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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737.205.2453
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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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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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Lightspeed Systems Relay Protects Remote Learners Through COVID-19 Outbreak

Relay Filter protecting millions of students around the world as they learn from home

Austin, TX, April 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Relay Filter, the flagship solution from leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), is helping schools safely implement remote learning programs and protecting millions of students around the world as they learn from home.

With school buildings closed, more devices than ever are being used off the school campus for remote learning. Relay Filter, built for seamless cloud-based protection anytime and anywhere, keeps those learners and devices safe.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts are benefiting from the powerful capabilities of Relay Filter, including:

  • Filtering and CIPA compliance on school devices
  • Support for every device and operating system
  • Protection from anywhere, off or on the school network
  • No hardware to set up and maintain
  • Powerful YouTube and video safety controls
  • Real-time AI monitoring and alerts to detect students at risk
  • Differentiated settings by group or time of day
  • Reporting on remote activity and usage

Since closures began last month, thousands of new schools have joined the 6,500 districts already using Relay Filter. The solution makes remote learning safer and more effective for schools:

“During these unprecedented times, Lightspeed was able to quickly provide us a filtering solution that our current provider could not. From the time Lightspeed activated our licenses, we had our filter polices in place in under a day.” – Dr. Tina Barrios, Polk County Schools (FL)

“During distance learning, Relay has been a vital tool for our school district to provide safe web-browsing off of campus with our district-issued technology. Relay has also been valuable for us to collect daily statistics on how students are engaging with our remote learning and evaluate ROI on the digital learning resources we are investing in.” – Anthony Padrnos, Osseo Area Schools (MN)

“Relay is helping to provide a safe e-learning environment for our students. As our Chromebooks leave the building for students to complete work at home, we know the filtering stays in place regardless of where the internet access comes from.” – Stacy Royster, Opelika City Schools (AL)

“Having Relay installed on our district devices allowed us to easily and confidently distribute Chromebooks to our 3-12 student population. Having Relay set up gives the district and parents a comfort to know our students are filtered and safe.” – Steven Thomaschefsky, School District of Waupaca (WI)

“Relay and Chromebooks are a seamless combination that have given us the ability to know our devices are filtered no matter where they are, or what network they are connected to. During the COVID-19 crisis, even though we were not formally a 1:1 district, Relay allowed us to check out Chromebooks to students with confidence, knowing they would be filtered.” – Simon Miller, Kellogg Joint School District (ID)

Amy Bennett, VP of Marketing at Lightspeed Systems, shares, “Schools around the world have closed to keep students safe. Relay Filter makes sure those students stay safe as they’re learning from home. We’re proud to be able to help schools and students through this dramatic shift in education.”

Last month, the Company announced that it would offer its market-leading classroom management and web filtering solutions free to schools impacted by the Coronavirus through the end of the school year.

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


Lightspeed Systems Offers Free Web Filtering and Classroom Management During Coronavirus Closures

Free Extended Evaluations To Help Make Remote Learning Safer, More Effective

Austin, TX, March 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), announced today that it will offer its market-leading classroom management and web filtering solutions free through the end of the school year to schools impacted by the Coronavirus.

As schools around the world face extended closures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, remote learning plans are being introduced to limit the negative educational impact and loss of instructional time. Lightspeed Systems Relay platform makes remote learning safer and more effective by providing both web filtering, to prevent access to inappropriate content, and classroom mamagement, to keep remote learners on task during remote lessons.

“Lightspeed Systems’ mission over last 20 years hasn’t changed, and Coronavirus won’t change it either. We’re here to help schools and protect students – no matter where or how learning takes place,” shares Brian Thomas, President & CEO at Lightspeed Systems. “We’re furthering that mission and doing what we can to help schools through this difficult time by offering Relay Filter and Relay Classroom free to schools through the end of the school year.”

With Relay Filter, schools are able to send devices home with students and keep them filtered and protected off campus. As classes launch virtually, Relay Classroom will enable teachers to keep students on task, monitor student activity, and engage students in classroom lessons.

Both solutions are being offered as free, extended trials lasting through the end of the school year. Schools can deploy Relay quickly to be prepared for imminent closures, illnesses, remote learning, and other challenges the Coronavirus brings.

More information and a form to sign up are available 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


Lightspeed Systems Recognized as Top Innovative Ed-Tech Solution Provider

Relay Platform Honored for Innovation Around Student Safety, Ed-Tech Analytics

Austin, TX, Feb. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), was recognized this week as a Top Innovative Ed-Tech Solution Provider by Enterprisetechsuccess Magazine in its annual special edition focused on ed-tech.

With the Relay Platform, Lightspeed Systems is using innovative new technology, from AI and machine learning to its patent-pending Smart Agents, to make technology use in schools safer and to better protect students – blocking inappropriate content, monitoring activity across all sites and platforms, alerting school personnel of safety risks, and reporting on all usage. With Relay, schools are able to keep device use focused on education and stay ahead of the game when it comes to student safety and productivity.

While the Relay Platform is a complete solution for 1:1 programs that provides filtering, student protection, device management, classroom management, and reporting, two primary components of the platform drove the designation of top innovative ed-tech solution: Safety Check student monitoring platform and Analytics app reporting.

As schools move to 1:1 programs and mobile technology becomes ubiquitous in classrooms, student safety is a growing concern. A key feature included with the Relay Filter, Safety Check uses advanced AI to monitor student activity and alert school personnel in real time of students at risk of violence to themselves or others, including suicide, self-harm, cyberbullying, and other forms of violence. This proactive approach helps schools keep students safe even as suicide rates among young people and incidents of school violence are on the rise.

With the increase in technology use and ed-tech spending, schools need data – about how devices and ed-tech resources are being utilized as well as how those various tools stack up against a growing body of regulations around student data privacy and security. Relay Analytics gives schools that powerful reporting platform with ROI, adoption, engagement, and privacy compliance reports for all apps, applications, web sites, and online tools in use – including unknown, or “rogue,” apps.

“We’re leading the way both in the number of students we protect and how long we’ve been partnering with schools to keep their technology use safe. Through our 20 year history helping schools and protecting students, we’ve always been agile and innovative – adapting to the latest technology and delivering new solutions and smarter ways for schools to solve their challenges,” shares Brian Thomas, President & CEO of Lightspeed Systems. “Now more than ever, the top challenge is student safety. Safety Check is saving students’ lives, and we’re very proud of the impact that technology is having. It’s an honored to be recognized for that innovation.”

Serving as a leading media and technology publication, Enterprisetechsuccess Magazine creates a platform to connect business and technology to its anticipated audience. Lightspeed Systems was recognized in its annual ed-tech special edition focused on Top Innovative Ed-Tech Solution Providers.

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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