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Scene Attributes and Settings

In order to get the most out of scenes in GoGuardian Teacher, you'll need to be able to set up each scene correctly. Each scene has attributes, like its name and description, as well as settings, which determine the rules that the scene sets. 

The Create and Edit Scene screens each have five sections: 

  1. Scene Attributes, where you can enter a scene's name and description
  2. Filters and Exceptions, where you can set web browsing rules for class
  3. Exception Lists, where you can create lists of allowed or blocked websites
  4. Auto-Open Tabs, where you set which automatically open chosen websites at the start of class
  5. Maximum Open Tabs, where you can restrict how many tabs students can have open at once

Scene Attributes

  • Name: you can name your scene anything you like! We recommend using names that indicate the scenes purpose, like “Testing Scene,” “Math Games Scene,” or “Free Time Scene”.
  • Description: an optional description of the scene to help you remember its purpose.
  • Pattern: a pattern that will appear on the scene selection screen.

 Filter Mode and Exceptions

Scenes let you to create filters and lists that restrict or allow students to visit particular websites. The Filter Mode  toggle allows you to block or allow all student web activity, and you can use Exceptions and Exception Lists to fine tune what your students can do online.

How Filter Mode Works

The Scenes Filter Mode has two modes:

  • ALLOW MODE, which allows students to visit any website except the ones that you block.
  • BLOCK MODE, which blocks students from visiting any website except for the ones that you allow.

You can tell which mode your scene is in by the toggle: if it's green and Allow Mode is highlighted, then the scene is in Allow Mode. If the toggle is red and Block Mode is highlighted, then the scene is in Block Mode.

Switch between Allow Mode and Block Mode by clicking on the Filter Mode toggle.

How Exceptions Work

You can restrict access to particular websites, or allow students to only access certain websites, by using Exceptions in conjunction with the Filter Mode toggle. Websites added as an Exception when Allow Mode is set will block those sites, and websites that you add as an Exception when Block Mode is set will allow students to visit those sites. 
 
For example:
  • If you want your students to only be able to play games oncoolmath-games.com, then you would set your scene to Block Mode, and add coolmath-games.com as an Exception.
  • If you want your students to only be able to see the Wikipedia article on the French Revolution, then set your scene to Block Mode, and add https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution as an exception. 
  • If you want your students to be able to freely access any Wikipedia article, but not any other website, then set your scene to Block Mode, and add https://en.wikipedia.org/ as an exception.
  • If you want your students to be able to access all websites, but not Facebook or Twitter, then you would set your scene to Allow Mode, and add facebook.com and twitter.com as Exceptions.

 

 

Exception Lists

Exception Lists are lists of exceptions to ALLOW MODE or BLOCK MODE, and allow you to create lists of websites that are either be blocked or allowed. Websites on exception lists work just like individual exceptions, and can be used to fine-tune what content students can access during classroom sessions. Exception Lists can be named and saved, allowing you to use the same lists across many different scenes. You can also share and use the exception lists of teachers, so long as they were saved as a .csv file.

With Exception Lists, you can:

Create an Exception List

To create a new exception list:

  1. Click Create an Exception List.



  2. Enter a name for your exception list (for example, “Social Media”).



  3. Use the Type dropdown menu to set whether or not you’re making a list of blocked or allowed sites.



  4. Enter the first website to be blocked or allowed, and click Add or press Enter on your keyboard.



  5. Continue adding websites, and when you’ve added all of the websites you want to allow or block, click Create List.

 

View and Apply Exception Lists

You can view your saved exception lists by clicking on the Saved Exception Lists tab in the Filters section of a scene. Use the Filter Mode toggle to switch between your allowed and blocked website exception lists.
The exception lists that have been applied to a scene appear at the bottom of the Filters section, on the left side.
 
To apply an exception list to a scene:
  1. From the Scenes screen, click on the scene you want to apply an exception list to.



  2. Click on the Saved Exception Lists tab.



  3. Use the Filter Mode toggle to switch between Allow Mode or Block Mode exception lists.



  4. Click on the exception list you want to apply, and it will move from the Saved Exception Lists panel to the bottom of the Filters section. Click the named Exception List again to remove it if you make a mistake.



  5. Click the Save Scene button.

 

Edit an Exception List

  1. Open any of your scenes from the Scenes screen.



  2. Click on the Saved Exception Lists tab.



  3. Use the Filter Mode toggle to switch between Allow Mode or Block Mode exception lists.



  4. Hover over the site count to the right of the exception list you want to edit, and then click Edit.
  5. Add or remove sites to the exception list, and then click Save Changes.

 Apply GoGuardian Quick Lists

GoGuardian quick lists are ready-to-use exception lists of URLs compiled by GoGuardian that make it faster and easier to use them in a Scene. 
 
Each quick list contains all of the URLs that your students will need to be able to access to make full use of that domain. Because many websites use a series of redirects and subdomains, each of these would normally need to be added for students to have full functionality of a given educational website. For example, for students to be able to use Pearson SuccessNet effectively, as many as 89 unique URLs must be whitelisted. However, if you click on the Pearson SuccessNet, your Scene will automatically add each of the required URLs to the white or blacklist.
 
You can use quick lists in either Allow mode or in Block mode.
 
Adding a quick list item while your scene is in Block mode will allow students to visit that collection of sites. In contrast, adding a quick list item while your scene is in Allow mode will block students from visiting that site.
 
For example, if you make a Scene for quizzes and tests and set it to Block Mode, you can click the Schoology quick list to still permit your students to access any resources provided by Schoology, even though the rest of the internet is blocked.
 
Alternatively, if you make a Scene for free time and set it to Allow Mode, you can click the Kahoot quick list to prevent students from visiting Kahoot, even though they will have access to the rest of the internet (that isn’t blacklisted).

 

Auto-Open Tabs

Scenes can be used to open a set of websites on student Chromebooks automatically at the start of a classroom session. You can use Auto-Open Tabs to automatically direct students to learning management system login pages, a Google Doc for attendance, or any other site that you would like your entire classroom to see when class begins. You can add individual sites to be opened, or import a list of websites with a CSV file.

You can:

Note: GoGuardian does not restrict how many websites are automatically opened, but opening more than five or six at a time may slow down student devices.

Set Auto-Open Tabs for a Scene

To open a website automatically at the start of a classroom session:

  1. Select a scene from the Scenes screen.



  2. Scroll down to the Auto-Open Tabs setting, and enter a website URL into the empty field, and then click Add or press Enter on your keyboard.



    Each website added will appear underneath the Auto-Open Tabs section.

  3. Scroll to the top of the scene’s settings screen, and click the Save Scene button.

 

 

Remove Auto-Opened Tabs

To stop a website from automatically opening:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the scene.

  2. Click Remove on the website that you no longer wish to have open at the start of classroom sessions.

 

 

Set Maximum Open Tabs

You can limit how many tabs students can have open at once during a classroom session using the Maximum Open Tabs function of a scene.

To set a maximum number of open tabs (or remove the restriction):

  1. Select a scene from the Scenes screen.



  2. Scroll to the Maximum Open Tabs heading at bottom of the scene’s settings.

  3. In the Max. Number of Tabs Allowed dropdown, select how many tabs you want students to be able to have open at one time. Select No Limit to remove this restriction.



  4. Scroll to the top of the scene’s settings screen, and click the Save Scene button.

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