Friday, November 1, 2019

Google Snacks Volume 5 - LanSchool Basics

What is this LanSchool app we have been talking about? LanSchool (LS) is an alternative to GoGuardian (GG). Unfortunately, GG is missing a key feature of being able to see the entire desktop. This is an issue when students are using apps or Parallels. LS has almost all the same features as GG as well.

LS was deployed out to all staff at the end of October 2019. The icon should be on the right side of your task bar and looks like a circle of dots.

If the LS icon is not in your task bar, open your Start menu (Windows icon in the left side of the task bar), and open LanSchool Teacher. It will be located under the L's in alphabetical order, or you can search for it.

If it is not listed in your Start menu, please come down to the Tech Office for us to take a look.

When you open up LS for the first time, it should like similar to this.

The first thing you should do when you get into LS for the first time is click on Administer, in the top row menu.

Then click Preferences, at the bottom of the list.

You will now see a menu that looks like this.

You will need to change your channel number here. Your channel number is basically your class. The number should be your building and room number, but it must be all numerical. So, if your room number is A210, then your class channel would be 1210. If you are a teacher or specialist that does not have a homeroom, we can help you with your room number.

The last thing we will go over in this training is how to view students full screen. When you have students in your class, it will look something like this.

The images in the screen shots are blurred by me, for protection, but your student images should be clear. To view a student full screen, click on the little arrow next to Control, then click View. You cannot Remote Control Chromebooks at this time.

The screen shot above also shows what a selected student looks like (1) verses a student who is not selected (2). The red box means they are selected to be viewed full screen.

In the LanSchool Advanced training, we will go over pulling students into your class, restricting web access, and a couple other options.

I hope this helped you get to know the basics of the new LanSchool application. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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