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LightSpeed Systems® Wins Tech & Learning’s Best of Show Award at ISTELive 2024

LightSpeed Systems® Wins Tech & Learning’s Best of Show Award at ISTELive 2024; Lightspeed Digital Insight, the leading k-12 edtech analytics product, recognized for the second year in a row

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3 Ways Lightspeed Can Support Your Accessibility Compliance Efforts

Accessibility in education refers to giving all students the same access to educational experiences, services, and information regardless of whether they have a disability or not.

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Lightspeed Systems Introduces AI Notify Tool to Bridge the Gap Between AI and Effective Classroom Management

Lightspeed Systems unveils its new AI Notify tool in Lightspeed Classroom Management™.

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North Canton City Schools Partners with Lightspeed Systems® to Protect Student Data Privacy

North Canton City Schools partnered with Lightspeed Systems to streamline their edtech management, focusing on app data privacy management, usage analytics, and simplified app approvals.

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It takes a village to protect students’ well-being in the digital age

Kyle Berger oftalks about how Grapevine-Colleyville ISD uses Lightspeed Systems' Lightspeed Alert to protect and educate our children and uphold students' well-being.

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Technology-Powered Mental Health Initiatives Save Students’ Lives

K–12 districts use monitoring technology to scan students’ online behavior for signs of distress, proactively improving school safety.

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Lightspeed Systems® Introduces Teacher App Request Workflow Integration

Lightspeed Systems introduces the Teacher App Request Workflow integration to its market-leading products Lightspeed Classroom Management™ and Lightspeed Digital Insight™.

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Lightspeed Systems® Partners with Industry Leaders to Help Protect Student Data Privacy 

In partnership with the Public Interest Privacy Center (PIPC), Lightspeed Systems annoucnes the publication of The K-12 Privacy Policy Guide: How to Quickly Spot Red Flags, a resource to help…

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San Marcos Unified School District Expands District Capabilities to Address Growing Student Mental Health Needs with Lightspeed Alert™

School districts face an all-hands-on-deck moment as the reality of today’s worsening student mental health crisis sets in.

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Comprehensive Content Filtering Solution Meets School District’s Evolving Needs

Moon Area School District faced significant challenges with their previous inline filtering solution, which demanded extensive administrative time to manage.

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Lightspeed Systems® Introduces Lightspeed Tip Line to Empower School Communities

Opt-In, No-Cost Feature Complements Lightspeed Alert™ Safety and Wellness Solution Austin, Texas—February 28, 2024—Today, Lightspeed Systems, celebrating its twenty-fifth year as the global…

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Lightspeed Alert™ Recognized with Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2023

Award Denotes Educational Technology That Exceptionally Supported Teachers and Students in 2023 Austin, Texas—February 2, 2024—Today, Lightspeed Systems®, celebrating its twenty-fifth year as…

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Central Bucks School District Selects Lightspeed Systems® for Robust, Reliable Web Filtering, and Superior Support

Central Bucks School District (CBSD) partnered with Lightspeed Systems to address the significant challenges they faced with their previous inline web filtering solution.

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Public Schools Evaluate and Inform EdTech Investments through Actionable Insights

When Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) began deploying its 1:1 initiative several years ago, the district’s instructional and technology teams worked closely together to ensure…

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Lightspeed Alert Helps Texas District Identify and Support Students at Risk of Suicide and Prevents Acts of Violence

Supporting students’ mental health has long been a priority for Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) in Kyle, Texas.

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Eastern Learning Alliance Centralizes Filtering For Multiple Schools

Eastern Learning Alliance was formed in 2020 and currently looks after 4,500 pupils across six schools, with a seventh school being opened soon. “We look after everything IT,” Alasdair explains.

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Cognita Schools Give Teachers Visibility and Control of Devices in the Classroom

Cognita Schools is a diverse group of schools with 60,000 students in 90 schools across four regions. Shah.

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Boosting Classroom Engagement, EdTech Impact, and Student Safety in Shreveport, Louisiana

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…

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Beaverton (OR) School District Tackles Student Online Safety and Technology Addiction With Lightspeed Systems®

After years of technology disinvestment, the Beaverton community passed a bond in 2014 allowing a digital transformation for the learning and business functions of the district.

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Osseo Public Schools Save Thousands of Dollars by Identifying Unused Edtech Licenses with Lightspeed Systems®

K-12 schools have to spend their budget very wisely, across multiple spaces, with very little room for negotiation.

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Best Practices in the Use of Data Analytics

Lightspeed Systems® and Digital Promise have joined forces to provide participating Digital Promise League of Innovative School Districts a better way to track and monitor student-level…

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DeKalb County School District Trusts Lightspeed Systems® Solutions for Effective Online Learning and Safety

With a vision to inspire learners to achieve educational excellence, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) set a mission to ensure student success within every classroom throughout the district.

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How Lincoln Public Schools Leaders Used Data to Inform Their Decisions

Lightspeed Systems® and Digital Promise have joined forces to provide participating Digital Promise League of Innovative School Districts a better way to track and monitor student-level…

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Anderson Community Schools Corporation develops a successful 1:1 program with the help of Lightspeed Systems®

Since 2014, Anderson Community Schools Corporation (ACSC) has trusted Lightspeed Systems to protect their students online with the deployment of a hardware-based web filter.

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How Baldwin County Public Schools Expanded Its Usage of Data Analytics Following the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lightspeed Systems® and Digital Promise have joined forces to provide participating Digital Promise League of Innovative School Districts a better way to track and monitor student-level…

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Three Simple Ways One District is Protecting Students and Their Data with Lightspeed Digital Insight™

Safeguarding student data is a primary responsibility for today’s school districts.

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Three Ways to Strengthen Your Student Data Privacy Compliance Strategy with Lightspeed Digital Insight™

Laurel Chiesa, the Director of Instructional Technology at New York’s Fayetteville-Manlius School District, outlines three ways school districts can more effectively safeguard their…

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Mashpee Public Schools Improves Instruction and Saves Money with Lightspeed Digital Insight™

Mashpee Public Schools, located in a tight-knit community in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is leveraging real-time data to empower educators in the digital age.

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How Chesapeake City Public Schools is Using Analytics to Gather Longitudinal Data

Lightspeed Systems® and Digital Promise have joined forces to provide participating Digital Promise League of Innovative School Districts a better way to track and monitor student-level…

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Polk County Schools Get Up and Running in Two Days with Lightspeed Systems®; Applauds Incredibly Fast Implementation

The mission of Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) is to provide a high quality education for all students.

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United Learning Trust Keep Devices Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

United Learning Trust is the largest multi-academy trust in the UK with 75 primary and secondary academies and a further 15 independent schools.

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Kenowa Hills (MI) School District Solves Student Device Compliancy Problem with Lightspeed Systems®

Kenowa Hills School District runs a 1:1 technology program.

