HTTPS and Google and Web Filtering for Schools

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Google moving all services to HTTPS has results in some questions and concerns from schools about their web filtering. The assurance of privacy that HTTPS provides is critical, but so is the assurance of student safety. And schools still want to report on searches, selectively allow or block Google services, and block YouTube as a policy while allowing safe access to specific educational videos in the My Big Campus Resource Library. And you can. We’ll help you have the best of both worlds with the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter. Find out how.

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Here’s the Feature That Makes a Good LMS Great

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Having an LMS that encourages connection and collaboration in the classroom is a beautiful thing. But it’s a limited resource if it doesn’t have resources — standards-aligned, multimedia lessons and content to arm teachers with what they need and research materials from reliable sources to help students do their best work.

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Going to TCEA 2015? Here’s a Sneak Peek at Our Plans

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Lightspeed is excited to be hosting a booth at TCEA 2015 in Austin, open tomorrow through Feb. 6.

We’re always thrilled to be a part of this conference, but we’ve got another reason to look forward to this year’s show: We’re debuting our gorgeous new booth! Check out this sneak peek.

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The Surprising Added Safety Feature on My Big Campus

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Bob Campus, My Big Campus’ resident robot/mascot, talks to teachers, students and administrators all day long through his wall on MBC. (For the record: Yes, he has heard songs by One Direction; yes, he likes football, but doesn’t have a favorite team at the Super Bowl; and, thanks, he thinks his robot suit is “on fleek,” too.)

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Coming to LightspeedConnect 2015? Present and Your Registration Is Free!

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Together, we do amazing things. That includes LightspeedConnect — our most amazing event all year!

LightspeedConnect 2015, our second annual user conference, is poised to be the best yet. But as we continue planning this year’s conference, June 22-24 in Cincinnati, Ohio, we need you — namely, your brilliant ideas.

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The Big Lightspeed Systems 2014 Recap and 2015 Plans

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Things tend to move at such a fast pace, there isn’t often time to pause and look back at progress. That’s what is nice about year ends.

2014 has been a big year for schools.

You bought more devices than ever before, you made progress towards your 1:1s (with more than 30% of districts now saying they’ve substantially implemented a 1:1) and you’re engaging students like never before with digital content and new tools.

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Our vision for the future: four things I know

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Last week I was at the Center for Digital Education’s DELC conference. DELC stands for Digital Education Leadership Conversation — and conversation is the key word there. The presentations, discussions, and collaborations at the event were inspiring. They were also affirming, as our vision for our Mobile Learning Essentials solution seems right on track for what districts need and where education is heading.

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Update on Google Encrypted Search

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Back when Google moved to encrypted search by default in 2011, it created issues for schools who wanted to restrict and report on Google searches so we worked with them to create an option to be able to redirect Google search traffic to servers that do not allow encrypted searching. By redirecting to nosslsearch.google.com, schools could filter and monitor like usual. Many schools have been using this solution.

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