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Lightspeed Systems Announces Move to Austin, Texas

June 20, 2016

Education technology company Lightspeed Systems consolidates its US operations in Austin, planning to relocate most employees and open larger new headquarters.

AUSTIN, TX. — Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems has announced plans to relocate employees and operations from Bakersfield, California, to Austin, Texas, expanding its corporate headquarters. The company will gradually transition employees from its original offices in downtown Bakersfield to a larger new facility in Austin starting this year.

Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has built its reputation creating smart solutions for school networks. Its award-winning web filtering, mobile device management and classroom management products are used in 5,500 school districts in the United States and 25,000 schools globally. The expansion of Lightspeed’s centrally located Austin presence will give the company more opportunities for growth; the transition will be complete sometime in 2017.

Lightspeed Systems’ new location was chosen by the company’s executive team to position the company closer to customers, partners, and other key technology companies. Additionally, concentrating employees in the Central Time Zone will allow the company to better support customers in and out of the country, and work with more agility and speed, says its CEO.

“Right now, Austin is the most innovative and dynamic place in the country for technology,” says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “Bakersfield was an incredible place to found and build our business, and we will always have ties to the community. But we’re excited about our future in Austin so we can continue growing and achieving new goals.”

Lightspeed Systems opened its downtown Austin headquarters in 2013. The thriving start-up scene, culture of innovation and excellent barbecue make Austin an ideal home for Lightspeed Systems’ staff. Lightspeed Systems Founder Rob McCarthy, a Bakersfield native, moved to lead the Austin presence in 2014; the rest of its executive team is in the process of relocating. The majority of employees working in Bakersfield, California, will be transitioned to the Austin offices this year, while some employees will remain in Bakersfield, working remotely.

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/company.


Lightspeed Systems Releases New Version of Rocket Web Filter

February 19, 2016

Lightspeed Systems is pleased to announce the release of version 3 of the Rocket Web Filter, the market leader for content filtering in education. The release features a sleek new user interface as well as a variety of new features to simplify school network management.

Rocket Web Filter — which is powered by Lightspeed Systems’ proprietary Rocket appliances, either on school networks or in a cloud — was built specifically for schools. With a reputation for robust content filtering without over-blocking, Web Filter quickly became the education market leader for filtering. The new version features improvements to filtering speed, scalability and SSL handling as well as live traffic reports and other tools to make filtering and reporting fast and easy.

wf3-email-body-2 copyWeb Filter 3’s new features and enhancements include:

  • Increased filtering speed and scalability
  • More options for filtering and reporting on SSL sites like Google
  • More powerful reporting, including live traffic reports
  • A clean, intuitive new user interface
  • A redesigned administrator dashboard
  • A Notification Center for instant news on updates or system issues
  • Cloud-based backups
  • And much more

“The needs and challenges of school IT departments have always guided the development of our Web Filter,” says Lightspeed Systems Chief Executive Officer Brian Thomas. “Web Filter 3 is our biggest release ever, incorporating all the new features our customers need plus even more.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Rocket Web Filter 3, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/wf3.


Why Lightspeed Systems Web Filtering?

December 15, 2015

Matthew Gray and Tom McHenry are Network Managers at Queens College London and needed a way to customise their filtering for younger and older students to ensure they had as much access to valuable material as possible.

Roger Pearson, the Senior Technician at Northumberland Church of England Academy needed a scalable filter that could work across multiple campuses spread throughout the county.

Chris Butler is the Head of IT Delivery at the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership and needed a simple but sophisticated way to report on students behaviour online and pass the information on to senior members of staff.

These features as well as a number of other education-focused tools for IT and teaching staff are what make Lightspeed Systems Web Filter the perfect fit for their schools and thousands of other schools around the world. See their experience in their own words by watching this video.


Lightspeed Systems Revolutionises Device Management With New Management Bundle for Windows

November 10, 2015

Today, school network solution innovator Lightspeed Systems announced the launch of the Lightspeed Systems Management Bundle for Windows, a complete solution for the management of Windows and other devices in education. The bundle offers mobile device management, classroom management and web filtering to simplify the day-to-day management of devices with a single, complete solution.

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With mobile devices coming into schools in increasing numbers, administrators need smart solutions to simplify management. The requirements of schools differ from those of enterprises and, like all Lightspeed Systems solutions, the Management Bundle was designed specifically to meet those unique needs. The bundle provides powerful controls to set device features, view student screens, set secure testing policies, and more — all from an easy-to-use central interface that gives administrators centralised control while providing easy and secure options for delegation of key classroom functions.

“Windows devices offer great quality and affordability with a familiar interface and powerful productivity tools, which is why so many schools have chosen them for their mobile learning programs,” says Lightspeed Systems President Brian Thomas. “Our bundle offers everything IT departments and teachers need to make Windows devices easily-managed learning tools.”

Lightspeed Systems has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure powerful integration and seamless inter-operation with Windows, Office 365, and other Microsoft education solutions.

“Whether teachers and students are purchasing new devices or upgrading existing devices to Windows 10, the package of Lightspeed device management and professional services is a cost-effective way to simplify device management and classroom management, enabling them to achieve more,” said Tony Prophet, Corporate Vice President, Education Marketing, Microsoft.

Early reaction to the bundle from school technology directors is reflective of the need this new solution fills for administrators seeking solutions to help them more easily manage devices across their districts, schools, and classrooms:

“A one-stop shop for Windows control.”
“A wonderful tool to help administrators and teachers effectively manage mobile devices and users.”
“A dynamic system for today’s learning environment.”
“A complete management solution.”
“Just what schools need.”

To learn more about the Lightspeed Systems Management Bundle for Windows, visit lightspeedsystems.com/mb.


Lightspeed Systems Teacher Dashboard

November 10, 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 education network solutions — Web FilterMobile 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/.


British Government Introduce New Act

November 5, 2015

As of July 2015, schools across the UK are subject to a duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act in which they are required to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

Lightspeed Systems Web Filter has been developed specifically for education with a number of powerful features for safeguarding and prevention which can aid schools in fulfilling this new act.

To find out about these features, download our latest whitepaper here.


Lightspeed Systems has a a new video: The de Ferrers Academy Goes 1:1

November 4, 2015

Schools and colleges across the UK are rolling out mobile devices with the hope of invigorating the learning experience and enabling interactive 24/7 learning. The biggest challenge for these establishments is ensuring the devices are safe and can be managed quickly and efficiently. Made specifically for education, Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manger allows schools to simply and effectively implement and manage a successful mobile learning programme.

 

Since becoming an Academy, de Ferrers has aspired to be a beacon of excellence within the community it serves, where everyone feels valued, included and proud. With excellent funding the Academy has widely promoted the use of new technologies in education and with over 1000 iPads, the Academy has provided its students with top-class resources to further their education. The Academy became the first school in Staffordshire to provide all sixth form students with access to a personal 1:1 iPad for use in lessons and at home.

 

Find out why they chose Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manager in this short video.


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 centralised 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 personalise instruction.

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

Brian Thomas, CEO 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.”

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