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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

TOS Review ~ LanSchool

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Have you heard of LanSchool?  I hadn’t either until I was offered to review it.  Basically it is a classroom management program that allows you to see and control what is done on multiple computers throughout your home.

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LanSchool enables you to network all your computers to the “teacher computer” and see what your students are doing. The teacher computer is capable of remotely controlling student computer. You can also send messages to the student computer, or limit access to programs or the Internet, and much more. One fun feature is that if you catch your student on the computer when they are supposed to be doing something else, you can blank out there screen with or without a message.

LanSchool’s website describes there program with these words:

“Teachers today are faced with the challenge and opportunity of using technology to teach. Computers are amazing educational tools, but they can also be a huge distraction to learning. The Internet, instant messaging, email and games are a constant temptation for students.

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LanSchool v7.5 removes these distractions so you can teach more effectively. No classroom management solution is simpler to install, easier to use or better suited for teaching in a 21st century classroom.”

Two versions are offered, one for the home and one for schools. The home version can be installed on up to 3 computers at one time. The price of the  Home Version Sign-Up  is $99 and it includes  access to updates for 3 years.

I think LanSchool is a great program and we enjoyed using it for our review,  but I do not see a need for it’s use in our homeschool.  I only say that because we do not use a computer based curriculum and my girls are not on the computer during school hours. However, if you are looking for a program to help monitor the use of computer time and content then I highly recommend LanSchool for your family.

To see what my crewmates thought of this product click here.

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I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a copy of LanSchool software in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .

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