REMOVE the notification when a teacher begins a session to monitor students.
By displaying the notification, the students are quickly logging off sites they should not be using. I often will see a student playing a game, log into GoGuardian and copy the site link to send to the network administrators so they can block the sites.
I completely understand the use case of this idea. Our goal at GoGuardian is to help teachers create a safe environment for students to learn, and it sounds like you’re dedicated to doing the same thing by talking with your admins to block off-task sites!
We’re approaching this issue head-on by allowing teachers to set an approved list of sites (or types of site) for their classroom. Not only this, but we are working on ways to improve visibility of off task behaviour.
With GoGuardian for Teachers, we are constantly building a transparent connection between teachers and their students. This was the main impetus behind the notifications feature, which actively let’s a student know what is happening on the device.
Please continue to let us know your thoughts and opinions on this and other ideas! We love hearing from our community and we are constantly iterating on ways to improve our products.
Christian, can you describe what use case you have that requires you to hide in-class monitoring from your students?
GoGuardian should not be in the business to dictate policy on behalf of a school. It is not even GoGuardian's responsibility to build "transparent connections" and informing students about what is happening on the device. That is the obligation of the school and the school's acceptable usage policy.
This is really unfortunate that this isn't an option that school's can decide upon. This single feature has forced our administration to consider alternatives to GoGuardian for the next school year.
Our school seeks the ability to transparently initiate sessions without student alertment. This should be an option available on a per-school, per-OU basis. Our school's AUP allows us to transparently monitor usage.
Laresha McDaniel commented
Dont notify students when they are being monitored