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Clay County (FL) Creates a Harmonious Collaboration Between Staff with Lightspeed Systems®

Clay County District Schools (CCDS) pride themselves on being a tech-forward district, working to decrease the digital divide.

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Opelika City Schools (AL), Committed to Keeping Every Student Safe—100% of the Time—with Lightspeed Alert™

From the beginning of her K–12 career, Stacy Royster has kept student safety a top priority.

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Visalia Unified School District Saves Numerous Student Lives with Lightspeed Alert™ and Safety Specialists

Committed to providing students with the tools and skills necessary to succeed in life, Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) runs a 1:1 student device technology program with Chromebooks…

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Lauderdale County School District protects its students from dangerous content with the help of Lightspeed Filter™

In 2019, Lauderdale County School District (LCSD), a rural school system serving 8,500 students in northern Alabama, faced a problem.

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Woodfield School Safeguards 1:1 Deployment with Lightspeed Systems

Woodfield School in Surrey is a maintained day special school for children aged 11- 19 years.

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Lightspeed Systems Helps Kentucky Department of Education Keep Students Safe Online

Lightspeed Systems, an AWS Public Sector Partner, helped the Kentucky Department of Education deploy online safety solutions efficiently, protect students online, and give K–12 leaders tools…

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Lightspeed Alert™ Helps Caddo Parish Public Schools Address the Youth Mental Health Crisis

Caddo Parish Public Schools (CPPS), serving approximately 37,000 students in northwestern Louisiana, administers several of the state’s top-performing schools and has won more than a dozen…

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Catholic Schools Broken Bay Get Customisable Mobile Device Management Across the Diocese

Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay consists of 44 schools stretching from Willoughby on Sydney’s lower north shore to Lake Munmorah on the Central Coast.

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A North Carolina District Partners with Lightspeed Systems® to Help Stamp Out Cheating and Keep Students Safe

Iredell-Statesville School District (ISSD), situated in central North Carolina and serving more than 20,000 students, has been a 1:1 district for years, offering its students both Macs and iPads.

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Texas School District Partners with Lightspeed Systems® for Comprehensive Content Filtering Solution to Meet Their Evolving Needs

A pioneer in 1:1 technology and online learning, Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District (ISD) relies on Lightspeed Filter™ as a critical part of its overall cybersecurity plan,…

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Lightspeed Systems® Selected for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Health Equity Initiative 

Lightspeed Systems to Receive Computing Credits and Technical Expertise for Advancing Equitable Mental Health, Wellness, and Education for Underserved Student Populations Austin, Texas—November 27,…

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Fayette County Public Schools Leverage Lightspeed Engagement and Impact to Streamline Edtech and Data Privacy Management

With a strong focus on data governance, Fayette County Public Schools partners with Lightspeed Systems® to effectively manage their edtech ecosystem—in and outside of the classroom.

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New Network Tool Measures Students’ Connectivity Off-Campus

THE Journal is dedicated to informing and educating K–12 senior-level district and school administrators, technologists, IT professionals, and tech-savvy educators who serve the nation’s public…

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Lightspeed Systems® Announces Craig Chanoff as Chief Revenue Officer 

Industry Veteran to Drive Company’s Continued Growth and Further Enhance Client Experience Austin, Texas—November 6, 2023—Today, Lightspeed Systems®, the edtech market leader in digital…

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Lightspeed Systems® Sponsors the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk in Austin 

Annual Event Raises Awareness and Unites Around Remembrance, Support, and Hope Austin, Texas—October 30, 2023—Today, Lightspeed Systems®, the edtech market leader in digital safety, security,…

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Lightspeed Systems® Introduces Merge Classes Feature in Lightspeed Classroom Management™

Austin, Texas—October 24, 2023—Today, Lightspeed Systems®, the edtech market leader in digital safety, security, and equity solutions, announced a new Merge Classes feature of its…

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Lightspeed Digital Insight™ Recognized as Winner in Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Back to School 2023 

Digital Equity Module Empowers School Districts to Bridge the Digital Divide and Empower All Students to Excel ÂAustin, Texas—September 19, 2023—Today, Lightspeed Systems®, the edtech market…

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What Texas School Districts Need to Know About the SCOPE Act (Texas House Bill No. 18)

On June 13, 2023, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas House Bill No. 18, the Securing Children Online through Parental Empowerment Act, also known as the SCOPE Act.

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20 Ways Teachers Save Time with Lightspeed Classroom Management™

With the mass proliferation of digital learning tools in recent years, digital distractions run rampant.Educators need to ensure students use them properly to advance their learning.

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Student safety technology received positively by students as Caddo Parish Public Schools integrates Lightspeed Systems platform

Expanded used of technology is received positively by students as Caddo Parish Public Schools integrates the Lightspeed Systems platform.

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7 Strategies to Improve Student Safety with Technology

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Lightspeed Alert™ Adds Powerful New Machine Learning Capabilities to Increase Accuracy

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Lightspeed Digital Insight™ Wins Tech & Learning Best of Show Award

Lightspeed Digital Insight™, Lightspeed Digital Equity module have won the Tech & Learning Awards for Best of Show at ISTE 2023.

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Lightspeed Systems’ new Generative AI Reports and Teacher Interface Improve Digital Learning Engagement and Impact for K-12

Lightspeed Systems unveils new visibility on generative artificial intelligance (AI) use by students through Lightspeed Digital Insight™, new AI web filtering categories for Lightspeed Filter™,…

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From Divide to Connectivity: Tackling Internet Disparities in Communities through Neighborhood-Level Data

Real-time data can reveal patterns in specific neighborhoods or regions where K12 students consistently face poor (or no) internet access when off-campus.

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THE Journal: New Network Tool Measures Students’ Connectivity Off-Campus

THE Journal recently wrote an article about how K–12 network management provider Lightspeed Systems has launched a solution to help schools ensure students stay connected to learning regardless of…

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Prince William County Public Schools Implements Lightspeed Systems® Solutions to Strengthen Its Technology Ecosystem 

PWCS announces partnership with Lightspeed Systems™ award-winning solutions to keep students safe, achieve better learning outcomes, and reduce costs.

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How to Access and Leverage Student-Level Data to Close the Homework Gap

Analyzing data enables us to quickly understand, pinpoint, and solve challenges.

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Meet the Lightspeed Classroom Management New User Experience

Lightspeed’s cloud-based Lightspeed Classroom Management software has a fresh new look and improved functionality designed to save teachers time and place increased focus on instruction.

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Why the Digital Divide in Education is So Hard to Solve, and How Technology Can Help

The digital divide in education involves the unequal distribution of internet access and connectivity among students when at home.

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Ensuring Effective and Ethical AI Use in Education

 Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming the world we live in and has the potential to revolutionize the way we learn and teach.

