What is it?
Teachers often wonder why a website is being blocked for a student, and do not have a way to gather much information to determine the reason. With the GoGuardian Teacher Website Checker, teachers will be able to check if a website is blocked, whether because of GoGuardian Admin, or one of their own Scenes.
GoGuardian Admin can be configured to block websites for students. Previously, teachers had no way to determine which sites were blocked by GoGuardian Admin. This sometimes led to students experiencing unexpected blocks without much information provided.
The GoGuardian Teacher Website Checker will allow teachers to determine if a website is blocked by GoGuardian Admin in any of their classrooms.
The Website Checker will also inform a teacher if a website is being blocked by one of their Scenes, and provide the opportunity to immediately resolve that conflict.
Note: Teachers will not be able to allow a site which is blocked by Admin. This tool will allow teachers to verify if something is blocked by Admin within the Teacher product, and get a more informative view of site accessibility for their students.
What does it do and not do?
What it Does
With this new update, teachers can check if a website is blocked by GoGuardian Admin or by a Scene. For blocks caused by Scenes, teachers will be able to quickly update their Scene to correct the issue.
What it Does Not Do
Teachers will not be able to allow sites blocked by Admin, or bypass these blocks.
Where do I access this feature?
While in the Classrooms view of GoGuardian Teacher, teachers will find a new button which says Check if a website is blocked.
Clicking on this button will bring up the website checker.
How do I use it?
Click on the Check if a website is blocked button on the Classrooms page, and you'll be presented with a pop-up box.
Here, you can enter a site to see if it is blocked by either Scene or GoGuardian Admin.
For example, for this testing teacher account, entering www.quizlet.com will show the following:
This page contains several different pieces of information and choices. These include:
- The name of the classroom or Scene in which the block is occurring
- How many students are affected from within a classroom
- The ability to update Scenes individually
- The ability to update all Scenes at once
Classroom and Scenes Information
The left column shows the name of Classrooms and Scenes:
Sites Blocked by GoGuardian Admin
For classrooms, it's possible that just a single student is blocked. This is likely due to the student being placed in the very restrictive Penalty Box within GoGuardian Admin. Most of the time if there's an Admin block, all of your students will be affected.
If you click on the number of students blocked, it will show a list of these students:
Sites Blocked by Scenes
It is also possible to update one or all of your Scenes automatically to allow the site.
To update just one Scene, simple click Update your Scene.
When successful, the box will then change to say Updated! You can undo at any time while this window is open.
You may also update all of your Scenes at once to allow the site. Simply check off the box at the bottom which says Update all my Scenes (X) where X is the number of affected Scenes. All of them will then switch to the Updated! status. Click Done to confirm these changes.
URL is not Blocked
In the occasion that a site is not blocked at all, teachers will see this message: