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Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manager Wins 2015 Cool Tool Award From EdTech Digest

June 11, 2015

Mobile Manager, the mobile device management solution for K-12 schools from Lightspeed Systems, has been granted the 2015 Cool Tool Award by EdTech Digest. Mobile Manager wins the prize in the Mobile Device Solution category.

Mobile Manager receives the honor over nine other finalists in the Mobile Device Solution division, including JAMF Software Casper Suite, Promethean ClassFlow, Airwatch Enterprise Mobility Management, Amplify’s Amplify System, and Aerohive Networks Mobility Suite. Finalists and winners were selected for their role in “reshaping the education culture,” “creating a new and better future for students everywhere” with “workable technology solutions.”

Mobile Manager was designed specifically for K-12 schools to facilitate anytime, anywhere learning on any device. Its intelligent features allow administrators to:

  • Adjust policies for administrators, teachers, students, and individual users
  • Push apps and add, lock, or wipe devices remotely
  • Expand/restrict access for on-/off-campus use, and more

“To empower those who empower others is a very efficient way to transform an area, and precisely what Lightspeed Systems is doing in the busy mobile learning space with Mobile Manager,” says EdTech Digest Editor-in-Chief Victor Rivero. “We commend Lightspeed Systems for their standout mobile solution built specifically for education.”

“For schools who may have hundreds or thousands of devices on their networks, streamlined management is absolutely essential to making a mobile device program work,” says Lightspeed Systems President Brian Thomas. “We designed every feature of Mobile Manager with K-12 schools in mind, so every school device program can succeed.”

To learn more about Mobile Manager, click here. To see the complete list of EdTech Digest 2015 Cool Tool Award winners, click here.

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Announcing Our New Solution, Teacher Dashboard

May 5, 2015

Lightspeed Systems announces the launch of Teacher Dashboard, a classroom control solution that gives teachers the power to manage devices and student activity from a single dashboard.

Teacher Dashboard allows IT departments to share management with educators, giving them easy access to Lightspeed Systems K-12 network solutions — Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom Orchestrator — plus new content database Campus Library. Available at no additional cost with any Lightspeed Systems solution, Teacher Dashboard allows teachers to manage devices, restrict or expand online access, and share educational content from one easy-to-use panel.

Teacher Dashboard combines the classroom-focused features of Lightspeed Systems solutions in one portal, with seamless single sign-on, so teachers can:

  • Manage devices and policies
  • Create Web Zones to expand or restrict web access
  • View student screens in real time
  • Safely find, add and share videos and other resources
  • Access and share school resources— and much more

“Our mission at Lightspeed Systems is to provide school IT professionals with the tools they need to make their networks safe, secure, mobile and easy to manage,” says Lightspeed Systems President Brian Thomas. “Part of easy management is getting educators involved. Teacher Dashboard balances management by giving teachers the controls to run their classrooms more efficiently, which frees up IT departments to focus on other tasks.”

To learn more about Teacher Dashboard, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/products/teacher-dashboard/.

For schools seeking a full-featured LMS to complement Teacher Dashboard, Lightspeed Systems has entered into a partnership with itslearning. Our partnership combines the mature itslearning platform with the safety features of My Big Campus, plus easy content migration. To learn more, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/mbc-transition-faq/.


Lightspeed Systems Classroom Orchestrator Expands To Chromebooks

January 21, 2015

Mobile devices can engage students and be successful tools for learning. However, monitoring those devices and ensuring they are being used appropriately can be challenging for teachers. Classroom Orchestrator from Lightspeed Systems solves this issue and makes monitoring devices and student activity simpler. With Classroom Orchestrator, teachers can focus on what really matters – students.

Now available on Chromebooks, Classroom Orchestrator features an easy-to-use and clean interface and gives teachers a centralized view of all student screens so it’s easy to see who’s on task, who needs help, and who’s ready to advance. From a thumbnail view of the whole class, teachers can drill in for more detail on an individual student and even start recording a student screen. This granular level of monitoring increases student accountability and allows teachers to personalize instruction.

With features like Student Information Systems (SIS) integration and cloud-based, low-bandwidth utilization, Classroom Orchestrator makes it easy for schools to implement and start using right away.

Brian Thomas, President of Lightspeed Systems is pleased with the expansion to Chromebook. “We are excited the next phase in Classroom Orchestrator development is here. Chromebooks play an important role in many schools around the world. Classroom Orchestrator makes monitoring easier and allows teachers and IT to focus on mobile learning, not mobile devices.”

Lightspeed Systems makes mobile learning easier and more effective by providing CIPA compliant filtering on or off the network; mobile device management; and a learning management system, My Big Campus. When integrated with these solutions, Classroom Orchestrator is part of a complete Mobile Learning Essentials solution that makes teaching and learning with technology easier and more effective.

