Creating Rules in Block Rules Only Mode

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Block Rules Only Mode (BROM) is a Classwize configuration intended for schools using a filtering solution other than School Manager. If this feature is enabled for your school, then you can only create “Block” rules for your classes. The option to create “Allow” rules will be unavailable. 

Creating rules in "Blocked Rules Only" mode from Classroom view

  1. Open a class.
  2. Select RULES on the Class toolbar.
  3. Select Create rule to create the first rule for the class. The Add new rule dialog appears.
    NOTE: If you have created rules for the class before, select +New Rule on the Rules panel.
  4. On the This rule controls field, enter the signature (ex., 9gag) or category (ex., Video Games) for the site that you want to block.
  5. On This rule applies to:
    1. Enter or select the name of the student to whom the rule will apply to.
    2. Select the Whole class check box if the rule applies to the whole class.
  6. Select ADD RULE.


You can only apply a Class Rule either to one student at a time or to the whole class. To apply the same rule to multiple students (but not the whole class), create a new rule for the same signature or category and assign it again to another student.

Creating rules from Live View

  1. Start the Class. The class will start in Screen View where each student tile shows a screenshot of their screens or active browser tabs.
  2. Select the screenshot on the student tile. Live View will pop up, showing a preview of the student’s screen or active tab in real-time. 
  3. Select CREATE RULE at the bottom of the Live View screen. The Add new rule dialog will appear with pre-populated fields.
  4. Select ADD RULE

Creating rules for hidden tabs

On Classwize’s Screen View, background tabs appear at the bottom of the student tile. The tile will indicate how many more tabs are running in the background if the student has multiple open tabs.

To create a Block rule for hidden background tabs:

  1. Open your class in Screen view.
  2. Select the “+” at the bottom of the student tile.

  1. On the Open Tabs list, select RULE for the relevant site.
  2. Create a rule for the tab on the Add new rule dialog.

Editing a Rule in Blocked Rules Only Mode

  1. Select RULES on the Class Toolbar.
  2. Select the Edit icon (pencil) for the rule that you want to delete. 
  3. On the Edit class rule dialog that appears:
    1. To replace the current signature or category: Select a new signature or category from the This rule controls dropdown to replace the current 
    2. To replace the current student: Select the name of the students from This rule applies to dropdown. 
  4. To apply the rule to the whole class: Select the Whole class check box.
  5. Select UPDATE.


Deleting rules in Block Rule Only Mode

There are two ways to delete rules in Block Rules Only Mode.

  1. Select Delete all on the Rules menu to delete all rules.
  2. Select the  Edit icon (pencil) next to each rule, then select DELETE RULE on the Edit class rule dialog box. You can also temporarily enable or disable a rule by selecting the On or Off button next to it.




Will Class Tools work with Block Rules Only Mode?

Some Class Tools will be unavailable when Block Rule Only Mode is enabled, because these tools will not work without Allow rules.  Use the following reference to determine which Class Tools will work in Block Rules Only Mode.

Announcement Bypass code
Focus Reward
Modify students  
Open site  
Pause internet  


What can I do if I want to allow my class to access a site or a category?

Your school’s IT Support or service provider may be able to unblock the resource for you using your school’s filtering solution. Contact them with the details of your request, such as the name of the class and the websites or categories you need to allow, and your class schedule. 

How will I know if my school has enabled the Block Rule Only Mode?

When you add a rule in Classwize, the Add new rule dialog box will only have the Blocked option. The Allowed option will not appear for you. When you select RULES on the toolbar in Class View, it will show only Blocked rules and none of the Allowed ones.

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