Setting up for Google Classroom

Previous standard system users - as soon as you're happy with your GC integration we'll transfer any existing custom tests, lessons and content, then close your old account. Go here

Or let us know at info@focusonsound.com if you want to close the GC account and revert to the MusicFirst one.

The web address (URL) for all students and teachers of Google Classroom is:

https://portal.focusonsound.com

To type it just start from 'portal' - (much better to save the address as a 'favorite' or as a school link).

This will be the eventual logon page for all users of Focus on Sound (unless you're coming from the MusicFirst Classroom). Once you have everything set up and you're happy with it, you can make sure there's a link to the portal address for all students and teachers.

GoogleLogin

IMPORTANT

There are four buttons here. It's very important you and your students always use the first one!

Sign in with Google - you and your students must use your Google Classroom school logon - not your home logon. We will have set this up for you when you applied to join the GC scheme. If you and the students have different domains (the section at the end of the Google address after the @) you will need to make sure we know, otherwise they won't be able to log on. You've probably already told us.

You'll then see an agreement form.

GCAllowing

Please just click 'Allow' at the bottom of the screen. If you need to know more about what you're agreeing to, please go here.

Classes

You'll need to set up your classes in GC first. Your school IT department should have set most of these up for you already and should be able to help you with any queries. Google supplies help topics on most issues. We don't provide support yet for this.

You may need to set up your GCSE classes for instance.

If you want to set work for all classes that study music, including those taught by other teachers, they will need to set you up in their groups.

If you have set up your classes, once you have logged onto Focus on Sound you just need to allocate the classes to our system.

The process below is normally done by music teachers, not IT, though they can do it for you.

Go to the classes menu at the top right:

ClassesMenu

Then you will see something like this. If you're IT you'll need to use the filter button to find the relevant music classes.

SetClassesGC-TeamsNoTeachers

This screen shows you all the classes you have set up in the Classroom. You need to click 'Yes' for the classes that will be using Focus on Sound. Our system checks the user numbers. If you allocate more students than your subscription allows, some students will be locked out of the system.

Each class needs to be allocated to a year group. We supply a number of presets, like 'Year 9' or 'N5' (Scotland). Alternatively, just type your own.

Accessing admin etc. from Focus on Sound

You'll notice three new buttons at the top right of Focus on Sound:

ChangeApp
  • Change App - this takes you back to the app chooser screen (if you also have Instruments First)
  • Classes takes you to the Classes menu
  • Logout takes you back to the signing on screen