eSpark uses high quality, educational third party content that's curated and vetted by our team of former teachers. The most common reason students are blocked in accessing content inside and outside of eSpark is due to district network filtering restrictions. The following steps will ensure that your students will be able to access all educational content on eSpark.
Please note, if you are a teacher, you will likely need to involve your tech coach or tech support to assist with this.
Step 1 - eSpark Link Checker
Quickly detect the sites used in the eSpark curriculum that are blocked on your school's network using the eSpark Link Checker Chrome extension.
On a computer with the Chrome browser, please install the eSpark Link Checker using this link: espark.app/linkchecker. To make sure the Link Checker gives an accurate report, please install it on a device that has similar filtering to a student device on the student network.
Click on the Link Checker Extension in Chrome to run it. It will launch in a new window.
Click Start URL Checker. This will automatically give you a list of sites to unblock from your district network filter or add to your allow list.
Step 2 - eSpark Link Checker
eSpark communicates with a number of hosts over HTTP (TCP port 80) and HTTPS (TCP port 443). Please ensure the following hosts are accessible through your firewall and/or content filter:
Student & teacher-facing:
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