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Searching For a Classroom Management Solution, Look No Further!

October 31st, 2014 by

HISTORY
California State University, Fullerton is a major regional university serving Orange County, metropolitan Los Angeles, and the expanding Inland Empire. The university sprawls over a beautiful 236-acre campus in north Orange County and currently boasts an enrollment of more than 37,000 students and a staff of 1,800.  Since authorized to be the 12th degree granting institution by California Legislature in 1957, Cal State Fullerton has seen more than 228,000 graduates pass through its campus.

OBSTACLE
Don Kipp, a member of Cal State Fullerton’s Kinesiology and Health Science Department, recalls “Our faculty wanted to have the options to blank, transmit or control student workstations.” They found that the LINK System performs each of their “wish-list” functions with ease, while providing additional functionality.  “I would recommend any type of academic university needing this product to look no further,” advises Mr. Kipp.

“Ease of use is a key selling point for the LINK System,” says Todd Broceus, President of Applied Computer Systems, Inc (ACS). “The classroom management system is controlled by a simple-to-use touch screen interface.  Contrary to some classroom management solutions, which have large learning curves associated with them because of their complex interface, the LINK System takes a minimalist approach to its interface.  An instructor can fully operate a LINK System within minutes of being instructed on its use.”

LINK SYSTEM CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
One of the many LINK Systems that Cal State Fullerton has purchased over the past 16 years is installed in Department of Kinesiology which focuses on the study of human movement. The mission of Cal State Fullerton’s Kinesiology program is to advance the understanding and practice of human movement across the lifespan within the context of a diverse and changing society.

Mr. Kipp states “In our Kinesiology lab the Hybrid LINK System has been well received by faculty and students alike.” As with most customers, the LINK System’s Blank All feature is one of the touted features.  Blank All allows instructors to turn off the video feed to each student’s monitor, obtaining each student’s focus and undivided attention immediately.  “Faculty that teach in the room absolutely love the Blank All function, it makes the faculty member feel like students are getting the most from their lectures,” expresses Mr. Kipp.  In addition to its blanking capability, the LINK System provides a diverse assortment of features.  Instructors are able to monitor student screens, broadcast full-motion video to each workstation, or project any student screen to the remainder of the class.

Along with its extraordinary array of classroom management products, Applied Computer Systems, Inc. provides world-class support to each and every customer. “ACS is one of the most professional companies I’ve ever had to deal with, very courteous and their tech support is top notch;” very high praise from a professional of Mr. Kipp’s stature.  ACS stands behind each product that it manufactures and uses the most stringent guidelines during its testing phases.  It is not uncommon for a LINK System to last more than a decade prior to it being replaced or upgraded.

Want to experience a LINK System first-hand? Inquire about our 14 day trial and see for yourself how a LINK System can completely alter your way of teaching.  You too will find it is an indispensable tool in the classroom.  Speak to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives at 800-237-5465 or visit our website at www.acs-linksystems.com.

Technology Instructor Could Not Function Without a LINK Video Networking System

October 30th, 2014 by

HISTORY
St. Mary School is a Catholic school located in Chardon, Ohio, just thirty miles east of Cleveland, Ohio. The Church of Saint Mary’s was built in 1908 and moved to its current location in 1931.  In 1952, twenty two acres of land was purchased with the vision of building St. Mary School.  That vision was completed in 1961 when the school’s doors were first opened.  Since that time, St. Mary School strives to develop each student’s potential in an environment of Faith, in cooperation with the Family, and with a vision for the Future.

OBSTACLE
St. Mary School needed a way to manage the students in their computer lab more efficiently. The lab is used to teach students of all ages, from kindergarten to eighth grade.  They were looking for a solution that would work well for all of the age groups.  St. Mary School first purchased and installed a LinkNET LINK System in 2000.  They later upgraded the LINK System instructor equipment in 2011, but opted to leave the student equipment in place.  Amazingly, St. Mary School is still using the same LINK System student hardware that was sold to them in 2000.  After fourteen years of service, the equipment is still functioning as it did on the day it was first installed.

LINK SYSTEM CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
Kathy Lyons, the Technology Instructor for the school, has been using the LINK System for years with celebrated success. When asked how she would rate her experience with the LINK System, Mrs. Lyons emphatically states “Excellent, I could not function without it, especially for the primary grades.”  Applied Computer Systems, Inc. and its employees are proud to hear her sterling praise of the LINK System, a product that was first patented by the company founder in 1984.  “Receiving rave reviews from customers is something we never tire of,” reveals Todd Broceus, President of ACS.  “As an elite provider in the educational industry, ACS has been providing innovative classroom management solutions for over thirty years now and we are continually improving on our technological offerings.  We work with one goal in mind, to strive to provide each of our customers with services and solutions that they cannot live without.”

