Complete Chromebook Management

How to Set a Startup Page for Students with the Google Admin Console

Pete Schneider May 22, 2018

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In our last blog post, we provided an overview of how to setup your Google Admin console. This week, we're taking a look at how to use your Google Admin console to set homepages to open automatically for students.

Most of the time, Chromebooks will start with either a blank page or Google search when opened. While these are nice websites to have open, homepages can be much more useful with a little bit of extra setup.

The Possibilities

There are so many ways to use the startup page. Maybe you plan to show a school district’s homepage or an attendance roster in Google Docs? How about a light and fast learning game to get students' brains firing on all cylinders?

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Posted in Learning, Technology

How to Set Up Google Admin Console: Best Practices

Alex Wagner Alex Wagner April 23, 2018

In a world where pencils and paper are being replaced by Chromebooks and Google, it has become

nearly impossible to manage your school and your classrooms without the Google Admin console.
The management tool to bring together all school devices in one place, and handle the backend
technical landscape of a student’s world—the Google Admin console is a must have tool for any
K–12 network administrator. This is part 1 of a 7 part series intended on helping you to become a Google Admin console master! 

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Posted in Technology

How Content-Based Filtering Helps Shape Student Behavior

Zach Spitulski April 06, 2018

We at GoGuardian believe there's always room for improvement. After all, a growth mindset is necessary for optimal performance in everything from education to business. So, when we wanted to identify areas where we could improve, we went straight to the source: our 120,000+ customers. We asked our trusted users one key question: What is the biggest challenge you face in managing the content your students see?

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Posted in Products, Safety, Technology

Why Content-Based Filtering Represents the Future of Filtering

Mike Daugherty, Director of Technology & Information Systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools March 22, 2018

As the Director of Technology and Information Systems at Chagrin Falls, it would not be hyperbole to say I’m on the frontline of student online safety. I manage a fleet of over 2,400 devices and go toe-to-toe with the likes of potential data breaches, inappropriate spam, and student hackers. It’s a jungle out there.

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When we initially rolled out our fleet of Chromebooks, we were opening the floodgates to the internet. Even with basic filtering, my best teachers were struggling to ensure that students were focused on the right content online. We needed a robust filtering solution that could truly understand what students were accessing online to keep students focused and safe. Pitted against the abyss that is the ever-evolving internet, the software also needed to be smart; smart like a fox.

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Posted in Safety, Technology

Why Not All Filtering Solutions Are Created Equal

Marielle Gilbert March 14, 2018

 

The mission to bring digital learning into our classrooms has been decades in the making. Back in 1996, President Clinton led 20,000 volunteers in an effort to connect California public schools to the “brave new world of mouse clicking and web surfing. Oh, how far we’ve come. According to Futuresource Consulting, nearly half of K-12 students now have access to 1:1 computing.

Today, more and more school districts are closing the “connectivity gap,” providing students with unprecedented access to technology and new ways of learning. With more freedom comes more responsibility. In an era where educators and administrators are tasked with building safe and effective digital learning environments, online filtering tools are a must.

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Posted in Safety, Technology
 
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