Intro to Relay Classroom

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Relay Classroom is a tool to help facilitate and manage your students’ Internet activity during class. With Relay Classroom, you can monitor web traffic, respond to the students who need help, and so much more.


The Relay Classroom layout is comprised of three sections that make it easy to manage your students’ web activity during class. These sections include:

Class Controls– Choose your class, send items (like hyperlinks and screens) to your students, lock (or unlock) computer screens, or change your class’ Internet Access policy.

Insights– keep an eye on students who may need help with the assignment or to stay focused on the task assigned.

Students– View a list of your students by selecting Everyone, Status (Working, Need Help, or Done), or Currently Browsing.

Note: The Classroom interface displays a maximum of 40 students per class.

Class Settings

Class Schedule

At the beginning of the school year (or semester) you need to set your individual class schedules. Click the settings gear icon in the lower-left corner to open the Class Settings window.

Note: If you do not see a class you’ve recently added to your Google Classroom, please give up to 24 hours for the nightly sync to occur.

To set your class schedule, navigate to the Class Setting page (gear icon in the lower-left corner) and choose a schedule type form the drop menu (Bell, Custom, or Ad Hoc).

Custom class schedules are the preferred setting for Dothan City Schools.


Select a time period from the available bell schedule then click save to apply the class schedule.

Note: If implemented, Bell Schedules are set by you district administrator.


Select the days of the week and enter a Start and End time (in a 24-hour format). If this class meets at different times throughout the week, click the “+” icon again, select the days of the week and enter the other time for the course. In the example below, this course meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Click the small “x” beside each time entry to delete from the class setting. Click Save to apply the changes and return the Relay Classroom page.

Ad Hoc

Select a duration from the drop-menu (20, 30, 40, 50, or 60 minutes) then click Start.

When you set an Ad Hoc class schedule, look for the duration time and a Stop button above the Class Controls. Click Stop to cancel the class schedule.

Adding Students

From the settings menu, you can add students to the class. Select one of the options and follow the on-screen prompts.

If you don’t see a student you’ve recently added to your Google Classroom, please give up to 24 hours for the nightly sync to occur.

Note: Classroom only displays a maximum of 40 students per class.

Class Controls

Course List

The Classroom interface displays data based on the class selected in your list of courses. In the class controls section, click on the course name and select a course from drop-menu.

To share a hyperlink with your students, click on the Share Item icon and enter a hyperlink in the Share a Link field. Then click the arrow to send the link to your students.

Note: You must include http:// or https:// in the URL.

Share Screen

To share your screen with students, click on the Share Item icon then click the Share Screen icon.

Share Student Screens

You can also share student screens with the rest of the class. Click on the student’s name to open their Student Information window. On the Open Tabs page, hover over the tab-preview and click on the Share Screen icon.

If you received a Software Required error message, see your Media Specialist for troubleshooting.

Click Continue when prompted in the Share Screen confirmation window.

Stop Sharing Screen

To stop sharing your screen (or a student’s screen) click the red square in the lower-right corner of the Classroom interface.

Lock Screens

Lock all screens in your classroom by clicking the Screen Lock icon. Select Lock then click Apply.

Your students will see their browser window locked for 5 minutes (or until screens are unlocked).

Lock Individual Student Screens

Click on any student’s name in the active list to open the Student Information window. In the Open Tabs tab, hover over the current tab image and click the Lock Screen icon.

Unlock Screens

Unlock all screens in your classroom by clicking the Screen Lock icon. Select Lock then click Apply.

Unlock Individual Student Screens

Click on any student’s name in the active list to open the Student Information window. In the Open Tabs tab, hover over the current tab image and click the Unlock Screen icon.

Internet Access

To change your classroom internet access policy during class time to Default, Internet Off, or Custom; click the Internet Access icon and choose a setting from the drop-menu.

Default– Applies the Internet Access policy set by your network administrator.

Internet Off– Students will not have Internet access when applied.

Custom– Restrict or block Internet access only to sites listed in the Custom internet Access window.

