Parent Access Overview

Give parents a chance to find out more about what their children are learning about.

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Written by Kenny Dickie
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Parents can stay up to date with their child’s accomplishments in class or any upcoming assignments so they don’t miss a due date. This guide covers the following topics regarding Parent Access:

What will parents have access to in Showbie?

Parents will be able to access a student’s portfolio by default. If parent access is enabled in a class, parents can also access their child’s assignment folders in that class. While parents with access to a class cannot upload files or add comments, they can view assignments just like students, including update indicators, due dates, and grades.

This is a parent’s view of a class that has enabled parent access. Parents can also open the files but will not be able to add annotations or upload their own files.

How can teachers control a parent’s level of access?

Showbie lets you know right away when a parent adds a student in your class and an email notification is sent to all of the student’s teachers. You’ll also be able to block a parent from all of your classes entirely. Learn more.

Do parents need to be invited to join Showbie?

Parents don’t need to be invited to join Showbie, although inviting parents using Showbie’s generated handouts gives parents a nice explanation of Showbie and also gives them their student’s parent code. Inviting parents can be done easily!

How can I tell which parents have joined students in Showbie?

You’ll be able to see which parents have joined a student by opening that student’s Student Info. Here’s one way to do it:

  • Go to the Student Tab

  • Select the student

  • Tap/Click the student’s profile picture – the student’s name will be displayed if there is no profile picture

  • Click 'Parents'

Where can I find a student’s parent code?

A student’s parent code can be accessed by the teacher via the student’s Student Info. Use this guide to help you with finding the parent code. 

How to Enable Parent Access for your Class?

Without parent access enabled, parents will only be able to see their child’s portfolio. Here's how teachers can enable parent access for their classes:

  1. Enter your class

  2. Tap on the wrench

  3. Tap Class Settings

  4. Tap on the slider next to Allow Parent Access – green means it’s enabled!

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