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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.

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  • Rosemarie Keene commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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).

  • Jeremy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This request was introduced 3 years ago and still no solution. Why?

  • Melissa Fierro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @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.

  • Jeremy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @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.

  • Doug commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update here? I suggested this idea almost 2 years ago............

  • Kevin Christopher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Dianne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Jaime Kikpole commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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

  • Doug commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.


  • AdminGoGuardian Admin (Admin, GoGuardian) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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?

  • Joshua Bierman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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

  • David Kenny commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree that this would be a useful functionality for teachers. The nuance I would add for consideration is that filtration always comes down to at least 2 layers: 1) The site categorization that comes down from GoGuardian (which changes through time, based on feeback from site administrators, recategorization requests, etc.) and 2) the accommodations that are made to any given school or district account with GoGuardian and whether or not a site has been whitelisted or blacklisted for that school or district. Showing teachers the categorization of a site (as determined by GoGuardian) isn't going to be helpful if they don't know what categories are blocked (given the age of the student, which school they attend, etc.). If you're going to build out a feature that will show teachers what sites are accessible to their students, it's important to show the teacher not just the GoGuardian categorizations, but also whatever local accommodations (by local GoGuardian administrators at the district-level) have been made within the GoGuardian filter for that organization.

    The complexity is going to come in when GoGuardian administrators at the district-level start making accommodations at OUs more discrete than AllUsers. Or have different filtration allowances for 6th-8th grade students versus 9th-12th grade students (or K-5th grade students for that matter). Effectively, teachers are going to have to be able to navigate OUs to find their students in order to tease out exactly which allowances pertain to their students.

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