To learn more about Classroom Orchestrator and see it in action, visit lightspeedsystems.com/products/classroom-orchestrator/


Lightspeed Systems Looking Ahead To World’s Largest Learning Technology Conference

December 9, 2014

Lightspeed Systems is pleased to once again be exhibiting at BETT 2015. The world’s largest educational technology event will take place in London on January 21 – January 24, 2015 and will welcome more than 30,000 attendees from across the globe. With an emphasis on showcasing innovative solutions that help improve learning opportunities for students everywhere, BETT is the ideal place for Lightspeed Systems to share its vision of safe, mobile, collaborative and engaging learning with educators from around the world.

A strong focus at BETT 2015 will be the company’s commitment to providing schools with comprehensive and effective mobile learning solutions. Globally, education is going mobile—whether it be a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme or school-funded laptops for every student.  Lightspeed Systems’ Mobile Learning Essentials brings together four integrated elements—web filter, Mobile Device Manager, learning management system and the all new Classroom Orchestrator —for one complete solution. Lightspeed Systems knows when learning is safe, mobile, collaborative and engaged, teachers across the globe are empowered, students are focused, and parents are involved.

Throughout the conference, Lightspeed Systems will be holding product demonstrations and presentations from schools across the United Kingdom.  Bobby Moore, Network Manager at Heathside School, Weybridge, will be discussing why their leaning platform is better than yours. Jason Quiterio, Head of ICT at Notre Dame RC School, Plymouth will be sharing best practices on how to engage both teachers and students with a learning platform and Mark Ellis, Assistant Principle at Samuel Lister Academy, Bingley will discuss the schools decision to invest in iPads for every student and teacher and the need to manage them, filter them and have a way to safely share information and resources.

Conference attendees will be able to see the solutions first-hand, talk with product developers and connect with fellow educators at our interactive stand D180.

“At Lightspeed Systems, we believe learning is about making connections,” shares Lightspeed Systems Vice President Marketing, Amy Bennett.  “We are excited to connect with schools around the world at BETT and share our commitment to collaborative and engaged learning.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems’ presence at BETT and a full presentation schedule, go to www.lightspeedsystems.com/BETT2015 or visit our website: www.lightspeedsystems.com/en-uk


Lightspeed Systems Makes Student Data Privacy A Top Priority

December 1, 2014

In 2014, student data privacy became a prime concern for global education. Lightspeed Systems responded by enacting transparent and comprehensive data privacy policies. Protecting Privacy: Lightspeed Systems Overview (Protecting Privacy) outlines the educational technology company’s data privacy and security practices and provides answers to the questions schools should ask any service providers handling or managing student data.

Recently reviewed and accepted by the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington D.C. based organization committed to the advancement of responsible data privacy practices, Protecting Privacy outlines Lightspeed Systems pledge to the privacy and security of their customers—ensuring data shared and collected remains private and protected. In addition, Protecting Privacy includes an overview of the company’s data collection, storage, access, and retention procedures—all in place to limit the collection of personal student and staff information to that which is only necessary to utilize Lightspeed Systems products and services.

Protecting Privacy also provides information on security and privacy record audits, data centers, cloud compliance, development environments, and incident investigation and response. “We know student data privacy is critical,” shares Lightspeed Systems VP of Global Operations and Privacy Officer, John Genter. “And so is digital learning. That is why we provide solutions, backed by a comprehensive privacy policy, which enable schools to use classroom technology in safe and innovative ways.”

As another testament to the company’s commitment to safeguarding privacy, Lightspeed Systems was recently accepted as a Signatory on the Student Privacy Pledge, a worldwide pledge of leading educational technology providers.

Lightspeed Systems is a sponsor of CoSN’s Protecting Privacy Initiative. The company’s solutions are FERPA, COPPA, CIPA, and HIPAA complaint.

Protecting Privacy: Lightspeed Systems Overview is publicly posted and can be viewed here https://community.lightspeedsystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/LightspeedSystems-Protecting-Privacy.pdf


Introducing Classroom Orchestrator – The Next Big Thing for Mobile Learning Success

November 18, 2014

Mobile devices can engage students and be successful tools for learning. However, with a full class, monitoring those devices and ensuring they are being used appropriately can be challenging for teachers. Classroom Orchestrator from Lightspeed Systems solves this issue and makes monitoring devices and student activity simpler. With Classroom Orchestrator, teachers can focus on what really matters – students.

Incorporating an easy-to-use and clean interface, Classroom Orchestrator gives teachers a centralized view of all student screens so it’s easy to see who’s on task, who needs help, and who’s ready to advance. From a thumbnail view of the whole class, teachers can drill in for more detail on an individual student and even start recording a student screen. This granular level of monitoring increases student accountability and allows teachers to personalize instruction.

