Virtual Learning Resources and Support

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Technology Troubleshooting Tips


Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Connect with the FCPS Technology Support for Families website to get help with:

  • SIS Access 
    • create a SIS Parent account
    • get support for you SIS Parent account 
    • view and update Emergency Care information.
    • view your student's records including scheduling, attendance, discipline, health, grades, test results, and academic programs
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra -  allows real-time meetings between students and teachers. 
  • Google Suite - G Suite for Education provides a suite of cloud-based tools to schools. The tools and services include messaging and collaboration apps, such as Gmail, Google Drive and Calendar, Classroom, and Meet.
  • Technology Tips for Families - setting up a successful virtual learning environment
  • General Computer Use: setting up and troubleshooting audio, accessing the internet and a website, and more

Virtual Learning Basics

Commonly Used Digital Platforms for Family Support and Information

Blackboard 24/7

  • FCPS 24-7 Learning provides parents access to available courses the student is enrolled in, Naviance Student to view College and Academic Career Planning (for Middle and High school students), [email protected] to view and update Emergency Care information, and Bus Stop Information via the Bus Stop module. 


  • Pear Deck is built to support active learning and empower teachers to hear from every student, every day. While being conducted virtually, Pear Deck is one way that we can help students stay connected to their learning community and on track with their educational goals. 


  • Padlet is an online bulletin board for students to post and collaborate, encouraging collaboration online.

Google Suite for Education

  • A controlled environment in which  FCPS students, faculty, and staff can communicate, store files and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Collaboration can occur in real-time, all within a secure FCPS-managed online environment. The use of these tools provides an approved alternative to consumer Google accounts. G Suite for Education includes the following apps for students: Calendar, Classroom, Contacts, Draw, Drive, Docs, Keep, Forms, Mail, Sheets, Slides, Sites, and Tasks. 


  • Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Students can respond via the Flipgrid app or website with any camera-enabled device or by uploading a previously recorded video. Responses can be 15 seconds to five minutes, and a maximum recording time can be set. Teachers can also allow students to record replies to classmates' responses.


  • EdPuzzle is an engagement tool which requires students to actively watch videos and respond to questions throughout the video.  Videos can be posted directly from their teachers or through youtube. 


  • Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12. Over 400 Gizmos aligned to the latest standards help educators bring powerful new learning experiences to the classroom. 


  • Quizzz is a formative assessment tool.  Students may use this in class for review games and remediation activities. 


  • Quizlet is an online study application that allows students to study via learning tools and games. Quizlet does not require a login.


  • Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform, used as educational technology in schools and other educational institutions. Its learning games, "Kahoots", are user-generated multiple-choice quizzes that can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot app.



No Red Ink

  • NoRedInk is an online web-based language-learning platform.  Teachers assign work through No Red ink and provide opportunities for feedback and reflection. 


  • MyOn is a personalized digital library which provides students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. 

Learning Ally

  • Learning Ally provides access to online audiobooks. 

Mackin VIA

  • MackinVIA provides access to eBooks and educational databases for students in FCPS. 

Access to Technology and Software Discounts

Accessing Equipment, Software, and Wifi

Software Discounts for Students and FCPS Families

    FCPSOn and Digital Citizenship