Online instruction information, technology support & video tutorials

On Tuesday, September 8, Goshen students will begin the 2020-21 school year. At that time, all students in grades K-12 will be learning remotely. View the district’s six week reopening plan

Below are resources for students and families as we begin the school year. The hybrid and remote learning plans directly correlates to New York State Learning Standards and local grade level expectations.

GSuite (Google) for Education: An Overview

GSuite (Google) for Education will be the main online tool utilized for instruction. Here is a suggested workflow to help find and organize materials and assignments.

  1. Log in as the student to Google Chrome, or on iOS, the associated Google Apps to find the resources needed. This will help sync information and prevent confusion. Remember, these accounts are monitored and part of school district property.
    • To login, students use the following credentials:

Username:  firstname.lastname@student.gcsny.org
Password:   stlunchnumber

  1. Navigate to the following applications, in this order, to simplify finding materials, announcements and assignments:
    1. GMail: All students K-12 have a protected @student.gcsny.org email account that will serve as an aggregator of all materials being shared via Google Classroom.
    2. Google Calendar: When due dates are assigned in Google Classroom, they get populated to Google Calendar specifically color coded by classroom. Calendar will help map out a day or week for the assignment to be completed. Each event listed in Google Calendar will link directly to assignments posted in Google Classroom.
    3. Google Classroom: Students as young as kindergarten may have 6 or more Google Classrooms. Begin with GMail for an overview of posts and activities. Once in Classroom, click the 3 parallel lines at the top of the screen to find a “To Do” list for the student. Then proceed to click through each Google Classroom to view the announcements (Stream tab) and assignments (Classwork tab).
      1. Navigate to the Classwork page of Classroom using the links at the top. On the left, the Topics tab can filter into specific categories that may be outlined by the instructor.
    4. Students can then go to Classlink to log into the application portals assigned by the instructor.
  2. At any point in this workflow, your child can jump into an active assignment (via GMail, Calendar, Classroom) and complete assignments and activities.
  3. Remember every teacher will have set office hours, which can be populated into Google Calendar on the student account or the Google Classroom Calendar.

IMPORTANT: If you are using a shared device/computer to conduct your schoolwork, please make sure to log into your Chrome account as well as your Google account. This will ensure that you can see your own personalized settings, such as bookmarks, while using Chrome. View the video below for clarification:

Classlink

Classlink is a secure portal that will serve as a single sign-on solution for Goshen students and staff. This will eliminate the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords for the different apps and services that students will use as part of their educational program, since Classlink will generate and save these passwords automatically. Log into Classlink at https://launchpad.classlink.com/goshencsd

How to access Classlink

Classlink works on any device or tablet. All students sign in to Classlink using their network login:

  • Username: firstname.lastname
  • Password: st#lunchnumber

You will need to include the # to make it work. An example would be st#012345. If you don’t know your child’s ID#, you can log into your Parent Portal account to find it. If you are still struggling to find the information, please email your child’s teacher for assistance. Teacher email addresses are set up as firstname.lastname@gcsny.org.

View the student login cheat sheet for Classlink

If you have trouble accessing this form, please contact your child’s teacher for assistance.

Classlink and data privacy

Classlink also complies with New York State’s Education Law 2D (EDLaw2D), legislation that calls for data privacy and data security protections limiting and safeguarding access to personal information. This applies to the software used in schools. Goshen will only use programs that comply with the reciprocal agreement of privacy policies between the vendor and the district’s legal terms of service. A list of approved apps and services will be continually updated and hosted at https://portal.classlink.com/goshencsd

Technical assistance and instructional support

Help with Logins

To log into Google and Classlink, you need your child’s lunch number (ID number).

  • To log into Google, it’s firstname.lastname@student.gcsny.org / stlunchnumber.
  • To log into Classlink, it’s firstname.lastname / st#lunchnumber.

If you don’t know your child’s lunch/ID#, you can log into your Parent Portal account to find it. If you are still struggling to find the information, please email your child’s teacher for assistance. Teacher email addresses are set up as firstname.lastname@gcsny.org

Technical assistance

The Goshen Central School District Technical Services/Technology Team will provide technical assistance Monday through Friday for district-issued Chromebooks. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response. View the Community Technical Support Request Form.

