BFCCPS Fall Technology Platforms
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Dear BFCCPS Community,

As mentioned at the recent Virtual Town Halls, BFCCPS has adopted several new pieces of technology designed to improve the student experience during both remote and hybrid learning models.

Please find some high level overviews of these new products as we approach the start of the school year. Today's update is a long one, but contains a lot of information to our learning platforms that we hope will be helpful. Please keep this communication handy for future reference.

As always we will continue to keep you up to date with information on a regular basis about our Fall Reopening. Information is archived on this page of our website. If you were unable to join us for the virtual town halls, slideshows and video are posted on the link above.

The software platforms listed below are all web-based programs, meaning that there is no software that you would need to download and install on your devices. If you need technology related assistance for FamilyID, their company provides tech support for their software.

Remote Learning for students in Grades One through Eight begins Tuesday, September 15th. Teachers will be in direct contact with families to provide the remote learning schedule for your child. To be ready for next week we ask that you please prioritize the following:

  • Successfully using your students BFCCPS assigned user name in password to log into your school device. (See below for new student emails and passwords which will go into effect on Thursday, September 10th.)
  • Test the Clever Badge badge provided at Kit Pickup to access Clever, test your log in to access See Saw (K-2) and Google Classroom (3-8)

Please contact techsupport@bfccps.org if you are having difficulty accessing any of our technology platforms so we can provide remote assistance.

Please note that Kindergarten students will be provided with their Kit Pickup items during our Kindergarten Screening Appointments.
FamilyID
(Kindergarten through Grade Eight)
FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to sign school policies, such as handbook agreements, media releases, responsible use policies, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs. FamilyID is not new to BFCCPS, but if you do not already have a FamilyID account please click here to register.

At this time all parents are requested to complete the 2020-2021 Registration. Registration is required for all students in advance of the start of the school year regardless of mode of instruction.

SUPPORT:
  • If you need assistance with registration, contact FamilyID at: support@familyid.com or 888-800-5583 x1.
  • Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly.
SNAP Health Portal
(Kindergarten through Grade Eight)
The beginning of the school year is always a busy time and this year more than ever. Whether your student is enrolled as a phased in hybrid learner or in the BFCCPS remote academy, keeping connected with your school nurses and maintaining an up to date school health record is important.

We are requesting that all parents log into the portal and work through the detailed instructions linked below. This should take just a few minutes for each child. All parents/guardians please click here for directions to update the Health Portal by no later than September 15th.
New Google Emails and Passwords
Kindergarten through Grade Eight
In order to utilize a single sign on with Clever, all student emails and passwords are changing. Previously issued emails ending in @students.bfccps.org have been closed.

All new and returning students will be issued a new email address using the following format. These new accounts will be operational on Thursday, September 10th.

All email addresses and passwords will follow the same structure:

Username: first.last@bfccps.org (first name . lastname @bfccps.org)
example. john.smith@bfccps.org

Passwords will be constructed of the students LASID followed by their first initial . last initial
example: 12345j.s

Password: (LASIDfirst initial.Last initial)

How to Find Your Child's LASID: All parents have been issued their student's LASID earlier this summer in an email from Mrs. Gibeault titled "ATTENTION REQUIRED: Instructional Model Confirmation and Technology Assessment Survey." LASID's are also available on your child's SchoolBrains Parent Portal. It is important to treat both your child's LASID and your child's Clever Badge as secure information as they are unique pieces of their login process.
Introducing Clever
(Kindergarten through Grade Eight)
During our Spring Remote Learning, we recognized that managing emails and passwords for a variety of software platforms was challenging for teachers, parents and students. This fall we are adopting a program called Clever which is designed to manage that process automatically with the use of a barcode badge. Clever will be utilized for all grades Kindergarten through Grade Eight.

Logging in with a Badge
1. All students were provided a Clever Badge at Kit Pickup (Please note that Kindergarten Students will receive their badges during Kindergarten Screening.)

2. If you are logging in with a ChromeBook you can simply scan the Clever Badge at the login screen. If you are logging in from a laptop or computer navigate to the Clever login page for BFCCPS.

3. Select the 'Clever Badge Log in' option. 
4. Your internet browser may ask you to allow clever.com to use your device's camera. Select 'Allow'.

5. Hold your student's Badge up to the device's camera, and wait for the green checkmark to log your student into Clever!
6. Once your student is logged into their Clever Portal, they can click on the application icon they'd like to use:
Seesaw
Grades K-2
Seesaw is a virtual classroom designed for our younger students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 (students in Grades 3-8 will be set up on Google Classroom). Through Seesaw teachers can record lessons, share assignments, receive and track student work, and provide feedback. You can visit the Seesaw application at https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Please find a link to a Seesaw video designed for students in Kindergarten through Grade 2. (We will use the 3rd sign in option - Sign in with a Clever Badge so that student's don't need to key in emails/passwords or class codes.)
What can students do on the Class app? 

