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Chromebook management

Started by Rob Gunn 30 Jan 2014 7:03pm () Replies (6)

We are in the process of finishing our first chromebook deployment. We have the chrome management console and are now wondering if we have ticked all the right boxes so to speak. So far we have;

  • disabled guest log in
  • can only be used on our network
  • safe searching enabled
  • sign in restrictions so only our domain can log in
  • set the right time zone (very important )
  • enabled sites to start on log in
  • turned off incognito mode
  • gradually blacklisting websites but not a huge priority as teaching kids about smart use is a main priority.

Can anyone think of anything else that they have used that may be useful?

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  • Saunil Hagler (View all users posts) 29 Mar 2017 10:19am ()

    Hi Carol.  Did you buy through Cyclone?  If so, I can help you configure your device settings to ensure they're set right.  As I see it, the key is to ensure students are safe and secure when on the devices, whether at school or at home in BYOD contexts.  Certain device settings through Chrome mgmt ensure students can only use their school-managed Google account - therefore all user settings (eg YouTube restrictions where appropriate, external domain access in Hangouts etc) are prevented.  This provides the 'boundaries' that help ensure students have some flexibility while still keeping them safe.  It also means the school's doing all they can to ensure the kids are safe.  If students can sign in with an unmanaged Google account (ie .gmail.com) then they can access a heap of inappropriate content on your network, even if you have N4L filtering etc.  The same applies to using Guest mode when on home networks (generally kids can go anywhere on home networks).

    Lightspeed has a new extension called 'Relay for Chrome' which runs whenever the students sign in with their school Google account, no matter the network -- even at home.  It filters them and keeps them safe. I reckon it's great value.

    Happy to outline more on the above if you want.  saunil.hagler@cyclone.co.nz

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