The LINK System has a wide array of features, all accessible via its simple-to-use touchscreen interface. When asked how the LINK System benefits her most, Mrs. Lyons cannot narrow the answer down to just one feature.  “The feature that benefits me the most is to be able to control each individual computer and also to be able to demonstrate procedures to the class on their individual computer,” replies Mrs. Lyons.  The LINK System allows her to not only remotely view a student’s screen but also the ability to remotely control the computer as well.  Prior to students starting their assignments, she is able to demonstrate the proper procedure to her students by transmitting, or broadcasting, her instructor screen to the student screens.  “I use the system all the time to show students how to do different projects step by step.”  Her classroom is equipped with two televisions that are used as projectors, but as is the case with many classrooms, they do not provide each student with a perfect view.  Displaying the instructor’s desktop on each student’s monitor ensures that each student has a pristine view, regardless of their location in the classroom.  Furthermore, the LINK System delivers a live video feed to each monitor, providing the user with full-motion capabilities that are just not possible with a software classroom management solution.  If the video is on the instructor’s screen, the instructor can rest assured that it is being displayed on the students’ screens as well with no lag or degradation in video quality.

A LINK System provides many benefits, but one of the most commonly addressed is the amount of time that can be saved when using one. Mrs. Lyons indicates “One of the biggest benefits is it is much quicker to be at the computer and help students with questions than to walk around and help students.” If a student has a problem, the student can select Help from their Windows Taskbar, and the teacher will be alerted immediately.  The teacher does not need to go to the student’s desk; she can simply receive, or view, the student’s screen from her desk.  If the student needs further assistance, the teacher can take control of the student’s keyboard and mouse and guide them even further.

The LINK System also saves time by minimizing a teacher’s effort when trying to gain the class’s attention. In a typical classroom, a teacher must verbally gain everyone’s attention, which has varying degrees of success.  However, when using a LINK System, a teacher can gain each student’s undivided attention instantly by initiating the Blank All feature.  When Blank All is enabled, each student’s monitor is immediately turned off, taking away any distraction that the computer may provide for the students.  When the teacher is finished with his or her announcements, the students’ screens are restored by selecting Reset.

During the most recent visit to St. Mary School by an ACS representative, Mrs. Lyons was shocked yet pleased to learn that the LINK System is compatible with iPads and other mobile devices. By simply plugging the device’s video adapter into the LINK System’s auxiliary input, a teacher can broadcast the output of an iPad, Android, or other mobile device to each student’s monitor.  Any device with a video output can be connected to the LINK System, the possibilities are endless!  Just one more way the LINK System can positively impact the learning experience in the classroom.

Want to experience a LINK System first-hand? Inquire about our 14 day trial and see for yourself how a LINK System can completely alter your way of teaching.  You too will find it is an indispensable tool in the classroom.  Speak to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives at 800-237-5465 or visit our website at www.acs-linksystems.com

LINK Systems Installed at Salt Lake Community College

September 25th, 2014 by

Salt Lake Community College has used LINK Systems in their computer labs for many years.  Recently Applied Computer Systems, Inc. installed a brand new LINK System in their newly updated Computer Graphics Lab.

Renowned Instructional Management Software – SoftLINK

September 5th, 2014 by

Applied Computer Systems, Inc. specializes in providing computer instructional systems designed specifically for those who teach in a computer class. ACS, Inc. has successfully been in business since 1971 and continues to expand their market.  ACS’s has more than 40 years of knowledge and experience helping clients setup their computer labs with either their renowned LINK System hardware based solution or SoftLINK software package.  These computer class management solutions allow the instructor to effectively teach and manage a class of students equipped with computers, laptops or tablets. Our clientele consists of K-12, universities, government facilities, military bases and corporations.

