The Revolutionary New Way for Schools to Optimize Tech Use: Introducing Analytics Powered by Relay

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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.

It’s more important than ever for schools to make informed decisions about their edtech. Analytics powered by Relay pulls together all usage information for devices, apps, applications, and online resources into a single, actionable dashboard so schools can:
∙ Maximize ROI: Identify used and unused licenses and their associated costs for all resources, by school and group
∙ Drive adoption: Pinpoint groups or users with low adoption of key resources to target training and professional development efforts
∙ Maintain compliance: Spot out-of-compliance or rogue applications that could present privacy or data security concerns

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Securly & GoGuardian: Why We Went Public About Their Inability to Block Porn

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Our announcement that GoGuardian and Securly failed to block more than half of the pornographic web sites we tested has clearly struck a nerve. (See here.)

We think blocking access to pornography is the most fundamental thing a web filter should do, and stand by our claims and concerns. We’ve also heard from many schools that share those concerns, tested their filters, and were shocked at the results.

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3 Things I Learned During a Summer at Lightspeed Systems

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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.

I got to spend eight weeks in Austin, Texas, working with great people for a company that is making an amazing impact in education. Lightspeed Systems is revolutionizing the way schools monitor and protect students, at school and at home.

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How to Easily Decrypt SSL on Any Device

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

Unfortunately, schools can’t afford to not get full reporting on HTTPS traffic. More than half of all websites are encrypted, including Google and YouTube. It’s critical for schools to decrypt this traffic in order to set filtering policies and get accurate reports on student activity.

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

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Lightspeed Systems’ goal is to provide schools with smart, advanced tools to help keep students protected from harm. Technology plays a critical role in advancing learning. Sadly, exposure to the internet (and social media, specifically) is linked to an increased risk of depression and other mental health issues. Among 12- to 17-year-olds, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

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Your Top Questions About Relay Smart Agents, Answered

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What are IT’s biggest challenges with filtering today? Last week, we hosted a special webinar on the future of filtering. Here’s what attendees said are their biggest filtering headaches:

– 64%: filtering SSL traffic
– 56%: filtering social media and video
– 44%: filtering multiple device OSes
– 22%: managing filtering hardware

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