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    Afternoon all... you will have to forgive me my laziness here, but the sunshine has come out again and I'm just flaking out with a happy grin again.

    Obviously that means I don't have enough to do, and that I should totally add a 4th school-wide project onto my plate. Since the school migrated to vanilla from CC3 a couple of years ago, we've not had any classroom management software, and a couple of the teachers keep asking, and I think a lot of others would weep with joy if we gave it to them.

    So a very quick question for you all - I want to trial 3 out in separate classrooms and find which one the staff like best. Which 3 (or just one) would you recommend? Ease of use will be key for the staff, but stability and efficacy are paramount in my mind, hopefully there are three good enough products that I can restrict the options to 3 I would be happy to use.

    Currently thinking: Stone Classroom Mentor, NetSupport (school or manager though?), also found out about Impero and LanSchool from this forum but don't know them from Adam. Want them mostly for controlling and monitoring computers in a lesson, we already have Securus to capture the ill behaviour, considering Smoothwall when we upgrade our internet to filter staff and student internet separately. So really we want a big red button to blank screens and stop kids browsing the internet when they should be listening to teacher but something that allows us to control all 30 at once (e.g. to copy a file, set a permission) would be very handy as well.

    Thanks my lovelies!

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    Dont forget iTalc - free!!

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    I think Stone Classroom monitor is someone else's product rebadged, it might even be net support.

    We've got AB tutor, I think it's about £200 per teacher station. But then student stations are free.

    http://www.abconsulting.com/html/Home.html
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    We have Netsupport School and it's cheap (ish), awesome and gets used a lot by teaching staff.

    There's a free demo available that'll work across a whole class. Sling it in a computer room and see what they think: Netsupport School The Classroom Management Software - Downloads

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    Hi Sonofsanta, did you ever get any classroom management sorted out? Where abouts in Linconshire are you? did you know that NetSupport are also based in lincolnshire?

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    AB Tutor every time - good functionality at a good price. If you buy 3 or more the price drops to £140.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balticstar View Post
    AB Tutor every time - good functionality at a good price. If you buy 3 or more the price drops to £140.
    Yep - no doubt its the tops

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    Dont forget iTalc - free!!
    looks like a free version of abtutor, looks pretty cool but failing to get it to work as I'm confused about all those keys...

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    Cheers all, not had a chance to look at this again recently as our fan is currently covered in something brown & smelly, and there's an invoice from BT for the brown stuff on my desk as well.

    ABTutor's pricing option certainly sounds interesting though, so if a few are recommending it it's well worth a look. Don't know when that look will happen now, but all the advice is much, much appreciated - tah!

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    What do people use to monitor Apple Macs that are on their networks? Just wondrin'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    What do people use to monitor Apple Macs that are on their networks? Just wondrin'...
    Two that I know of - Impero and Netsupport Assist. Impero integrates Mac & PC in the one product, whereas Netsupport School & Netsupport Assist are two distinct products (not sure of the interoperability between them.

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    We'll be doing a free update to NSS shortly to allow it to manage Mac and Linux Assist students

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdhawkins View Post
    We'll be doing a free update to NSS shortly to allow it to manage Mac and Linux Assist students
    How are you finding the update? Does it work well?

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