It’s not enough for schools to buy devices for their students; you also need to make sure students are using them properly, and to advance their learning. But a classroom management app that allows teachers to view student screens isn’t enough. They need help monitoring student devices so they can spot students who are getting off-task or are struggling to keep up with their peers.
New Lightspeed Systems Classroom is a cloud-based classroom management solution that gives teachers unparalleled visibility into what’s going on with classroom devices. With Classroom, teachers don’t have to worry about being everywhere at once, peering at every student’s screen. Teachers also don’t have to be glued to their own screens, following their students’ page views and trying to figure out who’s off-task.
This is why Lightspeed Systems Classroom is so revolutionary. Classroom leverages smart analytics tools to zero in on unusual browsing activity, notifying teachers in real time when students may be distracted or need help. Our classroom management solution frees teachers from their desks and devices, allowing them to perform other essential tasks — grading assignments, answering questions, and so on — while also ensuring students use their devices appropriately.
Here are 15 things teachers can do with Lightspeed Systems Classroom.
1. Get insights on unusual browsing behavior.
How do teachers know which students aren’t focused? They receive an alert at the top of the screen indicating which students show unusual browsing behavior. Our classroom management app leverages years of data on students’ typical browsing behavior to understand when students’ online activity is abnormal.
Classroom management with Lightspeed Systems Classroom
2. See an aggregate view of which websites all of your students are browsing.
Teachers can see what websites all their students are on right now. In Classroom, they can open an aggregate view of web activity; teachers see a list of the URLs with favicons so they can quickly check everyone’s status.
3. Get student status updates.
With Classroom, students can set their status to “working” or “done.” This way, teachers will know when it’s safe to move on to the next task — and if students who are finished with their work are browsing unrelated URLs, teachers don’t have to wonder whether they’re distracted from the current assignment.
4. Find out who needs help.
Teachers know better than anyone that not all students who need help raise their hands and ask for it. In Classroom, students can set their status to “need help” to discreetly notify their teacher when they’re stuck.
5. Sort students into lists based on their statuses.
If teachers want to see what proportion of their class is working versus finished with the current task, they can toggle to Classroom’s list view or change to a heat map view (shown below).
The heat map view in Lightspeed Systems Classroom
6. Identify which students are most active online.
Our classroom management solution identifies which students have visited the most URLs during the class period, which may indicate a student who’s off-task.
7. See individual student screens in real time.
So your teacher gets a notification that one of his students has unusual browsing activity, but the teacher wants to know for sure. All your teacher needs to do is click on the student’s name to see what’s happening on the student device right this second.
See individual student device activity in real time with Lightspeed’s Classroom
8. View any student’s browsing history.
With our classroom management software, teachers can easily verify whether students are browsing on-task now as well as anytime during the class period. They simply click a student’s name and select Browsing History to see the student’s browsing activity for the entire class period. Teachers can also view every student’s open tabs.
9. Record any student’s device screen activity.
If your teacher sees a student who’s working particularly well — or getting particularly distracted — the teacher can record the student’s device screen, capturing that activity to show parents or administration.
10. Find out which sites students visit most frequently.
Maybe teachers need to get a sense of where students are spending most of their time online. Look under the Most Viewed column in the aggregate view or Currently Browsing in the left navigation, which shows running totals of how many students are on each domain.
11. Send instant messages to student device screens.
Does a distracted student need a nudge to focus? His teacher can send a message (e.g. “Are you done?” or “Need help?”) right to that student’s desktop. It will show up as a notification in the student’s browser.
12. Send links to students.
Make sure students can quickly follow along with instruction. Our classroom management lets teachers push links to their students — the whole class, a group, or just one student.
13. Lock student screens.
Let’s say your teacher wants his students’ eyes upfront for a minute, or needs a distracted student to stop what she’s doing immediately. With Classroom, teachers can lock any students’ screens for as long as necessary.
14. Set zones to restrict student access to a specific website or websites.
Teachers may want their students to browse a specific site or group of sites during class time. With our classroom management app, teachers can limit students to a web zone, ensuring no one browses web content outside what teachers want them to access.
15. Release students from zones when they’re finished with their work.
When students set their statuses to “done,” they’ll be released from any web zones their teachers have created. Then, they’ll be free to browse the web or work on other assignments.
Classroom is available at no additional cost for customers who license Lightspeed Systems Relay and is available to license as a stand-alone product, too.
With one-click settings and automated insights, Classroom makes classroom device management easier than ever. Request a demo now!