FAQ: Blocking Plans

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INTRODUCTION

Dyknow Blocking Plans enable teachers to specify exactly which websites and/or applications students can or cannot access during a monitoring session.

If you've already reviewed the content within our Blocking Plans Overview article, check out our responses to the most commonly asked questions about Dyknow Blocking Plans below.

 

HOW DO I BLOCK A SPECIFIC SITE?

The amount of access students have to websites and their web pages depends on the URLs allowed or blocked by an enforced Blocking Plan. Use full URLs in Dyknow Blocking Plans to specify exactly which pages of a website students can or cannot access during a monitoring session - like a single YouTube video or a Google Forms test.

To block an entire website, enforce a Block Only Blocking Plan that includes the website domain URL.

To block part of a website, enforce a Block Only Blocking Plan that includes the relevant subdomain URL.

To block a single web page, enforce a Block Only Blocking Plan that includes the exact full URL

Block Only Blocking Plans
 If you block...  You're also blocking...  You're not blocking...
 google.com
  • all google.com full URLs
    • google.com/fbx?fbx=snake_arcade
  • classroom.google.com
  • docs.google.com
    • docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeH-BS6i13fqN49ke_rEJfw/viewform
  • drive.google.com
  • hangouts.google.com
  • mail.google.com
  • myaccount.google.com
  • all other, non-Google websites and web pages
    • app.schoology.com
    • minecraft.net
    • spotify.com
    • epicgames.com/fortnite
    • youtube.com
    • learn.canvas.net/login/canvas
 hangouts.google.com 
  • all hangouts.google.com full URLs
    • hangouts.google.com/webchat/frame3?zx=15893055
  • google.com
  • classroom.google.com
  • docs.google.com
  • drive.google.com
  • mail.google.com
  • myaccount.google.com

 docs.google.com/forms/u/0/

 
  • all other google.com and docs.google.com URLs
  • all other, non-Google websites and web pages

For more information, including URL definitions, read the Blocking Websites section in our Blocking Plans Overview article.

Watch the video below for more examples!

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH WEBSITE URLS TO BLOCK?

Knowing which website URLs to block or allow in a Dyknow Blocking Plan depends on the teacher's expectations about on-task and off-task activity for a specific class, lesson plan, and/or select students.

As a best practice, we recommend that teachers themselves navigate to the same websites and web pages their students will access in order to identify the URLs to enter into a Blocking Plan. It’s important to ensure that the URLs your students will access are exactly the same as the URLs you’re including in your Blocking Plan.

For more information, review the Blocking Websites section of our Blocking Plans Overview article.

 

 

HOW DO I PROMOTE INTEGRITY DURING ONLINE TESTING?

Create and enforce an Allow Only Blocking Plan that lists:

  • In the Websites field:
    • The full URL for the testing website;
    • Any other domain or subdomain URLs that students will need to use in order to login to the test or login to your Learning Management System (LMS) to access the link to test; and,
  • The Web browsers bundle (or a specific web browser) in the Applications field.

When a student has finished taking a test, you can remove their blocking with a Segmented Blocking Plan that won't affect students still testing.

When class has ended, review the resulting Class History data to confirm there are no signs of cheating.

 

 

HOW DO I BLOCK PARTS OF GOOGLE?

If you want to block one Google website or web page, without blocking other Google websites/web pages, you can do so by enforcing either an Allow Only Blocking Plan or a Block Only Blocking Plan that includes the relevant URLs.

Option 1: Allow Only Blocking Plan

Enforce an Allow Only Blocking Plan if:

  • Students should only have access to the Google websites/web pages you select.
  • You would have a significant number of websites to block/list in a Block Only Blocking Plan.
 If you allow...  You're also allowing...  You're not allowing...

 google.com

  • all google.com full URLs
    • google.com/webhp?tab=kw&authuser=0
    • google.com/fbx?fbx=snake_arcade
  • classroom.google.com
  • docs.google.com
    • docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeH-BS6i13fqN49ke_rEJfw/viewform
  • drive.google.com
  • hangouts.google.com
  • mail.google.com
  • myaccount.google.com
  • all other, non-Google websites and web pages
    • app.schoology.com
    • minecraft.net
    • spotify.com
    • epicgames.com/fortnite
    • youtube.com
    • learn.canvas.net/login/canvas
 mail.google.com
  • all mail.google.com full URLs
    • mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ojbl#inbox?compose=new
    • mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab#inbox/FMfcgxwHFsBflf
  • google.com
  • classroom.google.com
  • docs.google.com
  • drive.google.com
  • hangouts.google.com
  • myaccount.google.com

Option 2: Block Only Blocking Plan

If you want students to have access to most Google websites/web pages, except one (or even a few), enforce a Block Only Blocking Plan.

