Virtual Learning Tips and Tricks

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU)

Locating and Organizing Links for Class (video)

Student Navigation in BBCU (video)

How do I login?

  • You will get an email with a link to your FCPS Gmail (fcpsschools.net) account. See the FCPS Gmail help below if you need help logging in.
  • You may get one email for each class.
  • Make sure you check the class listed and save the link.
  • In the email it will say: Your Blackboard Collaborate session is scheduled: Name: Class Name Starts: April 20, 2020 11:14:00 AM EDT Ends: N/A Join Session: • Your link: There will be a personal link here. Don't share with anyone else.

Help

Rules for using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Do not take your device into the bathroom with you.

Audio
  • Enter with the microphone turned off microphone off.
  • Raise your hand raise hand iconand wait to be called on. Turn the microphone on microphone on.
  • If all students have their microphones on, you will not be able to hear clearly.
Chat chat icon
  • Use school appropriate language and images when writing.
  • Be kind.
Video
  • Enter with the video off video off.
  • Follow your teacher’s direction on whether to turn on your video video on.
  • You always have the option to keep your camera turned off.
  • Look at what is around and behind you before turning on the camera.
  • Appropriate school attire must be worn at all times.
  • If your network connection is slow, turn off video.
Leaving the Session

Leave the session when your teacher tells you by:

  1. At the top left hand side of your screen, click on the three lines hamburger menu icon.  
  2. At the bottom of the list, click on Leave Session  leave session button

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (Android)

How do I set Chrome as my default browser?

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and select Apps or Apps & Notifications
  • Scroll down and select ChromeNote: You may need to click See All Apps first.
  • Under App Settings select Browser App Note: You may need to need to expand Advanced to get to this setting.
  • Choose Chrome.

How do I turn on Microphone and Camera?

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and select Apps or Apps & Notifications
  • Scroll down and select ChromeNote: You may need to click See All Apps first.
  • Under App Settings select Permissions.
  • Tap next to Camera to turn it on.
  • Tap Microphone to turn it on.
  • Close the Settings app.
  • Open the Chrome App.
  • On the right side of the address bar, you will see three vertical dots (). Tap on the three dots.
  • Tap on Settings.
  • Select Site Settings.
  • Select Camera.
  • Tap next to Camera to change from Blocked to Ask First.
  • Select Microphone.
  • Tap Microphone to hange from Blocked to Ask First.

How do I login?

  • You will get an email with a link to your FCPS Gmail (fcpsschools.net) account. See the FCPS Gmail help below if you need help logging in.
  • You may get one email for each class.
  • Make sure you check the class listed and save the link.
  • In the email it will say: Your Blackboard Collaborate session is scheduled: Name: Class Name Starts: April 20, 2020 11:14:00 AM EDT Ends: N/A Join Session: • Your link: There will be a personal link here. Don't share with anyone else.
  • Click on the link from the email.
  • Chrome will ask you for Microphone and Camera access when joining the session. This will happen even if the Moderator has audio and video turned off for participants.
    • When asked to allow Blackboard Collaborate to use your Microphone, click Allow.
    • When asked to allow Blackboard Collaborate to use your Camera, click Allow.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (iPhone)

How do I turn on Microphone and Camera?

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap on Safari web browser Safari.
  • Scroll down and tap on Camera.
  • On the next screen, tap on either:
    • Ask
    • Allow
  • On the top left corner of the screen, tap on < Safari.
  • Tap on Microphone.
  • On the next screen, tap on either:
    • Ask
    • Allow
  • Close the Settings app.

How do I login?

  • You will get an email with a link to your FCPS Gmail (fcpsschools.net) account. See the FCPS Gmail help below if you need help logging in.
  • You may get one email for each class.
  • Make sure you check the class listed and save the link.
  • In the email it will say: Your Blackboard Collaborate session is scheduled: Name: Class Name Starts: April 20, 2020 11:14:00 AM EDT Ends: N/A Join Session: • Your link: There will be a personal link here. Don't share with anyone else.
  • Click on the link from the email.
  • You might be asked to allow Blackboard Collaborate to use you for Microphone and Camera.
    • If asked to allow Blackboard Collaborate to use your Microphone, click Allow.
    • If asked to allow Blackboard Collaborate to use your Camera, click Allow.

Google Meet

Google Meet Google Meet links are in your teacher's Google Classroom Google Classroom

How do I login?

  1. Open Google Chrome Chrome
  2. Go to https://classroom.google.com
  3. Enter your FCPS email address
    • Your email address is your student ID number, followed by @fcpsschools.net
    • Example: @email
  4. Click the blue Next button.
  5. Enter your FCPS password.
  6. Click the blue Next button.

Go to your teacher's classroom.

  • Option 1:
    1. Click on the Meet Link that is below the classroom name: Google Classroom Banner with Meet enabled
  • Option 2:
    1. 1. Click on Classwork at the top of the screen.
    2. 2. Click on Meet screenshot of steps listed above

Google Help Page: Join a video meeting

 Rules for using Google Meet

Do not take your device into the bathroom with you.

Audio
  • Enter Google Meet with the microphone turned off microphone off.
  • When your teacher calls your name, turn the microphone on microphone on.
  • If all students have their microphones on, you will not be able to hear clearly.
Chat Google Chat icon
  • Use school appropriate language and images when writing.
  • Be kind.
Video
  • Enter Google Meet with the video off video off.
  • Follow your teacher’s direction on whether to turn on your video video on.
  • You always have the option to keep your camera turned off.
  • Look at what is around and behind you before turning on the camera.
  • Appropriate school attire must be worn at all times.
  • If your network connection is slow, turn off video.
Captions

Click the Turn on captions button  to read real-time on-screen transcription of what is being said.

turn on captions button

Leaving the Session

Leave the session when your teacher tells you by clicking on the red phone red phone icon.

Google Classroom

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FCPS 24/7 Blackboard

Help for students and parents with Blackboard

Email for 20-21 School Year in Blackboard.

All student email addresses in FCPS 24/7 Blackboard have been changed to the student’s official school email address ending in @fcpsschools.net. Students, their parents, and staff will not be able to change those email addresses in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. Since teachers may send student announcements through Blackboard, students should log into their @fcpsschools.net email accounts frequently for these important messages teachers during the school year.

Student Email (Gmail)

How do I login?

  1. Open Google Chrome Chrome
  2. Go to https://mail.google.com
  3. Enter your FCPS email address
    • Your email address is your student ID number, followed by @fcpsschools.net
    • Example: @email
  4. Click the blue Next button.
  5. Enter your FCPS password.
  6. Click the blue Next button.

Common Technology Troubleshooting Tips

Laptop Sound Issues

English Video

Students, please see the Cav Kiosk Tech Help section for written instructions. 

Laptop Camera Issues

English (Video)

Students, please see the Cav Kiosk Tech Help section for written instructions. 

Laptop Microphone Issues

English (Video)

Students, please see the Cav Kiosk Tech Help section for written instructions.