ACS has heard from thousands of instructors who teach a computer class and each story seems to be very similar with the troubles they face when instructing.  Whether they are teaching a 4th grader or an engineer the same problems seem to arise.  Whenever you have an electronic device in front of a student their attention span is shortened and they are easily distracted by non-related class material or social websites. They may be working on an assignment from another class, but their focus is supposed to be on you during your presentation.  Their friend may have sent them an instant message or they wanted to log-in to a social site.  After the presentation you notice students are asking questions about the material you just covered five minutes ago.  You stop and ask yourself are they not paying attention and what is distracting them?  There is an easy way to make sure they are paying attention to your presentation.  Yes, you can control their screen, mouse, keyboard and the web access in your class.  Read on to see how to accomplish these tasks so easily…and eliminate the distractions.

The focus today is on our top-of-the-line instructional management SoftLINK software.  As a leading monitoring software package, SoftLINK makes it simple for the teacher to view all the students’ screens right from the instructor’s computer.  Teachers can improve the efficiency of class instruction by showing the instructor’s screen on all the student’s screens.  This insures everyone in the class can easily see the instructor’s presentation and eliminates students working on other items not related to the subject matter.  In addition, you can instantly blank student monitors and now you have their undivided attention.  Blacking out the monitors is one of the most popular features of SoftLINK, simple yet effective. SoftLINK dramatically strengthens teaching effectiveness with the ability to monitor the student’s progress, broadcast instructor’s screen and audio to the students, manage web access, share any student’s screen with the class for student-led presentations, keep students alert and engaged with student surveys and testing package. Many of our clients initially evaluate SoftLINK for one classroom, but as instructors from other departments begin to utilize a room where SoftLINK is installed they submit purchase requests for their classrooms too.  After teaching in a classroom equipped with SoftLINK clients say “I will never teach in another room without it.”

ACS encourages you to download a 30-day full featured trial.  You may install the SoftLINK demo on 40 workstations including tablets at no charge.  If you don’t have time to install SoftLINK, Applied Computer Systems, Inc. would be pleased to provide you with a live 30-minute online SoftLINK presentation.  Our goal is to share this great news with instructors so they are made aware of the effective teaching aids that are available and specifically engineered for computer classrooms. You can also learn more about our complete line of computer class management products by visiting our website at www.acs-linksystems.com or by contacting ACS at 1-800-237-5465.

Applied Computer Systems, Inc: The Trusted Authority in Computer Classroom Management Solutions

June 24th, 2014 by

Why do so many schools, universities, corporations and government organizations come to Applied Computer Systems, Inc. (ACS) for their classroom management needs?  The answer is simple.  ACS not only provides robust and proven class management solutions, but it has been doing so for over 30 years!

Applied Computer Systems, Inc., the developer and manufacturer of the LINK System, was founded in 1971.  ACS moved its development focuses exclusively to the education market in the early 1980’s.  On March 13, 1984, Donald Lacy, founder of ACS and inventor of the LINK System, filed for a patent for the LINK System and was granted that patent on July 21, 1987.  Since its inception, the LINK System has been installed in thousands of classrooms and has provided instructors with an intuitive yet powerful classroom management system.  For more than 30 years now, ACS has been providing their customers with classroom management solutions and we continue to provide the same support that we are renowned for, toll-free technical support for the life of the product!

Over the years, ACS has continued to broaden their clientele as well as their products and their features.  Though the first LINK System was developed for use with a monochrome monitor and had the limited features, the newest generation of Composite LINK System supports the high definition graphics that we have all become accustomed to and provides full control of any workstation in a classroom.  In addition, ACS realizes that not all of their customers have unlimited budgets and so ACS designed a budget-oriented LINK System that provides customers with the most widely used features known as the LINK Projection System (LPS).  Every LINK System delivers the crisp, real-time video that all of their customers have grown to love.  Furthermore, each LINK System is manufactured with quality being the number one priority.  Every day we hear from customers who have been using their LINK System for over a decade while requiring little to no maintenance whatsoever.  The LINK System is one of the few electronic-based devices that will last for more than a decade yet will continue to be pertinent and useful in the classroom.

As computers and networks progressively got faster, ACS also introduced software classroom management solutions into their portfolio.  One such product, SoftLINK, provides all of the same features as the Composite LINK System.  Though it is unable to deliver the real-time, full-motion video that the LINK System is known for, SoftLINK still provides instructors with superior broadcasting capabilities.  While SoftLINK provides an abundance of features, ScreenWatch is a budget oriented package that provides customers the ability to monitor students while being able to meet their budgetary obligations.

