• The Phenix City School System uses a variety of Google platforms in instruction. The entire group of tools is sometimes called G Suite. You may hear your child using these terms interchangeably.

    In a remote learning environnment, these Google tools are especially helpful because students can access them from any device using the *Internet. Even without Internet access, student Chromebooks can be used for instruction by taking advantage of some of the offline tools described on this page. While all of these resources are available on an Internet browser, there are also mobile apps available for smart phones. If you have questions about these or other resources being utilized during remote learning, please contact your child's teacher. Also, be sure to check this page often for updates!

    *If your child does not have 24/7 access to the Internet, be sure to review the information at the bottom of this page.

    Google tools your child may use:

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  • Gmail - This is the email platform used by employees as well as students in grades 8-12. All employees and students have been assigned a user account that ends in @mypcboe.net; however, students in grades K-7 do not have access to email using this account.

  • Google Classroom - This is an online area created by teachers to distribute instructional content to students. Depending on the grade level of your child, s/he may have multiple Google Classrooms. Students may view announcements, interact with peers, and submit assignments through their teachers' Google Classrooms.

  • Google Docs - Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format documents and work with other people. If you're familiar with Microsoft Word, this platform will remind you of that program.

  • Google Drive - Google Drive is online file storage system. It's where Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. are stored...sometimes referred to as "cloud" storage.

  • Google Hangouts Meet - Hangouts Meet, or just Meet, is video conferencing software. This is the platform used by teachers to connect with students in a live session. Students are not able to create Meets using their @mypcboe.net accounts. 

  • Google Sheets - A Google Sheet is a web-based spreadsheet that you can use anywhere. Have you used Excel? This is the Google version of that software.

  • Google Slides - Slides is to PowerPoint as Docs is to Microsoft Word and Sheets is to Microsoft Excel. Students may create slide decks online for presentations and in collaboration with peers.

  • Jamboard - Jamboard is an online whiteboard platform. Using Jamboard's drawing tools, students can demonstrate math concepts or create word webs. Like other Google tools, Jamboard can be used collboratively with peers and teachers.

What if you don't have 24/7 access to Internet? These videos and extensions can help.