Lightspeed Systems has always been embedded in safety, but they have grown to become what they call a Mobile Learning Essentials company—combining safety with device management and a platform for collaborative learning. Joel Heinrichs, Lightspeed Systems CEO says, “Yes, we build a filter, we have My Big Campus, but these pieces are most effective as elements of a combined solution.”
Just as education can no longer be separated, they believe that the elements of Mobile Learning Essentials are inseparable and work together as one holistic solution for safe, mobile, and collaborative education.
Insight already helps teachers to deliver a better learning experience by eliminating distractions, promoting collaboration, and evaluating understanding. Version 7.7, released on Wednesday, June 27, introduces a free Tech Console to help IT administrators do more with less.
Tech Console Facilitates Control and Support
The new Tech Console allows administrators and IT teams to provide remote support to teachers and students alike that previously required an on-site presence. They can also perform network management tasks without even leaving their desks, including monitoring security risks, updating software, reporting on technology usage and updating power settings. IT can also manage Faronics Deep Freeze using the Tech Console. Deep Freeze removes unauthorized system changes and returns a computer to its original state, which eliminates the need for re-imaging or troubleshooting—reducing support incidents up to 63 percent.
Sometimes it feels as if teachers are constantly being measured. It’s as if the focus is so directed toward the measurements, judgements and tools for accountability that the bigger picture, better teaching and learning, becomes blurred. This is a barrier to better learning, better attainment, better teaching and enjoyment.
One of the most important functions that I perform as a middle leader is to act as a filter or buffer zone between the external politics (Gove, Ofsted, Speeches, Agendas-that-help-other-people, SLT) and the young people in our care. It’s the role of middle leaders to monitor the quality of teaching and learning so that it improves, or at least stays stable, and that it matches our vision for the department. Let’s be honest, it’s great to play around with naughty learning and awesome new pedagogies but we can’t do that until we keep the wolf (Ofsted) from the door by ensuring that results are at least Good. In saying that, I should stress that I put Gove, Ofsted et al quite low down on the agenda. In other words, if we are going to monitor, let’s do it with the right focus, which is on the big picture of young people and building their foundations for lifelong learning.
"Right then Rogers, how?" I hear you say. Here I can only speak from experience.