● Students can use Seesaw learning tools to post to their journal, view and respond to activities, view announcements from the teacher, and comment on their own work. Students cannot log in as another student, see another student’s work, or comment on another student’s work with Home Learning codes. 

How do activities work? 

● Your child’s teacher may assign activities in Seesaw. Students click on the Activities tab to see activities their teacher has assigned to them. To respond to an activity, your child should tap +Add Response in the Activities tab. Your child will be able to use Seesaw learning tools and their work will be added to their journal. 

Where can I find more resources? 

● Visit web.seesaw.me/remote-learning-for-families for Seesaw tutorials and resources related to COVID-19 and supporting remote learning.
Trouble Logging Into Clever?
Backup Login Mechanisms
We are working hard to implement the roll out of these new classroom technologies behind the scenes. Yet even with the best laid plans, there may be some hiccups along the way. In the event that your Clever badge does not work as anticipated here are some backup ways you can access your students digital classrooms until the issue can be resolved:

1) Login to Clever using your student assigned Google Email and Password.

2) Grades K-2: Login to Seesaw with your student assigned Google Email and Password.

3) Grades 3-8: Login to GoogleClassroom with your Google Email and Password.

Please be patient as we roll out these various learning platforms. We are waiting for some updates from vendors to finalize a few of these applications and not all of our learning platforms will be fully functional at the start of the school year. Even in a "normal" start of the school year our teachers devote time at the beginning of the year to building class community, establishing classroom norms and expectations.
Eureka Math in Sync
Kindergarten - Grade 6
Eureka Math in Sync allows students and teachers to access the Eureka Math materials wherever, whenever. Eureka Math in Sync includes short, digestible videos for each lesson along with downloadable and fillable PDFs that allow students to show their work and communicate with teachers via annotations and comments. It’s the same consistent, coherent, high-quality curriculum you love, now available anywhere the student is.

In addition to self paced work and video lessons through inSync teachers will hold small group synchronous math lessons for students throughout the week. Your child's teacher will be in touch with their specific schedule at the start of the school year.

BFCCPS has ordered Eureka Math in Sync workbooks for all students Kindergarten through Grade Six. Math manipulatives have been ordered for students and will be available as part of Kit Pickup later this week. Please click below for a more detailed look at the program
Eureka Math in Sync

Help students build math fluency and knowledge whether they are learning in school or at home.

Read more
eurekamath.greatminds.org
Amplify for Grades 6-8 - Coming Soon!

Amplify Science is a highly engaging, phenomena-based program that we will be using in grades 6-8 that integrates the latest practices in science teaching and learning, as well as interactive digital tools and hands-on activities, to teach students how to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers. Each unit of Amplify Science engages students in a relevant, real-world problem where they investigate scientific phenomena, engage in collaboration and discussion, and develop models or explanations in order to arrive at solutions. The program includes hands-on activities, print materials, and powerful digital tools to support online and offline teaching and learning. Highly adaptable and user-friendly, the program gives schools and individual teachers flexibility based on their technology resources and preferences. 

See a preview of a unit here. 
Lexia - Coming Soon!
This year, all students in grades K-8 will have access to an adaptive reading program through Lexia. Students in grades K-5 will use the Lexia Core5 program while those in grades 6-8 will use the PowerUp program. 

Lexia Core5 Reading supports educators in providing differentiated literacy instruction for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5. Lexia’s research-proven program provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, targeting skill gaps as they emerge, and providing teachers with the data and student-specific resources they need for individual or small-group instruction. 

Lexia PowerUp Literacy is designed to help struggling and nearly-proficient readers in grades 6–12 become proficient readers and confident learners. PowerUp helps educators simultaneously address gaps in fundamental literacy skills while helping students build the higher-order skills they need to comprehend, analyze, evaluate, and compare increasingly complex literary and informational texts. Blending online student-driven explicit instruction with offline teacher-delivered lessons and activities, PowerUp empowers secondary teachers—regardless of their background or expertise in reading—to deliver the exact instruction each student needs to become a proficient reader.   
Dreambox - Coming Soon!
DreamBox is an adaptive math program that will allow students in grades K-6 to work at their own pace on skills that will be targeted to their specific needs. Students will have access to remediation or enrichment that will help them maximize their mathematical growth. Learn more about DreamBox here.
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