Chrome multiple desktops with Hāpara Highlights Follow
In this article:
- How it works
- Viewing multiple desktops in Highlights
- Preventing students from avoiding Highlights with multiple desktops
How it works
Google Chromebook's Multiple Desktop feature allows students to add desks to organize multiple windows and multi-task. Unfortunately, this feature cannot be managed in the Google Admin Console.
Viewing multiple desktops in Highlights
We are pleased to inform you that teachers can see all tabs during student browsing, even when students are browsing via a virtual desktop. Their open tabs will appear to the teacher as if the student were browsing Chrome in the same window.
However, this does require that the student is signed into their school-issued Google account on all desktops.
Preventing students from avoiding Highlights with multiple desktops
To keep students from signing into Chrome with other Google accounts, which would allow them to avoid Highlights in other desktops once signed into their Chromebook, verify that the following Google setting is in place for the Organizational Unit that contains student accounts.
- Log into the Google Workspace Admin Console at https://admin.google.com as an administrator.
- Select the menu at the top-left corner. Click on Devices > Chrome > Settings > User and browser settings.
- Type in multiple sign to find the setting for Multiple sign-in access.
- Select the Organizational Unit that contains student accounts.
Change Multiple sign-in access to Block multiple sign-in access for users in this organization.
Click Save at the bottom of the screen.
Students will not be able to sign into any other accounts on this device, keeping them signed into only their school-issued Google account. All tabs will then be visible to teachers in Highlights.
For other settings in your Google Admin Console to keep students from avoiding Highlights, see Strengthening Highlights and preventing student loopholes.
If you would like to be able to manage multiple desktops as an administrator, we suggest submitting a feature request to Google so they know this is something that would be helpful in the management of your student devices.