You may wish to share a screenshot when reporting technical issues, and can do so with the following commands:

  • PC:  Print Screen button, paste into a doc
  • Mac: Shift + Command + 4
  • Chromebook: Control + Window Switcher button

You may also wish to record a screen video of the issue using the Screencastify video recorder (a Google extension)for troubleshooting support. Google Meet also offers a Screenshare tool, which may be used for a live help consultation.

Connectivity issues

Some families are experiencing issues with their Wi-Fi/Internet connectivity. Please view the following resources to help solve connectivity problems.

Latest update number

Most recent update number for school-issued Chromebooks:

  • Version 85.0.4183.102 (Official Build) (64-bit)

This is the most recent update installed on the device. It may take numerous updates to get there.

WiFi and Update Resources

Please note that this issue may be a problem with your Internet Service Provider (ISP). If problems persist, you will need to contact your ISP.

Personal instructional support

If your child is in need of instructional support:

  1. First, contact your child’s teacher; then
  2. contact your child’s school technology personnel:

Tutorials and training opportunities will be continually available throughout the school year. You may also view existing tutorials here.

Access to WiFi and devices

School-issued Chromebooks were distributed to students K-12 in the beginning of September. If you are in need of a Chromebook, please contact your child’s building principal.

If you do not have reliable Wifi, the district may be able to issue you a Wifi hotspot, if available. Please contact your child’s building principal with requests. The website www.everyoneon.org can help families discover programs that may address family need for discounted internet service.

Free Internet service advisory

Asesoramiento gratuito de servicio de internet

OTHER HELPFUL TIPS

  • In Google, set a profile picture so that when your camera is off, the teacher knows who is there.
  • Mute yourself upon entry to Google Meets to eliminate unnecessary noise. Unmute to participate (ctrl +d is the shortcut for unmuting/muting).
  • Have a dedicated work space with paper, pencils and other supplies handy. Make sure you are comfortable and have a quiet space to learn.
  • Stay organized. Make a weekly calendar with classes, upcoming assignment deadlines and dedicated time to studying.
  • Remember that your teachers are there for you. If you need help, please reach out and schedule time to speak with your teacher for any challenges that you are experiencing. You may also contact your guidance counselor, if applicable.
  • Take care of yourself: Remember to get plenty of sleep, eat a good breakfast, take each day one step at a time. You can do this!

PLEASE NOTE: The first few days of remote learning may have some hiccups. Please have patience with your child’s teachers, support staff and more importantly, yourself and your child. Questions and assistance will be given as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate the start of the school year together.

Online learning tutorials

Tutorial for staying connected and informed with online instruction

K-12 Technology Coordinator Jonathan Redeker created this video tutorial to help guide students and parents/guardians as they navigate online learning with Google Classroom, Google Calendar and GMail.

Student gmail tutorial

Goshen Intermediate School Teacher Kelly Cohen leads a tutorial for accessing and using student gmail accounts. Please note that the district has opened school gmail for K-12 during the extended closure. It is protected. Student gmail belongs to the school district and should be used appropriately, like school conversations.

Parent Technology Presentation: How to support your child with online learning

On March 17, Technology Coordinator Jonathan Redeker hosted a video conference call with district parents to provide guidance on how to support your child with online learning. View the recording below to learn how to log into Google Classroom, find class assignments, and more.

Parents Guide to Google Classroom

Guía para padres de Google Classroom 2020

Sora app download demonstration

Learn how to download e-books and audio books with this tutorial from Goshen High School Library Media Specialist Aileen Behringer. The Sora app allows students and teachers in grades K-12 to download e-books and audio books to a computer, tablet or smart phone. Also available on iOS and Android app.

Student expectations

Students are expected to participate in instruction, complete assignments and communicate regularly with their teachers. Students should assume the seriousness and expectations of distance learning to be equal to what takes place in classrooms. We fully understand that it may not be possible to duplicate the normal classroom environment while utilizing remote learning.