Regardless of the organization, Applied Computer Systems, Inc. has a classroom management solution to fit its needs.  Their knowledgeable sales staff has years of experience and know-how and is able to guide customers in selecting a solution that will fulfill their requirements.  Moreover, customers are able to evaluate any of ACS’s products on their own time and at their own facilities, simplifying the selection process even further.  The relationship does not end after selecting and purchasing a product either.  ACS stands behind the quality of all of their products and provides unparalleled customer support to each and every customer.

If you would like to learn more about ACS and their products, visit their website at www.acs-linksystems.com or call their toll-free number at 1-800-237-5465.

Eliminate PC Distractions During Class & Keep Trainees on Task!

January 22nd, 2014 by

When you hear the word ‘classroom technology’ what comes to mind?  I’m sure many of you instantly thought of computers, monitors, and overhead projectors.  These items are typically what one would see in a computer classroom at a university or a K-12 setting.  These are the basic tools needed to have what most call a computer lab, PC classroom or electronic classroom.

Let me introduce you to a very important PC classroom management tool which should be included as a must have for any computer lab/classroom as described in the above paragraph.  Applied Computer Systems, Inc. (ACS) based on the outskirts of Johnstown, OH designs, manufacturers and sells a PC classroom management system called LINK Systems.  ACS has been in business since 1971 and provides superior customer service with reliable and proven technologies designed specifically for computer equipped classrooms.

The LINK System product line is the heart of our business.   Many times our clients ask us “Where are the LINK Systems being used?”  The answer is simple “Anywhere there is an instructor teaching in a classroom filled with computers.”

The LINK System is used extensively in military classrooms, chemistry labs, language labs, basic computer classes, engineering classrooms, corporate training centers, flight simulation training centers and K-12 classrooms.  Anywhere there is an instructor teaching in a computer classroom our LINK System can be utilized to its full potential.

You may ask, “What are the benefits of using a LINK System?”

  • The LINK System allows instructors and trainers to easily manage and control their classes’ computer activity right from the instructor’s podium.
  • Launch your presentation directly to the trainees’ monitors – students love the fact that they can see your presentation on their monitor. It makes it easy for them to see the fine details and follow your demonstration.
  • Keep the class on task by instantly ‘blacking out’ their monitors – immediately you have their undivided attention.
  • Share multiple displays with the class – send your document camera or laptop image to the classes’ monitors.
  • Share any student’s work with the class by sending to the overhead projector or to all the trainees’ monitors.
  • Instantly gauge if your students comprehend the material or if more instruction is required.
  • Students may be hesitant to raise their hand for assistance but discreetly they can electronically request help through the LINK System.
  • Highlight areas of interest on your screen using our LINK Stylus software package and broadcast this to your students’ monitors in real time.
  • Allow any student to write on their desktop with our LINK Stylus and share this with the class.

The LINK System provides a way for instructors to teach more effectively.  It gives them a means to easily share information with the class, to encourage classroom participation and keeps students on task.  Instructors love the fact that they can instantly scan the class and see who needs assistance or share their display with the class.

The LINK System is an amazing teaching tool and requires no technical training.  With a simple touch of an icon you are in control of all the computers in your classroom.  How wonderful is that!

Call Applied Computer Systems, Inc. (ACS) and ask for more information regarding our LINK Systems and PC classroom control solutions, 800-237-5465.

Why Use a Classroom Management System Over a Video Projector?

January 9th, 2014 by

 

Over the years, teachers have come to expect certain teaching aids to be in their classrooms.  Not so many years ago, teachers relied on blackboards and chalk to convey their lessons to their classes.  They also utilized pull-down maps and hanging diagrams to further enhance their students’ learning experience.  By the late 1950’s, schools began to use overhead projectors as an effective means to teach material to students.  It allowed teachers to present preprinted material to their class or to write directly onto re-usable plastic sheets using non-permanent ink.  By the 1990’s, schools started replacing chalk boards with white boards and then later, with smart boards.  They also began replacing overhead projectors with document cameras.

These same teaching tools have been used in computer classrooms for years as well.  However, none allowed the teacher to efficiently show a classroom full of students a computer screen.  This led to video projectors becoming a mainstay in computer classrooms.  With a video projector, teachers could now project their computer screen onto the projection screen, allowing the entire class to see what was being done on the instructor’s computer.  This was a huge improvement over all the prior techniques.  There are some major inconveniences that go along with video projectors.  First and foremost, visibility has always been an issue in the classroom.  Whether you are using a smart board, a document camera, or a video projector, not every student in the classroom will have a perfect view of the presented material.