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Closing the Homework Gap: Confronting the Digital Divide in Education with Data-Driven Solutions

The digital divide in education refers to unequal access to technology and digital resources for learning. Disparities in digital access, also referred to in terms of digital equity, have long…

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Lightspeed Systems Offers New Module to Assess Students’ Off-Campus Internet Connectivity

Lightspeed Systems’ new ‘Digital Equity’ module provides actionable insight into students’ internet connectivity and school-issued device health when learning outside of school.

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The Best of Cloud, Agent, and Inline Filtering—All in One

In today’s digital age, students can access a wealth of information on the internet, including harmful and inappropriate content.

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Lightspeed Alert Wins Prestigious Award for Student Safety at Bett UK Conference

Lightspeed Systems® is proud to announce that its threat detection solution for schools, Lightspeed Alert™, has won the prestigious 2023 Bett Award in the Wellbeing, Digital Wellness, and…

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Introducing Real-Time User Activity Reporting

As an IT admin, keeping track of your organization’s web activity can be a daunting task, especially when trying to troubleshoot issues or test policy updates.

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Evaluating K-12 School District Apps for Budget Planning

As school budget planning for the 2023-24 school year is underway, IT and curriculum leaders are evaluating their district’s current school apps and resources to determine which apps to keep…

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3 Tactics for Effective Student Data Privacy Protection

After the widespread technology boom in education, district leaders and teachers are inundated with a seemingly infinite number of applications for digital learning.

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6 Ways To Manage Social Media and Streaming Platforms Your Way

Get the flexibility your district needs to manage social media and streaming platforms with Lightspeed Filter ™, making them a safe and reliable resource for learning and instruction.

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5 Commonly Asked Questions Lightspeed Digital Insight Can Answer Within Minutes

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Three of Lightspeed Systems Time-Saving Products Awarded by Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2022

Lightspeed Systems wins Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence for three of their time-saving products Lightspeed Filter™, Lightspeed Alert™, and Lightspeed Digital Insight™.

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Built In Honors Lightspeed Systems® in Its Esteemed 2023 Best Places To Work Awards

Lightspeed Systems is honored in its 2023 Best Places to Work Awards, earning a spot in 100 Best Midsize Places to Work in Austin.

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Can’t Hire Enough Mental Health Staff? Get Help with Edtech

With soaring rates of mental health challenges among children and teens, leading pediatric health experts have declared a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health.

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Lightspeed Systems Announces Lightspeed Digital Insight™ to Provide K-12 Districts with Unparalleled Visibility and Control of Apps

Lightspeed Systems announces the launch of Lightspeed Digital Insight, providing K-12 districts with unparalleled visibility of district edtech usage.

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Prevent Cyberbullying and Violence in School with Lightspeed Alert

Half of students identify as victims of cyberbullying.

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How to Use Technology to Prevent School Bullying

Bullying and cyberbullying continue to be prevalent in K-12 schools.

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Tech & Learning: How Fayette County Schools Protect Student Data

T&L published an article recently on the Edtech App Report detailing the surprising amount of apps being used by schools without their IT team's knowledge.

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Warning Signs a Student Is Being Bullied or Is Bullying Others

While many school leaders know bullying is an issue that can lead to mental health problems and lower academic success, how do K-12 schools address bullying?Bullying prevention and…

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GovTech: School, Industry Experts Stress Teamwork Against Cyber Crime

Government Technology recently reviewed and summarized Lightspeed's webinar from October '22, Cyber Nightmares, with key facts and points on how to improve school cybersecurity.

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The State of Bullying in 2022

Schools are meant to be safe havens for growth and learning.

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District Administration: ‘The top 20 apps schools are using most contains a few surprises’

District Administration recently posted an article detailing the top apps schools use based on data compiled from Lightspeed Analytics in the 2022 Edtech App Report.

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How to Protect Your K-12 School from Cyberattacks

Four days.

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Tech & Learning Honors Lightspeed Classroom Management™  and Lightspeed Alert™ with Awards of Excellence 

Tech & Learning's 2022 Awards of Excellence honored Lightspeed Classroom Management and Lightspeed Alert for "Best Tools for Back to School".

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3 Steps Districts Can Take to Help Prevent Youth Suicide

Youth Suicide Prevention: Getting Your Students the Care They NeedWatch the Free Webinar

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School Districts Extensively Use 300+ Apps; Manage Privacy Compliance and Risks Across Thousands

The 2022 Edtech App Report by Lightspeed Systems was released today, providing insights into the use of educational technology across applications and grade levels for the 2021-22 school year.

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Report Finds Frequent Edtech App Policy Changes, Leaving K-12 Districts Vulnerable

One of the many challenges for K-12 IT leaders is the lack of visibility into the full breadth of edtech applications in use.

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Lightspeed Systems Welcomes Sheridan Doerr as Executive VP of Customer Success

Sheridan Doerr joins Lightspeed Systems as the new role of Executive VP of Customer Success, bringing 30 years of experience and expertise in education.

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Why Every K-12 District Needs to Develop an Acceptable Use Policy

Just one student accessing an unapproved app can expose the personally identifiable information of everyone in your district, which can compromise the safety, credit, and wellbeing of your staff…

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Lightspeed Systems Adds Brook Bock in Newly Created Chief Product Officer Role

Lightspeed Systems announces Brook Bock as Chief Product Officer in this newly-created role to advance student safety and engagement.

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The State of School Safety

The 2022 State of School Safety Report found that nearly one-third of students don’t feel safe at school and noted a perceived rise in substance abuse, depression, and anxiety among

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Increase K-12 Student Engagement and Efficacy

What drives student engagement? What teaching practices and tools give teachers the best resources to not only reach students, but drive their learning even when they’re not in the classroom?

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State of School Safety Report Reveals Students Want More Social and Emotional Support and Increased Safety

How do students perceive their safety at schools around the US?

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KXAN: ‘There is a huge need for more counselors’: Mental health a priority in area schools

Hays CISD uses a system called Lightspeed Alert™ which tracks keywords or phrases that are concerning. Last year the system tagged more than 400 concerning words or phrases typed in.

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Why Hackers Target K-12 Schools

According to a 2022 EdTech Leadership Survey Report, cybersecurity is the top concern of school IT personnel, yet only 8% of IT leaders considered their district to be at high

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How School Districts Can Prioritize Mental Health

Lightspeed Systems® convened together a panel of edtech experts to discuss pressing issues and trends on the horizon for K-12 schools and what they can do to prepare.

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Lightspeed Filter™, Lightspeed Alert™, and Lightspeed Analytics™ Win Tech & Learning Best of Show Award

Lightspeed Filter, Lightspeed Alert, and Lightspeed Analytics have won the Tech & Learning Awards for Best of Show at ISTE 2022!

