Technology Tools & Support
This webpage is intended to serve as a helpful reference for students and parents. While it highlights several of the top technology applications used in Frisco ISD, there are many other websites, applications and resources used by teachers to support student learning and engagement. Your child’s teacher can provide additional information and assistance as needed.
All Grades (PK-12)
Frisco ISD finished implementing a 1:1 student-to-technology ratio during the 2021-22 school year. Middle and high school students take home their devices, while elementary students utilize them on campus.
Increased access to technology increases flexibility and provides more learning options for students and teachers. This includes more opportunities for differentiated instruction based on each student’s individual abilities and learning goals, as well as increased opportunities for blended learning, which combines online learning with traditional in-person classroom instruction.
Using a District Device
Follow these links to add wifi on a District-owned iPad (PK-1st grade) or Chromebook (2nd-12th grades).
A Chromebook will automatically check for and download updates when it is turned on with the lid open and connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Chrome OS will get updates periodically, so it is important to have the most updated operating system to ensure that applications work the way they are intended. Please restart you Chromebook on a weekly basis. The updates will download in the background during normal usage, but the update will not actually be applied until the Chromebook is powered off and back on. If you are having trouble with your Chromebook, checking to see if it has the most updated Chrome OS is the best place to start your troubleshooting. Without the most updated OS, the performance of different apps and extensions will be affected. Click here for instructions on how to check for needed updates.
Resources for Online Learning
Upon request, Frisco ISD will loan devices to elementary students to engage in online learning during a period of temporary school closure. Students in EC/PK-1st grade may check out an iPad to take home. Students in second through sixth grade may check out a Chromebook. Contact your campus principal to request a device and arrange pickup.
Additionally, mobile hotspots are available upon request for families who have no internet access at home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about checking out one of these devices.
The Student Portal is a place where students can go to access online resources like Google Apps, Seesaw and Canvas, as well as student Gmail and Home Access Center (HAC). The Student Portal also contains links to some electronic textbooks and several websites used by teachers in the classroom or recommended for homework.
Student Portal Resources
Home Access Center
Home Access Center or HAC is an online tool students and parents can use to find up-to-date information regarding student attendance, grades, assignments and class schedules. Information is available for all Frisco ISD middle and high school students and for elementary students in grades 4-5.
Google Meet is used to create a hands-on, collaborative classroom environment where students can engage with their teacher and classmates online. All students login to Google Meet using their FISD Google Workspace for Education username and password.
Google Meet Resources
FISD Device Repair
Have you been issued a District device and now it isn’t working properly? Log on to the Student Portal and click on the Device Repair tile. Complete and submit the form with detailed information. You will then be contacted regarding instructions on how to get the device repaired.
FISD elementary schools use Seesaw as a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what's happening in the classroom. Each student gets their own journal and will add photos, videos, drawings or notes to it to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology.
Seesaw is already available on Frisco ISD devices. Seesaw provides information and links on downloading the app for various platforms if students are accessing via a family-owned device. Please note that students cannot complete online learning activities on the Family app. You will need to download the Seesaw Class App.
Google Classroom is a web-based platform that integrates students’ G Suite for Education accounts with Google Docs. Google Classroom saves time and paper and allows teachers to create classes, distribute assignments and communicate.
Google Classroom is already available on Frisco ISD devices. If students are accessing via a family-owned device, it may be helpful to download the app: iOS devices /Android devices.
Google Classroom Access & Log in:
Google Classroom Resources
With so many resources available, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the applications used in Frisco ISD and how to login to them. Here are easy hand-outs to help students keep their logins straight:
Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) used in Frisco ISD. Secondary teachers use Canvas for communication, assignments, discussion boards, quizzes and more. Parents may see some grades in this system, but this is not the authoritative source for grades. Official grades are available in Home Access Center.
For additional support refer to the resources below: