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Classroom Management

Computers in schools have the power to enhance the learning experience for both teachers and students. But the benefits can easily be lost distractive elements such as games, instant messaging and web surfing. Designed for educational computing purposes, Faronics Insight is the ultimate computer management system that employer’s teachers with full control over classroom technology while keeping student activities focused. Faronics Insights enables teachers to harness the productive aspects of computers, while minimizing distractive behavior and temptations. Insight’s enhanced supervision provides instructors the opportunity to effectively focus on students with the greatest needs. Insight eliminates the headache of managing a computer-based learning environment.

Computer Lab Control

You want your students to have hands-on experience with technology, but you lack the staff to concurrently monitor student activities and guide students into effective learning. Technology and computers have the power to enhance a classroom experience, but benefits can easily be lost to distractive elements such as games, instant messaging, and web surfing. Insight enables students to request and receive help directly and discuss course material. They can ask questions without leaving their workstations and without disturbing other students. Students can also collaborate and develop their leadership skills by sharing their screen with other students. Advanced features like real-time screen monitoring, USB/printer blocking, and web browsing and application limiting ensures students stay on task.

Insight: Making It Easier To Monitor
Your Students Activities
Amplify Student Achievement
Insight’s enhanced supervision provides instructors the opportunity to effectively focus on students with the greatest needs. Voting, testing, and chatting
features allow instructors to instantly gauge student comprehension. Meanwhile the elimination of classroom distractions help students focus and concentrate. Finally student confidence is boosted through personalized tutoring without classroom interruption, or without other students knowing.

Foster a Positive Student Experience
You want your students to have hands-on experience with technology, but you lack the staff to concurrently monitor student activities and guide students into effective learning. Technology and computers have the power to enhance a classroom experience, but benefits can easily be lost to distractive elements such as games, instant messaging, and web surfing.

Facilitate Learning
Insight enables students to request and receive help directly and discuss course material. They can ask questions without leaving their workstations and without disturbing other students. Students can also collaborate and develop their leadership skills by sharing their screen with other students. Advanced features like real-time screen monitoring,
USB/printer blocking, and web browsing and application limiting ensures students stay on task.

Promote Student Achievement
States and districts everywhere are being called upon to set higher student achievement standards. Recent research is revealing a substantial surge in the innovative use of technology by teachers in core subject areas. More importantly, these schools are reporting significant increases in reading and math achievement.

Insight Key Features

Insight Console

  • Easily access the console through the system tray menu (windows) or Dock (Mac OS X)
  • Manage students in a list view or by thumbnails
  • Name computers using Windows, Novell or Active Directory accounts
  • Move between computer labs while keeping student lists organised
  • Teachers can shift from class to class while applying changes to student lists, channels, and class profiles in real-time
  • Transmit a video file simultaneously to all student clients and control video playback for all students at the same time
  • Broadcast audio from teacher console and mange audio settings
  • Support for Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad

Classroom Collaboration

  • Display teacher screen on student monitors in Full Screen or Windowed mode with option to lock out students mouse and keyboard
  • Draw on the screen to highlight important details
  • Allow a student to share their screen with the rest of the class
  • Send a text message to all or selected students
  • Students can ask a question directly through Insight
  • Teachers can initiate a text-based chat session with a student
  • Transfer files to and from student computers or their network drive

Control Student Workstations

  • Disable student’s keyboard & Mouse during a remote control session
  • Grab student attention by blacking screens (with optional custom message), lock out keyboards and mice or muting the sound

Application & Device Connectivity Control

  • Allow only required applications and block others
  • Save the load application limiting lists for different classes
  • Limit student access to printers and USB thumb drives
  • Restrict CD-ROM drive access
Web Limiting & Classroom Monitoring

  • Block all Internet activity including browsers, e-mail, and instant messaging
  • Allow/Disallow access to select websites
  • View a student’s Internet browsing history
  • Display a launch page that lists allowed/disallowed websites
  • Monitor workstation keystrokes in real-time (except at the login prompt)
  • Receive keystroke alerts for banned words
  • Dual monitor support

Power Features

  • Easily shutdown, logoff, or restart student computers
  • Power on computers remotely using Wake-on-LAN technology

Testing & Voting

  • Ask the students Yes/No and multiple choice questions
  • Distribute tests to students that can be completed electronically
  • Test questions can be displayed in a random order on student machines to prevent cheating
  • Improved testing with new essay-type answers

Security & Anti-Tampering Controls

  • All activity within Insight is logged to a status window
  • Password protection prevents rogue console use
  • Active Directory Secure Mode allows only members within a specified Active Directory group to view or control workstations to prevent unauthorized use of the Insight console

View & Snapshot Running Applications

  • Teachers can view all running applications on a students workstation and add those applications to the allowed or blocked application list
  • Take a snapshot of the students current workstation screen

Insight System Requirements

Insight requires Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 or Mac OSX and 10% free hard drive space. The Insight Configuration Administrator and the Enterprise Console requires Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 or Mac OSX to function properly. Information on Faronics Core system requirements can be found in the Faronics Core user guide. The hardware requirements are the same as the recommended requirements for the host operating system.

Insight Screenshots

Insight Testimonial

“…Insight is designed for classroom settings to allow a teacher to monitor and/or limit the computer usage of students. We use it for the same purpose but aim it towards our public-access computers…”

Eli Anthony, Library Technician
Taylor County Public Library

“… Since we have over 150 workstations running the Insight client, network traffic congestion was a concern of mine. However, once we had everything installed I did not notice any network slowdowns whatsoever…”

Josh Kolka – Administrator
Bangor Township Schools