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Remote Learning

Tips & Tools for Students

Student Gmail Information

Miller Creek School District students all have Gmail accounts.  Really. You've got one. These accounts are managed and monitored by school district employees who work in the Technology Department. 

When you learn in the cloud, you will need to check your District Gmail account every day for information from your teachers and other adults about coursework, lessons, and/or content. All middle school and high school students should check their District Gmail account every day. Gmail is going to be an important tool for getting the information you need to successfully learn in the cloud.  And if you need help using Gmail, Miller Creek School District educators can support you.

As a reminder, here's how you can access your District Gmail account:

  • Use any browser to access Gmail.  You can go to Chrome and type in Gmail.
  • Click on Gmail and log in using the following information:
    • First 2 letters of first name, first two letters of last name, birth day, and birth year@mcsd-stu.org  (example: josm1105@mcsd-stu.org)
    • Your password should be your district login password or your default password which is your student ID + first three of first name (example: 12345joh)

Establishing Your Learning Routine and Preparing Your Learning Space

Checking your District Gmail account every day is one thing.  Following through on all that you'll need to do at home when you're engaging in virtual learning is another.  If you've already set yourself up with good study habits, those habits will support learning in the cloud. Here are some things to think about when you engage in online learning:

  • Have a daily routine.  Stick to it.  Ask your parent or another important adult to help you develop your schedule if you need assistance.  Be sure your routine includes breaks, time to be active, and time to eat lunch.
  • Have a learning space.  Use this space when it's time to learn.

Be sure your learning space includes what you need to learn.  You'll need a computer, iPad, Chromebook, or other device.  You'll need paper, pencils and/or pens. You'll need tools to help you with math like a calculator, ruler, compass, and possibly manipulatives like counters.  You'll need your textbooks, trade books, composition notebooks, or any other curriculum materials that your teacher provides.

Don't be surprised when your parent or guardian asks you to make your learning space in a shared area of your home like at the kitchen table, a large kitchen counter, or a desk in a living room or family room.  The reality is that when your learning space is separate from your bedroom and distanced from the television, it triggers your brain that the space is for work and not play.  You really will be more productive.  And, like it or not, an online learning space in a shared area allows the adult(s) in your home to readily support your learning while also monitoring your online activity.  (Yes, they get to see what you do.)

 

Troubleshooting WiFi Connections

District computing devices are configured to allow connections to home and public WiFi networks. The MCSD Technology Department is unable to provide support for home networks. However, here are a few basic troubleshooting steps you can try before checking with your ISP or network hardware manufacturer’s website for support links.

  1. Restart your computer or mobile device.

  2. Try connecting to your home Wi-Fi network again.

  3. Ensure that you are entering the correct Wi-Fi password.

  4. Try connecting to another wireless network such as a coffee shop Wi-Fi network or public library Wi-Fi network and see if you can connect successfully.

If you are still unable to connect to your home Wi-Fi, please check with your ISP or network hardware manufacturer’s website for support links.

Support Links to Local Internet Service Providers (ISP)

Support Links to Network Hardware Manufacturers