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Managing Classroom Computer Use: NetSupport
Imagine this... a few school classroom scenarios
A group of your students are working on a project together at one computer. They are very excited and involved with the work that they are doing. You want to know what has them so excited, but you don't want to be intrusive.
You can go to the monitor screen at your desk and view exactly what is on the students' monitor. If you want to comment on what fine work they are doing, or give them a few pointers, send them a message from your desk straight to their computer's monitor.
Students are working independently on an internet assignment such as a Web-quest. One student wants to link to his favorite rock star's site because you cannot see his computer from where your desk is located.
You can see what URL each student is viewing from your monitor at your desk. Furthermore You can change the URL on the wandering student's computer to a more appropriate site from your desk, and send him a note if you like.
Students are creating files as they work at computer stations. You can send assignments to each computer from your desk. Students can send their completed work to you desk from their own computer station.
One student works faster than the rest of the class. One is slower. You can set up your lesson plan on your computer and make assignments available to students for individual retrieval. Students can work at their own pace.
You are ready to speak to the whole group to deliver the concept lesson for the day. You want all students to pay attention to you, but what is on the internet is so interesting, that students find it hard to break away.
You can blank the screens of all of the student computers so that students won't be distracted while you speak to them.
You have prepared a lesson on your computer. Now you want to share it with the students. You can set all computer monitors in the classroom to show what you are presenting from the computer at your desk.
You are teaching using group work. You can access the computers of one student, one group, a set of groups, or all the computers in your classroom to do any of activities that you desire, all from your desk. You can send the same or different activities to different groups.
You want to make and give an on-line test. Students can take the test for make-up or when learning at their own pace. Of course, students can take the test on time, too.
Just imagine the benefit of these capabilities for classroom management. Sequenced and timed computer activities, controlled internet access, easy assignment transfers--but that's not all. You can even assist a student by showing him what to do with his computer from your computer.
NetSupport School latest version enables all this and more. NetSupport provides installation, training, and continuing support. Watch a slide show demonstrating the capabilities and screen graphics of NSS. Check out the awards and testimonials while there.
A little known secret, you can get the same capabilities on the school/classroom skin on the single-user version of this company's general use software for home and small businesse networks. Use the classroom skin for a friendlier presentation of the networking capabilities.
NetSupport Manager is a business-oriented version of the same computer remote control as NetSupport School.--with more added benefits. Its single-user price is comparable to the single-user price of NetSupport School, giving the individual teacher or homeschool parent access to the programs' capabilities from home--or from a two-computer classroom in a school that does not purchase NetSupport School. (I took my own personal software programs to school for my students to use if I had no money to purchase it through school funds. Many of us do this.) Two-way audio chat and inventory control are just some of the extras in Manager.
Manager allows you to control the computers that your son or daughter is using, making Manager a system all households of teenagers could use.
Homeschool parents will enjoy the benefits of either program to plan lessons and managed computer use that the student can access later.
Of course, NetSupport Manager has won awards for its usefulness in business. Read more about Manager.
NetSupport software packages can be purchased on-line and downloaded. If you have a trial version, you can purchase the lisense and upgrade your trial version. Manuals can be downloaded from the home NetSupport site.
NetSupport for 20 years has made software for business, schools and personal use that enables the user to control other computers in a network or over the Internet, to maintain an inventory, and to run a call center. For information on the five individual packages of remote control software, read on.
Award-winning remote control software packages from NetSupport include School, Manager, DNA, HelpDesk, and 24-7. Visit the NetSupport site for information and free trial downloads. Notice the many awards that NetSupport software packages have received.
Please note: You should know that I had once planned to sell NetSupport but, never got going on it. I requested the resale position because the free trial I had downloaded impressed me so much. But I am not a sales-oriented person, and never got further than writing about my enthusiasm for the product. I do believe that it has benefits for classroom management of student activity that are invaluable based on my experience with using public school computer lab facilities to teach my students without such a management tool.
A Note from Valerie: Visit the forum at our new network with comments about such management tools and other software that you have-or want to-use with your students. Or drop me an email and I will post it on the blog Valerie's Soapbox . Join the Ning network VCCTI Classroom Tools and Ideas Network and leave me a message!--VC (multifaceted_valerie of Multifaceted Services)
Home Networking Made Simple and Safe:
Network Magic and McAfee Security Software
Yes, below are the official sales pitches of Network Magic and McAfee Security. However, I added these software to my home computer because I found the need for a simple in home network coordination. It made my use of several computers, 2 printers, 2 scanners and a router so much easier! The company emailed me a summary report of the time spent on each program used within a day. This allows the parent to get an idea of what programs a child is using and when and for how long. Child safety considers the time that a child is online. Personally, I would question my child about late-night and/or excessive hours online. Hours spent playing computer games might not be so healthy, either. And I think we all realize the need for internet security now that the cyber attacks are so prevalent! McAfee products have long protected my computer and they coordinate well with Network Magic to do so.
The home network management software, Network Magic
Key Network Magic Features:
* Easy home network setup
* Automatic printer sharing
* One-click file sharing across Windows Operating Systems
* Wireless Network Protection
* Home Network Health & Security
* Remote File Access and Photo Sharing via a personal website with Net2Go
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Protect your Computer against Cyber Attacks: McAfee Security Software
McAfee offers a full range of computer protection products, from a singular antivirus package to complete security packages. Shield your home network from viruses, spyware, mallware and other threats. Use the McAfee site to research the latest threats. Also, this software is compatible with Network Magic. Read more about it below.
Never go online without the latest anti-virus protection. Fast-spreading mass-mailing viruses, worms and Trojans like Mydoom, Bagle and Sasser can easily infect exposed PCs over dial-up or broadband connections, forward themselves to your email contacts and even help remote hackers hijack personal information.
That's why award-winning McAfee VirusScan-trusted by millions worldwide-automatically scans your email, attachments, shared disks and downloads, then immediately starts to clean or quarantine infections. Easy to download, install and use, McAfee VirusScan automatically checks for virus updates* whenever you connect to the Internet, so your protection stays up-to-date against the latest threats, including spyware.
Is someone tracking your every online move? Essential protection for today's security-conscious Internet user, McAfee AntiSpyware quickly detects then safely eliminates malicious applications — e.g., key loggers, remote-control programs, browser hijackers — hiding on your system before they can rob your identity, snatch passwords or monitor browsing activity when you surf or shop. Erasing online roadblocks, McAfee AntiSpyware also foils adware programs that trigger annoying advertisements and sap system performance.
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