This is Kaitlin Trujillo from Netop, bringing you a quick tip for your Chromebook classroom.
We often think about classroom management software as being for behavior and redirect, but there’s also the opportunity to provide differentiated instruction using the features of Vision for Chromebooks. Today, I’m going to demonstrate for you:
- how we can use demo mode to share our screen out for visual accommodation;
- how we can send helpful lesson links and materials to students;
- and how limiting the browsing session can provide clickable access to less than necessary websites for students who may need that type of support.
Here, we have an active class. By clicking demo mode and then choosing to share the extended screen, I’m pushing out to each of my students device my PowerPoint. As I clicked through that PowerPoint, that slide will change for our student screens, and you can see they have limited access. They can no longer use their mouse or keyboard, and their focus is on my presentation.
You may not need to push out your presentation for all students. Maybe somebody forgot their glasses, or has a bad view of the board from where they’re sitting in the room. For these students, you can select them ahead of time and then demo your screen out to their device. Again, by demoing my presentation, I’m giving the students the chance to see like a front row view from anywhere in the room.
Now, Bob Brown’s device is locked. So maybe the other students even have their devices closed and you just need to push out for Bob Brown in order for him to be able to see the presentation while taking notes.
Another great way that vision can be used to differentiate instruction is to provide less-than-necessary materials to students. The push a link feature can be used not only to open websites on the student’s browser, but also to recall them back to previous lesson materials. When I was teaching, I would often create support documents or cheat sheets for my students, referring back to the previous lesson. These were in the form of a Google doc. Google docs have shareable links, so all you have to do is go to that Google doc that has that reference material for your students who need accommodation, copy and paste that link for the students, and then push it out to them using the Vision for Chromebooks feature of push a link. This will open that document on a new tab in the student’s browser. It won’t interrupt their current session and it won’t lock down their browser. This can be a great way to ensure that your students have the materials they need.
Lastly, the configure filter web, we often think of this again as a behavior redirect, or as a way to keep students on track who may be off topic, but we’ve built in a feature that allows the clickable links to appear when the student has a filter applied. If you have students who physically can’t navigate on a computer or need some extra help and support with accessing the specific websites for the lesson, this can be a great way to help them. They don’t have to click between the Google Classroom and back again, they don’t have to click onto a hyperlink document and back again. All of the websites that they’re allowed to be on are readily available.
If they accidentally close their browser and open it again, those websites will be there. Now just because you’ve applied a limited browsing session to multiple students doesn’t mean that you have to un-apply them all at the same time. Maybe Andy finished up his work early, wants to work on another activity. I’m going to select Andy, select filter web, and now he has all allowed again, unlocking that browsing experience.
Sometimes when you have multiple features applied to multiple students. It’s easiest just to click, stop all, to give all students access again to their needs. I hope that was a helpful tip and encourages you to think about how Chromebooks provide awesome opportunity in the classroom, but we still must differentiate for our learners.