Lanschool

As of the third trimester of the 2017-18 school year, teachers at both the middle school and high school have the ability to use Lanschool in their classrooms. It is only for teachers who have a school issued Mac and is not an option for those with Chromebooks at this time.

What is Lanschool? Basically, it is a monitoring tool that allows the teacher to see what students are doing on their school issued devices and gives them the ability to ensure their students are on task. In my mind, it does not replace classroom management, but rather empowers the teacher to do more than they can on their own.

You can access the official LanSchool tutorials via this link or you can find my own resources below.

"LanSchool is the best thing ever. I am so happy and my students are so sad and on task."

"This is freaking awesome! I JUST caught a kid cheating...I love it! Not that he cheated, but that I could so easily catch him. Love it."

Getting Started

  1. Open Lanschool on your computer. You can see if it is installed by clicking on the "Spotlight" in the upper right hand corner and then searching for "Teacher". You should find an application with the icon shown above. Once it is open, you can Control + Click on the icon in your dock and set the preferences to keep it in the dock or have it open on Start Up.
    • If do not see Lanschool on your Mac, please put in a tech ticket for the tech department to install it for you.
  2. Create a Class List of the students you would like to manage. Keep in mind that the computer has to be on our network, have connected recently, be only in one class, and have Lanschool on it in order to appear. You should also be using the Machine Name when searching for students. To learn how to create a Class List, click here to watch Lanschool's screencast.
  3. For a tour of the teacher interface of Lanschool to get started, click here to watch Lanschool's screencast. Keep in mind that although the screencast was recorded on a PC, many of the features are the same on your Mac. You might find it helpful to have the screencast playing on a separate screen while you navigate the interface.

Show your screen to your students.

Once you have a class list loaded click on "Show" on the left side of the top toolbar. If you select the black drop down arrow, you can chose to share it as a "Full Screen" or a "Windowed" screen. "Full Screen" will prevent them from looking at anything else, which is useful for presentations. "Windowed", however, will allow the students to navigate onto another screen such as during demonstrations.

Click here for the screencast from Lanschool.

Show a student's screen to the class

First, select the student's screen thumbnail. Then select the "Show Student" button towards the left in the toolbar. It will typically give you a warning message confirming that you want to show that student to the entire class. Click on the same button to turn off the sharing. It is a useful tool to use when you want to share an exemplar with the rest of the class. One word of advice is to make sure that you trust the student to show only what is appropriate and won't navigate onto something they shouldn't.

Click here for the screencast from Lanschool.

Block their screens so they pay attention

Once you select a student or press Command + A to select all students, you can click on "Blank Screen" to have all of their screens blocked from their content. The default message tells them "Eyes to the front of the classroom please..." across their screen. But you can configure it to use any message you would like or you can use an image. I use a game over screen that I found from Google and it makes me laugh each time I use it.

Click here for the screencast from Lanschool.

Limit their access to websites

This option is great for limiting or taking away a student's access to the web. If you'd like the students to only go to certain websites or block them from going to sites that are distractions by using the "Configure Web Limiting..." from the black drop down arrow. I find it useful if you'd like them to only to go Google Classroom/Documents/Drive or if you'd like to prevent them from going to YouTube or the latest distracting website that is going around.

Click here for the screencast from Lanschool.


Limit their access to certain apps

If you find that some applications your students use, such as Photobooth, are distracting or are the only application the students should use this is the option for you. You can customize the "Allow List" or "Block List" to include the Application names of your choosing.

Click here for the screencast from Lanschool.

Mute student's speakers and headphones

If you have student(s) who are listening to something through their speakers or headphones, select the specific student or press Command + A to select them all. Then click on the "Mute" button to mute all of the selected students. I find it helpful when they need to listen to my directions or if the student is listening through their computer speakers instead of with headphones (and I don't want to hear it).

Close everything the student has open

I'll be honest. This is one of my favorites. If you have a student who just cannot get on task and has lots of stuff open that has nothing to do with class, select the student's thumbnail and then click the "Clear Desktop" button in the toolbar. It will close EVERYTHING that they have open. I have used it when they have received multiple warnings and they don't change their ways. It usually drives the point home nicely.