Bewertet am 28.5.2019
Top of the Line Chromebook Monitoring Solution
Kommentare: We have had great success in our 1:1 program with GoGuardian. We have been able to reach out to families when a child was endangered, and our staff is feeling very comfortable using devices in the classroom.
Vorteile: GoGuardian provides many different features that make implementing a 1:1 Chromebook program fairly easy. The filtering solution is fairly quick and easy to learn and can work off-site. They also have Smart Alerts which notifies us when a student is doing something that could cause self-harm or is looking at pornography. Lastly, the teacher portal allows teachers to monitor and easily step in to help students stay engaged.
Nachteile: The teacher side of things could use some improvements in the way that it interacts with the Chromebooks, although this might require a different type of installation. It would be great to get a constant live snapshot of Chromebook devices rather than just the current tab.
Bewertet am 5.12.2019
Kommentare: GoGuardian Teacher has been a great product and is loved by our teachers. They can choose to monitor or restrict Chromebooks. We use GoGuardian Admin to monitor Smart Alerts and track lost Chromebooks.
Vorteile: GoGuardian gives you the ability to easily manage your Chromebooks in the classroom. It allows our teachers the freedom to teach instead of monitoring devices.
Nachteile: There is not much to dislike. They recently added a feature to allow Admins to log in as teachers to troubleshoot issues. That was a previous complaint that has now been addressed.
Bewertet am 13.1.2020
GoGuardian Makes Guiding and Monitoring Student Work a Piece of Cake
Kommentare: I work with younger students who are new to the school system. There's a learning curve with technology as students must log into the computers, navigate to a website, log-in again, and complete work. The scenes feature of GoGuardian dramatically cut down on lost time as it auto-populates tabs for my students and they are able to get right to work. The scenes feature also allows me to limit students to a single website, which helps when they need to complete a certain number of minutes on a program per day/week. Overall, using GoGuardian has made my students more successful with what they are doing on the computers and reduced the amount of time off task (or lost time due to confusion over how to navigate). I've recommended it to multiple colleagues and helped them set it up with ease.
Instructional videos are easy to follow.
Features are mostly intuitive.
Multiple groups/classes can be monitored at once, allowing for greater flexibility.
Scenes auto-populate tabs, reducing lost time as students figure out where to go.
Glitches are difficult to troubleshot, but seem to resolve on their own eventually.
Does not prevent students from opening installed apps and getting off-task.
Bewertet am 29.10.2019
The Modern Panopticon
Kommentare: My school has only had this software for a few months but what a difference it has made; fixing a problem I suspected was there but had no idea the severity of. Even from a different classroom, I can keep on eye on my students’ online use to ensure they are using the internet safety and correctly.
This software is a game-changer. In today’s digital age and with how easy it is to find and do anything on the internet, GoGuardian is the Batman of the classroom: the silent sentinel who keeps watch over what the students click.
Every day my students use their chromes for all sorts of reasons: research, typing a response for an assigned reading, taking AR quizzes, taking online tests, and more. In the past, I would catch glimpses of a student being on the wrong webpage or even cheating by looking up the meaning of the words they were being tested on.
GoGuardian as stopped (or at least massively decreased) all of that distracting web surfing and cheating. I can easily click on a student’s name and see what webpage they’re on as well as their computer’s history to see if they had visited any site(s) they shouldn’t have. I can easily monitor the progress a student is making on their assigned writing without alerting them so they can’t just click out and claim innocence. With every student cautious and worried about being caught, this modern panopticon has prevented a lot of inappropriate content from reaching my elementary school students.
Nachteile: Thus far, there has been no noteworthy negativity. The software works well. It would be nice to view more than one student at a time but that’s more a wish than a con.
Bewertet am 6.5.2019
Big learning curve needed
Kommentare: It is ok. It does a good job at filtering on chromebooks.
Vorteile: It does well filtering what you put in if it is worded correctly
Nachteile: I know everything is a learning curve but this is a tad more difficult. Thank goodness support is very helpful!
Bewertet am 30.10.2019
Go Guardian one stop shop
Vorteile: I appreciate how easy it was to get up and running with full content filtering and device monitoring. THe ability to add and remove sites from the restriction lists is simple and intuitive. We also use the Teach classroom monitoring product that has made a sweeping difference in the classrooms .
Nachteile: the cost feels high when first deciding to use the products. but after using for a couple years i cant imagine a better implementation.