So how can a teacher allow each and every student to have the best view in the class?  A classroom management solution offers a perfect front row view to each and every student.  How is that possible?  Take a teacher who uses a typical computer classroom equipped with a video projector as an example.  The teacher would project the instructor’s computer image to the screen at the front of the class.  Every student would be able to see the image, but to varying degrees of clarity.  There are many factors affecting how clear the image appears.  There is the viewing distance, the viewing angle, the ambient lighting, not to mention any obstructions that might be in the classroom.  Depending on the classroom layout, an obstruction could simply be a student that is just slightly taller than the student sitting behind them.

Compare the previous scenario to a computer classroom that uses a LINK Classroom Management System.  The teacher selects a button and the instructor’s image is broadcast directly to the students’ monitors.  There is no decrease in the video quality; the video is broadcast at exactly the same size as it appears on the instructor’s monitor.  Sometimes students can more easily associate with the information when it is presented on a normal sized screen and not a larger than life one.  Furthermore, the student can adjust the settings of their own monitor to obtain a view to their own liking.  The student’s view can never be blocked, the lighting in the classroom will never interfere with their view, and distance is no longer a problem!

Classroom management solutions allow for teachers to engage students in a way that no prior technology allowed for.  They now feel as though the information is being presented to them personally, on their own screen, directly in front of them.  What if you already have a video projector in the classroom?  It will work in conjunction with a LINK Classroom Management System, and if a projector is not present, a classroom management system is capable of doing much more for much less.

Classroom Management Solutions Help Gauge Classroom Comprehension

January 8th, 2014 by
SoftLINK Classroom Survey
Tutor Console view of SoftLINK’s Classroom Survey

 

Comprehension is something that all teachers strive for.  Knowing that your class grasps the concepts and information that has been taught to them is an incredible feeling.  However, how can a teacher adequately gauge the class’ comprehension?  A teacher can ask a question verbally, have their students raise their hands, and then call on an individual to answer the question.  All too often, class participation is limited and only a select few attempt to answer the questions.  The teacher can ask the question and poll the class, asking them to raise their hands if they think the answer is answer “A”, “B”, or “C.”  Many times, students simply look to their fellow classmates and follow along with the majority answer.  Of course, there are also quizzes and tests, but at that point, students are expected to already know the material and if they don’t, their grades will suffer.  So how can a teacher get instant feedback from all of their students, feedback that is discrete and not public, that will allow them to see the class’ overall understanding?  Use one of Applied Computer Systems, Inc. (ACS) classroom management solutions!

ACS offers a variety of solutions that enable instructors to easily gauge their students’ comprehension during the course of their normal class.  Both ACS’s patented hardware, LINK Systems, and their software solution, SoftLINK, provide the means to survey students discretely.  How is this task accomplished?  The teacher simply types in a question to the Survey area of the software and then lists the possible choices.  When the survey question is sent out to the class, the students will be able to read the question, choose the response that they believe to be the correct answer, and submit their response to the teacher.  This survey or poll of the class will give the teacher instant feedback.  As students select their responses, the results update automatically on the teacher’s monitor.  They can see what percentage of the class selected each response.  They can also see how many students have answered and how many have yet to answer.  This private response method allows the teacher to get a true snapshot of the students’ comprehension.  Students who typically are not engaged during class will find it easier to participate and will answer questions.  They will no longer fear that they will be the focus of attention if they answer incorrectly.  Students will not be able to see how the other students are answering and will instead have to answer on their own accord.

Perhaps best of all, the results of these surveys can be shared with the class.  Many times students who do not understand the subject matter may just conclude that no one in the class knows it.  By giving the teacher the means to show a breakdown of the class, what percentage of the class selected each answer, students will now be able to better gauge how they are doing in comparison with their fellow classmates.  Often, this alone will engage students to work on learning the subject matter.

These tools allow teachers to clearly see the progress their class has made.  If the majority of the class answers correctly, the teacher can safely assume that the subject was covered completely and can move onto the next topic.  If the results are inconsistent, the teacher can review the material while it is still fresh in the students’ minds and further their overall comprehension.  This all leads to an increase in the material that can be covered during the class as well as improving overall grades for the students.

