Getting Started with a District Chromebook
What is a Chromebook? How does my student sign in and access their digital tools for learning?
In this guide, we'll answer those questions to build your familiarity with this essential learning tool.
Usernames and Passwords
Before students can start using their device, they need their username and password. Every student is issued a username and a password. This username and password gives students access to all of their digital learning tools and apps. Your teacher will supply the username and password.
Example username: smitm2
Example password: 823962
The username consists of the first four letters of a student’s last name, first initial, and a number.
It is important to keep usernames and passwords private in order to keep student accounts safe and secure.
Students are also issued an email address. Student usernames are the first part of their student email address. Elementary students do not use email.
Example email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the digital learning tools and apps that students will need are kept safe and secure inside of an online portal called "Rapid Identity."
Students access this portal when they sign in to their Chromebook. Let’s learn how to get signed in.
Signing in to a Chromebook
- Get your Chromebook
- Make sure it’s charged and turned on
- Check that you are connected to wifi
- Click on the blue “Next” box
- Now you should see the sign-in box for Rapid Identity. Type your username and then click the GO button.
Kindergarten and first grade students can use special badges to sign-in to the Rapid Identity Portal. Get the badge, choose the “Scan QR Code” button, and then hold up the badge to the camera.
Student Portal & Apps
Once a student is signed into their portal, they should see “tiles” for each of their digital learning tools and apps. Students have different “tiles” depending on their grade level. Here is an example:
Two especially important apps that teachers will ask students to use daily are Seesaw (grades K-5) and Schoology (grades 4-12).
Students click on or touch the app they need. Often the screen changes and asks for one more sign-in step. If students see this image, they should always choose “Log in with Active Directory” or in elementary school, we call it the “colorful squares” button.
Students should sign out of their device when they are done learning. They can also choose to shut down their device.