Classroom management software allows staff to view the screens of all the computers within a teaching room or library, from a single computer. This ensures students are not accessing inappropriate websites or going onto applications they shouldn’t behind the teachers back. Many of the commercial options have trial versions which are available to download.
Different systems have different features, but some common features of these systems include;
– Staff being able to block or allow internet access for an entire group or individuals (can be used to reward students at the end of a session)
– Staff being able to restrict access to limited number of websites/applications (ideal for safeguarding issues)
– Staff and students being able to send files to each other from individual computers.
– Staff being able to take full control of everyone’s computer which can be used to show a presentation on individual screens rather than having to look at the screen at the front of the class.
Below are links to a number of case studies and testimonials of some of the different solutions;
*The links below are the result of a systematic web search and do not represent recommendations of specific commercial products from myself or the JISC Advance RSC. If there are any systems you feel I have missed out, and there are case studies available, please use the comments section to let me know.*
King George V College and ‘Swat-It’ (Stop Web Access, Teacher Is Teaching). A system which was developed in house.
Preston College have used Ranger Remote to provide control within a classroom environment and to provide an alternative to an interactive whiteboard
Kings College use NetSupport School to prevent students from using email, browsing the internet and using software they shouldn’t during class.
Blackburn College who have used LanSchool to give the teaching staff control over what is or isn’t blocked and allows students to ask questions in a class without having to put their hand up.
Available via; http://www.itsltduk.co.uk/contactus/index.aspx?id=687
MidKent College have used LanSchool to manage the ICT classroom and library
Sandywell college who have used SynchronEyes to ensure students stay focused
Hamble College (comprehensive school) use AB Tutor Control to provide staff greater control in rooms with poor layouts.
The School of Engineering at Blackpool and Fylde College have used BrowseControl to ensure staff are more focused.
Moor End College use Sanako 500 to increase communication, collaboration and support within the learning environment.