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Distance Learning with Technology

The ACLD Tillotson School is pleased to provide all students a school-issued Chromebook for after-school and distance learning opportunities from home. The school faculty will be utilizing Google Classroom and other web-based applications to deliver lessons, assignments, and assessment to all students. Students will be expected to login to their Chromebook and access Google Classroom to check for periodic updates, instructions, and deadlines for each of their courses and programs. Though all teachers will be utilizing Google Classroom as a platform to curate instruction, teachers’ instructional methods will likely differ from one another. Many teachers will offer individualized and self-paced lessons, while others are planning to utilize Google Meet for live and pre-recorded lessons. These live lessons and live office hours will be conducted via web-based video conferencing tools and will provide opportunities for discussion and dialogue between teachers and students. Teachers will be reaching out through their Google classrooms with details regarding the format of their individual classes or programs. As with classroom instruction, assignments will be modified in accordance with IEP. IEP and related services (counseling, social groups, SLP, PT, OT) will be provided through planned activities and digital support as feasible.  
The purpose of a Chromebook for use at home and distance learning is to be able to provide equitable digital learning access to online resources and classroom instruction for all students 
Chromebook Charging 
When you receive your Chromebook and take it home for the first time, the device battery may need charged. Use the included charging adapter connected to both the device and wall outlet. It is recommended to charge the Chromebook every night. Iwill not harm the device if it is always charging, but overnight should provide enough charge for a full day of use. 
Powering on  
The power button is located on the left of the device. Press button to power on. If the device is not powering on or booting up to the login screen, it may need charged. The power button can also be used to turn off and restart the device.  
Connecting to Home Wireless Network 
The Chromebook will need to be connected to your home wireless network the first time.  
  • In the lower right click on the time displayed area  Wifi in click area
  • Click under the Wi-Fi icon click on Not Connected  Wifi not connected
  • Click on your personal wireless network in the list wifi networks available
  • Type in your Wi-Fi password and click connect wifi password
Logging into the Chromebook 
Located on the top of the lid of the Chromebook is a label with the student’s Chromebook username and password.  
Google Classroom Image

Some may think that Google Classroom is an app where students log on and virtually interact through video chat and messaging with their teacher and classmates. While Google Meet and Google Chat allow for that type of interaction, Google Classroom is different. Google Classroom is a platform for teachers and students to interact via posting assignments, links to resources, engaging in academic dialogue, and providing feedback to one another.
When students access each of their classes in Google Classroom they will see upcoming homework assignments, teacher announcements, teacher and student questions, and other important class information. Students can submit their work directly through Google Classroom, and teachers can provide feedback, assign grades, and return the work.
Google Classroom is where schoolwork is created, exchanged, and stored and while also providing instructions for external digital online instructional apps and content.
The Google Calendar web app displays all upcoming assignment due dates and teacher office hours. 
 Calendar app
  • Navigating the calendar
The Google Calendar app has add on apps for creating notes with Google Keep and creating task with Google Tasks. 
 Calendar app
  • In Google Calendar, on the right side bar is apps for Google Keep and Google Tasks
Keep tasks
  • In Google Keep, click the + or in the text field to create a new note. Google Keep notes will save automatically and can also be accessed using the app in the Google Chrome apps list or by going to
type in notes
  • In Google Task, click the + or in the text field to create a new task. Tasks can have due dates and when completed checked off the list.
Nearpod is a popular digital interactive application with engaging lessons for all courses. The lessons include several different activities explained in this video -
Google Meet is an online web meeting application that connects staff and students through video and audio chat. 
Google Meet invitations links will be posted in each teacher's Google Classrooms. 
  • Click the link and the Google Meet web app will launch.
  • (If the link is not opening into Google Meet, select or highlight the URL link, right click or 2 finger press on the trackpad, click copy. Then open a new tab, in the top web address bar, right click or 2 finger press on the trackpad, and click paste, then hit enter key.)
Devices and ways to join a Google Meet
  • On a computer, (Windows PC, Mac, or Chromebook) attendees can join the video chat meeting using the link with or without a signing in.
