Setting Your Class Settings
Before you can use Classroom, you need set your class settings.
In this lesson, we’ll look at:
- Setting a Class Schedule
- Adding Students
At the beginning of the school year (or semester) you need to set your individual class schedules. Click the settings icon in the lower-left corner () to open the Class Settings window.
If you don’t see a class you’ve recently added to your Google Classroom SIS, refer to our documentation to manually Sync Google Classroom
with Relay Classroom.
To set your class schedule, navigate to the Class Setting page (gear icon in the lower-left corner) and choose a schedule type form the drop menu (Bell, Custom, or Ad Hoc).
Select a time period from the available bell schedule then click save to apply the class schedule.
Note: Bell Schedules are set by your school or district administrator.
Select the days of the week and enter a Start and End time (in a 24-hour format). If this class meets at different times throughout the week, click the “+” icon again, select the days of the week and enter the other time for the course. In the example below, this course meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Click the small “x” beside each time entry to delete from the class setting. Click Save to apply the changes and return the Relay Classroom page.
Select a duration from the drop-menu (20, 30, 40, 50, or 60 minutes) then click Start.
When you set an Ad Hoc class schedule, look for the duration time and a Stop button above the Class Controls. Click Stop to cancel the class schedule.
Adding Students (Manually)
From the settings menu, you can add students to the class. Select one of the options and follow the on-screen prompts.
If you don’t see a student you’ve recently added to your Google Classroom SIS, refer to our documentation to manually Sync Google Classroom
with Relay Classroom.
Note: Classroom only displays a maximum of 40 students per class.
Class Controls help you keep your students engaged in lessons by giving you tools to send information, get students’ attention, and control internet access.
In this lesson, we’ll look at:
- Course List
- Share Items
- Screen Lock
- Internet Access
The Classroom interface displays data based on the class selected in your list of courses. In the class controls section, click on the course name and select a course from drop-menu.
You can use the Share Item button to share your screen with your students or to push out a link to your students.
Classroom lets you broadcast your screen to all of your students’ computers using the Share Screen option in Class Controls.
To share your screen with students, click on the Share Item icon then click the Share Screen icon.
Share Student Screens
You can also share student screens with the rest of the class. Click on the student’s name to open their Student Information window. On the Open Tabs page, hover over the tab-preview and click on the Share Screen icon.
Click Continue when prompted in the Share Screen confirmation window.
Stop Sharing Screen
To stop sharing your screen (or a student’s screen) click the red square in the lower-right corner of the Classroom interface.
Share a Link
You can use Classroom’s Share a Link option to automatically send all of the students in your class to a specific site, getting everyone started off on the same page.
To share a hyperlink with your students, click on the Share Item icon and enter a hyperlink in the Share a Link field. Then click the arrow to send the link to your students.
Note: You must include http:// in the URL.
If you need your students’ attention on you, you can use Classroom’s Screen Lock option. When your students’ screens are locked, their browsers will show a lock screen that prevents them from using the internet and takes their attention off of their computers and on to you.
Lock all screens in your classroom by clicking the Screen Lock icon. Select Lock then click Apply.
Your students will see their browser window locked for 5 minutes (or until screens are unlocked).
Lock Individual Student Screens
Click on any student’s name in the active list to open the Student Information window. In the Open Tabs tab, hover over the current tab image and click the Lock Screen icon.
Unlock all screens in your classroom by clicking the Screen Lock icon. Select Lock then click Apply.
Unlock Individual Student Screens
Click on any student’s name in the active list to open the Student Information window. In the Open Tabs tab, hover over the current tab image and click the Unlock Screen icon.
Classroom’s Internet Access settings give you another level of control over your students’ web activity. You can use the Default internet access policy set by your network administrator if you want your students to be able to research a project freely. If you want your students focused on something offline, you can change the settings to Internet Off. You can also create internet access zones using the Custom internet setting. You can use this to restrict students to sites that deal with a specific lesson or sites that deal with a specific quiz.
To change your classroom internet access policy during class time to Default, Internet Off, or Custom; click the Internet Access icon and choose a setting from the drop-menu.
- Default– Applies the Internet Access policy set by your network administrator.
- Internet Off– Students will not have Internet access when applied.
- Custom– Restrict or block Internet access only to sites listed in the Custom internet Access window.
