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3 Steps that Guarantee Success in Finding the Best Content Monitoring Solution for Your District

Dec 23, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Sara Siener

When you integrate a content monitoring solution into your district, you want it to be proactive in the classroom and ultimately beneficial to your students' needs ...

Mrs. Matthews regularly integrates technology into her lessons. She believes in its ability to attract student interest in Junior High Science. As a part of her lecture for the day, Mrs. Matthews decides that the lesson would be best instructed through the aid of an online learning program designated to embed their semester's unit into an interactive game that tests what they've learned thus far. While her students pull out their laptops and begin to play the game, Mrs. Matthews works on creating a Pop-Quiz over the activity.

However, Susie, a student who has been recently experiencing heinous bullying at her school, notices her teacher's distraction and decides to spend part of her class time googling websites related to self-harm.

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While Mrs. Matthews is not aware of Susie's activities, the school is notified that Susie's laptop is being used to conduct inappropriate searches on the internet. And her browser history is, then, shared with the school's counselor. Susie's school's content monitoring system was successful at detecting her search history in a manner that was beneficial to her well-being. By regulating their student's technology usage, the school was able to get Susie the proper help she needed with the aid of a successful content monitoring solution. 

How Content Monitoring is Bettering Technology Usage

Students are given their laptops because schools want today's youth to be technologically literate. On this notion, schools trust that technology integration will equip our future with the necessary skills they will need to be successful in their careers post-graduation.

While our school districts hold themselves accountable for providing their students with the best education possible, they should be held equally accountable to the conduct that accompanies internet usage. This freedom of accessibility must be monitored to ensure their students and their parents the safety that is expected with access to unlimited resources. 

Chris Hayhurst, a writer for EdTech Magazine, expresses that content monitoring ensures the district's safety by "preventing users from going to sites where they may pick up malware or other things that would jeopardize ... district networks." More importantly, quality monitoring solutions can ensure our student's safety by monitoring and restricting online access. 

In Susie's case, her school relied on a content monitoring system that reported inappropriate searches to administration. Her school relied on the known content monitoring solution, Lightspeed Systems, for its comprehensive platform. And this is just one example of a monitoring solution that secures both the district's and its students' safety.

It is important to note that before looking at monitoring systems for your school, it is essential that you are assured that you have properly prepared your school, students, and parents for its integration into your school's facility. By deftly focusing on the process of transitioning a new content monitoring system into your school, you will make the application of this transition seemingly effortless.

Creating a Sound Transition

To ensure this smooth transition, researchers advise school districts to discuss their "intentions with stakeholders." They also recommend that faculty maintain communication with the families of the children at the receiving end of this transformation. By doing this, you will be promoting the flow of conversation to prevent complaints directed towards administration that otherwise may have taken place following the integration process. Likewise, by continuing this flow of conversation with a team of people chosen to implement this digital change, you will secure your district's intentions of balancing safety and education because you will be understanding everyone's needs.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Once you are satisfied in your preparation, you may commence your selection and integration of the content monitoring solution of your choice.

Here are a few key steps condensed into a comprehensive list for your use from EdTech's Magazine to help guide you in the process of finding the perfect fit for your school ...

1     Selection: involve your stakeholders when finding the right balance among costs, compliance interface, and other features before settling on a product
2     Solutions: trust that your stakeholder's understanding of each product and how they meet the district's goals
3     Rollout: pilot potential solutions to ensure they work your infrastructure, then deploy the best-performing product in a small-scale test environment 
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Read more about finding the best content monitoring for your school's district here: K-12 Districts Keep Students Safe with Web Filters and Monitors & 3 Steps to Finding the Right Content Monitoring Solution for Your District

If you liked this article, learn more about how to improve your school district's curriculum here: The Game Changer for Superintendents in 2020

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Sara Siener

Written by Sara Siener