GoGuardian is a tool that we use for our secondary students to filter internet but also provide teachers with more control over devices in the classroom. This tool is a wonderful addition to the classroom as it provides teachers with an at-a-glance view of what the students are working on. Although, like any technology service, it is not foolproof.
In this document, the GoGuardian Refresher, it covers setting up classes, excluding absent students from any scenes, and some additional general tips and strategies for managing a 1-1 classroom. In addition, I wanted to provide a few common solutions to some of the most common problems experienced with GoGuardian.
- Students say awaiting activity but are clearly active on their device.
- In a situation like this, a quick power-refresh of the device will go a long way in helping re-sync that student to the classroom. As classroom teachers, you can easily ask the students to reset their device using the power-refresh shortcut and they should miss less than a minute of classtime.
- In a situation like this, the students usually have a window of another application. The technology department has taken steps to help curb this by turning off access to apps on the student Chromebooks.