Distance Learning 2020-2021

Distance Learning 2020-2021
Posted on 07/22/2020

Timber Trace Distance Learning, 2020-2021 ENGLISH
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     Recursos para el Aprendizaje Virtual
     Normas del Aprendizaje Virtual
Timber Trace Distance Learning, 2020-2021_ PORTUGUESE
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Timber Trace Distance Learning, 2020-2021 VIETNAMESE

Welcome to Timber Trace Elementary School! 

Logging into a Chromebook

School Chromebooks are managed by The School District of Palm Beach County. Power on the device and a “Sign in to your Chromebook” pop-up will appear. Click “Next”. When prompted, “How would you like to sign in?”, select the top option, “Log in using the District Portal." Type the student ID (s########) in the "Network Username" field. @stu.palmbeachschools.org should appear prefilled in this box. Type the student password, provided by the Timber Trace front office, and click “Login”. 

A notice regarding student conduct while using technology may appear on the first log-on attempt, Click “Ok” to accept the Terms of Service. The student portal home page should appear next.

The Student Portal

The School District of Palm Beach County uses a student portal for easy access to online learning resources.  The portal is a student’s gateway to textbooks, email, the Google Drive, Google Apps, and many helpful learning resources.

Ways to access the Student Portal:

  • Use a school device, power on, select “Log in using the District Portal” when prompted
  • Visit mysdpbc.org from any Internet browser
  • Visit the District website at www.palmbeachschools.org and click 

            “Sign In” on the top right of the home page

The Student Portal username is “s” followed by a student’s ID number. 

The Student Portal password is the last four digits of a student’s ID number followed by their initials capitalized, followed by the last two digits of birth year.


Harry Potter’s student ID number = pb12345678

Harry Potter’s birth date = July 31, 1980

Harry’s Student Portal Username = s12345678

Harry’s Student Portal Password = 5678HP80

A student’s email address is “s” followed by the student ID number, followed by @stu.palmbeachschools.org. 

For example, s12345678@stu.palmbeachschools.org

Students are able to email teachers, but are unable to email other students.

To find an app in the student portal students type a keyword in the search box on the top of the portal screen or just start typing the name of the app and the portal will automatically search for the application.  

The portal works on all devices (including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs).  

Some software applications are not optimized for cell phones and don’t work well on a small screen.  Those applications are not available on devices smaller than a tablet.
Logging into the Student Portal from Home (English)
Logging into the Student Portal from Home (Spanish)

How to Access the Student Portal video tutorials, (available in multiple languages)


Saving "Favorites" in the Student Portal

Parent Onboarding “How-To” Videos (excellent resource!)

Distance Learning Resources and Activities https://www.palmbeachschools.org/students_parents/DL2

Preparing Students for Digital Distance Learning:
Encourage your child to engage in the live Google Meet and Google Classroom activities being offered by their teachers and/or the District.
Ensure your child knows and memorizes their username and password for the District Student Portal and instructional resources.

Assure that a device and internet access are available at home.

Ensure that you are monitoring school and district communication for up-to-date information regarding distance learning and future plans to return to school.

Guidelines for Using a School Device

1. Wash hands before using a school device.

2. School devices are for classroom purposes only. Students may only visit sites approved by the school district and their teacher.

3. Hold the device with two hands when walking and move carefully.

4. Always shutdown the device properly and charge it when not in use.

5. Do not share passwords or try to access any accounts other than your own.

6. Always have earbuds, headphones, or speakers connected to the device if you are listening to something.

7. Keep food and drinks away from school devices.

8. Treat your school device with respect.
9. Contact the school immediately if the device is damaged.

Technology Acceptable Use Policy for Students

The School District of Palm Beach County has rules for using the computers that belong to the school. The computers at school are to be used for school work only.  Before using a school desktop computer, laptop, Chromebook, or iPad; ask yourself three questions.


 1.    Is this for a school project?

 2.    Am I using the device to learn something new and appropriate?

 3.    Has the activity been assigned by my teacher?
If you can answer "YES" to all three questions, you have an acceptable reason to use school technology. To use a school device for anything else is not allowed.

Google Meet

District’s Google Meet and Google Classroom support website: https://www.palmbeachschools.org/students_parents/DL2/google_classroom

Google Meet is used by teachers as a video conferencing platform to meet with students.

