Work with Classroom Explorer

Class visibility and features in Little SIS

Little SIS provides many powerful ways to explore the Google Classroom classes on your domain, but what you can see and do very much depends on what kind of user you are within Little SIS.

Super administrators can view ALL of the Google Classroom classes on a Google Workspace domain and have unlimited access to features within Little SIS. Learn about features specific to super admins.

Users who are not super admins can be granted access to a limited set of classes within Little SIS. Depending on your role, you may also have only a limited set of features available to you. Learn more about permissions.

Little SIS keeps a live copy of data related to all classes (and their metadata like assignments, announcements, etc.) on your domain and makes these available for exploration and bulk actions via the Classroom Explorer.

Classroom Explorer

In Little SIS you'll use the Classroom Explorer to view classes and their details. Let's take a look at what Classroom Explorer is and how you can use it. In this article, we'll cover:

What the Classroom Explorer is

The Classroom Explorer is a grid-based view of all Google Classroom classes to which your user account has access. This includes classes created by teachers, the Little SIS Sync Agent, or other 3rd party sync solutions. There are up to 25+ fields that can be made visible/hidden, re-ordered, sorted, filtered, and exported on classes within the Classroom Explorer grid.

Accessing Classroom Explorer

To access the Classroom Explorer:

  • Click Explorer from the menu on the left side of the screen. Google Classroom Explorer opens.
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Controlling the visibility of rows and columns

It's hard to get the most out of the Classroom Explorer if you haven't grasped how to make the right data visible to yourself. Let's start by looking at the placement of the key visibility controls. 

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# Setting Description
1 Timeframe filter Pre-defined timeframes for academic years look like (YYYY-YYYY) and have a cutoff date that is defined by the Little SIS administrator. The timeframe filter gets applied to the created date for classes. Other timeframe options, including custom start date and end date, should allow you to narrow your view to meet any purpose.
2 Count of hidden columns The number represents the number of hidden columns.
3 Column filter The visible rows within the explorer can be filtered on each column, either as a typeahead text value, or using the funnel icon which offers checkboxes, inequalities, or date filter operators depending on the data type.
4 Reordering columns Dragging a column will reorder it within the grid. The column order can be saved as a saved view.
5 Sorting by column value Clicking a column header will sort the grid in ascending order by that column. Click the column header a second time to sort in descending order. Click the column header a third time to remove the sort.
6 Hide/Show columns Clicking the Columns tab on the right side of the explorer reveals the column visibility side panel, where each available data field can be made visible/hidden. The Count of hidden columns can be seen in an icon at the top right.
7 Saved views

Views are defined sets of columns, in a specified order, that can be quickly applied to the Explorer grid.

  • Pre-canned views: These views come standard with Little SIS and are available to all users.
  • Custom saved views: These are the views that you have created and saved within your account. Saved views are visible only to your Little SIS user account
8 Quick remove filters When in doubt, look at the lower-left corner of the grid to see what filters are currently applied. Clicking the X next to a given filter will remove it.