Bewertet am 9.12.2019
Great Classroom Monitoring Tool
Kommentare: Over the past 4 years our district has been phasing out its Windows PCs and have gone with Chromebooks for classroom use. To date we have over 10,500 Chromebooks throughout the district with more than 9000 of those used daily. Being able to monitor them within a classroom setting has become critical. GoGuardian provided us with the tools necessary to make the PC to Chromebook switch successful.
Vorteile: It is an easy to use intuitive tool that provides a lot of classroom functionality necessary to keep kids focused in a digital world. Our teaching staff that use this product have nothing but good things to say about it. They enjoy being able to lock screens, view what students are watching, and look through history as needed to verify what a child had been doing during class time.
Nachteile: The only con for us so far has been the price. We looked at around 6 products prior to going with GoGuardian, and it was on the higher end.
Bewertet am 1.5.2019
A Must for One-to-One Schools
Kommentare: I cannot imagine how I would be an effective teacher without this (ever since we went one-to-one). In addition, their customer support has always been friendly and helpful.
Vorteile: It is always running, both at home and at school. It automatically sends alerts about any potentially harmful internet use. It allows teachers to help kids stay focused in class. It provides another way for teachers to show parents what their child is doing during class time.
Nachteile: I wish individual students could be put into different "scenes" at the same time, but that is just me wishing for an additional feature.
Bewertet am 30.4.2019
K-12 School Must-Have
Kommentare: We have been with GoGuardian for three years and have had an enjoyable experience. They have helped save us many headaches that would have otherwise occurred had we not had them.
Vorteile: Ease of use - once set up, the information we get about student usage history, the ease of locking down custom filter policies, Smart alerts are a nice feature for tracking and being alerted to students more risky behaviors.
Nachteile: Sometimes sites would be categorized under a different category than one would expect. There is no "super-admin" access to GoGuardian teacher to oversee teacher classroom setups.
Bewertet am 24.1.2020
Kommentare: Overall GoGuardian does an amazing job of not only content filtering but general work when it comes to controlling technology in the classroom and making it a productive and effective expierence.
Vorteile: GoGuardian is the safety net we give our student Chromebooks at my school. We have this as a way to manage what our students can see even what they should be looking at during class and outside of class. It functions really well and has the features we need for structured tech time.
Nachteile: Everything seems to be really easy to set up and have working I do wish I could just set preferences as a teacher and then when I had students enrolled in my class those preferences were just applied to those students.
Bewertet am 29.4.2019
GoGuardian is an acceptably good solution with some weaknesses.
Kommentare: GoGuardian served our purposes right out of the gate. We needed a good filter for our 1:1 deployment, with hundreds of students suddenly now having the net at their fingertips. We had other firewall based solutions, but we needed more, and something we could rely on. GoGuardian had a social pricing scheme, more referrals cheaper pricing. This was a bit meh, but we pushed on, paying a pretty steep price. Initially the feature set was good, but between google, and GoGuardian, some features started dropping away, like screen shots, and more. Reporting features were not-existant. We could see what we wanted, but not get a quality looking printed view, without copy and pasting and doing a lot of work. (May have changed in the newest version). We voiced our displeasure and were given free months, and continued on. Eventually our account reps changed several times, and we were licensing subscriptions at a discount for lost features. We were offered previews of newer versions that were incomplete and unusable (nor fixed our issues). Before long we were getting sales calls from them trying to sell us a product we already license. After a couple years of issues we started shopping around, and eventually we found a solution that has our originally desired feature set.
Vorteile: GoGuardian is an excellent Chromebook filter. It provides a good set of rules, easy transparency, quick settings, and almost a brainless setup.
Nachteile: GuGuardian is highly priced. Features get pulled out for other side packages. The software has limitations that will come to light soon. Reporting features, while visible, are not good for printing either.
Bewertet am 1.5.2019
Top tier product for content filtering and classroom management
Kommentare: We've used GoGuardian Admin to filter our fleet of Chromebooks both on site and off. Our parents enjoy knowing that regardless of where the device is at, the students are still protected. The reports have been very useful in working through student discipline issues and justifying our 1:1 program to the BoE / community. We've used GoGuardian Teacher to help educators manage their classroom. Teachers are able to keep a better eye on what is going on during a lesson. They can redirect students that need it with ease.
