(And why you need to try it for filtering, managing and monitoring your Chromebook deployment)
If your 2017/2018 school year plans involve Chromebooks, you’re in for tons of benefits — and probably some challenges, too. Solve them all with Relay!
Here are just 10 reasons hundreds of schools turned to Relay this summer and have made back-to-school better than ever. Try it for yourself to see even more reasons why schools love Relay.
1. Filtering at Home
“I love the fact that it extends to the students’ homes to continue their protection at home while online.” — Melinda Setchell, Technology Integration Specialist, St. Joseph Catholic School
Allowing students to take their Chromebooks home opens up big, 24/7 learning opportunities. But you need to filter those devices even when they’re off your school network. Relay makes it easy with end-to-end protection, wherever the devices go. Plus, features like After School Rules allow you to change your policies when devices are at home. Parents will rest easy!
2. Simple SSL Handling
“I love that I can enable a view into SSL traffic while simplifying configuration and easing hardware limitations. No more SSL exclude list to update.” — Daniel Ketchum, System Administrator, Avondale Elementary School District #44
Decrypting SSL traffic for critical reporting (like Google terms searched and YouTube videos watched) used to be a challenge. No more! Relay gives you all this insight with no proxy, no PAC files, and no certificates. What will you do with all your free time?
3. Powerful Reporting
“I was really impressed with the details that I can see — flagged content, etc. I LOVE having the ability to see activity everywhere the students go. That is the absolute best thing that I have discovered so far.” — Pam Bojrab, Technology Coordinator, St. Charles Borromeo School
Sure, you need your filter to block inappropriate activity. But the reports are where you’ll spend your time. With Relay, you’ll know how devices are being used so you can keep all your users on track.
4. Real-Time Alerts
“Relay has helped improve safety and given us the ability to flag inappropriate content, which has been very reassuring to our school board and parents as we roll out 1:1.” — Trey Breeden, Technical Program Manager, Community High School District 155
You’ve put the power of the internet in your students’ hands. Now you need to keep them safe! Relay’s customizable, real-time alerts on dangerous activity (like documents about suicide, or searches about bombs or guns) ensure your students are protected and you’re in control.
5. The Convenience of the Cloud
“It’s completely hosted and integrated with Google apps. It makes it 100 times easier to manage! No hardware to take care of, no updates, nothing in-line.” — Chris Hornbeck, System Administrator, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp
You have enough to manage. With Relay, you can skip the hardware and enjoy the benefits of the cloud: get set up in minutes, enjoy automatic enhancements and fixes, and get limitless scalability, redundancy, privacy and security. Let us take care of the hardware and maintenance.
6. Easy to Use
“Relay has a very simple and user-friendly interface and works very well in filtering our students.” — Nate Wurster, Microcomputer Specialist, Galway Central Schools
Save time with every task, change, or report, thanks to Relay’s intuitive, user-friendly interface.
7. Saves Money
“It is lowering the cost of monitoring student devices.” — Courtnie Mullen, Technology Integration Specialist, Altamont Community School District #10
Who doesn’t love to save money? With Relay, you’ll maximize use of the devices for big educational benefits. You’ll also save money with a single SAAS platform, Device Detective to locate lost and stolen devices, and cost-saving life-of-device pricing.
8. Different Policies for Different Groups
“It’s very easy to set the filtering for each student OU. Some have different needs and the categories make them easier to control.” — John Sedwick, Technology Integration Specialist, Anderson Community School Corp
All your users are not the same, so Relay makes it easy to set different policies by group, user, day/time, and more. Give older students more access, limit students who try to circumvent your AUP, open up sites on weekends — the choice is yours (and it just takes a second).
9. Empowered Teachers
“I love Classroom Orchestrator. It is improving our ability to manage and control what students can do on our devices. It gives us more protection than what we had and it gives our teachers the ability to monitor student devices more effectively.” — Lindsey Keely, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Lafayette Parish School System
Those Chromebooks are being used in classrooms across your district. Empower teachers with screen monitoring, device locks, screen broadcast, link/file share, and a lot more. (Yep, this is included at no additional cost!)
10. Easy to Set Up, Quick to See Results
“I like its simplicity and ability to integrate quickly into our existing environment. I love how easy it was to deploy and manage.” — Justin Koehn, Systems Administrator, Wilson County Schools
That’s right: even though school has started, it’s not too late to get Relay! It only takes a couple of minutes to get it set up and running.
It’s not too late to make this school year the most productive, powerful, and protected one yet. Request a demo today and you could be enjoying all of these benefits tomorrow!