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Low Cost Home Internet

3 months ago

A few companies have low-cost, home-based Internet for low-income households and / or  offer community hot spots.  There is also a Federal Lifeline Program:  Lifeline is one of the four federal Universal Service programs that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet for low-income households.  See below for details.

Comcast Xfinity
Internet Essentials package with speeds up to 25 Mbps
New Xfinity customers who are eligible to public assistance programs
No cost for first 60 days
($9.95/mo. after)
Learn more


Community WiFi Hotspots

Comcast Xfinity WiFi Hotspots
https://wifi.xfinity.com/


Lackawanna County Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

https://www.lackawannacounty.org/index.php/wireless


Federal Lifeline Program:  Lifeline is one of the four federal Universal Service programs (E-rate is also one) that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet for low-income households.  Eligible customers can receive up to $9.25 toward their bill.

https://www.lifelinesupport.org/

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Google G Suite Resources

3 months ago

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Student directions for accessing Google Classroom including Xbox and PlayStation!

3 months ago

There are many ways for your student to access Google Classroom.  Below you will find directions on how to access Google Classroom on a laptop, iPhone / iPad, Android phone, Chromebook and even gaming devices; Xbox and PlayStation!   


Laptop

Click here and follow the directions.  


iPhone / iPad

To use Classroom on your iPhone or iPad, download the Classroom app from the App Store. 

  1. On your device, tap App Store
  2.  Find and install the Google Classroom app
Once the app has been downloaded to a phone or tablet, students login with their school district accounts and will find an interface that feels very similar to the one they would see on a laptop or Chromebook.


Android device

To use Classroom on your Android device, download the Classroom app from Google Play. 

  1.  On your device, tap Google Play Store. 
  2.  Find and install the Google Classroom app
Once the app has been downloaded to a phone or tablet, students login with their school district accounts and will find an interface that feels very similar to the one they would see on a laptop or Chromebook.


Xbox and PlayStation

Classroom can be opened on Xbox and PlayStation. There isn’t an app that the students can add to their consoles. Instead, they are going to have to use the built-in browsers that come on the two devices.  If students have a keyboard they can plug it in, they will have a much easier time with navigation. Otherwise, they will have to use their controllers.  

Here are the steps for Xbox:

  1. Home menu
  2. My games and apps
  3. Scroll down to apps
  4. Go to the Edge application
  5. Go to classroom.google.com and sign in

Here are the steps for the PlayStation:

  1. Use controller to scroll to far right of bar with games on it to library
  2. Select Library application
  3. Under search option, scroll down to Applications
  4. Select Internet Browser (www) in list of applications
  5. Start Internet Browser and press triangle button on controller to search
  6. Type in and search Google Classroom and select Google Classroom from the list
  7. Select go to classroom and sign in



Downloads and Tools

2 months ago

VLC Media Player  (download link)

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.