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How K-12 School Leaders Can Plan for Better Cybersecurity Next Year

While the 2021-2022 school year returned to “normal,” many district leaders acknowledge that it wasn’t a typical school year, even though in-person learning resumed for many.

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Digital Promise Report: An Introduction to the Data

Simply stated, equity begins with data. Data is a powerful tool that brings visibility into inequities.

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Lightspeed Systems® Introduces New Features to Provide Educators a Best-in-Class Solutions Suite

AUSTIN, TEXAS, May 18, 2022 Lightspeed SmartSync™ technology allows for seamless syncing of diverse lists and data sets Lightspeed SmartPolicy™ empowers districts to create policies with flexible…

5 compromises you won't make with K-12 software with Lightspeed
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5 Compromises in K-12 Software You Don’t Have to Make with Lightspeed Systems™

Not all K-12 software products are created equal. Some products fall short and force customers to compromise on what’s important to them.

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Strategies to Improve the Mental Health of Your Students and Teachers in K-12

For schools, families, and administrators, a spotlight has been shone on student mental health like never before.

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3 Ways Lightspeed Analytics Informs Professional Development

Professional development is critical to ensuring teachers have the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to be successful, but it’s often difficult to pinpoint specific areas where teachers…

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How Data Impacts Student Performance

Understanding how students are engaged with assigned learning activities and applications is more critical than ever.

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Better Student Safety in 3 Steps

As devices proliferate across your district, protecting your community’s safety is becoming a more-than-full-time job—particularly when students so often use those devices off-campus.

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Vigo Schools Strive to Keep Students Safe

Vigo County School Corporation in Indiana serves 14,000 students across K-12 grades and relies on Lightspeed Filter™ to monitor student Chromebook devices.

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How to Spot Warning Signs of Self-Harm and Violence in Your Students

More and more American K-12 students are engaging in acts of self-harm and violence.

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5 Ways to Measure Learning Continuity and Engagement In and Out of the Building

No matter if your student is fully remote or part of a blended learning program, you still need to know what applications they are accessing and when they are accessing

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Lightspeed Systems Receives Strategic Growth Investment from Genstar Capital

Genstar joins Madison Dearborn Partners in backing Lightspeed’s mission to advance educational effectiveness and promote safety and wellbeing for every student AUSTIN, TX, March 2, 2022 –…

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4 Ways Lightspeed Analytics™ Helps Discover Risks Outside Your SSO

Single sign-on (SSO) tools help education leaders manage the resources and applications that their district procures.

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4 Ways to Strengthen Your K-12 School’s Emergency Response Plan

On top of everything schools are grappling with, they’re also dealing with a sharp rise in school threats and disruptive student behavior.To combat this, some districts are bringing together…

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Lightspeed Alert™, Lightspeed Filter™, and Lightspeed Analytics CatchOn Edition Win Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence

Austin, Texas – January 20, 2022 — Lightspeed Systems ® (“Lightspeed”), an international leader in learning safety and effectiveness, is honored that two of its cutting-edge solutions—…

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Digital Citizenship Starts at Home

Citizenship lessons have long been a part of school curriculums, but now that so much social interaction and education happens online, it is imperative that schools also address digital citizenship.

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Lightspeed Systems® Expands Digital Learning Offering with Acquisition of CatchOn

Addition of Innovative Education Data Analytics Provider Enhances Lightspeed’s Capacity to Help Educators Teach Students and Improve Learning Outcomes Austin, Texas – January 11,…

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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…

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7 Essential Features for Effective K-12 Web Filtering

Selecting a K-12 web filter for your district isn’t just about having a CIPA-compliant filter (though of course, that’s critical).

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The National Crisis in K-12 Students’ Mental Health

A state of emergency in children’s mental health was recently declared by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s…

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Patch.com Community Corner: Lightspeed Systems

As students are returning to classrooms across the country, research shows they’re feeling more anxious and depressed; student mental health is as important as ever for districts to monitor.

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WGN9 Daytime Chicago: Keeping Students Safe Online

What would you do to keep your child and student safe online? Former detective Rich Wistocki speaks with WGN9 Daytime Chicago about how online monitoring solutions like Lightspeed Alert are

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Wall Street Journal: How to Detect Your Child’s Emotional Distress Before the School’s AI Does

Student mental health is declining, and suicide rates are on the rise.

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Meet Rick, Lightspeed Safety Specialist

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Meet Michael: Learn How He Intervened to Help Prevent a Potential School Shooting

In March of 2021, the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) conducted a study focusing on 67 disrupted school violence plots between 2006 and 2018.

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AWS: Innovative Internet Safety Solutions Keep Students Connected and Secure Online

With web filtering, CIPA-compliant software like Lightspeed Filter, schools across the nation can create a secure environment for their students, all while meeting federal regulation requirements…

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Fox 47 News: The Morning Blend with Lightspeed Systems

Fox 47 News from Lansing, Michigan, sits down with retired detective Rich Wistocki to discuss the nation’s leader in student online safety software: Lightspeed Systems.

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KCTV 5: Keeping Students Safe Online

Child crime expert and retired detective Rich Wistocki shares tips with KCTV 5 Kansas City on how to keep students safe online and in the digital classroom.

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Meet Jacob, Lightspeed Safety Specialist

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Meet Ariana, Lightspeed Safety Specialist

As a highly trained Lightspeed Safety Specialist, Ariana Marks understands the magnitude her work has on students’ lives.

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Meet Jason, Lightspeed Safety Specialist

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4 Edtech Tips for Teaching Virtually

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the transition of K-12 instruction from physical classrooms into remote settings, teachers got a crash course in virtual teaching.

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The Post-COVID Paradigm

The emergency shift to remote learning, due to school closures in response to COVID-19, forced districts to use tech to support online learning in ways, and in the immediacy, they never…

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Addressing Learning Loss and Social-Emotion Disruption

The COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges to students, educators, and parents.

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KCTV Kansas City: How to Keep Students Safe Online

As an Apple Certified Partner, Lightspeed Systems solutions enable real-time monitoring of students’ online activity on Apple devices, giving parents visibility into their child’s online…

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TMJ4 Milwaukee: Online Safety with Lightspeed Systems

Educators and school administrators around the world are becoming increasingly concerned with student mental health as students return to in-person classrooms.

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Maintaining the Communication Advantage with Parents

One positive result of the COVID-19 pandemic was that many schools and districts saw an uptick in parent involvement in their students’ day-to-day learning.

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The Case for Keeping Remote or Hybrid Learning Options

As we emerge from the pandemic, some students—and some parents, for that matter—may have recognized the potential positives that remote or hybrid learning models have to offer during the…

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Enhancing the In-Classroom Experience with Online Tools

Last year in 2020, K-12 school districts distributed and brought online more mobile devices than ever before, and as students have become more familiar with using these devices for learning,…

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“What are we going to do?”