We know you don’t have time to constantly monitor students’ screens, so the Insights section uses a proprietary algorithm to let you know when a student has unusual browsing activity and may be off task. This way, you know where to focus your attention. You can then use insights to quickly check in with that student with a message or in person.
Insights are displayed based on a student’s browsing activity and help you understand who is most likely to need attention.
Click on a student’s name to open the student information window.
Click Clear All to clear the list of Insights.
The Activity List let’s you see what your students are up to in real time. Here you can see which students are online, their statuses (working, need help, or done), the website they’re currently looking at, the website they’ve viewed most frequently, and the number of websites they’ve looked at recently.
You can also view the Activity list a couple of different ways: List View gives you a table of student information and Card View gives you a graphical view that also allows you to see your students’ screens.
In this lesson, we’ll look at:
- Switching Views
- List View
- Card View
- Filtering the Activity List
- Pinned List
Student Activity can be viewed two different ways: List View or Card View. Toggle between views by clicking the view icon at the top of the activity list.
Note: Students listed without a status (and in light-grey) are inactive and not logged in to Classroom.
The List View displays each student’s status, name, currently browsing, most viewed, and the number of recent sites visited in the last 5 minutes. Click on any column name to sort the list in ascending or descending order (by the column’s value).
The Heat Map provides a color-coded view of user activity by recent websites (few to many). This map also indicates when a user(s) has Insight.
When the Card View is enabled, hover over any student’s initials and click on the screen icon to change the initials to an active thumbnail view of that student’s current screen.
Or, click Show All Screens to change all active students’ initials to screen thumbnails. Click Hide All Screens to revert back to the color-coded initial icons.
When you click on a student’s initials or screen preview, the Student Information window opens to the Open Tabs list.
Filtering the Activity List
The Activity List can be filtered to view Everyone, Status, or Currently Browsing.
Select Everyone to see all students who are logged in on a computer during your class.
Click any one of the three statuses (Working, Need Help, or Done) to filter the Activity List by status.
Click on any URL in the Currently Browsing list to filter the Activity List by the site being viewed. The number to the right of the site name indicates how many students are currently browsing the site.
Students who need to be closely monitored can be added to the Pinned list. This Pinned list displays above the Activity list and does not change when a filter (status or currently browsing) is applied to the active list.
To add a student to the Pinned list, hover over the student’s name in the Activity list and click the pin icon (to the right of the list).
To remove the student from the Pinned list, hover over their name (on the Pinned list) and click on the pin icon.
Student Information Panel
The Student Information Panel gives you access to an individual student’s current and past web activity. You can also use this section to share a student’s screen, lock or unlock a student’s screen, or record the student’s activity.
In this lesson, we’ll look at:
- Open Tabs
- Browsing History
- Send Message
Click on a student’s name to open the Student Information panel. In this panel, you can view the student’s Open Tabs, Browsing History, Recordings, or send them a message. You’ll also see the student’s status next to their name. Click the “X” in the top-right corner to close the window.
This tab provides a preview of the tab the student is currently viewing (highlighted in blue in the tab list). Click on the site name to open that tab in the student’s browser, or click the URL to open the site in a tab on your browser. Close any tab on the student’s browser by clicking the small “X” in the tab list.
Hover over the current tab image to access the student control icons: Share Screen, Lock Screen, Unlock Screen, and Record for 10 minutes.
The Browsing History tab includes the user’s list of sites visited (in chronological order). The list also includes the time and duration of the site visit. Click on the URL to visit the site.
Click the calendar icon to open the date drop-menu. Choose a date to see the user’s browsing history for the date selected.
If the Relay
Chrome extension or Smart Agent is not running, you will not see Browsing History data.
Open this tab to view this student’s screenshot recordings (recordings are created in 10-minute increments and screenshots are captured in 10-second intervals). Click the left/right arrows in the screenshot viewer to browse through the collected screenshots.
Each recording provides a list of tabs and URLs opened at the time of the screenshot (the current screenshot’s URL will be highlighted in grey).
Start a Recording
To create a recording, click on the student’s name in the active student list to open the Student Information Window. Click on Open Tabs and hover over the open tab screenshot. Click on the record icon to start recording the student’s activity for 10 minutes.
Click on Download Screen to save the selected screenshot.
Click the Send Messages drop-menu to view a list of messages that you can send to the student.