Using Blank Screen

Using Blank Screen

Overview

LanSchool Air's customizable Blank Screen feature enables you to push a Blank Screen to your students' computers. When you enable Blank Screen, students are not able to view or listen to anything on their device until the Blank Screen is disabled by the instructor. The feature can be used, for example, to:
  1. Get students' attention or return students' attention back to you
  2. Limit computer-related distractions including video and audio
Watch this quick video demonstration of how to use Blank Screen with students in LanSchool Air:

Configuring Blank Screen

Instructors can configure their own preferences for Blank Screen from within Class Settings. These preferences include a customized message and background image.
  1. From the Class Toolbar, click the Class Settings  icon. The CLASS SETTINGS page displays.

  2. From the side navigation, click Blank Screen under My Class Settings.



  3. Customize the screen:

    1. In the Blank Screen Message box, type a message to display on students' computers.
    2. Choose a background image from the gallery.



    3. To upload a custom image select Custom. 
      1. Images are not able to be uploaded from your computer. They can only be loaded from a URL. 
      2. Supported custom image files are PNG, JPEG, BMP, and GIF. Maximum width 480px



    4. Click Done. The customized Blank Screen is now ready to push to student computer.

Enabling Blank Screen on Student Computers

A Blank Screen can be pushed to a single student, a selected student, or all students in a class.
While blanked, students will not be able to interact with their device and all audio will be temporarily muted.

To push Blank Screen to one or more students:
  1. From the Classes page, click a class card for the class you want to start.



  2. Click START CLASS on the Class Toolbar.



  3. (Optional) Select one or more students to push Blank Screen to. If you do not select any students, Blank Screen can be pushed to all students only.

  4. Click the Blank student screens icon on the Class Toolbar



    A menu opens.

  5. From the menu, select either Blank All Screens or Blank Selected Screens.


    Blank Screen is pushed to the whole class or to selected students, depending on the option chosen. The Blank student screens icon shows either "All" or the number of students for whom Blank Screen is turned on. 



    To unblank screens, use the appropriate unblank options on the menu.


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