Lightspeed Systems hosted Mr. As shootings and other violent incidents continue to affect schools, Mr.

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How Online Safety Translates to the Real World

A return to the physical classroom, depending on the particular learning model, may or may not mean a reduction in student time spent online, but that doesn’t mean districts can

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Returning to Campus:
Your Edtech Spend

A recent survey of 200 K-12 district leaders revealed the following:

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“This was a fantastic school…
I was in disbelief”

Frank DeAngelis spent 35 years at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

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WWSB TV Florida: Lightspeed Systems®

With student mental health concerns at an all-time high, more and more K-12 schools are adding safeguards to their student safety plans.

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Returning to Normal: What it Means for IT Teams

Schools are rebooting in-person learning following the year-long COVID-19 shutdown, and as districts move to return to ‘normal,’ a recent survey of 200 K-12 district leaders has revealed…

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Using Data for Effective School Reopening

Lightspeed recently spoke with Anthony Padrnos, Executive Director of Technology for Osseo Area Schools in Minnesota, who discussed how ed-tech classroom tools can both inform important…

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Lightspeed Systems® Launches Lightspeed Alert™ Solution for Threat Detection of Suicide, Bullying, and School Violence

Austin, Texas, April 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems®, the leading K-12 online safety and effectiveness solutions provider, announces the launch of Lightspeed Alert™, a…

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Ed-Tech Magazine: AI-Powered Content Filtering Adds New Protection Powers

As content on the web evolves and student online activity increases, it’s imperative that web filtering technology advances to ensure student safety.

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Yahoo! News: American parents are increasingly concerned about their child’s mental health as the pandemic reaches it’s one year mark

A recent study revealed over 90% of parents have concerns about their child’s mental health amidst campus closures resulting in extended remote learning and isolation.

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The Sun: FEARS FOR KIDS – More than 90% of parents are more worried about their child’s mental health than ever, study shows

Isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened parents’ mental health concerns among their children.

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5 Steps to Implementing Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG)

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Lightspeed Systems® Named Winner in Tech & Learning’s Best Remote & Blended Learning Tools for Lightspeed Analytics™ and Lightspeed Alert™

Austin, Texas, March 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems®, the leading K-12 online safety and effectiveness solutions provider, has been awarded in Tech &…

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Catawba County Schools block websites in effort to students from predators

Lightspeed solutions can protect students by alerting school and district administration of potential predators online.

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The Need for Effective Web Filtering Isn’t Going Away

K-12 web filtering for schools became a growing priority for schools as they closed and switched to remote learning last spring, but there were issues.

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Online Learning’s Impact on K-12 Students’ Mental Health

When schools turned to online learning options during the COVID-19 pandemic, educators, psychologists, and experts in student health and wellness began to express concern that the lack of…

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Wall Street Journal: From Pinterest to Fitbit, No App Is Truly Kid-Safe. Here’s What Families Can Do.

With more students and kids accessing the web than ever before, this article outlines real accounts of concerning and inappropriate content in the hands of kids.

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WTLV TV Jacksonville: How to Keep Online Students Safe

Former cyber crime detective Rich Wistock joins WTLV to share some of the top concerns from parents of remote learners regarding the safety of school-issued devices.

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KSTU TV Salt Lake City: With more remote learning taking place, how you can be sure students are staying safe online

To help parents and schools best combat student safety during remote learning, former Detective Rich Wistocki, provides his expert insight on the potential threats to online student safety.

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Early Detection and Implementing an Alert System for Your District

The data paints a startling picture:

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Lightspeed Systems® Recognized as a Tech & Learning Best of 2020 Winner for Lightspeed Analytics™

Austin, Texas, Jan.

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Ed-Tech Magazine: Protecting Students from Cyberbullying in the Virtual Classroom

With remote learning extending through 2021, schools are faced with the need to address the rise in cyberbullying and other harmful online behavior.

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KOKH TV Oklahoma City: Child Crime Expert Gives Online Safety Advice

The rise in online activity among students during remote learning raises new concerns for parents and schools: dark web exposure, online security vulnerabilities, and an increase in cyberbullying.

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WAGA TV Atlanta: Lightspeed Systems® and Remote Learning

With continued distance learning through 2021, schools and parents must stay vigilant in efforts to protect students online.

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Lightspeed Systems® Honored in Built In’s 2021 Best Places to Work in Austin Awards

Austin, Texas, Jan.

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Lightspeed Systems: Better Than GoGuardian!

The integrated Lightspeed Solutions Suite supports all operating systems—perfect for any district with single or multiple OS types. Learn more how Lightspeed and GoGuardian compare.

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Lightspeed Systems® Closes Tremendous Year of Innovation, Growth, and Recognition

Austin, Texas, Dec.

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Daytime: Lightspeed Systems® Keeps Students Safe Online

Are my kids’ school-owned devices safe when they’re at home?

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Yahoo! News: Lightspeed Systems® Keeping Students Safe Online on KNXV

With more time spent on school-owned devices than ever before, parents of remote learners are looking for answers from schools on online safety measures.

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Lightspeed Systems® Awarded Two Patents for Enterprise-Level Filtering Technology

Austin, Texas, Dec.

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Essential Guide to K-12 Content Filtering

Web filtering has become more challenging for schools to find the balance between safety and appropriate access for students.

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Protecting Student Data

The collection, usage, and protection of student data is imperative for every school around the world.

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Lightspeed Systems®: Keeping Students Safe Online on AM Northwest

Is your child safe on their school device? With students learning online, parents may be worried about their kids accessing inappropriate content.

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Mapping and Understanding Student Behavior Through Data

Digital equity, visibility, and maintaining student connections are all challenges schools and educators have faced in the switch to remote learning.

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KGUN AZ: Detective Shares Tools to Keep Kids Safe During Online Learning

When it comes to remote learning, the key question from parents is: Are these devices safe when they’re away from the school network? Watch at KGUN

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Glenns Ferry School District Protects Students with Lightspeed Systems® for Its Chromebooks

Glenns Ferry School District in Idaho knows a lot about doing more with less.

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Lightspeed Filter™ Saves the Day With Hassle-Free Off-Site Filtering and Powerful Reporting

Not all cloud content filters are created equal. That’s what Director of Technology Justin Dover learned when he deployed Securly at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee.

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KATU OR: Lightspeed Systems: Keeping Students Safe Online

With their children learning primarily online, parents are searching for answers and solutions to ensure online safety.

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Lightspeed Systems® Enhances Lightspeed 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…

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EdTech Magazine: Lightspeed Systems® Helps Schools Make Remote Learning Safer

Remote learning requires a wide set of solutions and tools for schools to take on the complexities of student learning both on and off the school network.

