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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. How do students’ login to Schoology on District issued iPad?

To login to Schoology on your mobile device make sure to search for “NLMUSD” and select the option for “log in through your School”. At that point you will be re-directed to Google and will need to enter your entire District Google account and provide your password (if your account already shows up go ahead and select it). Note when you have completed signing in and if this is your first time logging in on this device you may need to click on the “approve” option in the prompt that follows.

 

2. Which devices can I use to access Schoology?

Schoology is supported on both iOS and Android devices and on desktop devices using the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

 

3. How do students’ login to Schoology on personal desktops/laptops?

Ensure you are using the latest versions of Firefox/Chrome/Safari and navigate to “nlmusd.schoology.com” and then enter your entire District Google account and provide your password.

 

4. Unable to view files in Schoology on District issued iPad?

 If you are unable to view files in the Schoology app on your District issues iPad you may just need to update the Schoology app via the Catalog. Go to the Catalog (blue icon) and look for the Schoology app and click on the button that says either “processing” or “installed” and after a few minutes your app should update. Then go ahead and sign back in and you should be good to go.

 

5. How do I login to iReady on District issued iPad?

To login to iReady on the iPad you must login through the Clever app. When launching the Clever app, you need to select the “Login with username/password” option then you need to search for your school (Benton Middle School or Hutchinson Middle School) and make sure to select the correct one as part of Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District. Then you will be re-directed to another set of option and you need to select the “Login with Google” option and you must enter your entire District Google account and password. Once logged in you can look for iReady and upon selecting it you will get a question asking if you wish to open the iReady app on iPad and go ahead and select open. You should then be re-directed to the iReady app and can begin working.

 

6. I am unable to use iReady after logging in through Clever on my District issued iPad?

 The issue is most likely related to the iReady app not being installed on your iPad. If you cannot find the iReady app on your iPad look in the Catalog (blue icon) and if you see the iReady app go ahead and click on the “installed” or “processing” to install the app. Then go ahead and try again. If the iReady app does not show up in the Catalog please contact us for further assistance.

 

7. How to setup Auto-Backup in Notability?

Once in the Notability app on iPad click on the gear icon (Settings) to the lower left of the screen and select the Auto-Backup option. Under select service click on Google Drive. If you have already signed in with your Google account on Notability you will get a pop-up stating “Your notes will now automatically backup to Google Drive”. Go ahead and click ok. If you have not signed into Google Drive in Notability you will be re-directed to a Google sign-in page. Go ahead and enter your District Google account information (if your account does not show up) and make sure to allow Notability access to your Google account when prompted. Once that is done you will see a check next to Google Drive and you can go ahead and close the Settings window.

 

8. How to import notes into Notability?

To import notes into the Notability app you must click on the import icon (down-facing arrow icon next to the magnifying glass) and select the Google Drive option. If you have not signed into Drive in Notability you will be re-directed to a Google sign-in page. Go ahead and enter your District Google account information (if your account does not show up) and make sure to allow Notability access to your Google account when prompted. Once that is done you can select one of the Notability folders to view your notes and begin importing the ones you need by clicking on them or selecting the “Import All” option.

 

9. What are some connectivity issues students may experience at home?

The majority of apps that students are accessing all point to websites in the cloud and may potentially be getting overloaded with the overwhelming number of students throughout the District and the nation trying to access the same websites. Also there may be various factors in the home that could be causing a poor connection to the Internet such as router placement, multiple users streaming video and games (hogging up the connection), environmental factors such as concrete walls (blocking signals), and refrigerators/microwaves/items with motors in them (interfering with signals). The best thing to try to do is get your student and their device in a place in the home where they are in best line of sight of the router so they can get the best signal possible without that much interference.

 

10. Guided Access mode enabled on iPad?

Guided Access mode by default is disabled on the iPad. In order to enable Guided Access mode, you must manually enable the setting via Settings >> Accessibility >> Guided Access. At that point you then need to go into the Passcode Settings submenu of Guided Access to enable a passcode. Now after those two preliminary steps have been completed you can enable Guided Access Mode by triple-clicking the home button in the desired app but you still must complete a third step by responding to the option that will display “cancel” or “start” Guided Access Mode. All in all, it is a 3-step process to enable.

 

The only way to get the device out of Guided Access Mode if the passcode has been “forgotten” is to wipe the iPad. Unfortunately, we are currently not taking in student devices for any type of repair until further notice as we are still in the process of establishing protocols and procedures for doing so.