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Getting Started with FCPS Online Campus Learning


Technology & Skills Checklist for FCPS Online Courses

(Click each item below to see the software, hardware, and skills required for your online class)

Update for 2020-2021: All students must have a webcam for their proctored exams with the Online Campus.

Required Software & Hardware

Update for 2020-2021: All students must have a webcam for their proctored exams with the Online Campus.

Personally Owned Devices (not FCPS-issued).
The minimum technology requirements for your Online Course:

  • Email: all FCPS communications with students will default to the student's @fcpsschools.net email address. This is the preferred communication method for securing student safety.
  • Reliable Internet (JavaScript and Cookies must be enabled in your browser)
  • Access to FCPS Blackboard Learn 24/7 (through 30 June 2021); Access to FCPS Schoology LMS (effective 30 June 2021)
  • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software
  • Access to additional software such as:
  • Functioning Bb Collaborate connectivity (through 30 June 2021); Functioning Zoom connectivity (effective 30 June 2021), with a headset and microphone
  • A scanner or scanner applet like CamScanner
  • Windows 10 or higher, MAC** 10.6 or higher
  • For World Language courses: Audacity® audio recording software, and QuickTime Media Player. After installing Audacity, students must download and install the Audacity mp3 encoder by Lame: http://lame.buanzo.org/#lamewindl

*If you have Microsoft Powerpoint or the Microsoft Office Suite, then you do not need the viewer.

**MAC support will not be provided by FCPS, but students can use MACs for their online classes with outside tech support.

FCPSOn Devices (FCPS-issued student computers).
If you are using an FCPSOn device, this software is already installed for you. If you feel that something is missing, see your School Based Technology Specialist at your local school of attendance.
The minimum technology requirements for your Online Course:

  • Email: all FCPS communications with students will default to the student's @fcpsschools.net email address. This is the preferred communication method for securing student safety.
  • Reliable Internet (JavaScript and Cookies must be enabled in your browser)
  • Access to FCPS Blackboard Learn 24/7 (through 30 June 2021); Access to FCPS Schoology LMS (effective 30 June 2021)
  • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software
  • Access to additional software such as:
  • Functioning Bb Collaborate connectivity (through 30 June 2021); Functioning Zoom connectivity (effective 30 June 2021), with headset and microphone
  • A scanner or scanner applet like CamScanner
  • For World Language courses: Audacity® audio recording software, and QuickTime Media Player. Check your My Applications folder to determine if your software is installed. Initial installation requires students to have their device at school on the FCPS Wifi:
    My Applications Menu

See your course syllabus for any additional software requirements specific to your online course.

Basic Skills

It is essential that you view these items and learn to complete these tasks on the device you intend to use for your Online Campus course.
You should know how to do the following on your computer:

FCPS Blackboard Learn 24/7

Your online course is located in FCPS Bb Learn 24/7. The course will not be available until your Online Campus teacher has contacted you.

In order for you to log on to your online course, you need to have a Blackboard user id and password.

  • FCPS students: your User ID is your student ID, and the password is the one used during the preceding school year.
  • For non-FCPS students: once your registration has processed and courses have been created in the FCPS Student Information System, a student ID will be issued to you. Your teacher will be able to provide this when s/he contacts you prior to the start of the course. Be sure to respond to your teacher's email, request your Student ID, and confirm your FCPS Bb Learn 24/7 access as soon as you receive that initial teacher email.

To access FCPS Bb Learn 24/7, log in at http://fcps.blackboard.com/.


All FCPS Bb Learn 24/7 accounts are linked to students' FCPS network accounts.

  • To change your FCPS password, go to Student Password Change
  • To reset a forgotten password, go to Student Password Recovery
  • If you are still having trouble with your account, contact the Online Campus at (703) 503-7781 and ask for, "Help resetting my my network password."


Using Windows 10 OS? Do NOT use the Microsoft Edge browser to access your online course. Use Firefox or IE. If you encounter a problem using one browser, try another browser to see if the error is browser related.

FCPS Google Accounts for Education

Many Online Campus courses use the FCPS Google Accounts for Education.

For both FCPS students and non-FCPS students, your FCPS Google Account for Education uses the same userid (student id) and password as your network account for FCPS Blackboard Learn 24/7.


Login to your FCPS Google Account here: http://www.fcpsschools.net/


  • To change your FCPS password, go to Student Password Change
  • To reset a forgotten password, go to Student Password Recovery
  • If you are still having trouble with your account, contact the Online Campus at (703) 503-7781 and ask for, "Help resetting my my network password."

Email

Email is the main way that teachers will communicate with students and parents. All FCPS communications with students will default to the student's @fcpsschools.net email address. This is the preferred communication method for securing student safety. Students are required to check their @fcpsschools.net email address daily.

  • You must know how to check and send emails, as well as how to save attachments.
  • You will need to check your email account multiple times during the day.
  • You will not submit work through email, as all work is submitted directly through the FCPS Bb Learn 24/7 course.

  • Be certain your email address is up-to-date in your FCPS Bb Learn 24/7 account.

    Update your personal information by:

    • Following this shortcut: Edit Bb 24/7 Personal Information
    • You can also reach your personal information from iniside FCPS 24/7 by:
      • Clicking on your name in the top-right of the Bb Learn 24/7 screen,
      • Choosing Settings,
      • Followed by Personal Information.

    For help on reaching the personal settings menu and adding an avatar, watch this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/MjAE7eQNmK8

    Video

    HTML 5 Video: click the play button to check that your system settings allow for online video play.


    Road to Perdition clip
    ***If video fails to play with your default browser, try using alternate browers, such as: Google Chrome, Mozilla, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11+, Safari (Apple)

    Essential Information for Student Success

    Before registering for a course with the Online Campus, be sure to review these important information pages:




    Parental Consent for Digital Tools

    At the FCPS Online Campus, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your student may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school's list of the resources that require parent consent here.

    Included on the list of resources page is also a link to a form where you need to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. The list of resources page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your student's teacher if you have questions or concenrs about the digital resources we've chosen to use this year.

    Updated November 2020

    Questions? Contact the Online Campus 8am to 4pm Monday-Friday at (703) 503-7781 or Online Campus