Students and staff use technology everyday in the middle school. From the time someone enters our building to the conclusion of the day, technology is everywhere! Whether it is students conducting Internet research in the library or writing using Chromebooks in the classroom or creating presentations in the computer lab or creating music in the keyboarding lab or teachers using LCD projectors and SMARTBoards in the classroom, technology is an integral part of the Patton Middle School experience. Students and parents also utilize this technology at home when they visit the school website for the latest news, check on student progress using PowerSchool, access the Library's online resources, sign in to a Google Apps account, access an online textbook just to name a few examples.
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Let's Start With Your Chromebook!
To login to your Chromebook you will use your school Gmail address and password. You should know this from last year. If you are a new student this year, you should have revived a letter with your password.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Password: ucf###### (ucf+student number)
You will be able to access many websites by using our Patton Clever Portal.
- PowerSchool (or log in directly with username/password)
- Canvas (or log in directly with username/password)
- Get More Math
- McGraw Hill Textbook
- Holt McDougal Textbook (Log in With Google)
- Adobe Spark (Log in With Google)
Go to the Patton Clever Portal and choose Log in with Google to get started.
For some websites, you will not be able to use Clever and have to log into the website directly.
- Click the Log in With Google button (if there is one)
- Use Your School Gmail Address
- Your School Username and password:
- Username: walshj29 , Password: ucf###### (ucf+student number)
Students can take advantage of an online version of their textbook in many Patton classes, including Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages. But not every class at Patton has an accompanying online textbook so students should check with their teacher.
To access the textbook websites, visit the Patton Clever Portal to log in.
McGraw Hill ConnectED
If students have any difficulties accessing an online textbook they should inform their teacher or see Mr. Walsh or Mr. Marshall for login help.
The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and Charles F. Patton Middle School are committed to preparing our students for a 21st century global society. To that end, after piloting a 1:1 Chromebook program for A Team 6th Graders in 2015-16, every student at Patton was issued a Chromebook beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
We continue to see these advantages for students:
- Increased opportunities for collaboration, communication and creativity
- Increased student engagement in a personalized learning environment
- Increased use of technology to enhance teacher instruction
- Improved access to both teacher content and robust internet resources to foster acquisition of knowledge and skills
Parents can pay the Chromebook Fee (management and insurance) by visiting the RevTrak website at: https://ucfsd.revtrak.net
Would you like to purchase a second Chromebook charger?
Click here for more information on the Dell 11 USB-C charger
Have a problem with your Chromebook? Not sure what to do? Complete a tech ticket using this link.
Have a problem with your Chromebook that you know needs to be be repaired? Use this Repair Request Form.
The Chromebook - and it's sibling, the Chromebase - is a type of computer designed to get you on the web as quickly as possible. All Chrome devices are powered by the Google Chrome operating system, which has been developed to provide a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web. A couple of reasons we like them here at Patton are:
- Students sign in with and are connected to their school Google account
- All work is done in a web browser and saved on the web, which is great for us using Google Apps
- Chrome devices start up fast and last all day long
- The device will always be up-to-date
Chromebooks - Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is a Chromebook?
Answer: A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. To learn more about your new Dell Chromebook 11, check out the QuickStart Guide. Want to learn more about Chrome OS? Take a look at Google's Chromebook Tour. And for more information, check out Google's Chromebook page
Question: Why did we choose the Chromebook as the device for students?
Answer: We chose the Chromebook for many reasons. Over the past few years, we have found that the teachers and students preferred the Chromebook over other devices we have to offer at school based on usage patterns of the different devices and informal polling of classes. Since our School District uses Google as a platform for communication and workflow, Chromebooks fit seamlessly into our instructional environment. Our students have Gmail accounts and have received instruction on how to effectively use their gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, and other Google applications as a part of our sixth grade computer course curriculum. For the 2015-16 school year, we piloted a Chromebook 1:1 with the A-Team students in 6th grade. It proved to be very successful and helped us make the final decision about choosing Chromebooks.
Question: Will students be able to take the device home?
Answer: Because we recognize that there is opportunity for students to continue to create and collaborate while at home, we do allow students to take the devices home. The student should always leave the power charger at home at all times.
Question: What if a student experiences a problem with their Chromebook?
Answer: If students experience a problem with their Chromebook or it is in need of repair, they should let their teacher know right away. In addition to Mr. Marshall and Mr. Walsh, we will also have a building tech support person in the Library to take care of Chromebook problems.
Question: What if a student forgets to bring their Chromebook to school?
Answer: If student forgets their Chromebook, they should see their Advisory teacher and they make a phone call home to see if the Chromebook can be dropped off at school.
Question: Can I purchase another Chromebook charger?
If you would like to have a second charger, click here for information on how to to purchase one.
Question: How will we partner to ensure students know how to safely and appropriately use the device?
Answer: Sixth grade students will be given digital citizenship instruction and all students will be given instruction by Mr. Marshall and Mr. Walsh through team core classes. The district's acceptable use policy will be reviewed and in effect. The UCFSD website also provides tips on digital citizenship for parents. While students are on-campus, the District will be providing web filtering and controls. Once students are allowed to take the Chromebooks home, it will be the responsibility of the parent and student to ensure proper monitoring and use of the Chromebook during off-campus hours.
