What's New in ChromeTools 6.71?

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Student Hand Raise

Students can now alert teachers that they need help with a "virtual hand raise".  Students can click on the extension icon at the top of their browser and use the "hand raise" button.
The extension icon on the student device will change to show the hand icon

Once activated, the teacher will see a hand icon in Teacher Tools
The icon appears on the top bar when using the tab view

Teachers can cancel Hand Raise by simply clicking on the hand icon.

Students can cancel Hand Raise by clicking on the extension and using the "Cancel Hand Raise" button.

Parents can enforce custom blacklist in Parent Portal

A new option in the Parent Portal allows parents to create a blacklist of websites they don't want their children to use during non-school hours.

Active Class Session List

Administrators can now see a list of all currently active class sessions. This can be found on a new tab in Classes called Active sessions.  Clicking on any session will jump to Teacher Tools and to that specific class.  

Other New Items

  • The table that shows Google Classroom classes now has a column that shows the number of students in the class
  • A new option on all tables is the "Reset All" button found on the customize gear that clears all custom table modifications (additional columns, widths, etc.)
  • The device list now has columns for "Last Seen" and "Last User".  The columns are not visible by default, but you can add them with the customize gear.
  • When teachers start a class, they will receive a notification if a student is still part of a previous class that's still in session. The new teacher will take over control.  The teacher from the previous class will see the text "In class" with the name of the new class in the student information area and the generic student icon will be shown.
  • Administrators will now get notified when a student logs into a Chromebook that is not on the device list in the Control Tower.  This can happen if the device is not enrolled in Google Admin or if the device is in an OU that is not set to sync with the Control Tower. This message is your alert that there may be an issue.  Note that ChromeTools will not work properly on devices that are not on the device list.  The notification message will read:  "User xyz.here.com is using a device not registered with the system." 

Changes

  • The device details for Chromebooks now show the current version of the Chrome extension
  • Manually created classes now appear above Google Classroom classes in the class selection list in Teacher Tools

Fixes

  • When exporting the device list of Chrome devices, only the current page will export instead of the entire list of devices. This can be added to the table view with the customize gear.
  • The device list was not searchable using the Device ID.
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