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We also have a completely new product: GoGuardian DNS.
Clever and ClassLink are too possible integrations to sync teachers, classrooms, and students. For more information on Clever and ClassLink, please navigate to the respective articles below:
Chromebooks Only Toggle is now in Org Management under Products > General
We recommend enabling this toggle if Chromebooks are the only devices where users should ever be monitored by GoGuardian.
Teacher Settings in Org Management are not consolidated under a single tab.
With the addition of more items to the Products tab in org management, this tab was becoming crowded with too many options for users to navigate between. All Teacher related products are grouped together now.
Dashboard shows up-to-the minute online student information.
To see this in action, log in to GoGuardian Admin and visit the Reporting Dashboard.
Within Global Configuration, a customized block page can be used for your entire organization. Some popular options we have seen is adding a google form or survey for website requests to their block page or adding a school logo.
In order to continue to improve GoGuardian Teacher and to make your web application far more performant, we had to modernize our codebase. In doing so, we made some small UI/UX changes that greatly improve the usability of GoGuardian Teacher.
While the UI looks a little different, the functionality is generally the same. In fact, many aspects of the product are more visible and easier to use than the last version.
The global navigation, the menu that pops out from clicking the hamburger menu in the top left, was often very cluttered for teachers, especially if you had many classes and scenes. This required scrolling to access different parts of the nav and also hid links to student reports and email preferences if the list of classes/scenes got too long.
The new global nav is significantly less cluttered -- this was commonly reported and enjoyed by teachers the in user testing we conducted.
The timeline view should also load faster now due to an upgrade to the tech we used to render the timeline. Timeline controls stick to the top of the page when you scroll down to see students below the fold.
Clicking Favicons Opens Up Tabs in a New Window
Teachers often click a student's screen, view the other tabs they have open, and then open one or more of those tabs in a new window to see what they're looking at. The new version makes that process much faster as they can click the favicons to open those tabs in a new window without having to enlarge the student's screen.
See Who Imported a Google Classroom and When
Many classes have co-teachers that share a Google Classroom. A Google Classroom can only be imported once, which can be confusing for the teacher that tries to import the Google Classroom after it has already been imported. Providing more information about who imported the class and when should resolve this confusion.
Consolidated Account Page
Different account settings lived in different parts of the navigation, making it hard to know where to expect account-level settings. To make for a more consistent experience, we've located them all in the same place.
District Quick Lists Created by Super User
Super Users will be able to manage Quick Lists through Org Management, and they will be available to Teachers when creating scenes. To make this process even easier, admins will be able to upload and download lists using a CSV.
Beacon Grouped Alerts
You will now be able to take review and take action on a group of alerts rather than individually assessing each individual alert. Once an action is taken on a grouped alert, the alert group will close, and any subsequent activity on the same URL and Predicted Phase combination will form a new group of alerts. This will ensure that any subsequent activity will still produce a notification and require review.
For the full article on Beacon Grouped Alerts, click HERE.
Beacon Alert Details Drawer
An Alert Drawer is a panel that is overlaid on top of a dashboard or search results and slides in from the right side. It contains the entire alert and users can interact with the Drawer without leaving the current page or position in the dashboard.
Note: If a user is sent a link to an alert details page (via URL), they will be taken to a separate page with alert details. Upon returning to dashboard it will take them back to the most recent alerts ("top" of dashboard).
Infinite Scrolling/Lazy Loader for Beacon Alerts
As the user scrolls through alert cards, more alerts are loaded automatically. Infinite scrolling offers an efficient way to browse the ocean of alerts, without having to click or wait for pages to be loaded.