Change or reset your FCS Google account password

You can change your password for security reasons or reset it if you forget it. Your Google Account password is used to access many Google products, like Gmail and YouTube.

Change your password

  1. Sign in to My Account.
  2. Under “Sign-in & security,” select Signing in to Google.
  3. Choose Password. If you see a prompt to sign in again, sign in.
  4. Enter your new password, then select Change Password.

Reset your password

  1. Go to the Account support page.
  2. Follow the instructions. You’ll be asked some questions to confirm it’s your account and an email will be sent to you. If you don’t get an email:
  • Check your Spam or Bulk Mail folders
  • Add noreply@google.com to your address book.
  • Request another email.
  • Check all email addresses you might’ve used to sign up or sign in to your account.

3. Choose a password that you haven’t already used with this account. Learn how to create a strong password.

How to Import Your Class Schedule Into Your Google Calendar

It’s the beginning of the year and you would like to import your class schedule into your Google calendar. You subscribed from the Veracross calendar subscription page and subscribed to your class calendar. Then you realized that the imported schedule wasn’t really in your calendar. You wouldn’t get notifications for when you next class was about to start or you couldn’t see if you were busy or free because that calendar isn’t actually in your calendar. This post will show the steps needed to import your schedule into your personal Google calendar. These steps will not work on an iPad.

Step 1

Go to the calendar in your Veracross portal and choose the subscribe tab. Continue reading

Introducing Shared Albums In Google Photos

Google Photos now makes it easy to share photo and video albums with other people. Shared albums in Google Photo is a fast and simple way to pool your photos and videos that makes it easier to bring everyone’s memories or work together.

You can now make the albums you send collaborative. People receiving the shared album can join to add their own photos and videos, and also get notifications when new pics are added. You can even save photos and videos from a shared album to your Google Photos library, so that you can hold onto them even if you weren’t the one holding the camera.

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Best of all, there’s no setup—select photos, make an album and then send the link off to whomever you’d like. And it works no matter what device your friends and family are using—tablet or laptop, Android or iPhone. Anyone you share the link with can view the photos. If the people you invited want to add their photos and videos to the album, they will have to sign in with their Google account.

This would be a great option for students to gather photos and videos for a group project. This would be a great place for teachers to collect student photos and videos from a project. Lastly, this would be a way for teachers to gather or share photos from parents on a field trip.

Add your photos or videos to my shared album!

Backing up photos & videos with Google Photos

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Back in June, Google came out with a new app, Google Photos, and it has only gotten better over the last few months. We are recommending all students download and use Google Photos with their FCS account.

Besides being great at organizing, managing and searching photos, Google Photos also has a handy backup feature for all of the photos and videos you take with your Android, iPhone, or iPad. And because you have free unlimited storage as part of your FCS Google Apps account, it is a great place to ensure photos and videos are backed up for safe keeping.

How to enable back up & sync in Google Photos: a student’s guide

First, make sure you download the Google Photos app from the App Store. After it is downloaded, open the app and sign-in with your FCS Google account. You are allowed to sign in with multiple accounts, but be aware you can only backup to one account at a time. You can view photos from your other accounts. We will go over how to choose the default later.

If this is the first time you are using the Photos app, Google will ask you some questions about accessing your “Camera Roll”. Make sure you allow Google Photos access to your camera so that your photos can be backed up. If you have already installed the app but denied access to the camera roll, you will need to turn it on again from the app settings.

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Touch the hamburger icon in the upper left of the app to see the settings panel. Touch Settings. On the next screen, touch Back up & sync.

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After touching Back up & sync, there is a toggle to turn on backups. Also on that page are settings related to the backup account, the Upload size, and when to backup your photos and videos.

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  • If you are signed in with multiple accounts, tapping your email address will show you the other accounts you have signed in with and would like to use as the backup location.
  • You can choose the upload size of your photos and video. If you are using your FCS account for backups, you can choose Original since you have unlimited storage. If you are using your personal account, you need to be mindful of the storage you have available. If you choose free unlimited storage, Google will maintain the original resolution up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p high-definition for video. Not an issue on iPads or iPhones.
  • If you don’t have an unlimited data plan with your carrier, be mindful that you will use cellular data if you are not on wireless.

After backing up successfully, you will now have a new Google Photos folder in your Google Drive which makes it easy when you want to insert images from your phone or tablet into other Google Apps products.

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In addition to photo backup and management, you can also create animations and collages, create and edit stories, and create and edit movies in Google Photos.

Using Google Photos to back up pictures and videos

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Back in June, Google came out with a new app, Google Photos, and it has only gotten better over the last few months.

Besides being great at organizing, managing and searching photos, Google Photos also has a handy backup feature for all of the photos and videos you take with your Android, iPhone, or iPad. And because you have free unlimited storage as part of your FCS Google Apps account, it is a great place to ensure your photos and videos are backed up for safe keeping.

First, make sure you download the Google Photos app from the App Store. After it is downloaded, open the app and sign-in with your FCS Google account. You are allowed to sign in with multiple accounts, but be aware you can only backup to one account at a time. You can view photos from your other accounts. We will go over how to choose the default later.

If this is the first time you are using the Photos app, Google will ask you some questions about accessing your “Camera Roll”. Make sure you allow Google Photos access to your camera so that your photos can be backed up. If you have already installed the app but denied access to the camera roll, you will need to turn it on again from the app settings.

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Touch the hamburger icon in the upper left of the app to see the settings panel. Touch Settings. On the next screen, touch Back up & sync.

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After touching Back up & sync, there is a toggle to turn on backups. Also on that page are settings related to the backup account, the Upload size, and when to backup your photos and videos.

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  • If you are signed in with multiple accounts, tapping your email address will show you the other accounts you have signed in with and would like to use as the backup location.
  • You can choose the upload size of your photos and video. If you are using your FCS account for backups, you can choose Original since you have unlimited storage. If you are using your personal account, you need to be mindful of the storage you have available. If you choose free unlimited storage, Google will maintain the original resolution up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p high-definition for video. Not an issue on iPads or iPhones.
  • If you don’t have an unlimited data plan with your carrier, be mindful that you will use cellular data if you are not on wireless.

After backing up successfully, you will now have a new Google Photos folder in your Google Drive which makes it easy when you want to insert images from your phone or tablet into other Google Apps products.

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In addition to photo backup and management, you can also create animations and collages, create and edit stories, and create and edit movies in Google Photos.

Control Your Google Profile Information

Google has released a new page where you can manage what information about you is shown across Google services.

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By going to aboutme.google.com, you can see the personal details of what you have made private and public that can be shown. There’s your name, profile photo, cover photo, tagline, address, email address(es), gender, birthday, work history, education, the places you’ve lived, and the various links you’ve added to your profile. All of these fields can be edited and the privacy icons can be clicked and changed from public to private, circles, extended circles, and custom. There’s a handy link at the bottom that takes you to perform a privacy checkup.

Google’s support page for AboutMe explains that any edits you make in AboutMe will show up in your Google+ profile, and vice-versa. It also details where your information shows up and what Google does with it.