Brief Session Description
Abre’s Focus App provides a secure browser experience for delivering guided lessons. Teachers create lessons that feature approved websites. Using the App, students access a focus lesson where navigating away from approved sites is prevented. Attendees will learn how to create, launch, and use Focus.
Focus is free, simple to use, open-source, and part of a vibrant ecosystem of apps in the Abre platform. Launched in spring of 2016, Focus continues to grow in popularity with districts that embrace blended learning and 1:1 device programs.
During Guided Practice, my students complete a close reading of John Smith’s account of his voyage to Jamestown. After the reading, they participate in an online discussion using Google Classroom.
My students use Abre’s Focus App during the activities. Focus allows me to curate the websites for my students. My students can only visit those websites and can’t wander the corners of the internet.
Abre saves me time setting up digital classwork. I can focus more on my students instead of anchored to my laptop monitoring students.
How this Works
Create a Guided Lesson
Teachers can list the websites they want their students to visit. Teachers can also set permission levels on websites visited – from least to most restrictive.
Kiosk App for Chromebooks. Extension for all else.
Students launch Focus with a code. Once launched, they can only visit the websites approved by their teacher.
Split Screen Favorites
Students can split-screen between two websites for dual focus skills. For example, when using a Google Doc while reading the primary text.
What is Abre?
Abre is an all-in-one platform that gives you the power to choose the apps you need. No more bloated software that is hard to deploy and even harder to use.
Abre makes managing and deploying software in your school simple. Easy setup for single sign-on access to all your software.
Abre is easy-to-use. It saves teachers time to focus on teaching.