  • On a mobile phone, attendees can join the video chat after installing the Google Meet app and signing in with a work or personal Google account.
  • On a mobile phone without a Google account, attendees can only join using the dial in phone number with pin.
First time accessing Google Meet and getting started
  • The first time Google Meet is launched, there may be prompt to allow Google Meet to allow access to the camera and microphone during the meeting. Click allow. (If block was clicked by mistake, click the lock icon lock and click allow for both camera and microphone.)
  • Once in the waiting room, there will be the option to turn off the camera and/or microphone.
  • Image shown is both microphone and camera turned ON - mic and camera
  • This image shows both the microphone and camera turned OFF -  camera and mic off
  • Click the Join Now button when ready to join the live video chat.
Join Now button
  • Once in the video chat the host will be able to guide and assist using features like chat and presenting screen.
  • To leave the video chat, click the Leave Call button  leave call
Google Chat is a messaging app for communication. 
  • Click the Google Chat icon in the app tray  google chat
  • Click in the search field  search field
  • Type the name of a person to chat with and click on their name. (Names will start showing while typing.)
  • Type in message and click send message
Send message
Click on the app to check for new messages or keep Google Chat open in a Chrome tab for new message notifications.
 (Notifications of new messages will not be shown if the app is closed.)
Currently, students do not have access to a school issued email account. The Gmail app is disabled for all students. It is recommended at this time to use Google Chat to send and receive messages.
Parents can access their child's grades, report cards, attendance, and more using the Parent Portal.
Student's can access this information through the Student Portal.
Student portal link
  • To access the Student Portal, click on the ACLD Students bookmarks folder in the top left of Chrome.
  • Click on Student Portal
  • Login to the portal with the same username and password as the Chromebook login
  • Click View Complete Record
 Student record
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page
  • Click Gradebook to see courses, and click details to see all grades
  • Click Schedule to view courses, periods, and instructors
  • In the lower right, click on the time display area time clock
  • Click on the accessibility icon accessibility icon
  • Click on dictation dictation
  • A microphone icon will now be shown  mic
  • The first time it is clicked, it will ask for permission to allow. Click Allow
  • Click into any text field, then click the microphone and start speaking. Speech will appear as text on your screen.
If the Chromebook keyboard is flipped around, the device will go into tablet mode. The on-screen keyboard will show a microphone button in the top right.
on screen keyboard
On all student Chromebooks is a Chrome extension called Screen Reader. The button when toggled on will underline text on the web. When the student clicks on the underlined text the screen reader will read it out loud.
  • The toggle button is located in the top right of Chrome.
  • The screen reader is turned off when it is shown like this Toggle off
  • The screen reader is turned on when it is shown like this toggle on
The screen reader does not have the ability to read text within images, videos, or embedded content.
If your not hearing anything, the volume on the Chromebook may need to be turned up.
Whether you’re having login trouble or viewing a website, a quick clearing of the cookies and cache is the first solution to try to fix the issue. Google Chrome will "remember" old versions of websites so that they load more quickly. Usually, this is not a problem, but when websites update, remembering that old version can sometimes cause a problem. Clearing cookies and cache tells the browser to start over fresh.
In Google Chrome
  • Click the 3 dots
  • Click More tools
  • Click clear browser data
browser data clear
  • Set Time range to All time
  • Check Cookies and other site data and cached images and files
  • Click Clear data
Clear data
Restart the Chromebook
  • In the lower right click on the time displayed area  Wifi in click area
  • Click the power button to shut down power button
  • The power button is located on the left of the device. Press button to power on.
Comcast is currently offering internet at home. The flyer is available for download on the right side bar or near the bottom of this page if you are using a tablet or phone.
Call and ask about Internet Essentials - 1-855-846-8376
Please contact Diann Gargarella at 412-881-2268 for inquiries about mobile hotspots for use at home.
Please contact a teacher or staff member directly via email. You may find individual email addresses available through our online staff directory at: 
School-owned devices that are broken, lost, stolen, or fail to work properly must be immediately reported to the school administration.