Create a simple page for teachers that has a URL checker (to see if the URL is unblocked for a student).
Create a simple page for teachers that has a URL checker (to see if the account is unblocked). We do not have the teacher product and would love the ability for teachers to check URL's before teaching with a site that could be blocked.
Kelly McMahon commented
Yes! This is SO needed! This is helpful as teachers plan lessons. Sometimes they plan a lesson only to find out that the particular video or site is blocked. So if there is way for them to test links as they are planning lessons, this would be great!! I know I can unblock/whitelist links, but that is after the fact and if teachers know ahead of time then lessons are better. In the GG admin console in filtering, there is a link checker. Why can't a feature like this be added to the teacher dashboard? Thanks for considering
Bob DeRuiter commented
I agree that this would be a great tool. In the mean time what I have done as an admin is create a user for each grade level that a teacher can use to log into a Chromebook and browse as a student would. I created a test student like email@example.com for this year's seniors and so on.
Peter Iles commented
so that they can see if their site will be blocked.
K. McAndrew commented
Allows teachers to be able to test if a URL is blocked for students. We have separate filtering rules for staff and students, so URLs are usually open on the teacher side and then they share and the URL is blocked for students, basically stopping instruction.
Rosemarie Keene commented
Yes, this would be very helpful. There are times where we have gotten requests to whitelist websites in Go Guardian and while that part is easy, sometimes the website is still blocked due to another filter (such as the county or state).
This request was introduced 3 years ago and still no solution. Why?
Melissa Fierro commented
@GoGuardian Admin... I envision the page as unique to each district where teachers could go to check if a URL is blocked for students and, if so, why it is blocked. They would then have the ability, from that screen to submit a request for the site to be unblocked. The request would ask for their email address and a reason that it needs to be unblocked. This page could be customized by each district. I would use the same interface set up as the 'Search a URL' page in the Filtering Section of GoGuardian Admin.
As for an example, iBoss has something similar, but it is on the actual page or video. I'm unsure if that is effective as teachers would still have access to the page and not know until they are teaching and students cannot access the material.
@goguardian admin, This is your #1 requested feature. Any thoughts on implementation. Currently, there is no way for a teacher to check it a youtube/website is blocked. There needs to be a way.
The system would be great if it kept a database of all sites checked. So Admins could see sites kids are checking to see it they are open. Also, a submit option so staff can submit sites that should be blocked.
Michael Talamantes commented
@goguardian admin I think if it was a page like server status on a game it would be good.
where the admins can add either a red or green light next to our OU's name. have a list of the OU's that we want them to see (or just students and teachers) with either a red (for bad) or green light next to it if its good. i believe this would be simple and easy for the users to understand.
Any update here? I suggested this idea almost 2 years ago............
Kevin Christopher commented
Is it possible to create an extension, google classroom add on, or just a url that looks at the domain your google account is logged into and allows you to check url's? If your domain is not a GoGuardian subscriber then it just returns a Sorry page. While I like having the simulator in the Admin panel, I do not allow anyone else into the admin side.
This would be a huge timesaver for us - we currently keep a Chromebook configured as a student to determine of they actually accessed the page.
Kathy Kimbrough commented
Yes, this would reduce a TON of traffic for administrators.
Jaime Kikpole commented
Please add this to both the teacher and admin interfaces. As the head of the IT dept., I need to be able to answer the question, "Why was this blocked?" Being able to say, "That URL (or domain) is listed in the XYZ category," allows me to better advise the teachers and principals. It also helps us all make more informed decisions on what categories we should be blocking.
Ideally, the system could even allow the teacher or admin interface to report a false hit (blocked & shouldn't be) or a false miss (not blocked, but should be), so that we could give more feedback into your filtering algorithm. We could even contribute data about what categories things are in.
This next part might be too much to ask, but if the teachers could suggest categories that a URL or domain should be in, but those suggestions went to their local IT dept, that would cut down on a lot of false reports. I can see some teachers reporting that a thing isn't "social media" or "games" because within the context of their lesson and their intentions, the site isn't. However, the site really is a game 99% of the time.
Tami Strobel commented
I would also like to give them the ability to allow the sites they want to go to for assignments in the classroom.
Kevin Christopher commented
Build it in to your teacher product. If they paste in a url or youtube video check it against our policies and have it give them feedback
My thought here with this request was a public URL we would not handout to parents. It would be great if it worked by student account, but even by OU would be useful as well.
Hi All, few clarifying questions:
I am guessing that this would need to be a public URL. Would that be OK? Parents and students could access? Or would you want it to be password protected?
Would you want users of the page to be able to select their relevant OUs? Or a student's email address?
I am having a bit of trouble imagining the user experience of this page. Does anyone have examples?
Travis Warner commented
Joshua Bierman commented
this would be HUGE
I spend so much time either explaining to a POed teacher that what she is trying to do RIGHT now is blocked and she needed to check with me first, OR checking on lists of items that are already unblocked for teachers who did the right thing and submitted them in advance.
If the teachers could check on their own, they would only submit in advance those items that are blocked.
a simplified design:
1) in the policy, have a checkbox that says "include this policy on check page"
2) on the check page, a text entry that allows a url to be placed and then a list that says clocked/open next to each of the listed OUs/policies/whathaveyou