Classwize Feature Availability for Connect for Windows and macOS

This article is for Teachers.

This article outlines:

  • How to identify which version of Connect is installed on your students’ devices.
  • The Classwize features that are available to you when Connect for Windows or Connect for macOS is installed on your students’ devices.

How to identify when your students are using Connect for Windows or macOS devices from the Classwize student tile

To identify what version of Connect is installed on a student’s device:

  1. Open the class you want from your My Classes dashboard.
  2. In the lower section of each student tile look for a blank inactive and hidden tabs area.

    Note

    The student must have two or more browser tabs (Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge) open to determine the device type or mode being used.

    Icon Mode / Device
    Classwize Student Tile with no icon.png Windows and macOS do not show an icon
    Classwize Student Tile with the Chrome icon.png Chromebook
    Classwize Student Tile with the Companion Mode icon.png Companion Mode

Classwize Feature Availability for Connect for Windows or macOS devices

Note

Your school's IT Administrator can turn off Classwize features. If a feature you want is unavailable, speak to your IT Administrator.

Blocking and Allowing Content

Feature Use it to Connect for Windows Connect for macOS
Native App Controls Create rules to allow or block computer applications on student Windows computers. Yes No
Open Site Open a website in a new browser window or tab for the whole class or individual students in your class. Yes Yes
Classwize Rules Allow students in your class to access sites normally blocked by your school's internet filtering policies and prevents students from accessing sites normally allowed. Yes Yes
Focus Stop students from accessing the internet except for Focus sites set by you. The Focus forces resources to open in new browser windows or tabs. Yes Yes
Pause Internet Temporarily stop one or more students from accessing the internet. Yes Yes
Bypass Code Generate a code that allows a student to bypass some school filtering policy. No No
Reward Give your class temporary access to something fun, like streaming media or online games. Yes Yes
Close Tab Close any of your student’s open browser tabs. No No

Monitoring Student Activity 

Feature Use it to Connect for Windows Connect for macOS
List View See, in real time, on the class tile, a view listing all the open browser tabs. No No
Screen View Allows you to see, a screenshot of the desktop that updates every 10 seconds, on the class tile, showing what students in your class are looking at. This also includes non-browsing activity. Yes Yes
Live View See, in real time, in full screen, a shared view of a student’s screen Yes Yes
Save Screenshot Download a time-stamped screenshot of the student's Live View in PDF. Yes Yes

Communicating with Students

Feature Use it to Connect for Windows Connect for macOS
Class Announcement Send a simple text announcement to all students in the class. Yes Yes
Message Student
(one-way)
Send simple one-way text messages to individual students. Yes Yes
Chat
(two-way)
Send and receive messages with individual students. No No

Reporting on Student Activity 

Feature Use it to Connect for Windows Connect for macOS
Student Journey Report* View a report about a student’s online activities during school time. Yes Yes
Screenshot History Report* Create and download screenshots of your students' browsing history. Yes No

* Your school can enable this feature for some teachers only.

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