This page will be updated to reflect support documentation for Chromebooks and Google applications being used by the school.
iPad Update August 13, 2020 (Internet Usage update)
For anyone who has a DOE-loaned ipad, we have some important updates for you. It is essential that you take the actions below to ensure your child’s ipad is ready for use for return to school. The first day of school is only a few weeks away, and all students will be working remotely for at least a few days a week. Your child will need their ipad to be ready for learning for the fall. Please note that when we have other updates, we will send messages to you and your iPad on Thursdays, and we will let your schools know about the updates.
To prepare, you MUST
Turn on the iPad
Some iPads have not been turned on all summer. We need you to charge and power up the ipad.
Turn Airplane Mode On and Off
This will reset your internet connection
Go to Settings
Find the Airplane Mode button
Turn Airplane Mode on for ten seconds (button turns green)
Turn Airplane Mode off and wait until the ipad reconnects to the internet
You will see the connected icon at the top of the screen
Go to schools.nyc.gov to make sure your ipad is connected to the internet - all DOE-loaned ipads have internet access.
Sign into Zscaler
In order to ensure your child is using the internet with all the safety the DOE requires and protect your child. You will need your child’s @nycstudents.net account. Once you get that please follow these directions, or see the instructions on our Zscaler page:
On the main screen, click the Zscaler icon. After clicking the icon, you will be taken to the login page.
Enter your child’s @nycstudent account (only use the student’s username and password, no need to include @nycstudents to log in), then click the “sign in” button.
Click on the "allow" button and wait one minute for a connection to be established until you will see the Zscaler screen
Once the connection is secure, close the app
That is it. You can use the iPad normally now.
Sign into the Learn at Home App
To get ready for the first day of school, make connecting to learning and support much easier for your child (and you, too!), and allow you to get notifications on the iPad:
Find the Learn at Home icon on the main screen on the iPad
Log in the same way you did for Zscaler, using the same @nycstudents.net account (only use the student’s username and password, no need to include @nycstudents to log in)
From the Learn at Home app your child can access TeachHub, Google Classroom and get help.
Good news! Your child’s iPad is Now a Hotspot
That allows you to connect other devices used for remote learning to the internet. It is easy:
Go to Settings
Find Personal Hotspot and click to take you to the login screen
Select Allow Others to Join
Devices other students in your house are using for remote learning can be added to that connection
As a reminder, as with the ipad itself, the hotspot connection is to be used only to access remote learning activities. Any unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.
Troubleshooting, Tips and Tricks for students and families
Still in need of a device?
If your child does not have a device at home, fill out the DOE survey below. They will begin distributing these and will contact you about next steps. You can also call call 718-935-5100, and choose option 5 to make the request over the phone.
Where are the my classes in Google Classroom?
If you have already downloaded the Google Classroom app, then these are the steps you should follow:
Step 1 -Open Google Classroom app
A- If your child is not already logged into a account (@nycstudents.net or @gmail.com) go to step 2 below
B - If someone is already logged into a personal gmail account on the device, you need to add the student's @nycstudents.net account. To do this, click on the top right icon of the screen (image or a letter within a circle), then scroll down to "Add another account". Go to step 2 below.
Step 2 - Logging into @nycstudents.net account:
Login by typing their entire email@example.com account and press enter. Then you will be prompted to enter account again and the password (student's birthday in MMDDYYYY format). When you press enter (or go depending on the device you are using) it should log you in where you can see the classes and accept the invitations to classes.
Note- If you open Google Classroom and don't see the classes, please check what account is logged in by clicking the top right icon of the picture or letter to see which one is logged in. If you have logged into the account already on that device, you should see it and all you have to do is click on the @nycstudents.net account for your child. It will switch and you should see all the classrooms they are in.
My Chromebook is not connecting or keeps disconnecting from wifi
My Chromebook says "Connecting to this network is disabled by your administrator" when trying to connect to wifi
The way to fix this issue is to have the Chromebook connect to the school’s Wi-Fi network for it to get a small update that will remove that restriction. If you live close to the school and are able to walk to the school, open the laptop outside of the school so that it can connect to the schools network. You don’t have to be inside the building, but it needs to get as close to the school as possible so that it can connect to the school's wifi network. If you are able to do this, 2 things will happen: 1) Adds a “Browse as Guest icon” to the main screen when you turn on the Chromebook and 2) removes that restriction that is blocking you from connecting to your Wi-Fi.
Since school staff cannot go into the building until the Mayor and Chancellor tell us to return, we will be unable to go to the building to fix this restriction. If you are unable to open the Chromebook near the school then please fill out the device survey on DOE’s website at link to DOE Remote Learning Device Survey so that you can be placed on the list to potentially receive a device directly from the DOE. They will begin contacting families directly to let them know what the next steps would be to receive a device.
Note: Chromebooks do not have internet built into the device. They must connect to a wifi router or hotspot of your own.
i-Pad Wi-Fi connectivity - Central DOE issued devices
Your iPad will come connected to the internet—you will not need a WiFi connection or hotspot device. The internet connection is provided by T-Mobile, at no cost to you. Once you receive your iPad, you will be able to visit websites and do classwork immediately.
To be sure you're connected to the internet, a WiFi icon should appear at the top of your screen.
If your iPad isn't connected to the internet, make sure cellular data is turned on. Here's how:
Go to Settings.
Select Cellular Data.
Turn on Cellular Data.
Tap Cellular Data Options.
Verify that LTE and data roaming are turned on.
If you're still having trouble connecting your iPad to the internet, call T-Mobile at 1-800-375-1126. Tell them that you are part of the New York City Department of Education Rapid Response Program. Also, please have your iPad's Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICCID) ready. To find this, go to Settings > General > About > ICCID.
i-Pad Technical Support for Families
If you have ongoing issues with technology to support learning at home, even after visiting our support pages (such as Getting Started with Your iPad, Remote Learning Portal, Getting Started with Google Classroom, Getting Started with Teams) please fill out the Technical Support for Families form.
You can use the form to let us know what issues you are having with NYCDOE iPads or other devices including:
Status or delivery of iPad request
Reporting a lost or stolen device
Support for sign in and use of iPad or other DOE devices
Help with applications (including Google Classroom)
If the form doesn’t offer the answers you need, you will be asked to provide your contact information and we will get in touch with you and try to solve your problem.
For security reasons, students and families cannot download apps to their DOE provided iPad. Your iPad should come loaded with the following apps. If your iPad is missing any of these or you cannot locate any of these on your iPad, please let us know.
If your child’s teacher or school uses an app that is not listed, use the above link to request the application for your iPad.
Office 365 apps (Teams, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, One Drive, One Note)
Google apps (Classroom, Meet, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Gmail, Translate, Chrome, Docs)
Library apps (SimplyE, Queens Library)
Security apps (Cisco Security/Connector Umbrella, CrowdStrike)
Other (Flipgrid, i-Ready, Amplify Science, Adobe Acrobat, RBdigital, Overdrive, ImagineLearning, myON, Axis 360, Freegal Music)
For other support, please use the below options:
Hardware: Call AppleCare Support for the NYCDOE at 1-800-919-2775. When prompted, enter the PIN: 692363 (NYCDOE). ONLY call this number to ask about setting up your iPad or accessing learning applications once you receive the device. Do not call to check on the status of your device request. See iPad Distribution for information and timelines around devices.
Send an email to AppleCare at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the device’s serial number and a brief description of the issue.
If you are in District 75, email D75ATRepair-Replacem@schools.nyc.gov.
Software: Call the DOE Service Desk at 718-935-5100.