Classroom Orchestrator seamlessly integrates with school Student Information Systems (SIS), so adding classes and students is quick and easy. Teachers can also see at a glance if any devices are not being filtered, creating even more classroom control.

Lightspeed Systems makes mobile learning easier and more effective by providing CIPA compliant filtering on or off the network; mobile device management; and a learning management system, My Big Campus. When integrated with these solutions, Classroom Orchestrator is part of a complete Mobile Learning Essentials solution that makes teaching and learning with technology easier and more effective.

More features added to Classroom Orchestrator over the next months will include virtual hand raising, instant chat, live polling, and more.

“Classroom Orchestrator is the next step in successful mobile learning programs,” shares Brian Thomas, President of Lightspeed Systems. “We want to empower teachers to use mobile devices for learning by making monitoring those devices in the classroom easier. Classroom Orchestrator does that and more.”

With Classroom Orchestrator, teachers can use devices to enhance learning by monitoring use and keeping students focused. Offered on its own or as part of the integrated Mobile Learning Essentials solution, Classroom Orchestrator is available now for Windows devices.

To learn more about Classroom Orchestrator and see it in action, visitlightspeedsystems.com/products/classroom-orchestrator/


Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manager Supports iOS8

September 17, 2014

Mobile Manager, the mobile device management (MDM) solution from Lightspeed Systems, currently supports the new features of Apple’s iOS8. Following the announcement from Apple earlier this summer, Mobile Manager was updated to be fully compatible – ensuring schools using the MDM from Lightspeed Systems have a seamless transition and can begin using Apple’s new education-rich features immediately.

Mobile devices are changing education and Lightspeed Systems is changing the way these devices are managed. In addition to hierarchical policy settings, education specific tools, and a user-friendly interface, the MDM solution also features application controls, integration with the Apple Volume Purchasing Plan, remote wiping, and centralized inventory, reporting, updates, and installs.

This latest release from Apple features new device management and classroom workflow enhancements. Increased MDM controls include remote configuration, new queries to provide administrators with more oversight, prevention from users adding their own restrictions, and more.

The new operating system also works on the iPad2 and iPad Mini, allowing many schools to continue using devices already implemented. iBooks will now be pre-installed on tablets, enabling administrators to automatically push books through the MDM—ensuring students are equipped with appropriate, approved content. Essential for schools using multiple devices, the latest update also features integration between iPads and Macs. With iOS8, schools can AirDrop files seamlessly between a Mac and mobile device. And since Mobile Manager gives teachers the ability to easily manage devices in their classrooms, these latest iOS features can have an immediate impact on student learning.

Mobile Manager’s instant support of iOS8 gives schools using Apple devices an easily managed mobile learning experience. To take advantage of these new management features visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/products/mobile-manager/ and sign up for a demo.


My Big Campus Named Top Learning Management System by E-Learning 24/7

August 6, 2014

My Big Campus, the learning management system (LMS) from Lightspeed Systems, was recently named one of the Top 50 LMSs of 2014 by the E-Learning 24/7 Firm.  Ranking #2 in the K12 category, #2 in Overall Social, and #3 in Overall Next-Generation, My Big Campus was recognized for a dynamic feature set including strong social capabilities, fun and easy to use platform, seamless integration with Google Docs and Microsoft OneDrive, extensive resources for teachers enabling them to communicate and connect, and a comprehensive commitment to learning.

E-Learning 24/7 was founded by Craig Weiss, an industry expert and thought leader in the LMS space. Named the second most influential person in the world for e-learning, Weiss’ LMS Mid-Year Rankings Report provides expert insight and analysis on the top LMS solutions around the world.

In his review of My Big Campus, Weiss states, “For those folks who say you can’t have a fun LMS in the education space, I say ha! This LMS breaks that myth with a cool interface, capabilities and a commitment to learners.”

Weiss continues, “If you want the best K-12 LMS on the market with robust features and a student and teacher experience that will exceed your expectations, it is My Big Campus. It beats Blackboard hands down.”

My Big Campus was developed with a K12 focus to help schools meet standards requirements, improve achievement, make blended and mobile learning work, provide classroom management tools, and much more. Previously recognized by Weiss as a Best of the Best NextGen LMS, My Big Campus goes beyond the standard tool-set and is designed for the future of education. Weiss defines a NextGen LMS with some of the following criteria:

  • Modern Interface
  • Simple navigation, robust features
  • Understanding IT
  • Exceptional admin user experience
  • Quickly adaptable
  • Unparalleled support and service

“Being chosen by Craig Weiss as a top LMS, a top K12 LMS, and a Next Gen LMS is quite an honor. It reaffirms that we are on the right track,” shares President of Lightspeed Systems, Brian Thomas. “Learning shouldn’t be boring, and LMSs don’t have to just digitize the same old lessons. With My Big Campus, we’re using technology and collaboration to inspire and engage students and teachers around the world – because we think learning should be fun and exciting.”