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Tech&Learning: 5 Best Mobile Device Management (MDM) Tools for Education

The key to a well-managed school technology program is an MDM that allows IT teams to efficiently take control of devices.

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Webster Central School District Increases Accurate Reports by 30% with Lightspeed Systems®

Webster Central School District serves over 8,000 students, 1,800 faculty members, and has been a true 1:1 since 2017.

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New York Post: Parents concerned about their children’s online safety during remote learning

A recent study found that over 75% percent of parents are more concerned about online safety while their children engage in remote learning.

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Lightspeed Systems® – Leader in Online School Safety Software – Launches Portal Giving Parents an Inside Look at Student’s Online Activity

Austin, Texas, Sept. Research shows that effective home-school communication can improve educational outcomes.

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How to Make Remote Learning Easier, Less Stressful, and Less Risky

As students return to the classroom this fall – either virtually or in a hybrid environment combining in-person and remote learning — teachers and administrators have grappled with the…

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ABC News, Tampa, FL: Lightspeed Systems

The significant increase in student online activity during remote learning is bringing the attention to schools’ safety solutions.

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Yahoo News: Lightspeed Systems® | Morning Blend – ABC Action News – WFTS

Online safety is a growing concern in the remote learning environment.

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First Coast News ABC: Lightspeed Systems helping students stay safe during virtual classes

As more students engage in online activity on school-owned devices, it’s imperative for parents to have the right information regarding the safety of these devices.

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Dallastown Area School District Switches from iBoss to Lightspeed Filter™ for Better Filtering, Reporting, and Functionality

When Dallastown Area School District decided to initiate a 1:1 program, John Lenhart, Systems Administrator, had a few simple, but critical requirements: The devices needed to be filtered just…

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Kentucky Department of Education Expands Partnership with Lightspeed Systems® to Keep Remote Learners Safe Online

Austin, TX, Aug.

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Why Shawnee Mission Schools Chose Lightspeed Systems For Virtual Learning

Like many districts and schools this summer, Kansas-based Shawnee Mission School District is making back to school plans and gearing up for the possibility of continued virtual learning.

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Lightspeed Systems® Honored with Two Awards of Excellence from Tech & Learning Magazine for Filtering and Analytics Solutions

Austin, TX, July 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading education technology solutions provider, Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), was announced as a winner in the 2020…

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Forbes: What Are Our Kids Really Doing Online?

Alison Griffin explores what it’s like to be a parent during the pandemic and the struggle to keep kids’ activities online safe.

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Toggle Magazine: Milton-Union Exempted Village School District

Toggle speaks with Mick Nealeigh, Director of Technology at Milton-Union Exempted Village School District, about their unique sustainability solutions for their 1:1 program.

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KSHB KS: Shawnee Mission School District prepares for continued virtual learning

In an effort to alleviate issues within virtual learning, the Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education approved the purchase of Lightspeed solutions.

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Lightspeed Systems® Appoints Amy Bennett to Chief of Staff Role

New role within senior leadership team to drive agility amidst rapid growth Austin, TX, June 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ed-tech industry leader Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the…

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Lightspeed Systems® Adds Eileen Shihadeh in Newly Created Chief Marketing Officer Role

Expansion of Leadership Team with Industry Veteran to Accelerate Growth Austin, TX, June 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), creator of leading…

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Three More Reasons to Turn on Lightspeed Alert™ School Safety Monitoring

If you’re using Lightspeed Filter™, you already have Lightspeed Alert – a complete student monitoring platform that can help increase your school safety!

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Three More Reasons to Turn on Lightspeed Alert™ School Safety Monitoring

If you’re using Lightspeed Filter™, you already have Lightspeed Alert for K-12– a complete student monitoring platform that can help increase your school safety!

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EdTech Magazine: 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.

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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…

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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…

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Lightspeed Systems® Sponsors Groundbreaking Research Into School Safety

The leading edtech company partners with Global Grid for Learning and McREL International, sponsoring research into school safety solutions and providing software grants to participating schools.​…

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Lightspeed 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 Lightspeed Filter™ from Lightspeed…

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Student Safety and Mental Health During Coronavirus

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New! The Online Activity Dashboard is Here to Help with Remote Learning

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Lightspeed Systems® Protects Remote Learners Through COVID-19

Austin, TX — Lightspeed Filter, the flagship solution from leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), is helping schools safely…

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Using YouTube for Distance Learning

With classrooms closed and remote learning the new normal for billions of students around the world, methods for delivering instruction are changing.

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Limitations of Firewall Filters for Remote Learning

Many districts have relied on their firewall for content filtering and reporting.

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Remote Reporting?

With 90% of the world’s students out of the physical classroom, funds have been reallocated and plans quickly put in place to support remote learning.

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Before Remote Learning, Schools Need Remote Filtering

Schools around the world are working to build, implement, and expand remote learning plans to educate students through Coronavirus closures.

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Keep Students on Task with Lightspeed Classroom Management™

With so many distractions competing for students’ attention online, teachers don’t just need to be able to see every screen from the front of the room: they need the ability to redirect…

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Web Filtering for Devices and Remote Learning During School Closures

Schools around the world are quickly implementing plans for remote learning to maintain educational continuity during school closures.

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

Austin, TX — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), announced today that it will offer its market-leading classroom management…

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How to Use Lightspeed Filter™ and Classroom Management™ for Remote and Hybrid Learning

For many districts, hybrid and distance learning models are here to stay.

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Coronavirus, School Closures, and Lightspeed Filter™

Many districts have relied on their firewall for content filtering and reporting.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your School’s Web Filtering

Web filtering software for schools is about more than being CIPA-compliant.

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Rising Suicide Rates

Over the weekend I read this article from EdWeek about rising suicide rates among young kids.

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Lightspeed Systems® Kicks Off Series of Digital Safety Summits

Austin, TX — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), kicks off this week a series of seven Digital Safety Summits, held in cities…

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Top Lightspeed Filter™ Features You May Not Be Using

Lightspeed Filter does a lot — and we’re on a mission to optimize EdTech Lightspeed Filter all the time. That means there are probably some features you’re not even using.

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Lightspeed Systems® Achieves AWS Education Competency Status

Austin, TX — Lightspeed Systems, provider of the Lightspeed platform for K-12 schools, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Education Competency status.

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Five Ways to Maximize Class Time with Lightspeed Classroom Management™

As someone who’s been the teacher, I know how excited teachers and students are to revamp the learning process.

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Lightspeed Systems® Appoints Kirk Orgeldinger to Newly Created Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Roles

Technology industry leader to help drive company’s continued growth and rapid scalability Austin, TX, Jan.

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Lightspeed Systems® Enhances Student Safety Features

Austin, TX, Jan.

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Lightspeed Systems® Recognized with Award of Excellence by Tech & Learning Magazine

Austin, TX — Lightspeed Systems has again been honored by top ed-tech publication, Tech & Learning magazine, in its 2019 Awards of Excellence contest.

