"After comparing every option, including GoGuardian, we chose Lightspeed Systems Relay and Classroom because they have the most powerful features to keep our students safe and on task, in the classroom and out,“ said Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer of DeKalb County School District.
AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) April 25, 2018
Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems, the market leader in K-12 student safety, has released a cutting-edge device monitoring solution powered by artificial intelligence. Classroom represents a step up from current K-12 device monitoring technology by assessing student productivity with AI.
The cloud-based Lightspeed Systems Classroom is a disruption to classroom device monitoring technology. Competing solutions such as GoGuardian for Teachers rely on teachers to continuously monitor classroom device activity as it happens. In theory, live monitoring solutions help teachers pinpoint students who are off-task or falling behind; in practice, teachers struggle to track the activity of 30 students at a time, and interpret screen views and scrolling activity timelines. Monitoring those screens keeps teachers tied to their desks and devices.
Classroom — included at no additional charge with the Lightspeed Systems Relay web filtering solution, and available for purchase as a standalone product — leverages machine-learning AI to provide insights into student browsing behavior. Rather than depend on teachers to identify unusual browsing on sight, Classroom alerts teachers when it happens, zeroing in on students who may be distracted or struggling. Although teachers have the capability to live-monitor student device screens with Classroom, the solution’s alerts free them from that responsibility, allowing them to leave their desks and focus on other tasks.
Classroom is available today for Chrome and will feature support for Mac devices starting next week, with support for Windows devices beginning in June.
In addition to AI-powered insights, Classroom gives teachers the power to:
- Receive status updates from students (“need help,” “working,” or “done”)
- See aggregate views of student browsing activity and status
- View student screens in real time, pull browsing histories, and record device activity
- Send quick messages (e.g., “Are you done?” and “Need help?”) and receive replies from students
- Lock device screens and send content links
- Limit student web access to a website or group of websites for the class period, and release students when they change their status to “done.”
“We saw a need in the market for a device monitoring solution that doesn’t create extra work for teachers by gluing them to their device screens and compelling them to draw their own conclusions about student progress,” Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas said. “Therefore, by helping teachers, Classroom helps students stay focused on learning and get the attention they need.”
“We want to give our students and our teachers the best solutions,” said Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer of DeKalb County School District in DeKalb County, Georgia. “So after comparing every option, including GoGuardian, we chose Lightspeed Systems Relay and Classroom because they have the most powerful features to keep our students safe and on task, in the classroom and out. I recommend them to any district looking to create safe learning environments and engaged classrooms.”
The cloud-based, multi-OS Relay eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage school devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices.
Relay gives the ability to filter any device OS by deploying Lightspeed Systems Smart Agents. It also features simple SSL filtering; a Parent Report Generator; and Smart Play, a YouTube management feature powered by machine learning.
About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com.