Deploying Linewize Connect for Chrome Extension

This article is for IT Support. 

Important

  • You must have Super Administrator-level access to your school's Google Workspace account.
  • Before commencing this process, ensure that you uninstall Connect for Chrome Extension v2.

This guide explains how to configure Google Workspace to force-install the Linewize Connect for Chrome - Education extension and how to configure School Manager to work with the extension. If you want to use the Chrome Extension for Parental Controls, follow the steps outlined in Deploying Qustodio for Parental Controls.

Configuring Google Workspace

  1. Sign in to Google Admin Console.
  2. Select Devices > Chrome > Apps & extensions > Users & browsers.
  3. Select the Organizational Unit to which you want to deploy the extension.

Info

If you want to deploy the extension for all users, including staff and teachers, highlight your school's top-level organizational unit.

  1. Hover over the yellow + icon.
  2. Select Add Chrome app or extension by ID.
  3. Select From a Custom URL from the dropdown menu.

Image 1: Adding a Chrome app or extension window.

  1. To get the Extension ID and URL, Sign in to School Manager and select Configuration > Agent Downloads, you will see the following:
    1. Select Copy Extension ID and paste it into the Extension ID section on your Google Admin page.
    2. Select Copy Download URL and paste it into the URL section on your Google Admin page

Info

If you can’t access this page, contact Linewize Support for assistance.

Image 2: Linewize Chrome Extension configuration information.

  1. Select Save.
  2. On the next screen, select the Installation policy dropdown list and select Force install + pin.

Image 3: Installation policy setting in Google Admin.

  1. Select Copy Managed Config in School Manager, then paste it into the Policy for extensions section.

Image 4: Policy for extensions setting in Google Admin.

  1. Check the Update URL section to ensure it’s set to Installation URL.

Image 5: Update URL setting in Google Admin.

  1. Select Save on the top right of the Google Admin screen.

 

Configuring School Manager

There are three steps to configuring School Manager to work with the Connect for Chrome - Education extension:

  1. Enable Chrome Extension Authentication
  2. Configure On School Network behaviour
  3. Configure Off School Network behaviour

Enabling Chrome Extension Authentication

  1. Sign in to School Manager.
  2. Enable Google Authentication.
  3. Ensure Use FZ Auth API and Allow Chrome Extension Authentication is selected.

Important

Chromebook-only schools must select Enable Browser Extension for Chromebooks Only. The Connect extension installed on non-Chromebook devices will be disabled.

  1. Navigate to Debugging > Device Options.
  2. Select Enable Browser Extension for Chromebooks Only under Agent.

 

Configuring On School Manager Network

Important

It is only necessary to configure On Network if you have a Linewize appliance.

  1. Go to Configuration > Mobile Agent.
  2. Under On School Manager Network, select Filtering Enabled. This will enable filtering students when they are on campus.
  3. If you want to force Safe Search, select Google, Bing, and YouTube.
  4. If you want to enable Classwize, select Classroom Enabled.
  5. Select Save.

 

Configuring Off School Manager Network

Warning

Enabling Off School Manager Network filtering can have unintended consequences and may violate your school or district’s policies. Contact a Linewize Account Manager and Service Delivery Engineer before enabling Off School Manager Network.

  1. Stay on or go to Configuration > Mobile Agent.
  2. Under Off School Manager Network select Filtering Enabled. This will enable filtering students when they are off campus.
  3. If you want to force Safe Search, select Google, Bing, and YouTube.
  4. If you want to enable Classwize, select Classroom Enabled.
  5. Select Save.
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