- My technology isn't working! What do I do?
- Broken device?
- When should I reach out to my teacher?
- When should I reach out to my advisor or dean?
- When should I reach out to tech support?
Rye Country Day School has implemented Schoology as its Learning Management System (LMS) for Grades 3 through 12.
To set up your parent/guardian account in Schoology, please first obtain the access code(s) for your student(s) on the "Individual Student Reports & Files" page of the Family Portal.
- Why did RCDS Change Learning Management Systems?
- Why Schoology?
- When will students learn to use Schoology?
- Are all teachers using Schoology in the same way?
- Do parents/guardians have access to Schoology?
- What about students in Pre-K through Grade 2?
Schoology facilitates better communication and student engagement with content. Specific benefits include a stronger integration with Google, a “Groups” feature that will be utilized to improve internal communication, and an easy to use interface for all grade levels. Schoology, like Haiku, is being used primarily as a tool for teachers and students to communicate. Teachers can post information, assignments, assessments, web links, video links, and manage discussion boards and more for students to complete either in class, in a lab environment, or at home depending on the needs of the student and the class. Students can upload completed projects and documents to Schoology for their teachers' review and grading, much like they did with Haiku.
Upper and Middle School students have received Schoology onboarding and training and are already actively using the system with success. Students in Grades 3 and 4 will be onboarded and trained during the coming weeks. All students will continue to receive instruction from their teachers on how to access their assignments and other resources via Schoology.
As with all new tools, a goal is to make sure that all teachers are using Schoology in a streamlined fashion. We have created templates for each division, but also know that different teachers are using Schoology at different levels and with different styles. We are encouraging innovation, while also making sure that students can predictably find what they need. User feedback will be integral to our process and at the end of the first trimester/quarter, we will seek feedback from students and families and continue to adjust processes and expectations for both students and teachers.
Parents/Guardians of students in Grade 3 through 8 have the ability to create a Parent Account in Schoology, which allows parents/guardians to log into the LMS and see the information that teachers are providing, including but not limited to class events, special requests, assignments, homework, and student resources. Parents/Guardians can access Schoology training materials using the button above.
As was the practice with Haiku, Upper School parents/guardians will not have separate parent accounts for Schoology. We work to train students to be more independent at this stage in their academic careers. Parents of Upper Schoolers are encouraged to ask their students questions about their work, but will not have their own view of their portal.
Students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 will use the learning application Seesaw to practice grade-level skills, document their learning, and receive feedback from teachers whether they are in school or learning remotely. Students can post photos, videos, drawings, or notes directly to their digital journal in Seesaw. Parent communication for these grade levels happens through emails from the homeroom teacher.
- Who is using Gmail?
- Why did RCDS move to using Gmail?
- When will students learn to use Gmail?
- Did email addresses change?
- Where is the Zoom link?
- Do we need to update our Zoom?
- Do students need to create Zoom accounts?
- What do I do if my child is locked out of a Zoom meeting?
- What should my student do when they finish their work before the allotted time in the breakout room?
- How can I check if I am having wifi issues?
- How do I change the name of my device so that it shows correctly when I enter a Zoom?
- How do I adjust my microphone settings in Zoom?
- My child is not able to attend school, can they Zoom?
For privacy reasons, RCDS will only share Zoom meeting links and passwords via email or Schoology. See the table below for aa snapshot of where specific Zoom links are shared.
|Community Events||E-Notes/Program Registration|
|Meetings with: Principals, Deans, Counselors & Transition Meetings||LS/MS/US Zoom link unless otherwise noted|
|Meetings with: Parents Association||Unique Zoom|
The School will automatically push updates to Zoom for all school-issued devices (Pre-K - Gr. 6). If your family is using a non-school device, it is important to periodically update your Zoom app to make sure that your student is able to fully participate in class.
Zoom help article: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Upgrade-update-to-the-latest-version
No. They can join meetings without having accounts by clicking on the invitation link from their teacher. We do, however, recommend downloading the Zoom app.
Please visit the Zoom Help Center if you have questions for using Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us
- Go to https://www.speedtest.net/ and
- Run a speedtest
- Make sure that the results of your speedtest are close to the plan that you are paying for
- If your results show that you are not getting the results you are paying for, call your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Make sure that your family device has the family name
- On a computer:
- If using the meeting ID and password: Click “Join a Meeting,” enter the meeting ID, and then on the line below, put in the correct name (not the device name). If you are using a link provided by the teacher, then input your name when the “Join a Meeting” screen pops up. In both cases, check the “Remember my name for future meetings” option after changing the name.
- On an iPad:
- Before using the link provided by the teacher, open the Zoom app and click the “Join a Meeting” button. Enter the meeting ID and input your name in the line below the meeting ID.
- On a computer:
*After you have installed the Zoom app*
Please make sure to give Zoom access to your Apple laptop's camera and microphone:
- Click the Apple logo at the top left corner of your screen.
- Click System Preferences.
- Click Security & Privacy.
- Click the lock icon at the bottom left corner of the Security & Privacy window.
- Enter your OS administrator username and password.
- Click Unlock.
- Click the permission that you need to change: Camera and then Microphone.
- Click the checkbox next to zoom.us. (Zoom Rooms is not used)
- Once you've allowed all necessary permissions, click Quit Now.
- Reopen Zoom and you should now have full access.
The Lower School uses Clever for single sign-on to help these young users be able to login to the needed applications without needing multiple passwords. Please find instructions below for how to help your child login using Clever.
Pre-K - Grade 2: Login with Badge
Grade 3 - 4: Login with G-Suite Credentials