Planning Your Implementation

Planning Your Implementation

Overview

Consider these best practices when determining how best to implement LanSchool Classic in your specific environment.

Static Computer Labs or Media Rooms

Use this model in environments where student and teacher devices are always together.
  1. Use with Windows and Mac devices
  2. Device-centered model
  3. Best Practices
    1. Define a unique channel for each computer lab.
    2. Install the student client on each student device in the lab and assign it to that lab's channel.
    3. Install the teacher client on a dedicated teacher device in the lab and assign it to that lab's channel.
  4. When the teacher in the lab opens the LanSchool Teacher Console, they will automatically see the student devices on that lab's channel.

Mobile Computer Carts

Use this model in environments where student devices stay together, but may be managed by different teacher devices.
  1. Use with Windows and Mac devices only (for Chromebook carts, follow the "One-to-One" deployment model)
  2. Device-centered model
  3. Best Practices
    1. Define a unique channel for each cart.
    2. Install the student client on each student device in the cart and assign it to that cart's channel.
    3. Define a unique channel for each teacher device (or use channel auto-assignment via the LCS)
    4. Install the teacher client on a teacher devices and assign each teacher their own unique channel.
  4. When the teacher opens their teacher console, they should not see any student devices by default.
  5. Create a class list for each cart containing the machine names of the student devices in the cart and store them on a network share.
  6. Teachers can load the class list for the cart they want to manage, pulling those devices into that teacher's unique channel.
  7. When class is over, the teacher dismisses the class list and the student devices will automatically return to the cart's default channel.

One-to-One

Use this model in environments where students take their devices with them to different teachers.
  1. Use with Windows, Mac, and Chromebook devices
  2. User-centered model
  3. Best Practices
    1. Define a common "default" channel for all student devices.
    2. Install the student client on each student device (or user account in the case of Chromebooks) and assign them to a common default channel.
    3. Define a unique channel for each teacher device (or use channel auto-assignment via the LCS).
    4. Install the teacher client on a teacher devices and assign each to their own unique channel.
  4. When the teacher opens their teacher console, they should not see any student devices by default.
  5. Create class lists containing the login names of the students belonging to each class.
  6. Teachers can load the class list containing the students they want to manage, pulling those logged in student devices into that teacher's unique channel.
  7. Class lists can be manually created and managed by each teacher or centrally managed by the district using Dynamic Class Lists or Clever.
  8. When class is over, the teacher dismisses the class list and the student devices will automatically return to their default channel.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Use this model in environments where students are using personally-owned devices and connecting them to the organization's network. 
  1. For Chromebooks, deploy the student client using the Google Admin Console. Students must login to the device using their school-managed G-Suite accounts. Follow the best practices described in the one-to-one deployment model.
  2. For Windows or Mac, the student client will need to be installed by a user with administrative rights on the device. We recommend this be done by a member of the IT staff to ensure it is installed with the correct settings.
  3. Consider disabling keystroke and internet history when installing LanSchool on personal devices. See options for deploying LanSchool Student.
  4. To uninstall the client, a member of the IT staff will need to run the installer again to initiate the uninstall.
  5. Best Practices
    1. Define a common "default" channel for all student devices
    2. Install the student client on each student device (or user account in the case of Chromebooks) and assign them to a common default channel.
    3. Define a unique channel for each teacher device (or use channel auto-assignment via the LCS).
    4. Install the teacher client on a teacher devices and assign each to their own unique channel.
  6. When the teacher opens their teacher console, they should not see any student devices by default.
  7. Teacher can create class lists by using the "Browse for Students" option to find BYOD. Device and Login names may not be consistent across student personal devices.
  8. When class is over, the teacher dismisses the class list and the student devices will automatically return to their default channel.
  9. Alternatively, install the student client with the "Allow Student to Change Channel" option enabled. This will allow students to manually join the teacher's unique channel.

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