Lightspeed Systems® Ends the Year with Impressive Growth and Innovation

Austin, Texas, Dec 16, 2021—Lightspeed Systems®, the most trusted partner in online learning safety and effectiveness, closes out 2021 with exceptional growth, product improvements, and company-wide initiatives that helped schools provide safe online learning environments. 

“As students returned to school, we saw the impact the last 18 months had on mental health and student achievement. Districts were presented with new challenges, and Lightspeed needed to ensure we were meeting those challenges with new solutions for schools, keeping students safe, and learning equitable and effective,” explained Brian Thomas, President & CEO, Lightspeed Systems. “We’re extremely proud of the new products, features, and services that we delivered this year. That tremendous progress is a result of our dedicated, talented team and an unwavering commitment to serve our customers and deliver upon our mission,” added Thomas. 

Product development aimed at improving safety and learning effectiveness  

The Lightspeed product team took those challenges head-on by providing innovations to current products, including:  

  • Lightspeed Alert™and Lightspeed Classroom Management™ integration with Microsoft® Teams for expanded student protection and engagement 
  • New Lightspeed Parent Portal™to provide parents with visibility into student online activity and controls to decide when the device has internet access, establishing healthy screen time habits  
  • Updated Lightspeed Filter™network agent and new UI allows users to easily monitor statistics for the devices being filtered  
  • New features in Lightspeed Classroom Management™ include the ability for teachers to create and apply web rules to specific groups of students, pull the latest roster for a specific class directly from SIS sync source on-the-fly, and enhanced administrator controls for resetting web rules and setting hours during which teachers can monitor student devices
  • A new Lightspeed Analytics™dashboard with more visibility into student activity, including before and after school activity  
  • Lightspeed Alert™ enhanced safety monitoring, expanded coverage, and human review of all alerts to give districts peace of mind that student safety is being monitored 24/7/365

Commitment to customers, employees, and our communities  

Lightspeed Systems expanded their development team to bring customers new releases faster, added dedicated client success managers to provide a single point of contact, created new customer webinars and trainings to support customer success, and structured the support organization for faster case resolution. 

Lightspeed Systems is passionate about supporting local communities and organizations that align with the Lightspeed mission . The company partnered with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to support the Out of the Darkness Walks, raising awareness and funding for suicide prevention, spreading a message of togetherness and hope. The company was awarded a spot on BuiltIn’s esteemed 2021 Best Places to Work in Austin list. Lightspeed was also announced as winner of the Tech & Learning “Best Remote & Blended Learning Tools”      award for its innovative analytics solution, Lightspeed Analytics™, and safety monitoring solution, Lightspeed Alert™.

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About Lightspeed Systems 

With over 20 years of providing technology to meet the needs of schools, Lightspeed Systems® is the market leader in online student safety and effectiveness. The purpose-built Lightspeed ecosystem of cloud-based solutions—tailored to meet today’s evolving challenges—provides schools worldwide with the most effective web filter, student safety monitor, classroom management software, device management tool, and analytics program available. Lightspeed Systems is a proven partner for schools, serving over 20 million students in 39 countries and 32,000 schools globally.  

Ida Yenney KCPR for Lightspeed Systems 

[email protected] 

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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
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  • 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
  • Assess risk with visibility into student data privacy and security compliance