Features

Super easy to set up and use, classroom.cloud provides the essential tools to support classroom and remote learners – making it the perfect solution for delivering blended learning in any environment. It’s flexible range of teaching tools allow for learning to occur synchronously
or asynchronously – making it easy for teachers and students to flex according to their needs.

View all of the award-winning features within classroom.cloud!

Easy to use

One of the biggest issues with technology adoption is how easy something is for teachers to use in the classroom. Not with classroom.cloud! It’s designed, tried, and tested with teachers, to ensure its simple-to-use interface makes delivering teaching activities easy. Want to open up a specific web page for your learners in a few simple clicks? You’ve got it! Want to see what your students are up to on an easy-to-view dashboard? It’s right here!

That’s why our schools love it – we focus our attention on the features that matter, making sure that the solution is easy to navigate, manage, and use.

User roles: To keep it simple, each member of staff is assigned a user role, ensuring just the features relevant to them are available. There are three standard user roles: Organization Admin, Site Admin, and Teacher. If the school has activated the optional toolkits such as the Online Safety/Safeguarding features and/or the Technician Tools, then these roles are also available: Safeguarding Admin, Safeguarding User, and Technician.

Plus, for further personalisation of users’ classroom.cloud profiles, the User Profile icon will now display a profile picture for those signing in with Google and Microsoft credentials.

Accessibility: classroom.cloud also includes Windows 10 “Dark Mode” support, allowing users to personalise their view.

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Teach and learn – from anywhere!

One thing we’ve learned from the pandemic is that schools need edtech tools to flex with different learning environments. So classroom.cloud leverages the power of the cloud, meaning that whether your students are down the corridor, in your classroom, learning remotely, or a hybrid of any of those combinations, learning can still continue.

Quickly connect to your class

No stress, hassle, or time wasted… teachers can connect to students’ devices quickly and easily – within minutes!

To create a new class (usually set up by the IT team), there is a choice of options including pre-defined Device Group, Device Name, Student Email, and classroom.cloud’s Class Code. classroom.cloud also syncs with Microsoft SDS and Teams classes, Google Classroom, Clever and ClassLink, and so classes can be pulled into classroom.cloud based on the SIS login details used by the teacher.

If using Google Classroom or Microsoft SDS, the account photo for each student can be imported to show in the Teacher Console. This can help the teacher to identify students when instructing.

With Class Code, teachers can even add a student to the class or create a new class altogether on the fly. Simply send a unique 6-character code to the student/s, and they enter the matching code to connect their device/s to the class. It’s that easy!

Within the Classes Settings, you can edit the pre-defined list of Subjects currently supplied, and add your own to suit your school’s needs. You can also now filter your list of classes (in the My Classes tab) by last used, subject and connection type, making it easier to find and launch your selected class.

Select and connect to your class

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Show and explain…

Learning is easier when students can see and hear the teacher clearly, so classroom.cloud includes screen and audio sharing. Teachers can choose to share their entire screen, an individual application window, and/or a specific Chrome tab with all connected student devices – plus use their audio feed to speak directly to students.

This makes explanations more visual and easier to grasp, and incredibly useful if students have difficulty seeing or reading the projector screen (for example) from their seat, or if you want to avoid students crowding around one screen.

Monitor and control to maximize learning

With classroom.cloud, teachers can be everywhere at once! Using the thumbnail view, the teacher can see the screens of all the students in the class – whether they’re sitting in front of them, in the room down the corridor, or learning remotely.

The students can continue with their work while the teacher virtually ‘patrols’ the classrooms, monitoring what they’re typing, who they’re collaborating with, what websites and applications they’re using – all in real time to ensure they’re on task.

Status indicators on each student’s thumbnail also give you additional real-time information such as: how many ‘rewards’ you have assigned to the student during the class; whether the student has a current request for help needing attention; if a teacher-student chat session is in progress; if the student screen is locked; if any of the device control options are enabled (block USBs, webcam, and mute sound); and, Wi-Fi/battery health indicators. You can also use the ‘Change View’ icon to switch the view to see it in Icons or Details mode.

Handy shortcuts such as right-clicking (when in Thumbnail, Icon and Details view) allows you to access shortcuts to the most commonly used teacher features such as lock/unlock and rewards. With a Ctrl+A keyboard combination, you can also quickly select all student thumbnails. You can also right-click on a student when using any of the features to quickly access ‘Chat’, ‘Watch’ and ‘Remove student from class’ options.

Need to take a closer look? Either adjust the thumbnail sizes or use the ‘Watch Mode’ to zoom in on an individual student’s screen and discreetly view what they are working on or to take a screenshot of the student’s screen.

Plus, you can even remote control a student’s screen to remedy any activity not relevant to the task and even use Windows key shortcuts/commands. A ‘screenshot’ button, enables you to grab a real-time screenshot of the remote screen, and the image will be date and time stamped and include the student’s name.

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(Click to view image of the thumbnail view, showing the screens of all the students in the class)

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Every student has a voice

Check in with a student and see how they’re getting on by using the Chat tool – handy for teachers to give assistance without distracting others who are working. It’s also a great way to give every student a voice and allow them to interact with the teacher, since both the teacher and the student can initiate a chat. You can also copy the chat session so you can keep a permanent record of it.

