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GoGuardian Launches Chromebook Management Tool for Teachers
GoGuardian, a provider of Chromebook management and protection software for schools, has unveiled GoGuardian for Teachers, a classroom management tool designed for Chromebooks.
GoGuardian is designed for schools with 1-to-1 Chromebook initiatives. It provides teachers with a portal to direct students' attention to specific online resources and close off-topic tabs on one or more devices. The goal of GoGuardian for Teachers is to help keep students on-task and away from inappropriate content.
Key features of GoGuardian for Teachers include the following:
- Screen Viewer, which provides a live stream of students' screens in a single window;
- Activity Timeline, which includes real-time history of students' device activity;
- Tab Control, which allows teachers can open a site in a new tab on one or more student devices; and
- Attention Mode, which lets teachers close tabs, darken screens and lock devices to help direct students' attention.
Maria Bouletmis, a teacher at Coventry Public Schools in Rhode Island, has used GoGuardian and told the company she used it "to give helpful hints if I noticed student going in the wrong direction on an assignment" and "to provide praise for successful completion or effort during a task."
The company also offers GoGuardian for Administrators, which includes a YouTube filter, customized activity flagging, theft recovery and Internet filtering. The company offers free trial versions of both products.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].