Class Controls help you keep your students engaged in lessons by giving you tools to send information, get students’ attention, and control internet access.
In this lesson, we’ll look at:
- Course List
- Share Items
- Screen Lock
- Internet Access
The Classroom interface displays data based on the class selected in your list of courses. In the class controls section, click on the course name and select a course from drop-menu.
Classroom lets you broadcast your screen to all of your students’ computers using the Share Screen option in Class Controls.
To share your screen with students, click on the Share Item icon then click the Share Screen icon.
Share Student Screens
You can also share student screens with the rest of the class. Click on the student’s name to open their Student Information window. On the Open Tabs page, hover over the tab-preview and click on the Share Screen icon.
Click Continue when prompted in the Share Screen confirmation window.
Stop Sharing Screen
To stop sharing your screen (or a student’s screen) click the red square in the lower-right corner of the Classroom interface.
Share a Link
You can use Classroom’s Share a Link option to automatically send all of the students in your class to a specific site, getting everyone started off on the same page.
To share a hyperlink with your students, click on the Share Item icon and enter a hyperlink in the Share a Link field. Then click the arrow to send the link to your students.
If you need your students’ attention on you, you can use Classroom’s Screen Lock option. When your students’ screens are locked, their browsers will show a lock screen that prevents them from using the internet and takes their attention off of their computers and on to you.
Lock all screens in your classroom by clicking the Screen Lock icon. Select Lock then click Apply.
Your students will see their browser window locked for 5 minutes (or until screens are unlocked).
Lock Individual Student Screens
Click on any student’s name in the active list to open the Student Information window. In the Open Tabstab, hover over the current tab image and click the Lock Screen icon.
Unlock all screens in your classroom by clicking the Screen Lock icon. Select Lock then click Apply.
Unlock Individual Student Screens
Click on any student’s name in the active list to open the Student Information window. In the Open Tabstab, hover over the current tab image and click the Unlock Screen icon.
Classroom’s Internet Access settings give you another level of control over your students’ web activity. You can use the Default internet access policy set by your network administrator if you want your students to be able to research a project freely. If you want your students focused on something offline, you can change the settings to Internet Off. You can also create internet access zones using the Custominternet setting. You can use this to restrict students to sites that deal with a specific lesson or sites that deal with a specific quiz.
To change your classroom internet access policy during class time to Default, Internet Off, or Custom; click the Internet Access icon and choose a setting from the drop-menu.
- Default– Applies the Internet Access policy set by your network administrator.
- Internet Off– Students will not have Internet access when applied.
- Custom– Limits Internet access only to sites listed in the Custom internet Access window.
Custom Internet Access
When setting Internet access to Custom, the Custom internet Access window opens. Enter sites in the text box (one per line). Select the checkbox “When a student changes their status…” to revert the student’s Internet Access policy back to Default after they set their status to Done.