Happy Special Education Day!
By default, the Chromebook homepage is set to Google. While we think Google search is awesome, sometimes it’s not the first or even most common thing that students will need on their devices.
If your school uses a learning management system, its login page makes a great homepage! Other options include using your school’s website (especially if it has resources frequently used by students), a school events calendar, or pretty much anything you’d like students to have regular, easy access to.
Before getting started, here’s what you’ll need:
- The exact URL of the homepage you’d like to set. If you plan on setting a different home page for each OU, you’ll also need a URL for each of those too.
- Administrator-level access to your school’s Google Admin console.
- Go to admin.google.com, and log in using your administrator-level credentials.
- Click on Device Management.
- From the Device Management screen, click on Chrome Management.
- Click on User Settings.
- From the Organizations list on the left of the screen, select which OU you want to set the home page for. If you want to set the same home page for every Chromebook in your school, you can skip this step.
- Scroll down to the Startup section.
- Under the Home Button heading, select the “Always show Home button” option. This will make sure it’s easy for students to get to the home page whenever they need to!
- Under the Homepage heading, select the “Homepage is always the Homepage URL, set below” option.
- In the Homepage URL field, enter the exact URL that you would like to map the home button to.
- Finally, click on the Save button at the bottom of the screen.
Ok admins, that wraps it up for this edition of How to GAC! Before you go, though — what will you use for student homepage? Let us know in the comments below!
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