There are many systems and tools available in today’s marketplace that can help administrators and faculty to succeed with some of the many things they need to do in their roles. Some of the technologies I’ve listed below are “back office” tech (not really visible to the end user), and some directly impact teachers, students, and/or parents, but both administrators and teachers alike will recognize the potential for these technologies to help them be more efficient and more effective in their day to day operations.
Classroom Management applications: If you don’t already have this type of software for your computer labs, then you’re either hearing frequent requests like “we want to be able to shut off Internet access, how can we do it?” or you’ve probably limited Internet access so much that you’re hearing a lot of griping about it. You can provide instructors with extensive control over classroom Internet access, and a wide range of additional functionality (at a pretty affordable price) with tools like NetSupport School. Classroom Management applications also let the instructors see what each student is doing on their computers, share their desktops with everyone, and much more. (Note that these applications are primarily intended for managing computers on hard-wired connections – applications for managing wireless connections may be limited, based on how the wireless connectivity is managed).
Lecture Capture: This is one technology that I think has really only just begun (oops – sorry if you get that corny song stuck in your head now!) to be leveraged. Teachers can record ...