Google Meet Etiquette Guide for Students

1. When you enter a Google Meet, mute yourself (if you aren’t already muted.)

2. When you have a question, raise your hand and wait for your teacher to call on you.

3. When you have something to contribute to what is being said, but it is not your turn, use the chat feature in the right-hand corner. 

4. Wait for the teacher to call on you before unmuting yourself. 

5. Only one student should contribute/talk at a time.

6. Look into the camera when you are talking and speak clearly.

7. Focus on learning and pay attention to your teacher or other students who are speaking.

8. No toys, pets, food and drinks near students participating in Google Meets.
9. Leave the Google Meet session when the teacher instructs students to close the Meet.

Guardian’s Guide to Google Meet


Joining a Google Meet (video conference) from Google Classroom

If your teacher turns on Meet for Classroom, you can join a video meeting for your class. You can join a class video meeting after the teacher starts the meeting.

To use Meet, log into the student portal and search “Classroom”. Click the green “Google Classroom” tile.

  1. Click the teacher’s classroom.

  2.  Choose an option:  

  3.  On the Stream page, at the top, click the Meet link.

    • On the Classwork page, at the top, click Meet .
      Click Meet link

      On an announcement or post, click the link for the class video meeting.

  4. (Optional) To allow Meet to use your camera and microphone, click Allow.

  5. In Meet, at the top, make sure you’re signed in with your school account. To switch accounts, click Switch account select the Classroom account.
  6. To join the class video meeting, click Join now.   

Joining a Google Meet Using a Nickname, provided by teacher

If your teacher shares a meeting nickname, you use the nickname to join the meeting. 

  1. Log into device using student username and password.

  2. Open Chrome and navigate to meet.google.com.
  3. Click Join or start a meeting enter the meeting nickname, click Continue.

  4. Click Join now.

Google Classroom

District’s Google Meet and Google Classroom support website https://www.palmbeachschools.org/students_parents/DL2/google_classroom

Google Classroom Parent Guides


Google Classroom Quickstart Guide for Students


Google Classroom makes it easy for students and teachers to connect—inside and outside of schools. Classroom is a product in G Suite for Education, which also includes Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more. Classroom works with G Suite for Education so that teachers and students can communicate easily, create classes, distribute work, and stay organized.

Join a class as a student

To use Classroom, you sign in on your computer or mobile device and join classes. After you join a class, you can get work from your teacher and communicate with your classmates.

You can join a class in 2 ways:

  • Enter a class code—Your teacher shares a class code with you. Sign into the student portal, search “Classroom” and enter the code provided by the teacher. 

  • Accept an invite—Your teacher may send you an invite. Students can accept the invite in your email or in Classroom. Students must be logged into the student portal to access Gmail and Classroom
  •  After you join a class on one device, you're enrolled in that class for all devices.

    Join with a class code

Your teacher can tell you the class code. After you get the code, follow these steps: 

  1. Log into the student portal at mysdpbc.org. Search “Classroom” and click the green Classroom tile.
  2. Make sure to sign in with the correct account. If you're already signed in and need to switch accounts, in the top-right corner, click your profile picture select or add your account
  3. At the top, click Join class.
    Click Join class

  4. Enter the class code from your teacher and click Join.

    Enter class code
    Note: Class codes are 6-7 characters, and use letters and numbers. Codes can’t have spaces or special symbols. 

Join with an Invite
If your teacher invites you to join a class, you get an email invite, and you can see the class on your Classes page.

  1. Log into the student portal at mysdpbc.org. Search “Classroom” and click the green Classroom tile.
  2. Make sure to sign in with the correct account. If you're already signed in and need to switch accounts, in the top-right corner, click your profile picture select or add your account.
  3. On the class card, click Join. Click Join How to turn email notifications off for Google Classroom

• Log into the student portal at mysdpbc.org. Search “Classroom” and click the green Classroom tile.

• Click on the three lines in the top left hand corner.

• Scroll all the way down on the side menu until you see the "Settings" gear

• Scroll down to "Class Notifications" and toggle email notifications for all classes for which you don't want to receive emails.

