Parent & Student Resource Center
Old Saybrook Public Schools utilizes Microsoft Office 365 and is integrated with G suite for Education.
Teachers and students can communicate using their school-issued emails via Microsoft Outlook which provides them access to a wide range of applications within Office 365 and G suite such as online file storage, productivity tools and more.
The purpose of our Parent & Student Resource Center is to help students and their families get started on accessing their accounts and begin learning through our many educational tools.
Microsoft Office 365 Initial Setup
Obtain your school-issued email and temporary password from your homeroom or guidance counselor.
Select the Microsoft Office 365 logo above or go to portal.office.com and sign in with your email and password.
To initiate your email address once signed in, select Outlook.
Follow the setup prompt and select your language of choice and for the Time Zone, select "UTC 05:00 Eastern Time".
If you do not get a setup prompt, your account may have already been initiatialized by the IT Department.
Select the grid icon at the top-left of your screen to display your available applications as shown below.
To further understand what each application offers, click here to visit Office 365's product page.
Google Classroom Initial Setup
Once your Microsoft Office 365 account has been initialized, select the grid icon at the top-left of your screen. If you have not initilalized your account, please follow the instructive above to do so.
Select the G suite icon under the listed applications. If you do not see G suite listed, click on "All apps". The G suite application will be listed at the top under Admin selected apps.
Confirm that your email address is reflected and accept the user agreement.
Select the Classroom application and select that you are a Student.
If your teacher has invited you to join a classroom, you will see the classroom listed with the Join option. Select Join.
If you do not see any classrooms listed to join, contact your teacher for the class code.
Click on the + sign at the top-right of your screen and select Join Class. Enter the code provided to you.
To further understand what each application offers, click here to visit G suite for Education's product page.
All set up?
Let's get learning in Google Classroom!
Google Classroom is a learning management system that allows teachers to provide students with an online platform to communicate with their class along with access materials to review and complete assignments.
Click here for a quick video guide by Maria Galanis on understanding the features of Google Classroom.
Classwork & Folder Drive
At the bottom of each classroom tile gives students the ability to quickly see their classwork and access their classroom's specific Drive folder.
Classwork will display all work that has been assigned, returned with a grade or missing. To stay on top of assignments, always be sure to view this page.
Viewing Assignments via To-do
Selecting the three lines at the top-left of the screen will display your classes in a list view on the left of your screen.
Selecting To-do will give students a list of assignments with or without due dates across all enrolled classes along with completed assigments.
Google Classroom Settings
Students can toggle the ability to receive email and class notifications for new posts and assignments, returned grades and due date reminders.
By default, all notifications are toggled on.
Stream provides a communication page where teachers can post information and materials to students and if enabled, students can post and comment as well. The Stream page also provides a quick glance at Upcoming work that may be due soon. Selecting View All under Upcoming will bring students to the To-do page to see assignments.
Classwork provides students with the class' assignments, materials, quizzes and questions. Content will be organized by topics to help students identify where to access certain materials. Students will also be able to access the classroom's Drive folder for any supplemental material that is not listed under Classwork.
Students have the ability to open Google Calendar under Classwork. The calendar view will list all assignments that are due or in progress. Students can toggle the visibility to see other classes' assignments as well.
People allows students to see who are the teachers instructing the class along with the names of their classmates. Please note that teachers nor students will be able to utilize the internal email feature as it will launch Gmail, a service that Old Saybrook Public Schools does not utilize. Emails will need to be sent through Microsoft Office 365's Outlook.
Completing & Turning in Assignments
Assignments can range from open-ended questions, participating in discussions to requiring students to submit work. To view assignments, select Classwork or To-do. As shown below, available assignments are indicated by colored charms to indicate that they are active for students to complete.
Each assignments has its own descriptions and details such as when it was posted and if it has a due date. To begin the assignment or submit work, expand the assignment and select View Assignment.
Students can comment publicly on an assignment or send a private comment to the teacher with questions pertaining to the specific assignment. Students can see when the assignment was posted, instructions for the assignment along with the due date. If teachers are also using a rubric to score the assignment, it will show each critereon and respective score for students and families to further understand the rubric.
If the assignment requires work to be submitted, select + Add or Create. A dropdown menu will allow students to submit work that has been uploaded onto their Google Drive, submit a URL link or attach a file that is on their computer. Teachers will provide instructions should work be completed in a Google Docs, Slides, Sheets or Drawing. Once student work is attached, the Mark as done button will be replaced with a Turn In button to submit the work.
If the assignment does not require work to be submitted, simply select Mark as done to indicate that the assignment has been completed.
Graded assignments will be can be viewed by navigating to the To-do page and selecting Done to see returned assignments and grades. We recommend that students and families communicate with their teachers to best understand grades received on assignments and rubric scores, if applicable.
Additional Student Tools & Resources
Our school district offers many educational tools and resources which can be easily accessed on our Student page. From reading and math activities to research material, we empower our students with tools to learn and connect with the world around them.
Click here or select the Student Page tab above to view our offerings. Please contact your teacher for login information for programs that require logging in.