Vorteile: GoGuardian is incredibly easy to install. There are two extensions that need to be pushed to your devices and then you're up and running. The interface for administrators & teachers is clean and intuitive. The application allows you to block websites by category or URL based on your organizational structure. For example, you can block some websites for younger learners while leaving them open for your older students. Teachers can see all the screens of students in the classroom from one dashboard. They can close tabs, lock screen, push websites out, etc. So many ways to help manage the classroom.
Nachteile: The issues we've experienced most related to the device itself. We've found that if a student isn't showing up in a teacher's classroom, a quick reboot of the student device will solve the problem.
Bewertet am 2.5.2019
Great solution for what we need
Kommentare: After searching and testing multiple other products, we implemented GoGuardian a few years back across our district, using the Admin and Teacher portals. The main purpose was to implement web filtering that we could control for devices going home, trying to keep students safe on the web in school and at home. We have been impressed with the system's features and functionality. If we have questions or issues, their support team is ready to assist with Fast response times. They provide easy to access training materials.
Vorteile: Over the years of use, many new features/upgrades have been release, at no additional cost to us. The support is great!
Nachteile: The price was pretty steep, until we negotiated lower pricing through our vendor. There are still some granular Admin permissions that are not yet available. But, I have been part of multiple brief one-on-one discussions or panels with GoGuardian reps, regarding adding these features and more.
Bewertet am 1.5.2019
Excellent web content filter for any environment
Kommentare: Being a private school, our parents love that we have a system in place that continues to filter off campus. The ability to create a dual policy that switches to a slightly relaxed mode off campus allows parents to feel secure and students some extra freedom when away from school.
Vorteile: We had used a competitors product for several years prior to switching to this one. I have found GoGuardian to have a much better track record with accurately filtering category based items. The interface, especially the 2.0, is much improved and allows you to quickly find what you're looking for. They are constantly adding and improving.
Nachteile: I have not found anything I dislike. There are small interface tweaks I would like to see, but these are trivial items. They do have a feature request board, and they do seem to implement the top requested items.
Bewertet am 30.4.2019
Decent Product for Cost
Kommentare: Overall, the software works well for what it's worth, it has flaws but isn't bad at it's job to any extent, just generally lower quality from a interface standpoint.
Vorteile: It works well for day to day usage and gradually improves usability throughout the years. The alerts system is fairly decent at seeing issues and reporting them to the administration in the district. Customer service is very helpful and friendly.
Nachteile: Several components of the software do not work or otherwise have low functionality. The product was poorly transitioned over from an old interface to a the new, more user friendly one. This causes users to have to jump between old and new to manage the software which is a bit of an inconvenience.
Bewertet am 14.5.2019
Great classroom management tool for schools on 1:1
Kommentare: I love using GoGuardian as a classroom management tool in my classroom; because our school is 1:1 with Chromebooks, misuse of the devices while students are online has been a challenge to overcome, and GoGuardian definitely assists in tackling that.
Vorteile: Ease of being able to monitor proper use of Chromebooks in my classroom without having to walk around the room and view actual screens. The ability to chat privately with students to get them on task as well as to lock their screens when needed is also a plus.
Nachteile: There have been some technical issues regarding logging in and accessing student screens from time to time, but these problems are received well by technical support and solved in a timely manner.
Bewertet am 14.7.2019
Eliminates Off-task tempations
Kommentare: Overall my experience has been great with GoGuardian! It really keeps students on task. Students are less likely to search for non-approved material knowing I have access to their timeline.
Vorteile: I love being able to restrict certain sites. I love being able to allow only approved sites for students to browse. This eliminates students getting off task and forces them to be only on approved sites. I also like the ability to screenshot student screens. If a student is on a questionable site, it's great to have proof in case problems arise. I also like the ability to look at a student's timeline.
Nachteile: I wish there was a way to block "unblocked" sites. Unfortunately some sites get through the system and appear to be google. Our tech savy students have figured out a way to play games that don't get blocked.
Bewertet am 1.5.2019
Has great potential.
Kommentare: Mostly good. It is easy to install and mass push to students. It can give you a 24/7 review of all computer activities for the most part on the student Chromebooks.
Vorteile: It alerts us to inappropriate searches, monitors youtube, and other daily student activities. It has a great teacher interface to monitor their classrooms as well.
