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    Monitor Student Activity

    What software do you use, have you used that worked or did not work, to monitor what students are doing during class or in a lab? I am looking for software that will allow teachers to look at a students screen from the teacher computer in front of class. I have looked into Vision and DyKnow, but do not know how well they work. Does anyone have suggestions?

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    Hi

    You can use Netsupport School for this, there is another product that is identical called Ranger Remote Control but the support if crap **sorry!** plus you don't get updates as often.

    You can also use something called securus that will pickup key words and take a screen shot of the pupils machine. For example if i student types in "Sex" it will take a screen shot and upload it to the server.

    Here are the links:
    Netsupport School The Classroom Management Software
    Securus | Stop cyberbullying with e-safety software for schools

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    We have just installed Italc in a few rooms at the school were I work.

    It seems to be going down very well with the teachers so far..

    And the best bit is its free so you can try it without any problem of costs

    Viewing of student screens
    Locking students computers
    Demo of teachers screen to all student computers
    etc etc

    Very nice!

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    I have never actually tried it. Can you lock it down so teachers can only control one class without taking over the whole school?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    Can you lock it down so teachers can only control one class without taking over the whole school?
    Yes. iTalc uses public/private keys to allow or disallow teacher machines to connect to pupils machines - i.e. the teacher machine has to have the correct key to be able to connect, so you can set up a system where every teacher can control any class in the school, or just some, or only their own class.

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    can you set it so teachers can only control one class but IT support can control the whole school? Also how easy is it to setup these keys? Do you have to set it on each machine?

    many thanks

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    I've heard good thinks about LanSchool. One thing I would say is don't go over the top with remote monitoring software and lock workstations etc at every possible opportunity. They installed LanSchool at college recently and although it is very good some staff are being silly with it in that they lock whole computer suites for pointless reasons and when you're trying to work it's a pain to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    I've heard good thinks about LanSchool. One thing I would say is don't go over the top with remote monitoring software and lock workstations etc at every possible opportunity. They installed LanSchool at college recently and although it is very good some staff are being silly with it in that they lock whole computer suites for pointless reasons and when you're trying to work it's a pain to say the least.
    Behave yourself then ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    can you set it so teachers can only control one class but IT support can control the whole school?
    Hmm. Never tried that one (school's not that big!). Makes sense - just need to be able to list two or more keys in the "allowed controllers" section.

    Also how easy is it to setup these keys? Do you have to set it on each machine?
    You have to make sure the correct key is copied to each client machine, yes. I found this easier to do than with NetSupport's install system.

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    That software looks really good. However is there a way to make it a little bit more stealthy and installed hidden? I'm just wondering since it has a system tray icon for the program that it may be tampered with by some users. Is there a way to hide it completely and not give off those balloon message alerts when an event occurs such as someone tried to remote access your computer but wasn't authenticated correctly? I'd like for this to be a silent monitoring solution if possible and allow me to remote access teacher computers to help them if they have a problem as well.

    Also, hows the toll on bandwidth?

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    You have to make sure the correct key is copied to each client machine, yes. I found this easier to do than with NetSupport's install system
    How would you get the keys over to the clients?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    How would you get the keys over to the clients?
    We install software with scripts, so we just put a "copy n:\xyz.key c:\italc\xyz.key" or whatever at the end of the script. You can wrap scripts up in an MSI file, so you could make your own MSI-based installer with your own keys.

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    Ok cheers.

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    We use Netsupport school (local 'net lock, machine lock, quick checker), RAdmin (LEA Supplied, used to check/intervene in more detail) and PolicyCentral Enterprise (again, LEA) that does the screen watch/shot/store/report/warn malarkey.....between those, the kids just don't bother anymore..

    As we tell them.."watch you? Oh NO, WE don't NEED to watch you..the system does it all the time anyway..LOOK..."...and their expressions are priceless.

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    I use iTalc in one of my primarys but we use Vision 6 here- Although it's not free of problems. iTalc seems to be more stable!

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