Google Classroom and Distance Learning

Google Classroom Student ServicesGoogle Classroom is platform for instruction in the virtual environment for students at every grade level. 

The following resources are available for students and families to familiarize themselves with Google Classroom, as well as Google Meet and other Google for Education tools.

This page also contains information for elementary families on accessing frequently used instructional tools.

Google Classroom video resources

The Google for Education Tech Toolkit series  contains a wealth of information on using Classroom, Meet and more. While we have highlighted some of the individual videos below, we encourage families to explore the full Tech Toolkit playlist as well. Google for Education also offers a junior Tech Toolkit playlist geared towards students.

Google Classroom guides and resources

The resources in this section are all provided directly by Google for Education, unless otherwise noted.

Student email access

Students in all grades now have district email accounts through Google. Please be aware that students will only be able to email faculty and staff. Emails will not be able to be sent external addresses or other students. Students can log in with their district email address, which is StudentID@albany.k12.ny.us (for example, 1234567@albany.k12.ny.us).

Elementary virtual learning through Clever

The resources below will be useful to elementary parents in the event of a transition to full online learning, and are accessed by signing in to Clever.

Clever is the single sign-in portal used for elementary students to access the majority of their educational software. Once students are signed in to Clever, they will have access to the software listed below. Students should log in using their ID and password. If you do not have these, please contact your child's school for assistance.

Technical support

After reviewing the resources above, if you continue to experience challenges with issues related to connecting a Chromebook to wireless access points, or with student login to the Chromebooks or the Clever, please contact the district’s Technology Help Desk.

You can reach the Technology Help Desk from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each weekday at (518) 475-6195. 

Please note that the Help Desk cannot assist with matters related to use, content or activities within any of the district instructional applications or Google Classroom.  More specific questions regarding the use of Google Classroom, instructional resources, learning tasks or expectations should be directed to each student’s teacher or principal via email.