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James, @saintfester
8th Grade Social Studies, Hall Middle School, California
1:1 devices, Bring your own devices (BYOD), and Project-based classroom

We are a 1:1 school with both Chromebooks and iPads and it is sometimes difficult to monitor what students are doing when their screens are facing away from you. Even when you're walking around and being active with your management, some students just cannot avoid the siren's call that is the internet and all the games and distractions is has. This is a problem common to almost all classes at our school and results in lots of lost instructional time.

Product Use: Strict Workflow is a whitelisting/blacklisting extension that keeps students from visit specific sites you select. Simply put, if you type the address of a site into the blacklist, students can't visit it. If you type in the address of a site into the whitelist, students can only visit it. This effectively barricades things like games from students who use Chrome. The extension is also times, which means that once you see a student off task you can activate it with one click and it stops after the set limit, going back to a fully open browser. Once activated, the settings on Strict Workflow cannot be changed until the timer runs out.

What Worked and What Didn't: This extension helped reduce off-task time and was very effective. Students also sometimes self-elected to turn it on as a way of self-monitoring so they could complete their work. The extension is hard to program, and requires the teacher to enter the whitelisted/blacklisted sites individually. This can be time consuming.

Age Group: Middle school students

Jul 7, 2016 Provide Feedback
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