Perhaps you’ve seen a wayward Facebook post saying how awesome the spouse is; clearly the actual account holder forgot to log out of their Facebook. Students, in particular, are using school computers where it is important to remember to sign out of accounts. Teaching students to log out of their accounts is an important part of digital citizenship. Include in the lesson what to do when they sit down at a computer where someone did not sign out. Posing as someone else is not acceptable, immediately sign out for that person.
Control Shift Q
The keyboard shortcut Control Shift Q (Command Shift Q on a Mac) signs the student out of Chrome. Teach students this keyboard shortcut for when they are done using a lab computer.
Sign Out Remotely
Just in case you forgot to sign out or you are not sure, you can sign out of your Google accounts remotely. Sign into Gmail and look in the bottom right corner. You can find the last account activity and a link to “Details.”
Click on Details
Clicking on “Details” reveals locations you are signed into with your Google account. Many of them like your phone should not be a surprise. If any of the logins is on a device you do not recognize click on “Sign out of all web sessions.”
Have Students Practice
Pointing out the keyboard shortcut and the “Details” link in Gmail is a good start. I suggest occasionally asking students to do both of these.