05 Oct Keep an Eye on Student Chromebooks with GoGuardian for Teachers and Administrators
GoGuardian lets teachers or administrators see how Chromebooks are being used at school and filter the accessibility of online content to keep users on track.
Young minds are prone to wandering, and the Internet is loaded with sensationalized headlines and memes designed to make people spend hours being unproductive. For 21st-century schools with thriving one-to-one Chromebook programs, choosing effective management software is the key to keeping students on track in class. The solution: GoGuardian software is like the proverbial eyes in the back of the head, but in a convenient app format educators can easily understand.
GoGuardian for Teachers
Teachers have a fixed number of hours to impart their prepared curriculum to students with diverse learning styles and fluctuating attention spans. When students don’t pay attention, teachers have to waste valuable time covering the information again. With GoGuardian, educators have an omniscient view of student Chromebooks. A live stream and activity timeline lets them check in what students are viewing or working on, making it easy to identify sources of distraction.
The benefits of Chromebook management are twofold. Teachers can take control of the content students see to keep drifters focused on the lesson. Reviewing activity analytics can help teachers determine when students need extra help based on the relative time they spend working on different types of content. Maria Bouletmis of Coventry Public Schools found the software useful for monitoring progress during assignments. She was able to offer hints to students going in the wrong direction or show approval for a job well done.
If teachers happen to catch a student or two ignoring classroom lessons, they can use Attention Mode to lock the Chromebook or darken the display. They also have the freedom to close distracting tabs or open new tabs, sending students directly to the content they’re supposed to be viewing. Management is fast and silent, so educators can handle problems discreetly without taking time away from teaching.
GoGuardian for Administrators
The administrative software is aimed at recovering assets and improving filtering capabilities. Administrators often use blanket blacklisting practices that block harmful and beneficial content. GoGuardian lets administrators flag specific content or search activity for further review and apply more refined filters to websites with diverse content.
This feature is especially value for regulating YouTube activity. Instead of cutting students off from educational content, administrators can block questionable channels and individual video URLs or flag specific search terms. Proactive management eliminates guesswork and allows a school’s tech team to take a closer look when they have time, so administrators can make smart judgement calls on a case-by-case basis.
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