As a part of the Hillsboro Online Academy family, you will hear the term "Canvas" in daily conversation. What is Canvas? Canvas is our new Learning Management System (LMS) we are using to deliver our curriculum to our students. It is our virtual school building. Important school-wide messages are posted in the Announcements for all active members to see just as a bulletin board would be visible to staff, students and their parents in a traditional school.
Once logged into the Canvas site, students are able to access their classes and assessments, as well as communicate with staff and other students. In addition to class work, students are able to view their current progress and grades in each of their classes. Parents will be given an Observer role view their student's information, including grades and course activitiy logs.
Tech Support & Resources
Need help with a class?
If there is a question about a class, the best place to start is with the teacher. If you are unable to get a hold of them please don't hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503.844.1050. We're here to help you be successful.
My course says that there are plug-ins like Shockwave, Flash, or Quicktime do I really need to download them?
You do need the plug-ins listed for a class but you may not need to install them. If you are using a District computer they are already loaded for you. If you are using a home computer, you most likely already have them installed so try the course first and then if you run into something that needs the plug-in install it then. As always call or email us if we can help.
Do I need to buy Microsoft Office to take Hill Online Classes?
No, you do not.
By logging in to Google with their District email and password, students have access to Google Apps like Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive. For more information on Google Apps, including how to access your account, please refer to "Intro to HSD Google Accounts."
Another option available to all students of Hillsboro School District is the ability to install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook in up to 5 PCs and Macs and get Office apps for their mobile devices for free! To install, students must log into their district email. Once logged in, look for the alert bell in the top right corner and the "Microsoft Office for free" message. Click on Install now and follow the prompts.
Hardware & Internet Requirements
Online students, since they are taking their classes online, need to have their own computer or laptop or access during a fair percentage of the semester to a computer or laptop. The computer or laptop may need to meet certain systems requirements to be able to run our learning management system, Canvas. Fortunately most computers purchased within the past several years usually meet the requirements.
In addition to a computer, when taking an online course, there are several key things to make sure that the student has in place like a reliable Internet connection, back up systems and even a printer. A conscientious online student may even want to ensure that he or she has a back up plan in place in case of computer or internet failure.