Turning off Google Classroom Notifications video tutorial:


How to Join a Google Classroom

iReady Reading

iReady is a personalized online reading program used at all District elementary schools and a few middle schools. If a student is a beginning English speaker (ELL), they will have access to Imagine Learning instead of i-Ready, which is located on the District portal. Students who complete Imagine Learning instead of iReady Reading will be contacted by a teacher.

To access iReady Reading:

  1. Students log into the student portal.

  2. Search for “iReady”. The tile should appear toward the top of the student’s home page in the Default row.

  3. Click once on the iReady tile to open the application.

Teachers will share the amount of time or the number of lessons they would like students to complete each week.

iReady Family Center


SuccessMaker Math

SuccessMaker is designed to meet specific math goals for your child. The program continuously adapts to ask questions at your student’s functional level. We know each learner is unique and have strategically designed our program to help each learner reach their strongest potential. Typical SuccessMaker lessons take 15-20 minutes to complete.

To access SuccessMaker Math:

     1. Students log into the student portal.

     2. Search for “SuccessMaker”. The tile should appear toward the top of the  

         student’s home page in the Default row.

     3. Click once on the SuccessMaker tile to open the application.

Getting Started with SuccessMaker Math (K-2) Video


Getting Started with SuccessMaker Math (3-5) Video


Distance Learning Recommendations...

Try to make a specific area of your house your child’s “classroom space”. 

Have your child keep their “classroom” clean and organized.

Treat your virtual classroom like your actual classroom. Students should dress appropriately for school. Students may not wear pajamas when video conferencing with their teacher. 

No TV or phone use during distance learning. Students must focus on learning.

Establish a daily routine or schedule and adhere to it. Be prompt when joining Google Meet sessions. Begin your school day on time and the teacher will help establish a lunch and break schedule.

Take breaks from online learning to avoid fatigue. 10-15 minute breaks throughout the day are helpful.

Take your time and do your best. Students should turn in quality work.

Don’t rush to complete assignments. 

Ask for help when needed. Timber Trace teachers and staff members are available to help make the transition to online learning successful.

Accessing Student Online Textbooks

  1. Log into the student portal.
  2. Select the “Student Texts” tile from the Default row at the top of the home page.
  3. If the “Student Texts” tile fails to appear, search “student” in the search box at the top of the page. Locate the “Student Texts” tile and click to open.
  4. Locate the textbook link needed and click “Launch” to open the text.

Accessing Student Online Textbook Video Tutorial


Performance Matters

The online assessment system used by the School District of Palm Beach County is called Performance Matters. Performance Matters is a tile available in the student portal.

Performance Matters (Assessment System) Guidance for Students & Parents 


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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to Distance Learning


Technology Troubleshooting Tips

Clearing Chrome Cache and Cookies

Clearing the Chrome browser cache is often the first troubleshooting step families should complete when reporting technology issues. 

When you use a browser, like Chrome, it saves some information from websites in its cache and cookies. Clearing them fixes certain problems, like loading or formatting issues on sites.

Directions for Chrome:

  • On your computer, open Chrome
  • At the top right, click the 3 dots, (some people call this the snowman icon).
  • Click More tools and then Clear browsing data. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.

  • Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.

  • Click Clear data. 

Technology Tip Related to Opening Links in Google Classroom

The school district is working to resolve a few issues students experienced at the end of the school year. Sometimes links to digital resources in Google Classroom will fail to open for students. We learned that students should log into the student portal and open BrainPop Junior, Discovery, Pebble Go, and other resources linked in Google Classroom before clicking the link in Classroom. When students open BrainPop Junior and other resources from the student portal, this logs them into subscription-based applications and allows links placed inside Google Classroom to function successfully.

How to Use Virtual Tools in Pearson Realize Math (video tutorial)


Have technology-related issues on a District device?  

Contact the IT Service Desk at (561) 242-4100

Sanitizing Devices
Power off the device
Remove charger & earbuds
Never spray anything onto a device, instead dampen a soft cloth. 
No chemical sprays, no Clorox wipes,no Windex products, no bleach products. Do not wipe hand sanitizer on devices.
Clean monitor with a damp microfiber cloth (water only)
70% isopropyl alcohol may be used sparingly on a soft cloth to wipe down the keyboard, touch pad, headphones, and the external chassis
Liquid dripping into a keyboard will damage the device
Allow water/rubbing alcohol to evaporate before powering on the device