Blocking Hotspot Shield and other VPNs

By Scott Noakes on 7/7/17 10:51 AM

Inviting student devices onto your school's BYOD network also invites new ICT challenges.

Schools are often unaware that student use of VPN software such as Hotspot Shield or Ultrasurf  can bypass school internet filtering and allow access to any online content.

A recent analysis Linewize conducted of a large Auckland High School found that 15% of students were using such software to bypass school internet filtering and gain access to any online content.

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Getting smarter with 1:1 digital distractions.

By Scott Noakes on 6/14/17 11:27 AM

Distraction of the digital kind is on the rise in classrooms. How can you successfully oversee devices and online access? In the aptly named article ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’1 the authors rate self-produced distractions, such as playing games, checking emails and surfing the net, as the most common classroom distractions, with more than a third of students admitting to ‘multitasking’ in class time.

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Linewize at Interface Xpo 2017!

By Scott Noakes on 5/3/17 1:34 PM

Interface Xpo 2017 is New Zealand's premiere EdTech event and we'd love to see you there.

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Cyberbullying - the challenge of our times

By Scott Noakes on 3/29/17 4:48 PM

Cyberbullying has been a hot topic in the media since the start of the year. A recent Australian survey of 1,000 parents of teenagers aged 11-18 conducted for Telstra, a national telco, found that two in five (40 percent) of parents ranked cyberbullying and bullying among their biggest worries as their children returned to school. The research found that 36 percent of Australian teenagers had personally experienced cyberbullying, with one in five, or 20 percent, stating the bullying occurred within the last month.

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7 things often overlooked on school BYOD programs

By Scott Noakes on 3/7/17 10:50 AM

 Here are seven considerations that can be overlooked as districts and schools concentrate on readying the infrastructure and making decisions about types of device and ways and means of funding the program.

    1. Who’s responsible for what?
      Clarify the school, teacher, parent and student roles and ready the supporting documentation. What happens in the event of theft, breakages, lost chargers, devices not working? Avoid your teachers becoming IT Techies by proxy and ensure that everyone is clear on what they need to do to make the BYOD programme work.

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Safer Internet Day - A Look Back

By Scott Noakes on 3/1/17 1:32 PM

Safer Internet Day exploded around the world demonstrating the interest in the issues of digital citizenship and cyberbullying, particularly in countries where 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are proliferating.

Companies got involved, including Microsoft, who released a Digital Civility Index comparing online behaviour in 14 countries. They encouraged young people to take up their Digital Civility Challenge.

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Don’t let disruptive technology disrupt school-parent relationships

By Scott Noakes on 2/14/17 1:51 PM

Computer rooms with outdated PCs are no longer relevant or practical for today’s generation. Bring Your Own Devices (BYODs) for learning in high schools, and more recently, primary schools, is a necessity for education to remain relevant with our technologically advancing society. Schools are adopting this new, ‘disruptive’ approach to learning by merging traditionally separate ICT lessons with the core curriculum. This exciting opportunity to incorporate more digital learning into the curriculum is not an endeavour that the school should take lightly.

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Integrating digital devices and reducing the potential for distraction

By Scott Noakes on 12/1/16 3:18 PM

As a teacher, you'd want to know.

Successfully integrating digital devices into the classroom is challenging. For all the benefits these devices bring to blended learning environments, they also bring the potential for distraction.

Classwize resolves this digital downside by providing teachers with live visibility and control over individual student internet use across all the devices they use in class.

With Classwize, teachers are provided a simple webpage dashboard that displays all the websites and applications that each student is using. Teachers gain visibility over which students are on task and those who may be disengaged.

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Porirua College expands BYOD scheme with peace of mind

By Scott Noakes on 8/24/16 4:59 PM

Porirua’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme is moving from trial phase to cross-college with no concerns regarding student safety thanks to Linewize. The college’s IT support provider, recommended using Linewize to protect students whilst online. Linewize has alleviated the security concerns of staff and the community, and simultaneously improved levels of classroom engagement.

BYOD and Student Safety

John Topp, Deputy Principal at Porirua College explained the issues that needed to be resolved prior to rolling out BYOD, “With our existing system we could not see what students were doing, we couldn’t easily monitor traffic on the network and we had instances of students using staff log ins on their own devices and we needed to put a stop to that.”

In addition, Porirua College felt that it had a responsibility to the community to ensure that students were using the Internet safely on campus and at home. John explains, “Our parents’ biggest concern about the proposed Chromebook roll out was that they would not know what their children were doing on the Internet at home.”

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Managing internet access for Microsoft Networks

By Scott Noakes on 5/5/16 11:06 AM

The majority of New Zealand school networks are underpinned by Microsoft networking technologies.

These networks run Windows Server domain controllers to manage host access to network resources and store user and group information in an Active Directory (AD) database.

Linewize integrates directly with these Microsoft networking technologies to allow schools to understand student Internet use and manage website and application access from our cloud management interface.

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