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4 Steps to Distance Learning Success

You’re buying devices. In fact, schools purchase about 30 million devices each year! Wow.

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Lightspeed Filter™ Reports Just Got Better with the Web Activity Log

Because of their breadth and actionability, Lightspeed Filter reports are already one of the things that set us apart and make us the top filter in K12 schools.

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Tactics to Stop Bullying & Cyberbullying in K-12 Schools

With the increased access to technology in schools, there are more opportunities for dangerous trends like cyberbullying to wreak havoc on a student.

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Lightspeed Systems® Joins Fortinet as a Fabric-Ready Partner

Austin, TX — Lightspeed Systems, leading ed-tech solutions provider, today announced that it has joined the Fortinet Fabric-Ready technology alliance partner program to provide customers with the…

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4 Ways Schools Can Drive Ed-Tech ROI and Compliance With Analytics

It’s something we hear from a lot of schools: first came all the devices, then came a flurry of apps and applications and digital tools and curriculum to use with

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DNS over HTTPS – What Schools Need to Know about Web Filtering with DoH

Recently, Mozilla announced its plans to implement the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol by default in the Firefox browser starting in late September.

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San Marcos USD Keeps 21,000 Students Safe Online with Lightspeed Systems®

As closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, many schools found themselves scrambling for devices, digital curriculum, better student internet access, and remote safety solutions.

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Student Safety Monitoring: What You May Be Missing without Lightspeed Filter™

Lightspeed Filter is more than a filter; it’s a complete student safety monitoring platform that uses advanced AI to identify at-risk students and get schools the real-time information they need…

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6 Tips for Alleviating Parent Concerns About School Technology Use

More than ever, parents have concerns about the technology their students are using at school – and bringing home.

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Student Safety Monitoring and Suicide Prevention with Lightspeed Alert™

It is our mission to protect students.

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Lightspeed Systems® Releases Lightspeed Alert™, Powerful Student Monitoring and Alerting System

Austin, TX — Today Lightspeed Systems announced the release of Lightspeed Alert, a new feature of the Lightspeed platform.

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10 Tips for Going Back to School

The end of summer means students are heading back to class soon, and you’re busy onboarding, getting devices ready, putting the final touches on your program or handing out devices

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Lightspeed Filter™ Policy Check Up

With students returning to school, it’s a good time to verify your Lightspeed Filter settings to make sure your filter policy is current and your students are protected from inappropriate

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Lightspeed Systems® Releases Lightspeed Rocket™, Agent-Less Filtering for BYOD

Austin, TX, July 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Lightspeed Systems released Lightspeed Rocket™, an addition to Lightspeed Filter that delivers end-to-end protection for every device and all…

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Lightspeed Analytics™ Enhanced with User-Based Reporting, Privacy Certifications to Deliver Most Actionable Data

Philadelphia, PA, June 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At the ISTE 2019 conference this week, Lightspeed Systems® has announced key enhancements to Lightspeed Analytics, a complete data analytics…

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Lightspeed is Heading to ISTE 2019 – See What’s New!

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Lightspeed Alert™ from Lightspeed Systems® Helps Schools Identify At-Risk Students

Austin, TX — Lightspeed Filter™ by Lightspeed Systems includes a new feature, Lightspeed Alert™, that delivers real-time alerts on student activity that is indicative of self-harm or other…

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The Data You Need for Distance Learning Success

The answers to these questions can drive smarter decisions, higher ROI, and greater distance learning success.

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EdTech, Safety, and Filtering Q and A with Debbie Karcher

Former CIO of Miami Dade County Schools (and ed-tech rockstar) Debbie Karcher has joined Lightspeed! We kicked things off with a little Q&A with Debbie to talk ed-tech, student safety,

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Ed Tech Leader Deborah Karcher, Former CIO of Miami Dade County Schools, Joins Lightspeed Systems®

Austin, TX —Today Lightspeed Systems announced that Deborah Karcher, ed-tech expert and former CIO of Miami Dade County Schools, has joined the Lightspeed Systems team as an advisor.

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World Class Technical Support from Code Ranch

If you follow Lightspeed on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve seen our newest office, Code Ranch, be built from an empty field into a state-of-the-art multi-building campus outside Austin, TX.

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Lightspeed Systems® Announces Strategic Growth Investment From Madison Dearborn Partners

AUSTIN, TX — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) announced today that it has received a strategic growth investment from…

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A Better Kind of Classroom Management Software

“The teachers have fallen in love with Relay Classroom! We cannot live without it!”

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Students in Kansas City Public Schools Protected with Lightspeed Systems®

Austin, TX, Sept. The Lightspeed platform is a complete solution to filter, manage, monitor, protect, and analyze online activity in schools.

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Lightspeed Systems® Releases Artificial Intelligence School Safety Solution

ORLANDO, FL. — Today, at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), Lightspeed Systems announced a next-generation school safety solution to help prevent student self-harm and…

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The Revolutionary New Way for Schools to Optimize Tech Use: Introducing Lightspeed Analytics

Education is increasingly going digital. School leaders used to dream of putting a device in each student’s hands; now, 74% of K-12 schools have more than one device per student.

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Lightspeed Systems® Completes Strategic Growth Investment from Madison Dearborn Partners

AUSTIN, TX.

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Lightspeed Systems® Releases Classroom Management Solution for Windows OS

AUSTIN, TX. — Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems, the leader in school device filtering for almost 20 years, has released an update of its classroom management solution for the Windows…

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New Year, New Filter: How to Get Smarter Filtering in 2019

We’ve been talking to a lot of schools about filtering, and here’s what they say they want to do in 2019:

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Harpeth Hall School Terminates Securly Filtering Partnership to Implement Lightspeed Filter™

NASHVILLE, TN. — The technology department leadership at Harpeth Hall School — a distinguished private school in Nashville, Tennessee — recently elected to terminate their Securly contract in…

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Do Tumblr’s New Policies Make It Appropriate for K-12 Schools?

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Lightspeed Systems® Releases Admin Roles Feature to Filter and MDM Solutions

AUSTIN, TX. — Lightspeed Systems, the leading provider of filtering and MDM solutions for K-12 schools, has released a crucial new feature for its Lightspeed Filter™ and Lightspeed Mobile…

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Lamar County School District Chooses Lightspeed Systems® to Filter and Protect Student Chromebooks

PURVIS, MS. — Mississippi’s Lamar County School District has selected edtech company Lightspeed Systems to provide device filtering and monitoring services for the district’s 19…

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Lightspeed Systems® Hosts Webinar on the State of Filtering in K-12

AUSTIN, TX. — On Oct.

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How Lightspeed Revolutionizes SSL Decryption in Schools

“I made one small error in a PAC file and my whole school lost internet access.