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Sometimes, teachers need to send a quick message to all/selected students. It may be an instruction or a reminder to save work before the end of the lesson, for example. Using the attention-grabbing message tool, you can communicate with students instantly!

Request help

It’s also important that students can flag when they need help – especially those who aren’t keen to raise their hand in class. The ‘Request help’ tool is the perfect solution, as students can access this from their toolbar to discreetly send a help request to their teacher (the request pops up on the teacher’s dashboard). They can select a ‘priority’ when requesting help (options include Work Complete, Need Help or Urgent Help), enabling the teacher to quickly identify the type of help they need.

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Assess and give feedback

Closing the feedback loop in a timely fashion is super important to the process of teaching and learning, and with classroom.cloud’s survey tool, you can gauge understanding and address misconceptions as they occur. Create new surveys or use your saved ones and send them to all/selected students – perfect for personalizing learning to suit different levels and closing any learning gaps.

Keep students on their toes by using the ‘Random Select mode’ which selects students at random to answer the question. This is also a great way to ensure students feel they are being selected fairly.

In addition, reinforce good behavior, correct answers, and great pieces of work with ‘Rewards’. During a lesson, you can give individual students a star for achievement, which is reflected in their toolbar and visible on the teacher’s screen when mousing over the student’s thumbnail.

Stay focused

It’s all about marginal gains to help maximize lesson time. With classroom.cloud, you can create ‘allowed’ and ‘restricted’ website and application lists, ensuring your students can only access relevant and appropriate websites and apps during class – keeping them on task and working efficiently.

You can also monitor the websites and applications your students are using, making it easy to spot any that they shouldn’t be, and add it to the restricted list.

You can even save precious time by launching a website or application directly on your students’ devices by simply double-clicking on any URL or app in the managed list. Instantly, all your students are looking at the right thing, and there’s no time wasted waiting for them to open/navigate to the page/app – which, as we all know, can take forever!

Controlling the use of USBs on the students’ devices is also a useful tool to keep students on task. With classroom.cloud, you can either allow or block USB use during lesson time.

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Gain attention

It’s so easy for students to become distracted so, to help keep them focused on the right thing at the right time, teachers can effortlessly lock all or selected students’ screens. The teacher can also allow or block webcam use, plus mute/unmute sound from the student’s device. This refocuses their attention on the teacher, who can then guide them back to the lesson activity.

Lesson information for students

The Student Toolbar is a handy place for students to access all their lesson details, from viewing the lesson objectives and learning outcomes (if provided by the teacher), to seeing which websites and applications are approved for the current lesson. It also shows the number of star rewards they have received, and provides access to the chat and help request features – students have it all right there in front of them!

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Stay safe at all times

The new online safety toolkit helps keep your online environment safe and secure at all times, by monitoring concerning activity, identifying students at risk and spotting concerning trends. It starts by monitoring for any online safety keywords or phrases being typed or search for via the pre-supplied database (containing over 14,000 keywords and phrases in multiple languages!).

When a keyword is triggered, it populates a word cloud so you can see at a glance any trending topics, plus it’s captured immediately as an ‘event’. According to how severe these are, staff can view them as a simple text record (low severity), a screenshot of the screen, or a screen recording (high severity). For all events, you can review information including details such as student name, the device being used, and the time it took place, along with the Risk Index analysis, to help you prioritize and action concerning activity swiftly. You can also directly integrate classroom.cloud with your MYCONCERN or CPOMS account to link triggered events.

These powerful tools are perfect for helping inform your online safety strategy/policies, and meeting the latest requirements.

Technician Tools

See at a glance how your technology is being used and how to maximize it with the hardware and software inventories.

View the hardware/software for a single device, department, or bespoke group to see details such as PCs with the lowest spec, lowest disk space, software installed, and more. Making it even easier to view data, you can now ‘pin’ columns in the hardware inventory, so they remain static when scrolling across – keeping all the key information in an easy to view format. Plus, with the added ability to bulk edit device data, you can quickly save time when needing to add additional standard items of data such as Manufacturer, Model and Location to selected devices, and more.

Watch and remote control connected devices from the Devices List and Hardware Inventory too!

Now, you can identify which PCs are upgradeable, need replacing, or can be deployed elsewhere, along with unnecessary spending on software licenses that aren’t needed.

Hardware Inventory grouped by OS List View

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Integration for easy management

When it comes to technology management, classroom.cloud directly  integrates with Google Classroom and Google Accounts (enabling Chromebook details and students’ names to populate hardware and classroom data), as well as ClassLink, Microsoft School Data Sync, Microsoft 365, and Clever (U.S. customers only). For more information about Clever’s Single-Sign-On and Clever Secure Sync, please contact your account manager.

It also includes a new ‘Connectors’ section to help schools access complementary solutions supporting anything from digital citizenship and online safety to assessment and more.

With so many integration options available, classroom.cloud is easy to deploy, scale, and manage – music to the ears of school IT technicians! It’s also available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure.

Now, it’s so much easier to make sure things run smoothly for educators and students so they can focus on their important responsibilities of teaching and learning.