CASE STUDY
Faronics Insight and Palmdale High School
"Faronics Insight gives teachers the control they need in their labs to teach more effectively and quickly."
- Leonard Moreno, Information Technology Instructor
Challenges faced

Leonard Moreno is an Information Technology Instructor at California’s Palmdale High School. As part of the Computer Science department, it is Leonard’s job to prepare students for the modern and technical workplace with skills needed to be successful in any occupation. He does this by teaching students in a computer classroom lab of 32 computers. One of the biggest challenges they faced was distracted students. Students would use the computers for playing games and surfing the Internet, which created a management and logistical distraction to his teaching.

A Solution That Worked

Palmdale High School deployed Faronics Insight to overcome these challenges. Insight offered many benefits. Insight was student proof so students could not bypass it. Students could be a ‘leader’ by sharing their screens with the entire class. The instructors could also Blank Student screens to capture their attention. With Remote Control, the instructors can control the student workstation without leaving their desk. Instructors could control printing to avoid unwanted printing by students and also mute their audio.

Palmdale High School Finds Success with Teacher Control Software
by David Anderson

Palmdale High School in California was faced with a common issue: while classroom computers provide great learning opportunities for students, they also provide tempting distractions. The answer was a teacher control software solution that provides their teachers will full control over the classroom computers.

Leonard Moreno, an Information Technology Instructor at Palmdale, recognized that when used properly technology could significantly boost teacher effectiveness and student learning. But he also saw the need for a solution that would allow him to stop classroom distractions from taking place right at the source – student workstations.

After testing a number of teacher control software solutions which did not work as planned, Leonard learned about Faronics Insight. Insight offered a wide variety of classroom management and collaboration features (like application and web limiting, testing, messaging and screen sharing) in a teacher-friendly manner, but did not impact network bandwidth.

“I evaluated Faronics Insight and immediately purchased it after my attempts to bypass it failed. When I saw that students could not figure a way around it, I knew I had a solution that truly put me in control.”

Faronics Insight is now deployed on all of Palmdale’s desktop and laptop computers and continues to demonstrate the benefits of well-designed teacher control software.

“Solutions such as Faronics Insight give teachers the control they need in their labs to teach more effectively and quickly. Today’s classroom needs to be innovative and use the technology students grew up with as part of the learning curriculum.”

 

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Faronics Insight and Palmdale High School