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

T&L Awards for Excellence Back to School Tools award badgeAustin, Texas—Sept 16, 2022—Lightspeed Systems®, a leading K-12 online safety and effectiveness solutions provider, has won Tech & Learning’s “Best Tools for Back to School” award in the Secondary (6-12) category for two solutions, Lightspeed Classroom Management™ and Lightspeed Alert™. Each was recognized as an outstanding education product that supports teaching and learning. The awards were bestowed as part of Tech & Learning’s 2022 Awards of Excellence program.

Lightspeed Classroom Management helps teachers keep students engaged and focused on digital learning. With real-time visibility into student activity and control over their online workspaces, teachers can remove distractions and keep students’ attention on classroom instruction by pushing out vetted URLs to all students, closing distracting tabs, blocking inappropriate websites, and enabling screen sharing for a collaborative, interactive classroom.

For the 2022 school year, Lightspeed Classroom Management was enhanced to give educators more control over student learning. Educators have more visibility over student activity with larger screens view, drag-and-drop functionality to create on-the-fly student groups, lesson customization to create differentiated instruction, and control over student attendance. Additionally, Lightspeed Systems launched SmartSync™, roster syncing technology with enhanced syncing speeds and multiple directory sources to ensure students are in the right classes with access to the content they need to succeed in the new school year.

“It’s an honor that the edtech leaders at Tech & Learning have recognized how effectively Lightspeed’s classroom management solution promotes student engagement,” said Scott Meeks, Director, Classroom Management. “As districts embark on a new school year, it’s essential that educators are empowered to keep students on task without disrupting valuable instruction time.”

Lightspeed Alert helps safety staff monitor their school communities for potential incidents of self-harm, suicide, bullying, and campus violence. The combination of 24/7/365 AI monitoring and human review ensures no alert goes unnoticed, no matter the day or time. Threats requiring more attention are sent via email to designated staff with a screenshot of the flagged activity and any of the student’s relevant contextual activity. Imminent threats are escalated via live calls from Lightspeed Safety Specialists to emergency responders and safety staff for rapid intervention.

Enhanced in time for back-to-school, Lightspeed Alert now offers image scanning capabilities to monitor for weapons and explicit imagery students share online and includes AI scanning for threats of bullying and physical harm. Additionally, improved integrations with Google allow for better monitoring across Gmail and Google Drive. These product enhancements help safety teams ensure every student stays safe on campus.

“With the youth mental health crisis showing no sign of ending, deploying the right threat detection system can save lives,” said Ryan Keag, Director, Student Safety. “We are honored that Lightspeed has been recognized for its unsurpassed ability to promote student safety by monitoring students’ online activity, no matter when or where they use their devices.”

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 28,000 schools globally. To learn more, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com.

T&L Awards for Excellence Back to School Tools award badge

Austin, Texas—Sept 16, 2022—Lightspeed Systems®, a leading K-12 online safety and effectiveness solutions provider, has won Tech & Learning’s “Best Tools for Back to School” award in the Secondary (6-12) category for two solutions, Lightspeed Classroom Management™ and Lightspeed Alert™. Each was recognized as an outstanding education product that supports teaching and learning. The awards were bestowed as part of Tech & Learning’s 2022 Awards of Excellence program.

Lightspeed Classroom Management helps teachers keep students engaged and focused on digital learning. With real-time visibility into student activity and control over their online workspaces, teachers can remove distractions and keep students’ attention on classroom instruction by pushing out vetted URLs to all students, closing distracting tabs, blocking inappropriate websites, and enabling screen sharing for a collaborative, interactive classroom.

For the 2022 school year, Lightspeed Classroom Management was enhanced to give educators more control over student learning. Educators have more visibility over student activity with larger screens view, drag-and-drop functionality to create on-the-fly student groups, lesson customization to create differentiated instruction, and control over student attendance. Additionally, Lightspeed Systems launched SmartSync™, roster syncing technology with enhanced syncing speeds and multiple directory sources to ensure students are in the right classes with access to the content they need to succeed in the new school year.

“It’s an honor that the edtech leaders at Tech & Learning have recognized how effectively Lightspeed’s classroom management solution promotes student engagement,” said Scott Meeks, Director, Classroom Management. “As districts embark on a new school year, it’s essential that educators are empowered to keep students on task without disrupting valuable instruction time.”

Lightspeed Alert helps safety staff monitor their school communities for potential incidents of self-harm, suicide, bullying, and campus violence. The combination of 24/7/365 AI monitoring and human review ensures no alert goes unnoticed, no matter the day or time. Threats requiring more attention are sent via email to designated staff with a screenshot of the flagged activity and any of the student’s relevant contextual activity. Imminent threats are escalated via live calls from Lightspeed Safety Specialists to emergency responders and safety staff for rapid intervention.

Enhanced in time for back-to-school, Lightspeed Alert now offers image scanning capabilities to monitor for weapons and explicit imagery students share online and includes AI scanning for threats of bullying and physical harm. Additionally, improved integrations with Google allow for better monitoring across Gmail and Google Drive. These product enhancements help safety teams ensure every student stays safe on campus.

“With the youth mental health crisis showing no sign of ending, deploying the right threat detection system can save lives,” said Ryan Keag, Director, Student Safety. “We are honored that Lightspeed has been recognized for its unsurpassed ability to promote student safety by monitoring students’ online activity, no matter when or where they use their devices.”

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 28,000 schools globally. To learn more, visit 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
  • Assess risk with visibility into student data privacy and security compliance