The ECS Learns page will be going away in the near future. We encourage you to look at the new DIGITAL LEARNING pages on the ECS TECHNOLOGY WEBSITE to access the information from ECS Learns in the future. ***

Tips and Tools for Students

Staying Informed with Gmail

ECS students all have Gmail accounts. These accounts are managed and monitored by school district employees.

When you learn outside of the classroom, you will need to check your District Gmail account every day for information from your teachers and other adults about coursework, lessons, and/or content. All elementary-aged students, with support from a parent or guardian, should check their District Gmail account every day. All middle school and high school students should check their District Gmail account every day, too. Gmail is going to be an important tool for getting the information you need to successfully learn outside of the classroom. And if you need help using Gmail, ECS educators can help you.

As a reminder, here's how you can access your District Gmail account:

  1. Use any browser to access the ECS Portal at

  2. Login with your student id number (example: s123456789) and your sNumber password

  3. Click on Gmail

* Student email addresses are

* Students in grades K-5 can not send/recieve emails from accounts outside of ECS

Establishing Your Learning Routine and Preparing Your Learning Space

Checking your District Gmail and Schoology accounts every day is one thing. Following through on all that you'll need to do at home when you're engaging in virtual learning is another. If you've already set yourself up with good study habits, those habits will support learning outside of the classroom. Here are some things to think about when you engage in online learning:

  • Have a daily routine. Stick to it. Ask your parent or another important adult to help you develop your schedule if you need assistance. Be sure your routine includes breaks, time to be active, and time to eat lunch.

  • Have a learning space. Use this space when it's time to learn.

Be sure your learning space includes what you need to learn. You'll need a Chromebook, computer, or other device. You'll need paper, pencils and/or pens. You'll need tools to help you with math like a calculator, ruler, compass, and possibly manipulatives like counters. You'll need your textbooks, trade books, composition notebooks, or any other curriculum materials that your teacher provides.

Don't be surprised when your parent or guardian asks you to make your learning space in a shared area of your home like at the kitchen table, a large kitchen counter, or a desk in a living room or family room. The reality is that when your learning space is separate from your bedroom and distanced from the television, it triggers your brain that the space is for work and not play. You really will be more productive. And, like it or not, an online learning space in a shared area allows the adult(s) in your home to readily support your learning while also monitoring your online activity. (Yes, they get to see what you do.)

Being an Active Learner and Advocating for Your Learning Needs

Adjusting to an online learning environment and participating in virtual learning might take a little while. Some people will love it right away. Others might need some time to adjust to how to participate in live video sessions or use a chat room. If you're an "early adopter," be patient and remain kind to those who will take longer to adjust to a virtual learning environment. If you're one of the people who isn't as comfortable with technology or online learning as your peers, it's okay. Stay positive. Be persistent.

Sharing Your Learning

Your teacher(s) are going to want to know whether you are learning what they intend for you to learn. So you're going to need to figure out how to share your learning with them. Many teachers will use Schoology to communicate and distribute course materials. There, you will probably find out how your teacher(s) will want you to demonstrate your learning. Be prepared to:

  • Complete a Schoology Quiz;

  • Submit a document within Schoology;

  • Take a picture of your work and upload it into a Google folder or email it to your teacher;

  • Record a video that shows how you are able to do something;

  • Email a message summarizing your learning;

  • Engage in an online discussion within a Schoology course.

There might be other ways your teacher(s) will want to check on your progress. If you have an idea, let them know!

Technology Resources for Students

Accessing Your Account Through the ECS Portal (Rapid Identity)

Students can access their ECS account via the ECS Portal. Here students have access to Gmail, Schoology, and other district resources and tools. Here's how to access the ECS Portal:

  1. Use any browser to access the ECS Portal at

  2. Login with your student id number (example: s123456789) and your sNumber password

  3. Click on your desired tool/resource

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Troubleshooting Devices and WiFi Connections

  • District computing devices are configured to allow connections to home and public WiFi networks. The ECS Technology Department is unable to provide support for home networks.

How to connect an ECS Chromebook to your home WiFi network:

  1. Turn on the Chromebook

  2. Connect to Wi-Fi

    1. In the bottom right corner of the screen, click the time.

    2. Select Not Connected .

    3. Your Chromebook will list available networks, including your home Wi-Fi network.

  3. Select your home network and connect

    1. Select your home Wi-Fi network. Type the Wi-Fi password, if needed.

  4. Select Connect.

Here are a few basic troubleshooting steps you can try before checking with your ISP or network hardware manufacturer’s website for support links.

  1. Restart your computer or mobile device.

  2. Try connecting to your home Wi-Fi network again.

  3. Ensure that you are entering the correct Wi-Fi password.

  4. Try connecting to another wireless network such as a coffee shop Wi-Fi network or public library Wi-Fi network and see if you can connect successfully.

If you are still unable to connect to your home Wi-Fi, please check with your ISP or network hardware manufacturer’s website for support links.

Support Links to Local Internet Service Providers (ISP)

Support Phone Numbers to Common Device Brands

  • Apple 800-275-2273

  • ASUS 888-678-3688

  • Dell 800-624-9897

  • Lenovo 877-453-6686

  • Samsung 800-726-7864

Support Links to Common Network Hardware Manufacturers

Support Contacts

For Parents & Students to contact the Technology HelpDesk:


Call: 970-328-9077

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