Caddo Parish Public Schools (CPPS), serving approximately 36,000 students in northwestern Louisiana, administers several of the state’s top-performing schools and has won more than a dozen merit-based awards from the U.S. Department of Education. CPPS has partnered with Lightspeed Systems since 2018 for a myriad of solutions, including Lightspeed Alert™ for crisis monitoring and support (read their story here).
Promoting Student Engagement
Evaluating EdTech Impact
Lightspeed Classroom Management™ helps teachers effectively manage classrooms in a 1:1 world. Through real-time visibility and control of student device activity, teachers can save time and manage lessons with ease.
Lightspeed Digital Insight™ empowers IT and curriculum leaders with a single view of district edtech usage to quickly understand app engagement, assess the value of their investments, and manage their digital learning ecosystem. View robust analytics, facilitate app approvals, manage licenses, track spending, and ensure data privacy compliance—all in one platform.
Creating an engaging learning environment
With Lightspeed Classroom Management, elementary teachers at Caddo Parish can effortlessly manage their classroom lessons. The tool provides real-time visibility and control of student device activity, allowing teachers to easily push out vetted URLs, close distracting tabs, block inappropriate websites, and enable screen sharing for a collaborative and interactive classroom.
Justin Steele, Caddo Parish’s Supervisor of Educational Technology, explained that different teachers had different pain points with student browsing behaviors, but all were able to address these issues using the various features of Lightspeed Classroom Management.
Accessing actionable insights
“This data is so important because it opens up a conversation for us with our stakeholders about how apps are being used vs. what we expected when we initially licensed the applications,” continued Steele. “[Lightspeed] Digital Insight gives us visibility and information to be able to act quickly.”
Lightspeed Digital Insight has optimized more than just the district’s licensing processes. Built-in capabilities, such as the App Approval workflow and the Approved Apps list, have streamlined teacher requests for new digital tools and allowed for greater sharing and collaboration amongst various stakeholders, including the board. CPPS also values Lightspeed Digital Insight’s ability to capture data on the individual device level. “There is an individual agent on each device that captures an accurate picture of what is happening. We fully trust the data,”
Using the data captured in Lightspeed Digital Insight, CPPS can better understand how their edtech apps are being used and make more informed decisions regarding their technology investments.
Saving teachers’ time
Growing the impact of edtech investments
Identifying teacher training opportunities
Enhancing student safety with an integrated solution suite
Finally, Caddo Parish Public Schools utilizes Lightspeed Classroom Management and Lightspeed Digital Insight in tandem with Lightspeed Alert™ to enhance their student safety protocol. If the district receives a notification of a safety threat or concern via Lightspeed Alert, they can refer to the classroom management tool to view the student’s real-time online activity. Additionally, Lightspeed Digital Insight provides detailed app usage data and time spent online, allowing the district to investigate further.
“With this information, schools have the proof they need to have difficult conversations with teachers and administrators about students,” reflected Steele. “Each tool complements the other, enabling schools to conduct thorough research and provide the necessary information to their staff to make informed decisions.”
About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leading online safety and effectiveness platform for K–12 schools. A proven partner for student safety and engagement, Lightspeed uses advanced AI to view and analyze student activity across the web. Lightspeed serves over 20 million students in 38 countries and 28,000 schools globally.