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Goodfellow Air Force Base 316th Training Squadron

December 5th, 2013 by

316th Training Squadron 

 

HISTORY

Goodfellow Air Force Base is a non-flying base located in San Angelo, TX. They provide cryptologic and intelligence training for the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps. It is home to the 17th Training Wing and part of the Air Education & Training Command (AETC).

 

OBSTACLE

The 316th Training Squadron Information Technology (IT) Director on Goodfellow was tasked with the responsibility of equipping U.S. Marine classified computer classrooms with a classroom management system. He shared these classroom requirements with us:  “Instructor needed the capability to monitor 16 student dual screen displays from their desk position”. This solution needed to allow the instructor to monitor audio/video student activity, communicate with each student individually or as a group, push material to all students, and blank screens when training required a different focus.

The IT Director had tried software solutions but found that they always ran into connectivity issues due to network security settings. He found that the LINK hardware based solution offers more compatibility to the instructor.  His squadron is very familiar with LINK System technology since they have been using these products in their classrooms for over ten years.

 

COMPOSITE LINK SYSTEM SOLUTION

Several classified classrooms on Goodfellow are equipped with the Composite LINK System. These classrooms are designed to use dual screens at all instructor and student workstations. Our LINK System solution is dual screen compatible and allows the instructors to easily access both student monitors, keyboard, mouse, and headset using the ACS touch screen interface. Their instructors find the LINK System to be very intuitive and user-friendly (see the below quote from their IT Director).

“We have found the LINK System set ups are very beneficial to our instructors. They no longer have to constantly walk around the classroom to look over student shoulders to see how they are progressing. Instructors can interact with students having issues and blank all the screens when they want their attention”.  He goes on to say “The most valuable feature is the instructor’s ability to monitor dual screen audio/video. ACS has been very receptive to our requests and designed special capabilities for us when needed.”

 

To learn more about the LINK System please visit   http://www.acs-linksystems.com/products/composite- link-systems.cfm

Applied Computer Systems, Inc. does offer free onsite demonstrations of the LINK System. The LINK System is used in computer classrooms to effectively enhance the teaching and learning process. It improves retention rates and keeps students on task. It is a cost-effective computer classroom management system built to last for many years.

LINK System Enhances Instructor Effectiveness

November 22nd, 2013 by

Applied Computer Systems, Inc. is a proven leader in the computer class management industry introducing the Composite LINK System to the corporate, government and military instructors seeking faster, more responsive instructor-student interaction in the computer lab.  The Composite LINK System is an interactive instruction and monitoring system, allows the instructor to demonstrate computer tasks directly on the students’ monitors, providing a clear view of the lesson despite room size or lighting conditions.  This system allows the instructor to scan student progress on their screen and provide individual help as needed.

The system allows students to follow a lesson easily along with the screen images sent to their monitors by the instructor.  When students can watch the lesson on their own monitors, they are more receptive to learning, without straining to see overhead projections from the back of the computer lab.  This helps to keep the students on task, ultimately increasing their retention rates.

In addition, the instructor can conveniently scan the students’ screens from the instructor’s screen to monitor their progress.  When help is needed, the instructor can remotely operate a student’s keyboard and mouse to demonstrate a skill.  If a student has a problem common to the class, the instructor can send the student’s screen display to all classroom monitors.  The student can then test his knowledge step-by-step with the instructor’s guidance while the class watches and learns from their own monitors.  Once the student is back on track, the instructor can continue monitoring the students’ screens to see who needs help.

For more information about Composite LINK System contact Applied Computer Systems, Inc. at 800-237-5465 or http://www.acs-linksystems.com

 

 

U.S. Army Awards Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) for SoftLINK Classroom Management Software

October 10th, 2013 by

NETCOM

Applied Computer Systems, Incorporated (ACS), a leading provider of computer classroom management systems, announced that SoftLINK has earned a Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) from the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM).

The CoN for SoftLINK 11.x can be found on the U.S. Army Knowledge Online (AKO) website for Applied Computer Systems, Inc. reference CERT-201315826.  This certification assures that SoftLINK version 11.x has met the network requirements set by the U.S. Army.

“With over 40 years of business success, Applied Computer Systems, Inc. is dedicated to providing the U.S. Army and other government agencies with proven technologies which meet the stringent requirements of the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense (DoD),” said Todd Broceus, President, Applied Computer Systems, Inc.  “ACS is honored that the United States Army uses the powerful tools provided by SoftLINK to enhance their computer training environments.  We are proud to have a small part in successfully training our country’s military personnel.”

About SoftLINK
SoftLINK is a training software solution used extensively in Classroom XXI (CRXXI).  CRXXI is a United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) program that modernizes and maintains digital classrooms across sixteen Army installations.  SoftLINK provides teachers with the ability to instruct, monitor, and interact with individual students, groups of students, or the entire class.  Using the program’s intuitive interface, instructors can view the student’s monitor, access the student’s keyboard and mouse, limit access to computer applications and internet content, or even track comprehension of subject matter using SoftLINK’s all-inclusive testing package.

About Applied Computer Systems, Inc.
Applied Computer Systems, Inc. provides classroom management software and LINK System hardware solutions to clients ranging from universities to government entities.  ACS works directly with training managers, IT directors, technology coordinators and instructors.  ACS’s goal is to provide our clients with a proven solution that meets their requirements, timeline, and budget. Government and military entities can find the LINK System on the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule, contract number GS35F0217M.  ACS offers both toll-free and online technical support.  ACS prides itself on the high standards we put on customer-service and satisfaction.  For more information about Applied Computer Systems, Inc. and its solutions, call 800-237-5465 or visit http://www.acs-linksystems.com

SoftLINK Assistant App for iPad

October 4th, 2013 by

Applied Computer Systems, Inc.is pleased to announce a SoftLINK app available for the Apple iOS.  SoftLINK Assistant is an extension of the desktop SoftLINK tutor software.  With this class room software you now have the mobility and freedom to cruise the classroom and remotely access your students’ computers right from your iPad.

Monitor Student's Computer Activity

SoftLINK Classroom Management Software Prezi

September 23rd, 2013 by