What is it?
Teacher Scenes now provide an option to create exceptions to an Allow Mode Scene or a Block Mode Scene. These exceptions are created under a new button called Advanced Filtering.
How Does it Work?
For both Allow Mode Scenes and Block Mode Scenes, it is possible to allow or block entire domains. However, it may be helpful to allow or block an entire domain with the exception of one or two sites. This is where Advanced Filtering will be used.
To access Advanced Filtering, look for the button on the top right of the Scene creation window.
If a Scene is set to Allow Mode, it means that everything will be blocked except for what is manually allowed. By utilizing Advanced Filtering, it is possible to allow an entire domain but block a few specific sites from that domain.
For example, you can add *google.com* to an Allow Mode Scene which would then allow any Google website. This would include:
- and many more
If there is only one site that should be blocked from all of the Google domain, such as sites.google.com, it can be blocked by creating an exception to your allowance. Click on the Advanced Filtering option, type the exception into the bar, and click Add.
Once it's added, it will be visible in the exceptions window below.
This is a fast way to allow all of Google, but then exclude a specific site.
When all exceptions have been added, click Done, and they will appear on the right-hand side labelled as Advanced Filters.
The process for adding Block Mode exceptions is very similar to that of Allow Mode exceptions. However, it's always important to remember which mode is being modified so that things are not unintentionally blocked or allowed.
For Block Mode scenes, every site is allowed except for what is manually entered to be blocked. So, for example, if a teacher would like to block all of YouTube, it should be added to the Block Mode Scene normally.
With Advanced Filtering, the teacher can then add specific YouTube videos to be allowed. Click on the Advance Filtering button on the top right of the Scenes to open the Advanced Filtering window:
Then, enter the exception into the box to Allow the URL.
Note: This works for any URL that should be allowed. YouTube is popular example.
Click Add, then Done, and it's all set. This will then successfully block all of YouTube with the exception of the added video.