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Limit Student Browsing to a Google Form

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Hi, this is Kaitlin Trujillo with a quick tip for our Vision for Chromebooks users. A frequent question is how to limit students to a Google form. There are two options for this. The first option is to push out the links to the students and then lock them to those websites using the on the fly filter. The second option is to create a customized filter. This can be done before class and then limit students’ browsing to that customized filter with students in front of you. I’m going to show you both options now.

Here’s an active class. As I mentioned option A is to push out your quiz link to your students. You can do this by going to send, clicking the link and then copying the link that’s available. Do not shorten the URL. Now, once this link is pushed to students, it will automatically open in a new tab on their browser. This will not limit students’  browsing to other tabs. As we can see, Victor’s still has the ability to navigate the internet.

If you would like to lock students after you have pushed them to a Google form specifically, you must also push out docs.google.com/forms. And once both of these have been pushed, they will be automatically added to your on the fly filter. The on the fly filter is a list of all websites that are pushed out. All you have to do is select that on the fly filter under your configure filter web, and then apply the filter web within the application. Students now have limited access to the internet and can only access those two links that you just pushed out. If Victor tries to navigate a way he will receive a screen, redirecting him with clickable links to the websites he’s allowed to be on.

The other option is to create a customized filter web list before class. I’m going to remove the limited access from students and reset their browsers. This filter list can be created ahead of class or during your preparation period. It doesn’t have to be created with students in front of you. Go to more settings, which will launch your teacher portal, sign in with the same credentials you use when signing into the application, Here, you’ll see a list of all the filter web lists that are also available in the application for this teacher. Create a new list, naming it, something that you’ll remember and is retrievable. And then you’re going to add to this list, that same quiz link that you pushed out earlier, as well as docs.google.com/forums.

By typing it in and pressing enter, you now have a new filter list that’s automatically saved within the application and within the portal. You can enable this from the portal or the application and these two will sync. Now within configure filter web, we’ll see that our period 2 quiz is enabled. So all you have to do is click filter web, and now students browsing is limited to these two websites. These websites will not open automatically in their browser as they do when you push the link, but they will have a list of clickable sites from the dropdown menu at the bottom of their screen.

So again, you have the option to push out the links that you would like to lock students to, and then select your on the fly lock before selecting filter web or create a customized filter web list before class starts and apply that filter list to the students during the class session. I hope that was a helpful tip for using Vision for Chromebooks.

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