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Getting Started with a District Chromebook

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.

Chromebook Basics

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. 

Student Emails

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:


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

  1. Get your Chromebook
  2. Make sure it’s charged and turned on
  3. Check that you are connected to wifi
  4. Click on the blue “Next” box
chromebook login button and wifi location
  1. Now you should see the sign-in box for Rapid Identity. Type your username and then click the GO button.
rapid identity login box

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. 

chromebook badges

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:

icons within student portal

Two especially important apps that teachers will ask students to use daily are Seesaw (grades K-5) and Schoology (grades 4-12).

student portal apps with Seesaw and Schoology called out.

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.

log in with active directory callout

Students should sign out of their device when they are done learning. They can also choose to shut down their device.

sign out or shut down image


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