SoftLINK Helps Teachers By Eliminating Classroom Distractions

January 7th, 2014 by

Teachers must deal with the same distractions today as teachers of the past.  Perhaps they have an unruly student who constantly craves attention from his classmates or there are distractions in the hallway or outside the classroom which tempts your students to place their focus elsewhere.  In addition to these distractions, teachers today face the daunting task of eliminating electronic distractions.  Whether a student has a smart phone, an Ipod, a portable gaming device, or an mp3 player in their possession, all instructors have the chore of teaching their students and trying to keep them focused on the subject matter at hand.  Often enough, electronics are simply banned from the classroom, eliminating them entirely from the possible disruptions that can consume a class full of students.

Computer instructors, however, have a very unique training environment.  In many ways they can conduct class just as other teachers do.  They might utilize an overhead projector or a whiteboard or they may just lecture their class.  The major difference, however, is computer instructors cannot eliminate the temptations posed by electronics because the electronics are the sole focus of the class.

Quite often, instructors find that they must constantly navigate their classroom during their lesson so that they can monitor what their students are doing.  Teachers do not want their students to be browsing the web or working on another assignment while they are attending their class.  So how can an instructor ease this burden?  How can they cover more material and improve comprehension simultaneously?  Install SoftLINK on all of the computer lab’s workstations!  SoftLINK gives instructors the necessary tools to forego the old style of classroom monitoring and brings your class into a new age of digital teaching.

How will SoftLINK alleviate common computer classroom distractions?  SoftLINK gives the teacher an unprecedented view of their classroom, a view of each student’s monitor simultaneously!  SoftLINK’s Tutor Console features a thumbnail view that enables the instructor to quickly glance at the students’ progress and quickly determine if they are on task.  If a student is not on task, immediately gain their attention by locking their workstation.  Need to speak to the entire class without interruption?  Select Blank All and instantly gain every student’s attention as all of their monitors turn black.

Instructors are regularly concerned with administering tests in computer labs as well.  With computers, students can easily Google the subject matter and find the answer on the web.  How can an instructor administer a test and be certain that students are not searching the web for the answers?  SoftLINK solves this problem too.  SoftLINK’s internet tab gives instructors the ability to define what websites students have access to.  If students only need access to a single website, limit their access to that specific website by adding it to the Approved Website list.  Do you need to keep students off of social media websites like Facebook and Youtube?  Add those distracting websites to the Restricted Websites list.  Do you want to prevent your class from having web access entirely?  Select Restrict All and the entire class will be denied access to all websites!

Imagine the amount of time teachers can save by eliminating the distractions in their classrooms.  That saved time will translate into a substantial increase in class material that is covered.  With these benefits alone, why not evaluate SoftLINK and see how it can improve your teaching environment.  You will find that SoftLINK is well worth the investment!

Classroom Monitoring Software for Linux & MAC

January 7th, 2014 by

Do you teach in a LINUX or MAC based computer classroom?  Are you having a difficult time finding a software package that allows you to monitor and manage the student’s computer activity from your laptop?

With over 40 years of experience and knowledge Applied Computer Systems, Inc. (ACS) is an industry leader in providing computer classroom management solutions for PC, Linux and Mac based computer classes.

ACS talks with many instructors and computer technicians throughout the United States.  Many stress their main reason for needing such a software monitoring package is to simply view their classes’ computer activity from their desk or iPad.   In addition, the instructor would like to manage their student’s internet access during lectures.

ACS’s computer monitoring software allows teachers to effectively teach by centrally instructing students from their computer.  Instructors can begin class by registering students’ attendance, easily transfer files between their computer and the students, and send an important message directly to the student’s screens.

Once you have provided instruction for the students to begin working on their computers you will then need the ability to see if they are staying on task.  In today’s classrooms it is important for teachers to allow students the ability to surf the web to gain additional knowledge and information.  The internet is another avenue for educational material and provides infinite resources.  On the other hand the internet can also be a diversion causing the student’s to be easily distracted.

ACS’s software keeps students on task and eliminates distractions by non-related websites or instant messages.  The teacher can monitor all students’ internet use from his podium or while walking throughout the classroom.  ACS’s software shows the instructor which students are on the internet, what websites are running, and allows the teacher to set website blocks or approvals.  In addition, the teacher can block the internet access completely ensuring his students no longer have the capability to search for answers online during a test.  ACS provides all the features necessary to easily manage the internet during class.

This software package is the ideal tool for anyone who teaches in a computer lab.  You have the ability to monitor and control any or all the computers in the classroom, throughout the building or across campus.  With these intuitive features you will see an improvement in your student’s retention rates, test scores and keeping students on task and focused.