Lightspeed Systems® Releases Classroom Management Solution for Mac OS

AUSTIN, TX. — Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems, the leader in K-12 device filtering for almost 20 years, has released an update of its classroom management solution for Mac OS. Lightspeed Classroom Management is now available in general release for Chrome and Mac, with support for Windows on the way.

The cloud-based Lightspeed Classroom Management 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 monitoring all those screens keeps teachers tied to their desks and devices.

Lightspeed Classroom Management — which easily integrates with the Lightspeed Filter™ — leverages machine-learning AI to provide insights into student browsing behavior. Rather than depend on teachers to identify unusual browsing on sight, Lightspeed Classroom Management 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 Lightspeed Classroom Management, the solution’s alerts free them from that responsibility.

Lightspeed Classroom Management gives teachers the power to:

  • Receive status updates from students (“need help,” “working,” or “done”)
  • See aggregate views of student browsing activity and status
  • Broadcast teacher or student screens to the rest of the class
  • 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 student
  • 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.”

The cloud-based, multi-OS Lightspeed platform 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.

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: Lightspeed Filter, Lightspeed Analytics™, Lightspeed Mobile Device Management™, and Lightspeed Classroom Management. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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Reimagine the inspired and interactive classroom for remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. Lightspeed Classroom Management™ gives teachers real-time visibility and control of their students’ digital workspaces and online activity.

  • Ensure all students interact with only the right online curriculum — precisely when they’re supposed to use it.
  • Push out vetted curriculum links to all students at the same time.
  • Block inappropriate or distracting web sites and apps.

Ensure scalable & efficient learning device management. The Lightspeed Mobile Device Management™ system ensures safe and secure management of student learning resources with real-time visibility and reporting essential for effective distance learning.

  • A centralized, cloud-based solution for infinitely scalable device, application, and policy controls
  • Self-Service App Library, where teachers and students
    can access and install approved curriculum and learning tools
  • Remotely deploy, change, and revoke hundreds of policies and educational applications, while reducing typical downtime and costs

Prevent suicides, cyberbullying, and schoolviolence. Lightspeed Alert™ supports district administrators and selected personnel with advanced AI to detect and report potential threats before it’s too late.

  • Human review
  • Real-time alerts that flag signs of a potential threat
  • Intervene quickly before an incident occurs.
  • Activity logs provide visibility into online activity before and after a flagged event

Protect students from harmful online content. Lightspeed Filter™ is the best-in-class solution that acts as a solid barrier to inappropriate or illicit online content to ensure students’ online safety 24/7.

  • Powered by the most comprehensive database in the industry built through 20 years of web indexing and machine learning.
  • Ensure CIPA compliance
  • Block millions of inappropriate, harmful, and unknown sites, images, and video including YouTube
  • Keep parents informed with the Lightspeed Parent Portal™

Gain complete visibility into students’ online learning. Lightspeed Analytics™ gives districts robust data on the effectiveness of any tools they implement so they can take a strategic approach to their technology stack and streamline reporting.

  • Track education technology adoption and usage trends, eliminate redundancy, and drive ROI
  • Monitor app and content consumption to facilitate early adoption and effective utilization
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