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How Lightspeed Keeps Students Safer

Web filtering in today’s schools is about more than blocking and allowing websites; it’s also about keeping students safe — from inappropriate content as well as from things like…

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Top 5 Ways to Boost Cybersecurity in Your School Today

This is a scary time in cybersecurity for K-12 schools.

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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.

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3 Genius Back-to-School Tips From the Lightspeed Community

It’s that time of year again! We have Lightspeed back-to-school tips to get you prepared.

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4 Reasons Lightspeed Platform Reports Rock

In a recent customer survey, we asked the question, “What do you like most about Lightspeed Systems?” One of the top answers was our products’ reporting.

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3 Things I Learned During a Summer at Lightspeed Systems

Today, July 26, is the inaugural National Intern Day. I want to celebrate by talking about my amazing experience this summer: interning at Lightspeed Systems.

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This Competing School Filter Blocks Only 40 Percent of Pornographic Websites

There’s been some disparaging content about “URL-based filtering” lately – suggesting that it isn’t able to effectively block without over-blocking.

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Lightspeed Systems® Most Effective Filtering Provider for CIPA Compliance, Student Safety

Comparison of Lightspeed Systems’ K-12 web filtering solutions and competing filter reveals shocking results.

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Join the Filtering Revolution! Get Lightspeed Filter™ for Every OS Now

After months of testing, pilot studies, and rigorous feedback processes, Lightspeed Filter’s Smart Agents are here!

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Thinking About Cloud Filtering? 10 Things You Need to Know About Switching From Hardware

Have you thought about cloud filtering? 94% of school districts surveyed in COSN’s Annual Infrastructure Survey say they leverage some type of cloud-based software system.

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Lightspeed Systems® Provides Software Solutions to Area Schools as REMC SAVE Awarded Vendor

AUSTIN, TX. — Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems is an awarded vendor through REMC SAVE, making its device filtering, monitoring, and management solutions available to K-12 schools…

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How to Easily Decrypt SSL on Any Device

Hate setting up proxy servers, trust certificates, or PAC files for SSL decryption? You’re not alone; SSL Decryption for Education is a time-consuming, costly process.

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Your Biggest Questions About SmartAgents™ Answered

We’ve just announced our new SmartAgents for Mac and Windows, making our cloud filter, Lightspeed Filter (formerly Relay), a smart solution that goes way beyond Chromebooks.

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What’s So Smart About Smart Agents?

Smart Agents power Relay’s multi-OS content filtering.

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K-12 Filtering and Monitoring Solution by Lightspeed Systems® Released for Mac OS, iOS and Windows

AUSTIN, TX. — Today, Lightspeed Systems announced the general release of its Smart Agents for Mac OS, iOS and Windows, bringing multi-OS support to its K-12 school filtering and monitoring…

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Using Data for Good: How Lightspeed Reports & Insights Save Lives

Lightspeed reports is one of key supports in supporting Lightspeed Systems’ goal to provide schools with smart, advanced tools to help keep students protected from harm.

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Why Schools Choose Lightspeed Systems™ Over GoGuardian, Securly, and ContentKeeper

As the needs of your district evolve, it’s critical to find a web filter that adapts to your needs and the emerging K-12 technologies you need to integrate.

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Your Top Questions About Relay Smart Agents, Answered

What are IT’s biggest challenges with filtering today? Last week, we hosted a special webinar on the future of filtering.

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3 Ways Lightspeed’s Classroom Stands Out in K-12 Ed-Tech

Classroom learning and device tech are evolving faster than ever. Now, it’s essential to empower teachers with advanced tools and solutions to monitor class activity and keep students engaged.

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Who’s Winning the Device Wars?

Here’s our take

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The Most Popular Websites in Every Grade Level

Last year, we told you about most popular websites among K-12 students: We learned Google dominates the K-12 device space — particularly due to the large number of Chromebooks in education —…

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14 Things No Other Internet Filter Can Give Your School

Your internet filter needs to keep students safe and using technology appropriately. No internet filter besides Relay can do all 14 of these essential things.

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Why It’s Time to Get Smarter About Filtering Your K-12 School

The internet is changing, technology is changing, and it’s time for filtering to change, too. Lightspeed Filter™ brings schools a needed revolution in web filtering.

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3 Ways Lightspeed Systems Honors Safer Internet Day, Every Day

Today marks Safer Internet Day 2018, a global event recognizing the importance of keeping the internet safe, especially for young users.

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Top 3 Ways Lightspeed Systems™ Helps Schools Foster Digital Citizenship

Even people who work with students probably don’t realize just how much time kids spend online. For teenagers, that number goes up to 7 hours and 22 minutes.

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What Are Your Kids Doing Online? Here’s How to Keep Parents Informed

Happy new year from Lightspeed Systems! It’s just the beginning of 2018 and we’re ready to share a major new feature release in Lightspeed Filter™ (formerly Relay).

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What We Learned About K-12 Students From 147 Million of Their Online Searches

If you had to guess, how many online searches does the average K-12 student perform in one month? And how many websites do they visit?

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What Millions of Student Searches and Page Views Can Tell Us About Their Digital Habits

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Can You Guess the 30 Most Popular Websites Among K-12 Students?

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We Analyzed Thousands of Student Web Searches About Suicide. Here’s What We Learned

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Keeping YouTube Safe: How to Ensure Your Students Get the Best Content (And Not the Rest)

Safe YouTube Learning in K-12 schools has always been a challenge. Recently, the tech industry uncovered millions of uploads that, on the surface level, appear innocent.

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Strategies to Stop Cyberbullying in K-12 Schools

With so much technology at their fingertips, most students today have unprecedented access to texting, chats, apps, and online content.

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10 Tips for Take-Home Chromebooks

More and more schools are realizing the benefits of sending devices home with students: It enables 24/7 learning, gives students access to all their resources, builds their technology skills,…

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Filtering SSL and Google Services: Your Newest Options

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How to Stop Students from Bypassing Your School’s Web Filter

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Got Chromebooks? This Is the Best Way to Manage Internet Access After School

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Block YouTube for Students? Here Are 7 More Reasons to Try Smart Play

Recently, we asked our community of customers this big question: What new feature would you like to see from Lightspeed? Here’s a sample of the responses we got:

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8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Chromebook Content Filter for K-12

Google Chromebooks continue to dominate one-to-one digital learning in K-12 thanks to their low cost, ease of use, and collaborative abilities.

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5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Our URL Database and Web Filter

In a recent blog post, we talked about how the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter’s URL database works, including how content is categorized.

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How to Protect Your Students From New Websites

Our Web Filter‘s AI Adaptive Database is the most accurate, comprehensive website database of any other filter, with 72 million URLs organized into 137 education-specific categories.

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What Your Suspicious Activity Reports Should Be Telling You