“This is a great asset that I would highly recommend to anyone in a computer lab situation,” one teacher said.

NetSupport School is a classroom management software program that gives teachers the ability to instruct and visually or audibly monitor, as well as interact with, their students—either individually, as a pre-defined group, or with the whole class.

Rising to the challenges and requirements of today’s modern classroom, NetSupport School enables teachers to deliver lesson content, simultaneously monitor all student PCs, and work collaboratively, ensuring that complete student attention and focus is maintained at all times.

There are no hidden extras; all features are included as standard benefits, including a customized testing suite, dedicated technician console, digital student revision aids, lesson planning tools, and the option for teachers to reward students for good effort.

“Since using NetSupport School, we are able to keep the students more focused on their task during the short time frame that we have them each week. When they come in, I have the computers locked down so that I have their full attention while giving them instructions for their daily lessons. Then when I unlock them, I can monitor them from one central location without the fear of [students] going off track. 

“NetSupport has also been a great resource for being able to demonstrate new lessons and activities from my computer to theirs. This also helps in time management when the students don’t even have to look away from their monitors to get instruction. One of the most valuable assets, I feel, is the ability to control each student’s computer. This is great for individual help with a student or to be able to control that off-task student. There are many other great features, such as the test module and lesson plan module. This is a great asset that I would highly recommend to anyone in a computer lab situation.”

—A teacher at Stanford Elementary School in Kentucky

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The latest version of NetSupport School, v11, extends the product’s ability to help teachers assess student progress instantly and continually. Features such as instant Student Surveys and the customizable Test Designer are joined by a new and unique Question and Answer module, built around current teaching practices for continual assessment of learning. This module allows teachers to ask questions to the whole class, gauge student answers and understanding, introduce new questioning styles to the lesson, develop peer assessment opportunities, and track rewards for either individuals or teams.

“The quiz/survey feature was extremely important to us. Once we had used it in the demo version, we knew it was something we did not want to be without. Also, NetSupport School is extremely easy to learn for non-technology related teachers. Lab teachers are ecstatic with the possibilities of NetSupport School. For the first time, they feel like they are really in control of the lab and student work.”

An administrator at Vicksburg Community Schools

Extending its capabilities further, and proving its relevance to the latest technological trends, NetSupport School v11 includes support not only for Google Chrome OS and Windows 8, but also for tablet and smart-phone technology. NetSupport School’s new Tutor Assistant app is compatible with Apple iOS devices, Android tablets and smart phones, and the Kindle Fire, meaning that teachers now can continue to monitor and collaborate with their pupils while having the flexibility to move around the classroom.

NetSupport School can be used on any Windows computer and is designed to work flawlessly over both wired and wireless networks. Increasingly, schools are embracing new PC technologies, and NetSupport School also works in terminal server, shared resource, virtual desktop, and thin/zero client computing environments.

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