In control

I had this interesting read this morning.

I Monitor My Students With a Chrome App — and It’s Made a Huge Difference

Over the years, there have been a number of applications of this sort that I’ve looked at and evaluate. At the time, they basically worked over the local area network and were used to ensure that students were staying on task.

There were arguments for and against these management types of software and I’m sure that you can easily imagine what they are.

  • invasion of privacy
  • teachers should be up and around looking at student screens as part of good classroom management
  • with computers in remote classrooms in the building, a network administrator could look at screens without having to go to the third floor to the end of the hall…

Quite frankly, I had forgotten about the concept. The notion of student privacy, of course, is always a concern but that was about it. Recently, the idea of software as a proctoring assistant for university exams has made the news, and not favourably. Interestingly, the author mentioned his thoughts about being monitored during his own university course experience.

So, I read this article on Medium with interest. The software was called GoGuardian and allows a teacher to monitor and assist students remotely using Google Chrome. It’s an interesting notion and perhaps the time is right since we seem to do everything in a browser anyway.

I’m really at a loss to talk further about the functionality as this is a commercial product and there’s no free or test drive that I can find.

I guess it’s the sign of the times that technology enables so many different opportunities for developers. The claim on the company’s website is that there has been all kinds of adoption.

So, basically a question here – are you using this or a similar product? If so, how is it working out? If not, would you use it if it was available to you?

Your thoughts in the comments is always welcome.

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2 thoughts on “In control

  1. Doug, there’s a part of me that loves the sound of this. Our kindergarten kids don’t use devices often, but when they do, coming over to look at what they’re doing often has them lose their train of thought/momentum. Then, instead of the independent work they were just doing, they’re looking for support. In theory, an application like this would allow me to peek in on their work across the room and go over to follow up when the time looks right. I can then also observe the process of learning without standing over them. BUT I can’t get over the Big Brother sound of this. I wish that the purpose of this app could be reframed from “monitoring” (and the sounds of catching someone doing something wrong) to “supporting.” Words are powerful. This word choice might just dissuade me from looking into this more. Curious what others think.

    Aviva

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