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Monitor Chromebook Activity for Schools and Parents[2018]

In this article, we are going to see some of the best and popular techniques and software to Monitor Chromebook…

In this article, we are going to see some of the best and popular techniques and software to Monitor Chromebook activity.  These techniques can be used to see the activity of the students and children and keep them away from the potentially harmful content of the internet.

We will see Omnito Chromebook management for teachers, NxFilter and Go Guardian software in this article.

Navigation:

  1. Omnito
  2. Nx Filter
  3. Go Guardian
  4. Conclusion

Omnito Chromebook management for teachers:

To start with, log in using the google classroom accounts.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

In the home page, the classes are loaded straight from google classroom from the left-hand side.  Click on the classroom that you want to monitor.  Now you will see all the students in the classroom show up.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

We will see that when a student opens Chrome browser in the Chromebook, the information flows into the Omnito dashboard.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

As we browse new pages and open a new tab, the information in the dashboard will be updated in real time.  The active tab in the Chromebook is indicated with a green highlight in Omnito.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

If we change the tab from tab we can see that the highlight is also updated.  One way Omnito helps you manage your classroom is by giving you the ability to close any tab in any Chrome device in your room.

Click on the no button on the Omnito dashboard to close the corresponding tab in Chromebook.  The Chromebook will show a pop-up notification indicating that the tab was closed by a teacher.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

Another powerful feature that Omnito offers is the ability to push out URLs to the every student Chromebooks.  To do that, click on the Push URL button and enter the URL that needs to be pushed.  This will push the URL to every device in the class.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

We can also lock the screen using the lock screen feature.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

Click on the lock screen to disable the lock screen on al the Chrome devices.  This disables the student’s ability to open new tabs and to browse to new URL.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

When the students are ready to resume the operation, just click on the unlock screen button.

To be able to see exactly what the student is seeing, click on the camera icon right in the student’s name.  This will pop up the screenshot of the student’s screen.  The screenshot is updated as the display of the student undergoes changes.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

This feature can be used to see what the student is doing in real time.  It can also be used to present single student screen to the entire classroom.  This is a brief overview of some of the features of the Omnito dashboard.

Nx Filter:

There is a student going home with a school Chromebook.  And it makes sense to Monitor Chromebook activity of the student.  The teachers and parents can use Nx Filter for this purpose as it proves to be a useful tool.  Use the following instructions to learn how to use Nx Filter.

  • You want to filter and monitor the internet activity on the Chromebook
  • We have Nxfilter on 192.168.0.103
  • But we do not use it as a DNS server. There is no filtering
  • Enable authentication in Nx filter
  • Enable proxy filtering in Nxfilter
  • Create user account for your user.
  • Block a category in your default policy
  • Install NxBlock in chrome, it is available in the chrome web store.
  • Open nxblock setup page
  • We use 192.168.0.103 as the server IP of NxBlock
  • In reality, you will use external redirection IP of NxFilter
  • copy the login token into the NxBlock setup
  • Test the connection
  • Try to browse the internet

These instuctions will enable the Nx Filter in your student’s Chrome to Monitor chromebook activity.  You can also you the pictorial tutorial to use the Go Guardian setup to Monitor Chromebook activity.  Follow the instructions to use Go Guardian.

Go Guardian:

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

Let’s take a quick look at the Go Guardian  Admin 2.0 is the latest version of the filtering and monitoring Software.  It will protect directors, IT admin staff and other technical staff in your district.  It requires only a Chrome extension that takes only 5 mins to deploy from the google admin console.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

The first thing that you will see when you log in is the dashboard.

It is a great place to get an overview of what is going on with all the Chromebook you are concerned with.

We can see top sites, top videos and even filter the results by your OUs.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

We import the OUs straight from the google admin console so the setting up process is easy.

In the search bar, you can enter a search term, specific student’s name and get to the top sites the student visits,  top videos, extensions and installed programs.  This information can also be exported into an overview report.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

We can also determine what the students can and can not do in their Chromebooks.  We can do that by filtering.  Filtering is one the newest features of the admin 2.0 features.  Filtering in admin 2.0 is based on policies.

With policies, we can set up different filtering settings based on if the chrome book is on or off the campus.

By OU, and based on what time of the day, you can get as detailed as you need.

We know that one of the most inappropriate content in youtube is in the comment section and not the video itself.  So we can age restrict, block comments, block sidebars and even block specific categories of videos.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

The internet is full of good and bad stuff and what we mainly need is the good of both worlds.  Go Guardian makes sense of the grey area in between using an AI-based learning platform called smart alerts.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

The first thing we notice is the activity feed called alerts.  We can trigger actions based on the type of activity.  We can instantly block the inappropriate content or even send the student a message based on the content of the specific page.

It is based on the content and not the URL, it works with anything from google docs, facebook chat, and Twitter.

We also get the feature of theft recovery.  If we put a device in theft recovery, we will see information such as device serial numberThe last user to log into it, a map of the location, and screenshots to the usage.  Tracking a new device is easy, just click on track a new device, enter a serial number and you can start tracking.  There is no need of google admin console.

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

Click on the Track a new device

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

Now enter the information on the missing device:

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

Now select your stolen device’s OU:

Monitor Chromebook activity
Monitor Chromebook activity

Conclusion:

Here you can see that you get a great many options to monitor Chromebook activity of your students.  Advantageously, these features can be used to monitor Chromebook activity of your children too.  We hope that you found this article very useful and stay tuned for more features on Chromebook.

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