Brightspace Parent & Guardian
Brightspace Parent & Guardian is a tool for authorized parents and guardians to see specific components of their child’s course, including the Activity Feed, shared Portfolio artifacts, graded assessments and feedback as well as upcoming Assignments and Quizzes. This helps parents engage with young learners and maintain awareness of upcoming work. It is not a parent-teacher communication tool—it’s a window into the classroom.
The tool can be accessed from any device:
- Browser: To manage collected evidence, students use the Portfolio tool in Brightspace, which is available via a browser from laptops, tablets or mobile devices.
Fun app for tablets or shared devices: The Portfolio app includes a version for nonreaders that guides students through the process of signing in, capturing learning experiences and posting them for the teacher to see. The Portfolio app is available from the Play™ store and the Apple App Store®.
Learning has become increasingly flexible. For scenarios where students are learning from home, we have created the Portfolio at Home mode on the app. Learn more about the Portfolio at Home mode here.
How can I help minimize technical risks to student privacy and security?
- Connect to a secure wireless network with a strong password. A secondary “guest” network can be set up on most routers to limit bandwidth used by streaming services, games and other apps.
- Choose screen names and login information that minimize the chance of a student being identified online.
- Update software when prompted—these updates often address security vulnerabilities.
- Consider using settings and parental controls built into operating systems, devices and apps.
- Set up separate accounts for each user on shared home computers, making sure students do not have “administrator” privileges. Keep adults’ business devices separate from ones used by students when possible.
How can I limit or monitor what my child is doing online?
- Choose a central location for the family computers where adults can supervise what students are doing. A common charging station in the home can also serve as a “parking lot” for devices when taking breaks from screen time, at meals and overnight.
- Consider using parental controls to limit internet connectivity to certain times of the day, but be mindful that online tracking and monitoring apps may produce overwhelming amounts of uninformative data, so proceed with caution before exploring these.
To view additional resources or to get support, please visit our Brightspace community here.