Using Relay Filter & Relay Classroom For Remote Learning
Schools are facing unprecedented challenges with extended closures due to Coronavirus. For those that are able, remote learning can provide some instructional continuity.
To help with this, today we announced free, extended evaluations of Relay Filter and Relay Classroom through the end of the school year for all schools.
To take advantage of this offer, go here and complete the form at the bottom of the page.
Here are some tips for using Relay Filter during remote learning and schools closures:
Safety needs to be part of your remote learning plan. Relay Filter provides filtering, reporting, and student protection whether school owned devices are on campus or off.
1. Relay Filter’s Smart Agents ensure on or off campus filtering. Make sure Smart Agents are deployed to all devices you are sending home.
2. After School Rules in Relay Filter allow you to turn filtering and reporting on/off as well as adjust filtering policies after school hours or off school networks. Review those policies to make sure you have filtering in place off campus.
3. Safety Check and Flagged Terms will send alerts about concerning activity (such as that related to self-harm), based on your settings. This can be an important safety measure as students face fears and isolation at home. If you’re using these features, review and discuss your internal policies for managing those alerts during extended closures.
4. Ensure remote teaching tools are allowed. If your teachers will be using new tools to conduct their remote classes, make sure those are allowed in filtering policies. These could include additional YouTube channels (where they post class recordings), live streaming tools and more.
5. Recognize students may be isolated and adjust policies. Sites that you typically block during school, including social media, games, and chats, may be important tools for helping students beat isolation and loneliness during extended closures and quarantines. Consider adjusting policies — and use Safety Check to continue monitoring.
6. Keep an eye on reports. This is new for a lot of schools. Relay reports allow you to monitor how devices are being used and how students and teachers are adjusting to this new environment.
7. Check the privacy policies of tools being introduced. Many companies are offering tools to help schools deal with remote learning. This is great, but make sure you’re not putting students and data at risk by only working with companies you trust. (See our policies here.)
Classroom management can happen even outside the traditional classroom. Relay Classroom can be a powerful tool for keeping students focused during remote learning sessions.
1. Make sure Classroom is set to work remotely. First make sure extensions and agents are deployed to all remote users. Then review your settings. In your Relay Classroom admin settings, you’ll want to make sure the “On Campus Only” setting is OFF. We also recommend turning on the ability for teachers to add students by email. Review other settings to give teachers the features you want for remote learning.
2. Students can be more likely to veer off task when they are at home. Use Internet Access Controls to keep them locked into specific sites.
3. Students will have various levels of WIFI connectivity at home, making viewing all screens difficult or delayed. We recommend teachers keep a watch on the default list view, then click on individual students to view their screens as necessary.
4. Incorporate breaks. Screen breaks come naturally in a classroom and school environment. Be sure to incorporate them in remote classes using Lock Devices. (Give students an offline task or activity.)
5. Share screens. In the traditional classroom, teachers are used to using projectors to show their desktop. Broadcasting the teacher screen will allow teachers to share their screen with students so they can follow lessons.
6. Engage students. With remote learners, it’s important to keep them engaged. Broadcasting or sharing student screens to the class can be a great way to keep them on task and engaged in the lesson.
7. Get on the same page. As difficult as it is to get a classroom full of students on the same page, it can be even more difficult remotely. Send Link gets all students on the same site immediately.
Learn more way to use Classroom — in the classroom, in remote learning, and as part of Coronavirus preparedness plans — from Christina Gremillion from Caddo Parish in this on-demand webinar.
We’re here to help with remote learning and Coronavirus plans.
Our continuity of services plan ensures we will continue to support you during this time.
Our free extended trials will allow you to keep devices safe and remote learning on task.
And our solutions can help as you continue to build out your remote learning contingency plans.