Students are prohibited from taking screenshots or pictures of their teacher or fellow students. In addition, students are also prohibited from taking any audio or video recordings. These behaviors violate our policies and could result in disciplinary action. Students are reminded to follow the Goshen Central School District Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Policies.

Parent/guardian expectations

It is expected that students will be provided a private setting during online instruction or related services. Recording of teachers or other students is prohibited. Additionally, it’s further understood that no party shall be permitted to record their sessions, and that any such recording will be considered a violation of Board of Education policies. In addition, any incidental and/or unintentional viewing/hearing will be kept confidential.

Depending upon grade level, it’s reasonable to expect weekly instruction time and assignments for all subjects will largely match with what is grade level, course specific and age appropriate. Specific expectations will be communicated by the buildings and/or individual teachers.

Online learning tips for students and families

Google Classroom cheat sheets for students

Students may download a free cheat sheet to help navigate Google Classroom. View the cheat sheets from Shake Up Learning

Google Classroom cheat sheets for students and teachers

Both students and teachers may download a free cheat sheet to help navigate Google Classroom. View the cheat sheets from Shake Up Learning

Student Data Privacy

As students and families get ready to begin the 2020-21 school year, district officials would like to remind them of the importance of data safety and data security — especially with the increasing use of online learning apps, programs, and devices associated with remote learning.

How might my child’s information be compromised?

Personally identifiable information, or PII, includes all information that could be used to identify, find, or connect with a student, including name, address, student ID, social security number, birth date, login credentials, as well as academic, health, and disciplinary records.

Cybercriminals are able to use this information to commit identity theft, financial fraud, credit card schemes and other malicious attacks. This is why it is vitally important to keep this information safe and avoid revealing sensitive personal and/or financial information.

Student data and privacy also extends to the use of social media. Despite privacy settings, there is always the possibility that posts and pictures on social media sites could be seen by anyone. Be careful about what you post. Deleted items aren’t necessarily gone forever.

How can I keep my child’s information safe?

It’s actually quite simple to keep your child’s data private. Here are some tips to stay safe while learning online:

  • Think before you click: Exercise caution before clicking on a link in an e-mail or opening an attachment, especially if it doesn’t appear to be from a district e-mail address. This may be a phishing scam and contain viruses that may attack your device.
  • Keep it to yourself: Do not write down passwords and leave in an easily accessible location. Never share your passwords or school ID with anyone or provide your school credentials to any non-school related service.
  • Don’t overshare: Be prudent about what you post online. Never post information such as your school ID, password, driver’s license, Social Security Number (SSN), bank account, or credit card data.
  • Shut it down: Always log off of your device when you’re finished with your assignments. That way, if your laptop is stolen, it will be harder for a thief to get at your personal information.
  • Be wise about Wifi: Before you send personal information over your laptop or smartphone on a public wireless network in a coffee shop, library, or other public place, see if your information will be protected. If you use a secure wireless network, all the information you send on that network is protected.

How will the district help keep my child safe?

EDLaw2D is 2014 legislation that calls for data privacy and data security protections limiting and safeguarding access to personal information. On Jan. 14, 2020, the Board of Regents approved an amendment to EdLaw2D that specifies how educational agencies must safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) of students and select school personnel. This includes delivering privacy and security awareness training to all employees annually and establishing a Data Protection Officer.

Districts must also ensure that any third-party vendor or service with access to PII is in compliance with the new regulations. The Goshen Central School District only uses programs that comply with EDLaw2D. A list of approved apps and services will be continually updated and hosted at https://portal.classlink.com/goshencsd

In addition, school-issued Chromebooks will have certain protocols in place for added security, such as automatic updates and antivirus software.

What should I do if I think my child’s information has been compromised?
Parents who have concerns or complaints about data privacy or security may file a complaint by contacting Personnel Director Dr. Gregory Voloshin, Data Protection Officer, at gregory.voloshin@gcsny.org or 845-615-6760.

If at any time the district learns that student and/or teacher/principal data has been compromised, parents and guardians will be notified, and the data breach will be reported to the state Education Department.