Some of you may have heard of NetOp
as a new solution to security problems and teaching obstacles in the school/classroom. Has anyone tried it yet? Have any of you seen reviews? Here's a bit of info taken from the website for NetOp School:
"NetOp School brings a complete, computerized teaching solution to the networked classroom. Share any screen with the class, follow students as they work and lend a hand where and when it’s needed, control what applications can be used, distribute and collect documents from students and create and perform regular tests with immediate individual feedback.
NetOp School lets you prepare for class, teach your students, and grade their work in one complete solution.
What's new in NetOp School 5.0?
Lets teachers show any screen in real-time to all students
Enhances the ability to monitor and assist students
Enables real-time control of allowed applications and webpages
Gives teachers better insight in the individual students’ progress
Makes it easy to create and carry out online tests
Facilitates text or audio discussions online
Allows students to request help discreetly
Gives students hands-on experience with the taught subject
Provides ability to demonstrate learning points online
Opens possibilities to teach students that are not physically present
Is extremely user-friendly – NetOp School can be learnt in minutes
Doesn’t require an expensive investment in extra hardware
Is based on extremely stable and responsive technology"
NetOp also allows the facilitator to CLOSELY MONITOR a student's activity within the classroom, providing snapshots of the computer screen and a detailed history of visited sites.
The "NetOp Education Solution Package" is available exclusively through our parent company, Torcomp Studica (the individual software programs are available in free trial versions). The complete package includes: Netop School, NetOp Proces Control, NetOp Netfilter, and NetOp Remote Control On Demand; all of which were created to suit school, district, or campus needs.
The press release detailing the collaboration between NetOp and Torcomp Studica can be found here: Studica.com press releases
I thought this would be a relevant discussion, given the problems all or most teachers have trying to maintain a safe classroom/internet environment.