How K–12 Schools Can Measure Ed Tech ROI

With a rise in technology initiatives and spending to facilitate remote learning, schools look to data to manage the success and effectiveness of their tools. EdTech Magazine dives into how schools can utilize data from cloud-based solution Relay Analytics for visibility into cost and use of tools across district to manage licenses and maximize ROl.

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Lightspeed Systems Releases New Guide, 1:1 and Distance Learning: Lessons from COVID

New guide offers essential information for preparing for the future K12 learning environment

Austin, TX, May 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) has released 1:1 and Distance Learning: Lessons from COVID, an essential guide for schools and districts navigating the new learning landscape post COVID-19 closure that outlines the need for technology, reporting, and digital student safety solutions.

Lightspeed Systems has combined its knowledge and experience as a long-standing partner for schools in their latest resource to help districts plan for what’s next in K12.

The new 1:1 and Distance Learning: Lessons from COVID guide highlights:

  • Closing the digital divide and the necessity of 1:1 programs for learning mobility in any environment
  • Utilizing data and reporting to ensure data privacy and drive key decision-making, adoption, and return on investment
  • Creating a safe digital learning environment for students utilizing mobile filtering and safety solutions
  • Cloud-based management to streamline learning applications and uses
  • Best practices for developing and monitoring synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for all students

Lightspeed’s 1:1 and Distance Learning guide allows any school or district access to critical information and advice from top K12 leaders in order to best prepare for learning in any environment.

“As schools around the world shut their doors for the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a new learning digital environment was adopted, requiring rapid 1:1 deployments, remote filtering solutions, and usage reporting. With another uncertain school year ahead, it’s expected that most schools will need to prepare for a similar environment and continue engaging students in distance learning. We’ve prepared this guide to help schools through those challenges,” shares Amy Bennett, VP Marketing at Lightspeed Systems.

In its dedication to providing vital resources and solutions for safe student learning, the Company is also offering its filtering and monitoring solutions, Relay Filter and Relay Classroom, free of charge for schools through June 30, 2020.

The guide to 1:1 and Distance Learning can be downloaded here.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


CoSN2020: How Data Analytics Can Improve Remote Learning

During the CoSN 2020 virtual conference, EdTech Magazine spoke with Amy Bennett, VP of Marketing at Lightspeed Systems, to get insights on using data in Relay Analytics to track remote learning usage. Bennett discusses how Relay Analytics answers questions about user adoption and privacy concerns to manage remote learning tools’ safety and effectiveness.

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Lightspeed Systems Partners with Google for Education to Provide Distance Learning Resources

Austin, TX, May 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) has partnered with Google for Education as a technology resource for schools transitioning to distance learning. Lightspeed joins the list of distance learning resources as a global, multi-language partner with its filtering and classroom monitoring solutions.

As schools across the world deployed distance learning programs, there became a heightened need for remote safety and monitoring solutions on student devices to maintain instructional continuity. In an effort to help schools worldwide protect and manage distance learning programs, Lightspeed is offering its remote web filtering and classroom management platforms for free through the end of this school year.

Lightspeed’s Relay Filter and Relay Classroom are cloud-based filtering and monitoring solutions that can be remotely deployed for easy over-the-air setup. With Relay Filter, schools can enable full filtering and activity reporting, including student safety protection, Safety Check, to monitor internet activity for signs of students in emotional distress. Relay Classroom provides students and teachers with a virtual classroom management experience, complete with live screen monitoring, custom web rules, link sharing, and simple messaging.

“We’re proud to work with our partners by providing Relay Filter and Relay Classroom as a resource to protect and engage students around the world while distance learning,” shares Mike Durando, VP of Strategic Alliances for Lightspeed Systems.

Relay Filter and Relay Classroom are available as distance learning solutions to schools affected by COVID-19 at no cost through June 30, 2020. For more information, visit Chromebook App Hub’s Distance Learning Resources.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Kansas City Public Schools: Creating The Classroom of Now

Technology Magazine sat down with Director of Technology for Kansas City Public Schools, Joe Phillips, as he shared their journey on creating greater student equity within the district. Phillips discusses the district’s digital transformation and how they utilize Relay for their filtering, classroom management, and safety monitoring needs.

