New features further enhance a teacher’s ability to educate, assist, monitor, and communicate with an entire class from one central computer.
SAN RAMON, CA, August 13, 2008 — Faronics is pleased to announce the release of Version 7.1 of its popular
classroom control software, Faronics Insight. This latest version offers several feature additions and enhancements, including the ability to limit student access to USB thumb drives, arrange thumbnails in the shape of the classroom, monitor student keystrokes, and view how individual students voted on classroom questions.
The new USB thumb drive limiting feature is intelligent enough to allow USB keyboards and mice to still operate, while the new classroom layout abilities of the thumbnail monitoring feature allow the teacher to quickly match thumbnails with student workstations. The Insight console now has four thumbnail sizes to choose from; the smallest size allows teachers to see more than 80 student machines on a 15” monitor without having to scroll. Improvements to the web limiting feature includes support for the wildcards “*” and “?”, making it easier to limit certain kinds of websites. The classroom voting feature has also been enhanced—it is now possible to see how individual students answered a question and export the results to a text file.
Faronics Insight has been extremely popular with IT personnel in education environments, such as Josh Kolka, Technology Administrator for Bangor Township Schools. “Some of our labs have computers assembled into pods,” says Josh. “It’s great when it comes to fostering collaboration and teamwork between students, but makes it difficult for a teacher to monitor student activities. Teachers would walk around the classroom, but once they walked to another pod a student could easily visit a game website and stop doing their work. Thanks to Insight, our teachers now have the much needed ability to educate and monitor students from a central location.”
A free, fully functional 30-day evaluation version of Insight can be downloaded at www.faronics.com for the Windows 98, 2000, XP, and Vista operating systems.
Faronics delivers software solutions that help manage, simplify, and secure desktop computers. Our products ensure 100% workstation availability, and have dramatically impacted the day-to-day lives of thousands of information technology professionals. Faronics’ technology innovations benefit educational institutions, healthcare facilities, libraries, government organizations, and corporations in over fifty countries worldwide.
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Dheeraj Mahtani (Marketing Communications Specialist, Faronics)