Free Chromebook monitoring for schools

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Guardian software, designed for schools managing large numbers of Chromebooks, has been released for free to schools across the nation. Guardian provides school administrators with a powerful console to monitor and control internet usage on managed Chromebooks -- both at school and at home.

The software was created to help schools protect their students from the perils of unfiltered internet access. The growing trend of 1:1 technology programs in schools has created a real need for vigilant guidance. However, before Guardian, many schools had no way of knowing how students were spending their time on the school bought devices. Without this information, administrators were finding it difficult to create effective policy or offer constructive guidance. As such, Guardian helps mitigate inappropriate websites, but also allows administrators to make informed, data driven decisions to foster a climate of learning and productivity.

Guardian gives administrators access to a powerful console to monitor and control internet usage on managed Chromebooks both at school and at home. Popular features include:

  • Suspicious Activity Alerts: Get a notification when users browse unsavory content.
  • Browsing History: View detailed internet history for every user in the organization.
  • Video Reporting: See which videos users are watching, and when they watch them.
  • And More: Top sites, flagged activity reports, website blacklisting, and 24/7 support.

After creating an account (laptoplookout.com/enterprise/signup) administrators can easily push the extension from Google’s admin panel -- they will start seeing data from their devices within minutes. The software will be offered free of cost through the entirety of this school year (until August, 2014).

More information about Guardian: laptoplookout.com/enterprise/products/guardian