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Relay Filter by Lightspeed Systems Receives 2020 Cool Tool Award from EdTech Digest

Market-leading web filter recognized as innovative student safety solution

Austin, TX, May 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The market-leading Relay Filter from Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) has been named a 2020 Cool Tool Award winner by EdTech Digest. Relay was recognized in the Networking, Information Technology, Connectivity, or Access Solution category.

Lightspeed’s Relay Filter combines more than 20 years of experience with innovative new technology to provide a comprehensive solution for web filtering, CIPA compliance, reporting, and student safety:

  • Cloud-based, multi-OS support for any device, on and off campus
  • Activity by day of week, including how much of that activity is educational in nature
  • Real-time Safety Check alerts on students exhibiting concerning behavior such as bullying, self-harm, and suicide
  • Actionable online activity reports
  • Powerful YouTube filtering for safe use of video in education
  • Patent-pending Smart Agent technology that provides hassle-free SSL decryption

“While The EdTech Awards salutes all those on the front lines of help, with an extraordinary shift to online learning, really acknowledging the innovators, leaders, and trendsetters—particularly in our field—is more important than ever,” shared Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest oversees the program.

Lightspeed Systems was also recognized in the District Data Solution category for its Relay Analytics product. Relay Analytics provides detailed reporting on app and application usage to ensure engagement, drive adoption, identify unvetted apps, increase student data privacy, and maximize ROI.

“Digital learning safety has never been more important for students, and we’re honored to be recognized by EdTech Digest for all the ways Relay is protecting students and helping schools,” shares Lightspeed Systems VP of Marketing, Amy Bennett.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Keeping Remote Students Safe While Learning Online

President & CEO of Lightspeed Systems, Brian Thomas, speaks with Tech & Learning about critical safety solutions for online learning. Thomas outlines the benefits of utilizing the cloud-based, multi-OS platform, Relay, for remote web filtering and data analytics for granular controls, robust reporting, smart safety features, and more.

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Lightspeed Systems Enhances Relay Filter with Online Activity Dashboard

New reports give schools essential insight into remote learning activity

Austin, TX, April 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) today announced a new addition to its market-leading Relay Filter: an Online Activity Dashboard designed to give schools essential insights into the effectiveness of their remote learning programs.

Schools around the world have adopted online, remote learning programs to continue education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs involve students engaging in online learning from their homes, typically with a mix of virtual instructor-led sessions and self-directed assignments and activities.

With the shift to remote learning, the Relay Filter has proven an essential solution, giving schools the CIPA compliance and mobile content filtering they need to protect students anytime and anywhere.

In addition to the protection it provides, Relay Filter gives schools the most comprehensive and actionable reports on overall activity, specific activities like searches and videos, student safety, individual user activity, and more. With today’s update, schools gain new insights that are essential to the success of remote learning programs.

The new Online Activity Dashboard provides reports on:

  • Activity by time of day, including how much of that activity is educational in nature
  • Activity by day of week, including how much of that activity is educational in nature
  • Number of active students by hour of day
  • Number of active students by day of week
  • List of inactive students
  • % of students who have been active in the timeframe
  • Users with low educational use

These new reports will help schools ensure all students are engaging in remote learning, and identify students or situations that require additional follow-up. The dashboard can be viewed for an entire district, a school, or a single class or group, making information powerful and actionable for even the largest districts.

“Our development is always driven by the needs of schools,” shares Ian Swanson, Product Manager for Relay Filter. “When schools began closing due to COVID-19 we quickly shifted into overdrive, asking our customers about their challenges and brainstorming how we could help. The Online Activity Dashboard is the result of that collaboration between our development team and our school customers.”

The Online Activity Dashboard is included now for all Relay Filter customers.

For schools not currently using the Relay Filter, Lightspeed Systems is offering free extended evaluations of the solution through June 30, 2020. Learn more.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems: Leading the Way in Education Technology

Education Technology Insights recognized Lightspeed Systems as a Top Artificial Intelligence (AI) Solution Provider for 2020. In this feature, Education Technology Insights provides an overview of how the Relay platform leverages AI technology in its web filtering and safety monitoring solutions.

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