Mass Deploying LanSchool Student for Chromebook

Mass Deploying LanSchool Student for Chromebook

Overview

The LanSchool Connection Service (LCS) should be installed and set up before continuing with the software installation below. If you have any questions or problems setting up the LCS server, please contact your LanSchool sales or support representative.

You will need to have a managed G Suite domain and managed student user accounts. This allow you to manage various applications and services for Google Chrome devices and users. For more information on G Suite, please see https://gsuite.google.com/
You will need an account with G Suite Administrator permission in order to complete the following steps. 

Configure Google Admin

If you already have an apps account set up with your users and devices configured, you can set up auto-configuration for LanSchool Students by following these steps:
  1. Login to admin.google.com

  2. From the Admin Console Home, click on Devices.


  3. Click on Chrome
  4. Click on Apps & Extensions.
  5. Click on Users & Browsers.

  6. Select the student user Organizational Unit (OU) you wish to apply the LanSchool Student Application and LanSchool Web Helper Extension to.



  7. Click the add button in the bottom right and select Add from Chrome Web Store.


  8. Search for LanSchool Student, then click Select next to the the LanSchool Student and LanSchool Web Helper.

    Clicking Select may exit the selection wizard and require you to repeat steps 6 and 7 for the second application



  9. Click the drop down next to both the LanSchool Student and LanSchool Web Helper entries, and change to Force install.  Click Save.



  10. Select LanSchool Student, then enter the application configuration information in the Enter JSON value field using Copy/Paste. Click Save.
    If this is a new implementation and you need the JSON information for your organization, please use the LanSchool JSON Configuration Tool.



Test your Settings

To see if your configuration settings are being applied on the student Chromebook:
  1. Log into a Chromebook using on of the student accounts in the organization you selected above for the configuration.
  2. Open the Chrome browser and go to chrome://policy in the navigation window. This will open the policy display for that user account.
  3. Click the "Reload Policies" button to ensure you have the latest policy configuration.
  4. Check the checkbox to the right that says "Show policies with no value set"
  5. Scroll down to the section that shows the configuration for the "LanSchool Student"
  6. You should see each of the policy settings that you have configured in the JSON value field. If you don't see your settings shown  here check the following:
    1. Did you log in as a user assigned to the organization you set the policy for in the Admin console?
    2. Is there an error in the policy file? 
      The admin console does not warn on errors. You can check your policy files format by testing it as jsonlint.com

Obtaining Student Names from Google

By default, LanSchool displays only students’ email addresses for newly added Chromebooks. To view students’ first and last names instead of their email addresses, and to ensure that Google retrieves the correct name for each student, you must grant LanSchool permission from your domain. You can grant that permission through the Google Admin console by performing the following steps: 

  1. Log in to the Google Admin console. 

  2.  Select Security.  




  3. On the Security page, select Advanced settings



  4. Select Manage Third Party App Access.



  5. Select Configure new app and OAuth App Name or Client ID.


  6. Copy the following string and paste it into the Client ID field and select Search.
    621398336584-bgqihfidukqjch5dkjs25rf7vjav82cf.apps.googleusercontent.com 
  7. Select LanSchool Student.


  8. Check the OAuth Client ID box and then click Select.


  9. Select Trusted: Can access all Google Services and then select Configure.



After making these changes, some existing student Chromebooks may not automatically update to display the student's name. It make take a few times of logging out and back into the Chromebook for the student name to gather. If you wish to force the client to refresh the student name, add this parameter, "refresh_student_name": { "Value": "1234" },  to the end of your JSON policy. The value "1234" can be any random set of 4 numbers. When the value is set, it'll act as a handle so the Chromebooks know to not keep receiving the same name if the names change. 


Features Supported on Chromebook

  1. Help Individual Students - The Student can interact with the Teacher by sending and receiving messages. Students can silently send questions or request help. A small question mark appears on the teacher's console when a Student sends a question.
  2. View Student Thumbnails - Student thumbnails appear on the Teacher Console allowing teachers a quick overview of what the students are working on.
  3. Show Student Details - The details view of Chromebook student will show student name, machine name, last website, last question and Teacher channel.
  4. Testing - The LanSchool Teacher can send a test to the Chromebook student and collect the test results. Test questions can include True / False, Multiple Choice, short answer and essay questions. Images can also be attached to each test question.
  5. Show Teacher Screen - The LanSchool Teacher has the ability to share a screen to all or select Students allowing them to follow along.
  6. Web Browsing - Temporarily disable all or selected student access to the web across browser. The Teacher controls the sites the Student may browse to or may direct the Student to specific sites.
  7. Internet History - Shows a searchable list of web sites visited by the selected student, which may be saved to a file.
  8. Blank Screen - The Teacher may blank-out all student screens and disable keyboard and mouse.
  9. Run URL - This feature allows a Teacher to run a web site on student computers.
  10. Keystroke Alerting - The Keystroke Alerts tab allows you to specify a list of banned words. If a student types a banned word, the teacher will be notified with a yellow caution icon on the student’s thumbnail. Use your mouse to hover over the thumbnail, and it will display the word that was typed by the student. This tab also includes an option to automatically capture a screenshot of the student's device as the banned word is typed.
  11. Class list support - Chromebook student will respond to Teacher request to be loaded into a class.
  12. Show Student Screen - The ability for the Teacher to send a student’s screen to all other students in a class.
  13. View Student’s Screen - Allows teachers to view and monitor a selected student machine.
  14. Chat - The Teacher may initiate a text-based chat session with one or more students from the Teacher’s console.
  15. Save Student Screen Snapshot - Save a student's screen to a standard graphic file. (.jpg or .bmp) The date, time and student login name are displayed in the saved file.

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