Tech Talks

As technology teams turn to remote learning, we’re checking in with customers to see how they’re navigating this new landscape with Lightspeed Systems®.

You can never have too much data. Fine-tuning that data to make it usable is crucial. We’re talking with the Executive Director of Network and Security from DeKalb County School District, Wade Barnes about how they are using data and reports from Lightspeed Systems® to save their district resources.

Some school districts we spoke to were more prepared than others for distance learning. We talked with Steve Thomaschefsky from Waupaca School District, which moved more or less seamlessly into remote learning- hear from him about the one Lightspeed tool he wished he had.

Preparing for the unknown this fall is what many school IT teams will be working on over the summer. We’re talking with Bob Hilinksi from Upper Darby School District in Pennsylvania to learn how they will be ready for the fall thanks to Lightspeed Systems.

Hear from Robert about how Lightspeed Alert™ is a critical feature in protecting students during distance learning.

“We had a huge advantage because we already had [Lightspeed Filter™]. Kids were familiar with the messages, but surprised that it worked at home.”

Hear from Joe on how their district rolled out devices and remote filtering and how they’re planning for continued distance learning in 2021.

“I’ve seen a slight uptick in [Lightspeed Alert] with kids being home more often. It’s nice to alert the necessary people to help for that.”

Watch this Tech Talk with Stacy Royster from Opelika City School to learn how they’re simplifying their distance learning program, and preparing for the fall.

“We’re very thankful we’re a technology rich district that uses resources so there was no lift on the side of the kids to get them used to anything.”

What does the future hold for schools in the fall? And how are school IT teams preparing? We’re talking with Technology Systems Specialist Corey Howard from Greenbrier County School Districts to hear how some Lightspeed Filter features are proving invaluable as part of their remote learning 

In this short video, we’re chatting with Anthony Padrnos, the Director of Technology from Osseo Public School District.

“[Lightspeed Analytics™] has been a vital tool as we navigate distance learning to ensure the technology we’re providing is safe.” 


We checked in with Christina Gremillion from Caddo Parish Public Schools who is thankful for the tools and solutions Lightspeed Systems provides making her job a little bit easier.

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Reimagine the inspired and interactive classroom for remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. Lightspeed Classroom Management™ gives teachers real-time visibility and control of their students’ digital workspaces and online activity.

  • Ensure all students interact with only the right online curriculum — precisely when they’re supposed to use it.
  • Push out vetted curriculum links to all students at the same time.
  • Block inappropriate or distracting web sites and apps.

Ensure scalable & efficient learning device management. The Lightspeed Mobile Device Management™ system ensures safe and secure management of student learning resources with real-time visibility and reporting essential for effective distance learning.

  • A centralized, cloud-based solution for infinitely scalable device, application, and policy controls
  • Self-Service App Library, where teachers and students
    can access and install approved curriculum and learning tools
  • Remotely deploy, change, and revoke hundreds of policies and educational applications, while reducing typical downtime and costs

Prevent suicides, cyberbullying, and schoolviolence. Lightspeed Alert™ supports district administrators and selected personnel with advanced AI to detect and report potential threats before it’s too late.

  • Human review
  • Real-time alerts that flag signs of a potential threat
  • Intervene quickly before an incident occurs.
  • Activity logs provide visibility into online activity before and after a flagged event

Protect students from harmful online content. Lightspeed Filter™ is the best-in-class solution that acts as a solid barrier to inappropriate or illicit online content to ensure students’ online safety 24/7.

  • Powered by the most comprehensive database in the industry built through 20 years of web indexing and machine learning.
  • Ensure CIPA compliance
  • Block millions of inappropriate, harmful, and unknown sites, images, and video including YouTube
  • Keep parents informed with the Lightspeed Parent Portal™

Gain complete visibility into students’ online learning. Lightspeed Analytics™ gives districts robust data on the effectiveness of any tools they implement so they can take a strategic approach to their technology stack and streamline reporting.

  • Track education technology adoption and usage trends, eliminate redundancy, and drive ROI
  • Monitor app and content consumption to facilitate early adoption and effective utilization
  • Assess risk with visibility into student data privacy and security compliance