Introduction to Class Tools

This topic describes what Class Tools are, how they work and what students see when you use them.

What are Class Tools?

Class Tools allow you to interact with your students using Classwize. Class Tools can be used to:

  • message students
  • focus their attention on specific sites
  • give them temporary access to fun sites
  • block them from using the internet entirely
  • temporarily add or remove students from your class

Class Tools At a Glance

The Open Site iconOpen site opens a site in a new browser window or tab for all students in your class. More.
The Send Message iconSend message lets you send simple text messages to your students. More.
The Focus iconFocus stops students from accessing the internet except for one or more Focused Sites that you set. More.
The Reward iconReward gives your class temporary access to something fun. More.
The Pause Internet iconPause internet temporarily stops one or more students from accessing the internet. More.
The Modify Students iconModify students lets you add and remove students to correctly reflect who is present in your class. More.
The Bypass code iconBypass code generates a code that will let any student who has it bypass the filter. More.

Class Tools In Detail

The Open site interface, showing the website url field, cancel and open site buttons.

Open site

 Use Open site when you want to direct students to a resource, but don't need them to focus on it. Open Site opens a website in a new browser window or tab for all students in your class. Students can close the tab or browse away from it.

Send message

Use Send message to send simple text messages to all of your students. 

The Send message interface showing the text entry field, and the clear and send buttons.

What do my students see?

How your students see your messages depends on how they're using Classwize.

Chromebook & Chrome:

The message appears on top of their current active Chrome window, and will stay there until the student closes the message or clicks away to a new tab or site. If you send multiple messages, they'll all appear in the order that you sent them.

An example of two messages showing in a student's chrome browser.  The first message reads:

Other Browsers and Operating Systems:

The message appears as a pop-up in the center of the student's screen, and will stay there until the student clicks OK.

An example of a message appearing in a window on a student's macbook.  The message reads

Focus

The Focus interface, with the

Use Focus to restrict students to particular websites or categories of websites until you're ready to move the class on. 'Focus' stops students from accessing the internet except for one or more Focused Sites that you set. Any already open webpages will stay open, but the student won’t be able to open new sites or follow links, unless it’s to a Focused Site. In this example, students will only be able to open and interact with the MyMaths and Basic Facts Math Practice websites.

Checking the ‘Students can only interact with the selected sites below’ option opens a new browser tab for each Focused Site and stops browsing to other sites. For Chromebook users, it also closes all other tabs, stops new tabs from opening and stops students from browsing away from a Focused Site; closed tabs are saved and re-open when you end the ‘Focus’ session.

RewardThe Rewward interface, with the Reward Duraction set to ten minutes.  The 'social media' and 'gaming' cateogories are set as rewards.

Use Reward when you want to give your class temporary access to something fun. The difference between using ‘Reward’ and using a Rule to unblock something is that Reward access ends after a set period of time, from ten minutes up to three hours, while Rules apply until you turn them off.

Pause internet

Use Pause internet to temporarily stop one or more students from accessing the internet. A Pause button will appear on your Class View to show you that the pause is active, and paused students' browsers will show a message saying that browsing has been disabled.

Pausing lasts until you decide to turn it off, or your class ends.

An active pause button appearing beside the Class Tools button on the classroom page.

Modify students

The Modify students interface, showing for students who can be removed from the class.

Use Modify students to add and remove students to correctly reflect who is present in your class. However, because classes in Classwize are centrally set up and managed by your local IT or administration support team, the changes you make may be reset after your class ends, or after you manually sync your classes with your Google Classroom.

Adding a Student

Search for and select the student using the drop-down list and save your changes.

Removing a Student

Click the red ‘x’ next to the student’s name and save your changes.

Bypass Code

Use Bypass code with caution. The generated code will let any student who has it access any site or application that has not been Locked (hard-blocked) by your school for up to 3 hours.

The Bypass Code interface, showing a bypass code with a duration of 10 minutes.

Use a Bypass Code when you're not sure why a student can't get to a website and using an Allow rule isn't working to give them access.  You can also give a Bypass Code to a student when you want them to do self-directed inquiry in an environment where you or they can't be disturbed.  

You can only generate one Bypass Code at a time, but multiple students can use the same Code.

The student can enter the code on the blocked page, or by going to my.linewize.net.  The Bypass Code will let the student access any website that is not Locked (hard-blocked) by your school. 

Note: If a student uses a Bypass Code and still can't access the desired website, the site has been Locked, or is in a category of websites that is Locked.  These can only be unblocked by your local IT support team.