Question: Can you print from a Chromebook?
Yes. But, in order to use a printer with Google Chrome OS, the printer must be Google Cloud Print-ready. Printing on a Chromebook is a different experience than on a Mac or Windows laptop. Here's an article from Google about cloud printing. It shows you how to set up your Cloud Print printer and what to do if you don't have one: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1069693?h...
Question: Will faculty or staff be able to access or control the webcam on the device?
Answer: No. Faculty and staff will not have access to remote control the webcam in anyway. Administrators cannot control the webcam.
- Take good care of your new Chromebook. You are always responsible for your own Chromebook. You should never share your personal login information, or let any other student use your Chromebook.
- Handle your Chromebook with great care. Do not carry or hold the Chromebook in the air by the screen/display. Never place a heavy object or a lot of objects on top of your Chromebook.
- Always place your Chromebook into it’s protective case before moving to your next class.
- Keep food and drinks away from your Chromebook.
- Keep your Chromebook clean. Do not write on or decorate your Chromebook. Do not remove identification labels placed on your Chromebook by district personnel.
- Do NOT spray or wipe your Chromebook with any Windex/household cleaner/water and/or cleaning cloth/wipes. Clean your Chromebook keys and screen with a lightly moistened, soft microfiber cloth.
- Charge your Chromebook every night at home. See your teacher if you forgot to charge your device.
- If you close the lid of your Chromebook, you will help save the battery.
- When you plug in your Chromebook to charge it, look for the charging light indicator. This will assure you that your Chromebook is being charged.
- Charging a Chromebook could take up to 2 hours. Therefore, plug it in to charge and go do something else.
- If you would like to have a second charger, click here for information on how to to purchase one.
- If you are experiencing a problem with your Chromebook or it is in need of repair, please let your teacher know right away. Visit the Chromebook Help page to get assistance.
- If you forget your Chromebook, see your Advisory teacher.
- If your Chromebook has been misplaced, lost or stolen, please let your Advisory teacher know immediately!
The Dell Chromebook 11 has two USB 3.0 ports (a USB-C and a USB-A) through which you can connect external devices. Most USB devices will install easily and automatically when plugged in. This includes:
- USB flash drives
- A video display (via USB-C port)
- A USB mouse (or a wireless connector for USB mouse)
- External hard disk drives with USB interface
Use this page to get help with your Chromebook. A few reminders:
- Please charge your Chromebook at home every night. Chargers should not be brought to school. You should see your teacher if you forgot to charge your Chromebook.
- If you leave your Chromebook at home, you may call home to have someone bring it to school. You should see your Advisory teacher for more assistance.
- If you are having problems with your Chromebook, ask your teacher and use the links below.
My Chromebook won't turn on
Troubleshooting WiFi Connections
How to clear the cache on your Chromebook
Factory Reset Your Chromebook
How to Print from a Chromebook
You set up your printer, but it won't print from a Chromebook
Connecting to a District Provided Kajeet Device (Mobile Hotspot)
Comcast’s Internet Essentials plan is being offered for free (eligibility requirements)
Canvas is UCFSD's Learning Management System or LMS. It’s an organizational framework for students to interact with teachers and courses, all in one place. Students will be able to login to Canvas from the middle school website and see all their courses, assignments, announcements and a calendar. NOTE: PowerSchool will still be the place of record for all course grades.
Students use their campus login or Clever to access Canvas and should see Mr. Walsh or Mr. Marshall if they are having difficulties logging in.
Parent Observer Account
Parents may also sign up for a Canvas "Observer" account. Parents (Observers) can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.
To sign up for a Parent Account:
- Visit the UCFSD Canvas page at ucfsd.instructure.com
- At the top of the login box, locate "Click Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here For an Account"
- You will need to provide your name, an email address as well as your child's username and password
- Click Start Participating and follow the instructions.
- For more help visit: community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2020
PowerSchool is the UCFSD student information system. Both students and parents/guardians have access into the system via the middle school website. Primarily, students will use PowerSchool to check class schedule and grades. In 8th grade they will also use PowerSchool to make 9th grade course selection.
Students use their campus login or Clever to access PowerSchool and should see Mr. Walsh or Mr. Marshall if they are having difficulties logging in.
Parents may also sign up for an account. Parents can use this account to also see their child's class schedule and grades as well as attendance reports. Parents can also schedule emailed grade notifications with this account.
To sign up for a Parent Account:
- Visit: https://ucfsd.powerschool.com/public
- Click CREATE ACCOUNT
- You will need your child's Access ID and Access Password to setup your account. If you do not have these, contact the middle school main office for assistance.
To add a child to your existing Parent Account:
- Visit: https://ucfsd.powerschool.com/public
- Once you are logged in to the Parent Portal, click on "Account Preferences" on the left hand side
- Click on the tab named "Students"
- Click on the blue button "Add"
- Enter your child's name, Access ID, Password, and Relationship to add him/her to your account.