Technology FAQs & Help
St. Pius X is a Google school.
We have implemented a 1:1 program
Increase student engagement with technology integrated content.
Shared devices are limited and there is a greater need for access to technology among our students.
Reinforce keyboarding and technology literacy skills daily.
Increase individual access to online versions of school textbooks with enhanced content.
- Reasonably priced: Chromebooks cost about ½ of what a traditional laptop costs.
- Integrated with the Google platform.
- Students quickly become comfortable and productive on Chromebooks due to their simple approach to computers.
- Capability for the school to control the administration rights of the device using required school installed management software.
Students in Grades K-5 will be provided with a Chromebook to use in the classroom. These will remain at school.
Students in Grades 6-8 are required to bring their own Chromebook which will allow them to take the device home for homework and have easy access to on-line textbooks. In order for this Chromebook to be used at St. Pius X, the school will purchase a management software license for the device, so that it can be linked to our network. The Chromebook will be configured such that only school accounts may be used during the school day. It will not control what content the student can access off campus, at home, or on other Wi-Fi networks. That is all set up through your household security and with your family’s rules and expectations.
Students are welcome to bring any model Chromebook that works for their family, the only requirement being that it is a Chromebook. If you do not currently own a Chromebook, many options are available, online or from a brick and mortar retailer. The current school base model is a CTL NL7 with an Intel Apollo Lake N3350 Processor and 4GB RAM.
Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions
Try powering down the Chromebook and restarting. It's a good idea to do this every night to help clear the cache and install any updates.
Hardware reset: Turn off (power down) the Chromebook. Press and hold the refresh key (above the 4). Tap the power button, and when the Chromebook starts up again, release the refresh key.
Chromebook reset: Log off. Press and hold (in order) Shift+Ctrl+Alt+r. Release and the Chromebook will reset to factory settings. You will need to enter your email and password to log back in.
If neither of those fix the problem, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For security reasons, we will not email passwords to students. In general, your password for most applications is the same as your Google password. During school hours, contact Mrs. Sussex or and she will help you.
Absolutely. Depending on the model Chromebook that you are using, you may need an adaptor to add an external monitor. Please be sure to remove the mouse USB receiver before returning the Chromebook.
Ctrl + Alt + ? will take you to a screen with more help.
Some common shortcuts are:
Ctrl + c : Copy
Ctrl + v : Paste
Ctrl + a: Select all
Ctrl + f : Find text
Turn off/off Caps Lock : Search + Alt
Alt + [ : Dock a window on the left
Alt + ] : Dock a window on the right
Google Classroom Questions
Yes. Every account issued by St. Pius X is protected by privacy and security requirements. As long as students are using their school account, Google will not collect any information about the student. For more information, see https://edu.google.com/why-google/privacy-security/
You can ask your student's teacher or email@example.com to be added as a guardian on their account. You will not see the classroom stream, other people or grades, but you will receive an email summary about missing and upcoming work in your student's account. If you need to see exactly what the student is seeing, you will need to login as the student.
Go to Google Classroom and click the 3 bars in the top left corner. Scroll to the bottom and choose "Settings". Choose which notifications you want to receive. If you turn them all off, or if you turn off "Receive email notifications", you won't receive any, which may result in missing important information.
Yes. You will need to install the Google Classroom app on your phone or tablet and login to your account. Then you can take a photo and upload it directly to your Google Classroom. Please only use the phone or tablet for this and not for regular Meets or classwork.
Yes. Click the three dots in the upper right corner of the class tile and choose "Unenroll". Please be careful not to unenroll from current classes. If you do so, please contact your teacher or firstname.lastname@example.org to be added back in.
Google Meet Questions
In Meet, go to the 3-dot kabob in the bottom right corner of the screen and choose
Choose "Tiled" and slide the Tile bar on the bottom to the right to add more tiles to your view.
Hover over the image you want and click the pin to make it your main view. Unpin to return to grid view.
Click the lock icon on the left of the address bar to make sure that all of the settings are set to "Allow". If you've verified that your sound is on in another tab, try leaving the Meet and rejoining.
Hover over the small image of yourself in the upper right corner. Click the grid icon to add or remove yourself from the larger grid view.
The Meet app must also be installed on the device. In classroom, you will then see a video camera icon on the top right instead of the link you usually see on the Chromebook. Please return to using your Chromebook as soon as possible.
Teachers may invite external users such as a guest speaker to a Classroom Meet. The teacher must admit them to the room, just as if they were physically visiting a classroom. Students may not admit guest users. After school hours, and with parental permission, students may use personal gmail accounts to meet with outside users.
Our safety requirements are that only teachers can create Meeting rooms, so they can monitor any use of school accounts. Students are free to use a personal gmail account to socialize with their friends after school hours with the understanding that parents are responsible for monitoring those interactions.
For safety reasons, only school accounts can correspond with student email accounts with the few exceptions of approved sites (Khan Acadmemy, our JDO partners for 6th grade, etc.) We encourage parents to know their students' usernames and passwords so that they can supervise any use of technology.