Nachteile: It is pricey for what it does. If they raise the prices one more time, we will drop them. You have to switch between two different user interfaces to get a complete look at student activities. They have a new admin 2.0 panel, but have not merged the full functionality of the old and new panel together yet. Not sure why?
Bewertet am 1.5.2019
Kommentare: GoGuardian had what we needed when we needed it and they keep getting better all the time. The smart alerts in particular has been able to provide us with information to get help to students that need help on multiple occasions.
Vorteile: GoGuardian was the first of it's kind to offer a "Chromebook only" cloud-based filter solution so that we could filter students on (only) Chromebooks at school and while they're home. They keep adding features that school and tech admins need and they're always updating their product to make it more user friendly and provide better performance.
Nachteile: Reporting - would love to have more customized reporting capabilities.
Bewertet am 21.8.2019
Kommentare: Students are getting more tech savvy with computers. GoGaurdian allows to spend more time teaching and less time dealing with students that are misusing technology.
Vorteile: This software lets me see the screens of my students' Chromebooks while I am at my computer. I can lock their screens and also push websites onto their screens. It ensures that students stay on task while working
Nachteile: It can be a little buggy. Sometimes when I "unlock" student screens so they can begin working again, several student's chromebooks remain locked and then I have to go back and give the command again. It's a minor inconvenience and the pros far outweigh the cons.
Bewertet am 30.4.2019
Kommentare: Overall, I'm pleased with GoGuardain. Especially after getting past the learning curve with our teachers. I would recommend it to other schools that are need of 1:1 monitoring software.
Vorteile: For the teachers that use GoGaurdian to manage their classroom, it has a very easy and quick learning curve. When used properly, it works very effectively.
Nachteile: My biggest complaint with GoGaurdian is that as an IT Admin, I wish there was an administrator dashboard where I could edit/alter a teachers sessions. There are too many times that a teacher will have a sub, but will forget to unblock certain sites that their students need while they are away. The only way to get around this is to contact GoGuardian and ask them to edit the session.
Bewertet am 30.4.2019
Guiding Students to be Better Digital Citizens
Kommentare: Positive experience hands down! They are willing to listen to new ideas or improvements and are diligent when it comes to finding a solution to a problem.
Vorteile: Goguardian is a great resource to keep tabs on students without having to hover over a computer screen or their shoulder. You can set scenes to keep students academically honest and keep the integrity of the lesson while knowing that your student is paying attention to the task at hand.
Nachteile: There are some glitches, however, their customer support personnel reply within the hour of a request.
Bewertet am 1.5.2019
GoGuardian is a teacher's saving grace for Chromebooks
Kommentare: GoGuardian has been amazing for our Middle School 1:1 program. Teachers can easily set up classes how they see fit. They can block all sites, except what the teacher wants them on. They can also keep it open, and just block things like games, youtube, etc. Administrators also get alerts for inappropriate activity. There is a feature called the "penalty box" which can be set up so they can only go on approved sites. This is a great deterrent for inappropriate use of the device. You can also have different settings at school and at home. This is nice if you want to block social media at school, but allow them to use it on their own time.
Vorteile: GoGuardian makes it easy to block sites and manage classes to keep students on task during the day.
Nachteile: Besides our middle school Chromebook 1:1 program, we also have 1:1 program with MacBook Air's. There is no good way to utilize GoGuardian for the Mac's in our environment. We have been told they are working on this though.
Bewertet am 12.12.2018
Kommentare: GoGuardian has worked great for us. You will not even know it is there, unless you try to access a page that is off limits. If the page should actually be accessible you have an option to enter a password to allow access to it.
Vorteile: GoGuardian does exactly what it says it will do. It guards our chromebooks superbly and was not hard to get set up. It has many customizable settings that you can tweek to get the notifications you want. The reports are easy to read. Their support is great.
Nachteile: Sometimes it can be confusing trying to get everything set right. Once I locked everyone out of accessing the internet and had trouble figuring out what I did so I could change it bac.
Bewertet am 12.6.2019
Kommentare: GoGuardian helps with communicating directly with students without other students hearing because I can send the student a chat message.
Vorteile: We use GoGuardian to increase monitoring student 1:1 devices. Students and parents are aware that devices are monitored.
Nachteile: I want to be able to group certain courses together so that when I identify that a student is on/off task I want that learning in the app to apply to that entire group of classes so that the learning of the app is quicker.