All do the job nicely
We are looking into getting a classroom management system and am after advice on what's best.
I've used Ranger remote/Netsupport in the past which seemed to work ok but was just wondering what else is available.
We have XP (soon to be Win7) machines and CSE on the network.
Any advice appreciated.
All do the job nicely
Worth looking at ABTutor too.
LanSchool, trial available (there are adm templates for Machine and Users, selectable control channels etc, etc)
I would def trial impero .... the features, its use and the support from them is second to none.
Trialled a few over the summer just gone and went for LanSchool - very solid & reliable, easy to install/use (including for teachers), very powerful. Just does classroom management, i.e. none of the bloat that NetSupport has - which admittedly can be very nice, but I had no need for it and its annual maintenance fee, so LanSchool won the day and we're very happy with it.
A few questions for you ...
What does the school intend to do with it?
Will it be used purely for monitoring of pupil activity? By Teachers? By IT Support? By both?
Will it be used to help deploy software or settings?
Will it be used by teachers to push files to students?
Will it be used by teachers to share their desktop or to share the desktops of others?
Are there any other educational reasons you want to use this?
Will it be used with devices not connected to the school network?
If using it to monitor students is someone going to actively checking or do you need it to automatically react to inappropriate content / actions?
A word about. iTalc. iTalc is freeware, so a lot may consider it, I used it well when I had an XP lab, but when we moved to Win 7 even with iTalc new Win 7 version I could never get it to work and see the other computers like when I had XP. I even had the computer science department technicians try it in their win 7 lab too and they couldn't get it to work, so we gave up. Shame as it shouldn't be that hard to get to work on Win 7 but it is.
impero is quite good, ranger is a devil!
I've just bought before Christmas Impero along with a good number of fellow secondary's in my LA after we viewed Impero and LanSchool, we all felt the package in terms of the software in Impero was light years ahead of LanSchool and felt more confident in the product.
I have used NetSupport Manager in the past which certainly was worth a look but when I got pricing for it, the costs were enough to make you feel very ill you could buy a small child for the money they wanted which was a shame as it was good.
Nothing but praise so far from Impero and the support from them, well worth evaluating and talking to them. @russdev is very helpful and a great asset to them
Just started with Impero at our school and so far it's ticking all our boxes well. It's saving us grief already and hopefully it's going to pay for itself with it's Eco tools anyhow.
Thanks for all the kind comments
For a school abtutor has my vote.
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