Within Heartbeat, principals and administrators can enable or disable access to certain features. On going to Heartbeat as a principal user you will start on the Access page. Access controls apply on a school-wide level.
By default, the Handraise feature is set so no students can use it which removes it from all pages. Once your school is ready to enable Handraise there are two options for granting students access: All and group-by-group.
Students will be able to raise their hand to any teacher in their school that has a Shmoop account.
All: Will give Handraise access to all students in the school that have Shmoop accounts.
Group by group: This setting allows you to only allow certain students access to the Handraise feature. This is done by adding them to a Student Group that has “Grant access to Handraise” checked. This allows you to choose which students are in a Handraise access group enabling them to raise their hand. This is valuable if only a sub-set of your students should be able to directly raise their hand.
Granting access to selected students
First, set the Access for Handraise to “Enable Handraise group by group”, set Default to “Not enabled”.
Next, create a (or go to an existing) Student Group and add the students you want to give Handraise access to. Click the “Handraise” checkbox above the student list.
Congrats! Now any students that are in that group will see and be able to use the Handraise feature.
Question: If a student is in two groups, one with Handraise checked and one un-checked, will that student be able to raise their hand?
Answer: Yes, if a student is a member of any Student Group with Handraise access granted, they will be able to use the Handraise feature.
Want to learn more about Handraises? Check out What are Handraises?