Five Things Students do in the Chromebook Classroom That You Can’t See

Posted by Amy Roberts on July 22, 2019 at 8:12 AM


Teacher Typing One of the main reasons why teachers look into classroom management software is because they want to be able to see what their students are doing on their Chromebooks, however, did you know that most classroom management software programs only detect student activity inside of the Chrome browser? This means that educators do not have a live view of all activity on their students’ screens. They are missing out on a lot of activity that is happening on their students’ Chromebooks. 

The 5 Activities That are Going Undetected

  • Watching videos – From Youtube to Netflix, and more, students are going to be trying to watch videos on their Chromebooks. Unfortunately, you can’t stop them from doing that unless you catch them in the act. Which is extremely difficult without classroom management software.  
  • Playing games- In today’s day and age, most students play some sort of digital game. Whether it be Fortnight, Overwatch, MarioKart, or something in between, it is a good chance that your students are going to try and play it on their Chromebooks while in class. 
  • Opening Android and Chrome Apps – Oh the APPS! Between Chrome and Android Apps, students have a lot of things to choose from. Unless your network administrators block it, students are going to download apps from the app stores and use them. 
  • Taking Selfies – YUP. The dreaded Selfie. but you are dealing with pre-teens and teens. Because Chromebooks have cameras, you can bet that they will be taking photos of themselves while in class. 
  • Chatting with their friends – Remember the old kind of note-passing where you did that by hand? When you add devices to the classroom, note passing evolves to students chatting on their devices. Students can be caught chatting in google docs or various messaging apps. 

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How Do You See What Your Students are Doing? 

So how do you see what your students are doing won their devices inside and outside of the Chrome browser? You choose a classroom management software that allows you to not only see the internet tabs on the device but the whole screen.

With Vision for Chromebooks, you can see what your students are doing on their devices as a whole. You will be able to catch students watching videos, playing games, opening apps, taking selfies, chatting with their friends and so much more. Not only can you catch them doing it, but you can put a stop to it by freezing their screens and redirecting them to correct web pages and activities. 

Features of Vision for Chromebooks   

Vision for Chromebooks doesn’t just allow you to monitor what your students are doing on their devices. It is so much more than that. Vision users enjoy the benefits of: 

  • Share Teacher’s Screens – Facilitate learning by sharing your screen on every student device. No need for projectors and handouts – give everyone a front-row view.
  • Showcase Student – Students can display their screens directly on the other student computers, practicing their presentation skills and enhancing collaboration.
  • Blank Screens – Refocus student attention with the push of a button, locking screens and keyboards. 
  • Web Filter – You decide which websites are available or off-limits.

Interested in Vision? Try it for Free!

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To learn more about classroom management software, check out How to Keep Your Students Focused on the Lesson at Hand and How to Incorporate Classroom Management Software into Your Lesson Plans.

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