 If you block...  You're also blocking...  You're not blocking...
 google.com
  • all google.com full URLs
    • google.com/webhp?tab=kw&authuser=0
    • google.com/fbx?fbx=snake_arcade
  • classroom.google.com
  • docs.google.com
    • docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeH-BS6i13fqN49ke_rEJfw/viewform
  • drive.google.com
  • hangouts.google.com
  • mail.google.com
  • myaccount.google.com
  • all other, non-Google websites and web pages
    • app.schoology.com
    • minecraft.net
    • spotify.com
    • epicgames.com/fortnite
    • youtube.com
    • learn.canvas.net/login/canvas
 hangouts.google.com 
  • all hangouts.google.com full URLs
    • hangouts.google.com/webchat/frame3?zx=15893055
  • google.com
  • classroom.google.com
  • docs.google.com
  • drive.google.com
  • mail.google.com
  • myaccount.google.com

If a Dyknow Blocking Plan includes both a full URL and either a domain or subdomain URL of the same domain, only the least specific URL applies.

Allow Only Blocking Plans

 If you allow...

 And you allow...

 ONLY the least specific applies.
 google.com  docs.google.com

 All google.com URLs are allowed.

 docs.google.com  docs.google.com/forms/j/gloBN

 All docs.google.com URLs are allowed.

Block Only Blocking Plans
 If you block...  And you block...  ONLY the least specific applies.
 google.com  hangouts.google.com  All google.com URLs are blocked.
 docs.google.com  docs.google.com/slides/j/gloBN

 All docs.google.com URLs are blocked.

 

 

HOW DO I ENABLE STUDENTS TO VIEW ALL THE VIDEOS ON A SINGLE YOUTUBE CHANNEL?

Each YouTube video, even those within a channel and/or playlist, has a unique full URL (they are not subdomains), and therefore each must be entered into a Blocking Plan to allow or block student access.

Create and enforce an Allow Only Blocking Plan that lists:

  • The full URL of each YouTube video within the desired YouTube channel in the Websites field; and,
  • The Web browsers bundle (or a specific web browser) in the Applications field.

 

 

WHY IS AN ALLOWED WEBSITE GETTING BLOCKED?

Your enforced Blocking Plan might be:

  • Missing a URL;
  • Using a vanity (shortened) URL;
  • Using conflicting URLs (of the same domain); or,
  • Missing a web browser.

First, use the Activity Tracker to identify the website or web page getting blocked.

If the URL blocked on a student device should be allowed, double check your enforced Blocking Plan. You probably need to either:

  • Add the URL to list of allowed Websites in your enforced Blocking Plan; or,
  • Update the list of allowed Websites in your enforced Blocking Plan to include the correct domain or subdomain URL(s).

Note:

  • Dyknow Blocking Plans will not accept vanity, or shortened, URLs.
  • If a Dyknow Blocking Plan includes both a full URL and either a domain or subdomain URL of the same domain, only the least specific URL applies.

Second, ensure you have also allowed students access to a web browser. Allow Only Blocking Plans that include websites must also include a web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, etc.) or the Web browsers bundle in the list of allowed Applications.

Note: Dyknow does not currently support URL allowing/blocking in the Firefox web browser on student Mac devices. As an alternative, allow a supported browser like Safari or Chrome along with specific websites.

 

 

CAN I BLOCK APPLICATIONS RUNNING OFFLINE?

No, student devices must be connected to the internet in order to be monitored and affected by an enforced Blocking Plan in Dyknow.

 

 

CAN I EDIT A SCHOOL-WIDE BLOCKING PLAN?

Yes, a Dyknow Teacher can edit a School-Wide Blocking Plan, either temporarily or permanently.

To temporarily edit a School-Wide Blocking Plan during a monitoring session:

  1. Navigate to Modify Blocking > Plan
  2. Select the desired School-Wide Blocking Plan from the Suggested Blocking Plans section in the Plan list
  3. Edit as needed
  4. Click Enforce

To permanently edit a School-Wide Blocking Plan during a monitoring session:

5. Follow Steps 1-4 above
6. Click Modify Blocking again
7. Enter a name in the Name field
8. Click Enforce

The twice-edited School-Wide Blocking Plan is now saved for use in future monitoring sessions.

 

 

HOW DO I BLOCK EXTENSIONS?

Web browser extensions, like any other application, can be blocked in a Dyknow Blocking Plan. Just because a teacher allows student website activity does not necessarily mean he/she is also allowing access to extensions.

To block student access to web browser extensions:

  • With a Block Only Blocking Plan, enter the name of the extension(s) into the Applications field.
  • With an Allow Only Blocking Plan, enter Web browsers into the list of allowed Applications to enable students to access the allowed Websites you've listed via any web browser, but none of the web browser's extensions.

 

 

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