and raising your hand. (Video, 4:41)

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Create Easy to Find Links to Virtual Learning (BBCU) in Google Calendar (video)

Create Easy to Find Links to Virtual Learning (BBCU) in Google Calendar - Learn how to take invitations from Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) sent in Gmail and then create easy-to-find links using Google Calendar events. This way you can easily schedule and find the link to online class, without having to look through multiple emails.  (Video, 3:19) 

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Google Suite - G Suite for Education provides a suite of cloud-based tools to schools. The tools and services include messaging and collaboration apps, such as Gmail, Google Drive and Calendar, Classroom, and Meet. 

Google Classroom - Signing on (videos)

Signing on to the Google Classroom (Video, 3:06)

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If your child's teacher is using Google Classroom for assignments, you will need to log on using your child's FCPSschools.net email account.

What do I need? 

     A computer (desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone) and internet connection.

How do I login?

  1. Open Google Chrome 
  2. Go to www.fcpsschools.net
  3. Enter your child’s 7-digit studentID number and click Next
  4. Enter your child’s FCPS password and click Next
  5. Access Gmail from the 3x3 apps grid in the upper-right

Google Classroom - Locating Assignments (videos)

Locating Assignments in Google Classroom (Video, 3:51)

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Google Classroom - Submitting Assignments (videos)

Submitting Assignments in Google Classroom (Video, 5:16)

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Google Classroom - Resubmitting Assignments (videos)

Google Meet - Videos

Find out how to join your class on Google Meet. 

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Blackboard Learn: Parent View and SIS Access 

  • get access to your student's courses
  • view College and Academic Career Planning (for Middle and High school students)
  • view and update Emergency Care information.
  • view your student's records including scheduling, attendance, discipline, health, grades, test results, and academic programs

Blackboard Learn (FCPS 24/7)

FCPS 24-7 Learning, sometimes referred to as Blackboard (the vendor's name), is the online resource that allows Fairfax County Public Schools students to extend learning beyond the traditional school day and beyond school facilities. 

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Parent View (FCPS 24/7 Blackboard) - Videos

FCPS 24-7 Learning provides parents access to available courses the student is enrolled in, Naviance Student to view College and Academic Career Planning (for Middle and High school students), weCare@school to view and update Emergency Care information, and Bus Stop Information via the Bus Stop module. Find out more. 

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Student Information System (SIS)

The Student Information System (SIS) supports all aspects of a student’s educational experience and includes demographic data and information related to scheduling, attendance, discipline, health, grades, test results, and academic programs.  SIS is a secure, web-based system accessible by staff, students, and parents.

Find out more. 

How to Create a SIS ParentVUE Account (Videos)

Access the secure solution for information about your child's attendance, class performance, demographic data, and more.

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Schoology

Schoology is the learning management system that is being used in 17 pilot schools this year.  The platform will be used divisionwide in fall 2021.  Get help with Schoology.  

 

Parents and Families - Do you need Tech Support?  

1.  Call the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).  This will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.  Please specify if you need an interpreter when you call. 

2.  Submit a request online

Students - Do you need Tech Support?  

1 – Check in with your teacher or school technology specialist (TSSpec) for help.

2 – Go to our Student Technology Support Request to submit a request for help.

Parent Technology Help Desk

The Parent Technology Help Desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.  Please specify if you need an interpreter when you call.

For assistance, call the Parent Information Phone lines: