The new update for classroom.cloud has just landed and there are lots of useful additions for schools!
What we’ve added
Alongside support for Windows 11 SE, enabling schools to use classroom.cloud with the very latest Windows educational platform, we’ve also added a new Chinese keywords library to extend the number of language packs in the online safety toolkit, so they can extend safeguarding to any students using variants of the Chinese language.
Talking of protecting students online, to support the recent introduction of gambling-related keywords, we’ve added a new online safety resource to the self-service list of resources: GAMSTOP. This provides students with another option for assistance if they feel that they are at risk with online gambling.
To make life even easier for teachers when creating their classes, they can now personalise the list of subjects available to choose from. The subject names in the classroom.cloud supplied list can be edited or hidden – or teachers can add their own.
If your school is inviting its classroom.cloud users to sign in with Microsoft, Google or ClassLink credentials, you’ll be pleased to know that we have now streamlined the account registration process. A new SIS/SMS ‘Login Provider’ tick box allows you to determine up front where third-party sign in details will be used for new users, meaning that the user no longer needs to complete a full classroom.cloud profile; they simply indicate that they will continue with details pulled in from their chosen account.
And if you’re frustrated by having to constantly resend emails to invited users who haven’t activated their accounts within the pre-set three-day limit, don’t worry! We’ve added a new customisable setting, allowing you to choose the number of days the email is active for.
Connectivity is great, but not always appropriate! When a school’s classroom.cloud Administrator creates a Device Group, we’ve now made it easy for them to prevent classes from being able to connect devices in the group to keep things orderly and stop any unwanted connections. And on the subject of Device Groups, you can now see in an instant which school devices have been assigned to the group.
Privacy by design
We appreciate that the decision to include a profile photo in any application is a very personal one. With that in mind, you can now choose whether or not to import user profile pictures from your Google or Microsoft SIS systems.