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LanSchool
Developer(s)Stoneware, Inc.
Initial releaseFebruary 9, 1986; 33 years ago (1986-02-09) (as LanFan Technologies)
April 2001 (2001-04) (as LanSchool Technologies, LLC)
PlatformWindows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS
TypeClassroom management
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.lanschool.com

LanSchool is classroom management software owned by Lenovo. It is used by schools to monitor pupils' activity on computers. It includes a screen monitor, keystroke monitor, teacher-to-pupil chat feature, URL monitor, Camera monitor, microphone access, and various other features. Both the LanSchool keystroke monitor and URL monitor can store data for later collection,[1] and can also be "hacked" by pupils to allow access to "hangouts, VPNs, unblocked games, etc."[2]

Technology[edit]

LanSchool products use a proprietary remote desktop protocol that communicates via TCP and UDP. A console application is installed on the teacher’s computer, which communicates peer-to-peer with a software agent running on the pupils' computers. The software is available in a 'Teacher' and 'Student' edition. The Teacher edition allows the user to access and control the computers with the Student edition installed on them. Lanschool can function on Windows and Mac operating systems.[3] The software can also be "hacked" by pupils to allow access to "hangouts, VPNs, unblocked games, etc."[2]

History[edit]

Originally named LanFan Technologies, the company was founded in February 1986[4] when Dana Doggett began exploring the concept of a software application that would allow an instructor to control multiple computers.

Dana developed a software tool called PC Chalkboard that was then implemented by Novell. PC Chalkboard allowed Novell lab instructors to broadcast their screens to each PC in the lab. LanSchool was licensed by both Intel and IBM and actively marketed through each company’s education sales channel. The IBM relationship is still active today.[when?] In April 2001, Dana left Intel and formed a new company, LanSchool Technologies, LLC where he could work on LanSchool full-time.

Acquisitions[edit]

LanSchool was acquired by Stoneware in 2011. In September 2012 Lenovo announced the acquisition of Stoneware and the acquisition was completed on December 26, 2012.[5]

Product Features[edit]

Some of the product features included in LanSchool are:

  • Cross platform support for Windows, Google, and Apple operating systems,
  • Thumbnail view allows teachers to view each pupil's screen,
  • Detail view allows teachers to see detailed information on each pupil's session/history,
  • Keystroke monitoring (if enabled by the school) can report on weeks of pupil use with actual keystroke history,
  • Screen snapshot capability allows teachers to document screen, user, time, date, and other information,
  • Internet history shows a list of websites visited by a user, and
  • Running programs view shows all programs running on a pupil's machine, even if minimized.
  • Whitelisting and blacklisting of websites/programs.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor Students". Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  2. ^ a b Reyes, Janine (February 13, 2018). "9 Investigates: Students exploiting classroom monitoring software". Cox Media Group. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  3. ^ https://helpdesk.stone-ware.com/portal/kb/articles/installing-lanschool-7-8-on-a-mac
  4. ^ "Press Releases - LanSchool". LanSchool Press. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  5. ^ "Lenovo To Acquire U.S. Cloud Company". UBM Channel. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  6. ^ https://www.lanschool.com.hk/monitor-students/