This article is intended for teachers.
What are Class Tools?
Class Tools help you manage your classroom and students using Classwize. Class Tools can be used to:
- message students,
- focus their attention on specific sites and applications,
- give them temporary access to fun sites as a reward,
- block them from using the internet entirely, and
- temporarily add or remove students from your class.
IMPORTANT: Some Classwize features for teachers are not available at every school.
The features available at your school depend on:
- how your school has configured Classwize,
- what types of devices your students use, and
- if Linewize Connect has been installed on your students’ devices.
Class Tools at a Glance
- Open site opens a site in a new browser window or tab for all students in your class. More.
- Announcement lets you send simple text messages to your students. More.
- Focus stops students from accessing the Internet except for one or more Focus sites you set. More.
- Reward gives your class temporary access to something fun. More.
- Pause internet temporarily stops one or more students from accessing the internet. More.
- Modify students lets you add or remove students to correctly reflect who is present in your class. More.
- Bypass code generates a code that will allow any user who has it to bypass the filter. More
Except for Modify Students, all Class Tools are inactive until you start a class. See Starting, Extending, and Ending a Class for more information.
Class Tools in Detail
Use Open Site when you want to direct all students to a resource. 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.
Use Announcement to send one-way text messages to all students.
What do my students see?
How your students see your messages depends on how they're using Classwize.
If they are using Chromebook or a Chrome browser:
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.
If they are using 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.
Use Focus to restrict students to particular websites or categories of websites. Focus stops students from accessing the internet except for the resources that you’ve set. Any open webpages will stay open, but the student won’t be able to open new sites or follow links unless it’s to a Focus site.
Selecting the Students can only interact with the selected sites below check box opens a new browser tab for each Focus site and stops them from browsing other sites. For Chromebook users, it also closes all other tabs, stops new tabs from opening, and stops students from browsing away from a Focus resource. Closed tabs are saved and will reopen only when you end Focus.
When Focus is switched on, you will see the CLASS IS FOCUSED button on the Class toolbar.
Selecting this button will open the Class is focused dialog, which displays the list of Focus sites and apps. To end the Focus session, select END FOCUS.
Use Reward when you want to give your class temporary access to something fun, like streaming media or online games. You can set the duration of the Reward from 10 minutes to 3 hours, then it will switch off at the end of your chosen duration.
The difference between using Reward and using a Rule to unblock something is that the Reward access ends after a set period, while Rules apply until you turn them off.
Editing the Reward settings
While Reward is running, you will see the green Reward button on the Class toolbar.
Selecting the REWARD button will display the Reward status dialog, which shows how much time is left.
- Use the search bar to update the sites that students can access for the remainder of the Reward.
- Select the X next to the site or application that you want to remove.
- Select UPDATE to save your changes.
- Select STOP to turn off Reward immediately.
Use Pause Internet to temporarily stop one or more students from accessing the internet.
- To pause the internet for all students, select Apply to all students.
- To pause the internet for selected students, enter their names in the Select Students field.
- Select the X next to the student that you want to exclude.
- Select PAUSE to start pausing the internet.
- Select X on the upper-right or CANCEL to close the dialog and cancel pausing the Internet.
When Pause Internet is on, the PAUSED button appears on the Class Toolbar. The Internet Paused indicator and the Browsing Locked splash screen also appear on the tile of each student whose Internet has been paused.
What can Teachers see?
Teachers can still observe the screens of students who are on Connect for Windows or Mac even when they cannot browse the Internet. For students on the Connect Chrome extension, Teachers can see the Browsing Locked splash screen.
Editing the Pause Internet settings
To add, remove, update, or stop pausing the internet, select the PAUSED button.
- Select Apply to all students to pause the internet for the whole class, or deselect this feature to pause the internet only for some students.
- If you’ve paused the internet only for some students and want to add more to the list, enter their name in the Select students field.
- Select the X next to a student’s name to remove them from the list.
- Select UPDATE to save your changes.
- Select END PAUSE to stop pausing the Internet.
To end the Pause Internet for a student via Class View, select the Resume Internet button on the student tile.
Use Modify Students to add or remove students to correctly reflect who is present in your class. However, if the class is synced with another data source like Google Classroom or Classlink, the changes you make may be reset after your class ends, or after you manually sync your classes.
See Managing Students in a Class for more information on adding and removing students from different types of classes.
Use Bypass Code with caution. The generated code will let any user who has it access any site or application that has not been Locked (hard-blocked) by your school for up to 3 hours.
Use a Bypass Code when you're not sure why a student can't get to a website and using an Allow filtering 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. See How Rules Work for more information.
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. This feature is not available for Smoothwall users.
If a student uses a Bypass Code and still can't access the desired website, the site has been Locked Blocked, or is in a category of websites that is Locked Blocked. These can only be unblocked by your local IT support team.
WARNING: Bypass Code does not work with Focus. When you start Focus, it will stop access to the website that is temporarily allowed by using a Bypass Code. Likewise, you cannot create a Bypass Code while Focus is on. When Block Only Rule Mode is enabled by your IT administrator, Bypass Code will not be available for you.