When setting Internet Access to Custom, the Custom internet Access window opens. Enter sites in the text box (one per line) to restrict student internet access to the sites listed. Select the checkbox “When a student changes their status…” to revert the student’s Internet Access policy back to Default after they set their status to Done.

Custom — Restrict or Block Internet Access to Sites Listed

Note: This feature is currently in Beta and only available to users running Relay Classroom with the Chrome extension or Relay Classroom Mac agent.

Select one of the following options:

Restrict browsing to listed websites – when selected, only the sites listed below are accessible.

Block access to listed websites – when selected, sites listed below are blocked.

Enter a list of sites in the Websites field and click Apply to save the changes.


Insights are displayed based on a student’s browsing activity and help you understand who is most likely to need attention.

Click on a student’s name to open the student information window.

Click Clear All to clear the list of Insights.


Student Activity can be viewed two different ways: List View or Card View. Toggle between views by clicking the view icon at the top of the activity list.

Note: Students listed without a status (and in light-grey) are inactive and not logged in to Classroom.

The List View displays each student’s status, name, currently browsing, most viewed, and the number of recent sites visited in the last 5 minutes. Click on any column name to sort the list in ascending or descending order (by the column’s value).

Heat Map

The Heat Map provides a color-coded view of user activity by recent websites (few to many). This map also indicates when a user(s) has Insight.

Screen Viewing

When the Card View is enabled, hover over any student’s initials and click on the screen icon to change the initials to an active thumbnail view of that student’s current screen.

Or, click Show All Screens to change all active students’ initials to screen thumbnails. Click Hide All Screens to revert back to the color-coded initial icons.

When you click on a student’s initials or screen preview, the Student Information window opens to the Open Tabs list.

The Activity List can be filtered to view Everyone, Status, or Currently Browsing.


Select Everyone to see all students who are logged in on a computer during your class.


Click any one of the three statuses (Working, Need Help, or Done) to filter the Activity List by status.

Currently Browsing

Click on any URL in the Currently Browsing list to filter the Activity List by the site being viewed. The number to the right of the site name indicates how many students are currently browsing the site.

Students who need to be closely monitored can be added to the Pinned list. This Pinned list displays above the Activity list and does not change when a filter (status or currently browsing) is applied to the active list.

To add a student to the Pinned list, hover over the student’s name in the Activity list and click the pin icon (to the right of the list).

To remove the student from the Pinned list, hover over their name (on the Pinned list) and click on the pin icon.

Student Information

Click on a student’s name to open the Student Information panel. In this panel, you can view the student’s Open Tabs, Browsing History, Recordings, or send them a message. You’ll also see the student’s status next to their name. Click the “X” in the top-right corner to close the window.

Open Tabs

This tab provides a preview of the tab the student is currently viewing (highlighted in blue in the tab list). Click on the site name to open that tab in the student’s browser, or click the URL to open the site in a tab on your browser. Close any tab on the student’s browser by clicking the small “X” in the tab list.

Hover over the current tab image to access the student control icons: Share Screen, Lock Screen, Unlock Screen, and Record for 10 minutes.

Browsing History

The Browsing History tab includes the user’s list of sites visited (in chronological order). The list also includes the time and duration of the site visit. Click on the URL to visit the site.

Click the calendar icon to open the date drop-menu. Choose a date to see the user’s browsing history for the date selected.

Note: If the Relay Chrome extension or Smart Agent is not running, you will not see Browsing History data.


Open this tab to view this student’s screenshot recordings (recordings are created in 10-minute increments and screenshots are captured in 10-second intervals). Click the left/right arrows in the screenshot viewer to browse through the collected screenshots.

Each recording provides a list of tabs and URLs opened at the time of the screenshot (the current screenshot’s URL will be highlighted in grey).

Start a Recording

To create a recording, click on the student’s name in the active student list to open the Student Information Window. Click on Open Tabs and hover over the open tab screenshot. Click on the record icon to start recording the student’s activity for 10 minutes.

Download Screen

Click on Download Screen to save the selected screenshot.

Send Messages

Click the Send Messages drop-menu to view a list of messages that you can send to the student.

Further Readings

Updated on September 23, 2020

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