See your students’ Chromebook screens with gScholar
You can now easily monitor students’ Chromebook activity during class with gScholar, a Chrome extension that we just installed district-wide. You may have seen a notification that the gScholar extension was recently installed on your account; your rosters have also been imported and it is ready to use!
gScholar helps teachers minimize distractions for students to keep everyone on task while online. gScholar enables teachers to:
- See what tabs students have open on their Chromebooks during class
- Close tabs on students’ Chromebooks from your computer
- Open a URL on students’ Chromebooks so everyone is on the same webpage
- Create a screenshot of a student’s screen from your computer
- And much more, which I’ll explain in upcoming tech tips
Teachers should still employ best practices in classroom management by circulating the room and interacting with students while they use their Chromebooks, but gScholar is another tool in your toolbox that is especially useful during focused online tasks and assessments. Remind students that our Acceptable Use Policy gives us oversight of their online activity on school-owned Chromebooks and with their rfschools accounts, so gScholar does not raise any privacy issues.
To get started, click here (then bookmark it), or click on your Chrome App Launcher and scroll down to find the gScholar app.
For an overview and help with the key features, follow the links below.
If you can't see some students' tabs, those students need to update Chrome. Here's how:
- Click your account picture (bottom right corner on your Chromebook screen)
- Click Settings About Chrome OS.
- In the "About" window that appears, click Check for and apply updates. Your Chromebook will start to install any available updates.
- After the updates are installed, click Restart to update.
For help getting started, email Ben Bohmfalk. For technical support if things aren’t working, email your school’s help desk (ie, firstname.lastname@example.org)