To learn more about My Big Campus, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/products/my-big-campus/

About Craig Weiss

Craig Weiss is a speaker, analyst, advisor, and e-learning expert.  His firm E-Learning 24/7 provides services to buyers and suppliers in the e-learning industry. http://elearninfo247.com

 

About Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and collaborative.

Our Mission is to transform education by safely and easily connecting people, resources, and technology. We’ve helped thousands of schools around the world protect and engage more than 25 million students. Lightspeed Systems + Your School. Together we do amazing things


Lightspeed Systems and Microsoft Partner to Deliver Easier Device Management to Schools

June 30, 2014

Mobile Manager, the mobile device management (MDM) solution from Lightspeed Systems, now supports the latest Microsoft update, Windows 8.1. Schools can now take advantage of the increased education-rich features of Microsoft’s latest OS release, along with the simplified management of an MDM made just for schools.

The Mobile Manager update provides schools with a powerful solution to roll out, manage, and implement mobile devices, delivering powerful cross-platform policy controls, app deployment, and reporting. Windows 8.1 is just the latest supported OS for Mobile Manager, joining iOS, MacOS, Android, and Windows 8.

In addition to the easy-to-use interface, Mobile Manager now boasts robust new features to support Windows 8.1. Made specifically for education, Lightspeed Systems’ MDM solution balances management between IT and educators and makes it easy for schools to take learning mobile.

New features include:

  • Student Information System (SIS) integration
  • Support for Windows Store App Deployment Program
  • Time-based policies to allow different in-school
    and after-school use
  • Device restrictions, including Windows Error reporting, data roaming, OneDrive control, Smart Screen enable, and more
  • Bluetooth control – critical for online testing
  • Device status updates
  • Wi-Fi and VPN provisioning
  • Parental controls
  • And much more

“Microsoft is fortunate to work with more than 40,000 education partners around the world, and Lightspeed Systems is one of the great examples of a partner that adds huge value to the education marketplace—providing solutions that our customers need and want whether they are seeking to manage large scale 1:1 device initiatives, or if they are simply looking for enterprise level services to assist in the infrastructure already in place,” shares Microsoft Corporation, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector – Education, Anthony Salcito. “We are proud to have Lightspeed Systems as part of our ecosystem and look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

 

This latest update to Mobile Manager also allows schools using Windows mobile devices to implement Mobile Learning Essentials. Combining Lightspeed Systems’ Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and collaborative learning management system (LMS) My Big Campus, Mobile Learning Essentials provides schools with a complete solution to easily manage devices, use them in the classroom, and engage students in learning.

Brian Thomas, Lightspeed Systems President is excited about this partnership. “We know mobile devices are useful tools. But we also know they can’t change education on their own. With Mobile Learning Essentials, schools have the tools they need to take mobile devices and use them to accomplish their learning goals. By working with Microsoft, we’ll be able to bring more schools the solutions they need to make successful mobile learning a reality.”

Mobile Manager’s support of Windows 8.1 is the latest effort from Lightspeed Systems to ensure schools can create successful mobile learning programs, no matter the device.

For more information about smarter mobile learning with Lightspeed Systems and Microsoft, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/microsoft/


Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manager Now Integrated With Apple Device Enrollment Program

April 25, 2014

Following the recent release of Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP), Lightspeed Systems announced an update to their mobile device management (MDM) solution. Mobile Manager is now integrated with DEP, allowing schools more control, ease of management, and increased functionality of their mobile learning program.

When integrated with Mobile Manager, the new Device Enrollment Program offers IT administrators key features needed for device implementation and management. Mobile devices can now be enrolled in Mobile Manager wirelessly with policies already in place—ensuring devices get out of the box and into the hands of students and teachers more quickly and efficiently. In addition, the integration also offers schools more control over devices, particularly the ability to prevent users from removing Mobile Manager profile and policies—keeping students and devices safe.

“Schools have been asking for these capabilities,” shares Rob Chambers, VP of Product Development and Lightspeed Systems. “We’re excited that with the new Apple DEP program, we are able to continue to meet the needs of schools deploying iOS devices.”

With the seamless integration between DEP and Mobile Manager already in place, schools using the MDM from Lightspeed Systems can implement these benefits now. By following a few simple clicks in Mobile Manager, devices can be enrolled, configured, and ready to be used for learning.

This latest update to Mobile Manager ensures a streamlined and more efficient level of management for schools. For more information on how to enable safe anytime, anywhere learning, visit http://community.lightspeedsystems.com/2014/04/mobile-manager-and-apple-device-enrollment-program-dep/