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Why Our Solutions Aren’t Just for School IT Departments

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Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has been building smart solutions for school networks — helping IT keep their networks and their devices safe and easily managed.

But, over the past decade, more and more school technology has moved out of the server room and into classrooms. This digital transformations is one of the most exciting opportunities to engage and teach today’s students.

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The Solution Your 1:1 Initiative Needs Now

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You’re spending a lot of money on devices – but are you making the most of them? One of the ways to take your 1:1 to the next level is to allow students to take devices home, which encourages 24/7 learning and makes students feel greater ownership of their digital learning. But safety and filtering are top concerns for school administrators when students take their devices off-campus.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Our URL Database

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One of the reasons the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter is such a powerful solution for schools is our dynamic URL database. Lightspeed has a robot army working hard to crawl and categorize sites on the Web, and we complement this with a team of humans that is responsible for maintaining and updating our database. Together, they make the Web safe for thousands of school districts around the world.

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3 Things to Know for April

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1. Solve your SSL problems right now.
The No. 1 frustration in school IT departments right now is how to handle encrypted traffic over sites like Google and YouTube. VP of Development Rob Chambers has written a blog post explaining why decrypting is the way to go. Read why you should decrypt — and exactly how to configure your Lightspeed Systems Web Filter for advanced SSL decryption — here.

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Top 6 Reasons Schools Should Decrypt Google Traffic

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Schools are increasingly turning to Google services for productivity, collaboration, communication, research, and more. And when they do, the biggest challenge is being able to monitor and filter user activity across that encrypted Google traffic. Once traffic is encrypted (as Google and other services increasingly are), it’s more difficult to get full information on the URLs and activity for your web filtering and reporting. The solution is decrypting Google-bound traffic as a trusted man in the middle proxy. We’ll cover the why first and then get to the how.

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3 Things to Know for March

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1. Are you using Launch?
Are you using Launch (http://launch.lightspeedsystems.com) to log into your Lightspeed Systems solutions? This simple dashboard gives admins and teachers single sign-on to the product features they need, so IT gets easy access to admin tools while teachers get basic management tools and our Campus LibraryHere is an introduction to Launch; here is information on how to create teacher accounts.

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