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Helpful Tip: Guided Access

Do any of your students take advantage of having an iPad or iPhone at their disposal in the artroom? Do they quickly try to access a different app, or (common with younger students) hit the home key and exit out of what they were supposed to be doing? If so, we wanted to share a quick tip on how you might be able to curb any “wandering fingertips” issues. Read on to learn about using Guided Access on an iOS device (Guided access is not an Artsonia feature, but a feature built into iPads and iPhones that can be convenient to use with Classroom Mode and other apps).

“Guided Access” helps your students stay focused on submitting artwork and statements while in the Artsonia Classroom Mode! Guided access limits their device to only using one single app and lets you (the teacher) control which app features are available.

Use Guided Access to:

  • Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app
  • Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
  • Disable the hardware buttons

Note: Since Artsonia classroom is web-based, students could still incidentally type in a different URL and that would still work, however, they would not be able to hit the home key and/or actually exit the Internet browsing session.

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access.

From there you can:

(1) Turn Guided Access On/Off

(2) Set a passcode to control Guided Access and prevent students from leaving an active session

(3) Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session


Start a Guided Access session

If you’ve gone into the above settings, it doesn’t do any harm in simply leaving the Guided Access “on” at all times. The actual feature will not be enabled unless you actually start/enable an active session.  Here are two thoughts on how to do that:

1) Prior to handing the device(s) to students, browse to your link (or open the app of choice) then triple-click the Home button to activate the Guided Access session. If anyone attempts to hit the “home” key a pop-up will appear, requiring them to input the password to exit.

2)If you are in a 1:1 classroom, you could instruct students to browse to the link (or open desired app), then triple-click the Home button on their devices. Again, this will automatically “lock” the app (or browsing session) so that no students can accidentally (or intentionally) hit the home button and exit to a different app.


Note: As shown just above, you can disable app controls and areas of the app screen, but in the case of the Artsonia Classroom feature, this would not be necessary. However, it might come in handy if you used Guided Access with other apps of your choice!

To End a Guided Access session, simply triple-click the Home button and enter the Guided Access Passcode.


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