Founded in 2000, and acquired by Lenovo in 2012, Stoneware is a manufacturer of cloud computing and classroom management software. With the acquisition of LanSchool Technologies, LLC in 2011, Stoneware provides best-of-breed classroom management and monitoring software. LanSchool helps teachers to control the classroom so that they can supervise, cooperate and communicate with students efficiently. “By using the ‘thumbnail view’, our product allows teachers to monitor up to 3,000 students at a time and quickly observe each student's screen,” begins Rick German, CEO and Co-Founder of Stoneware. LanSchool’s ‘details view’ shows students information along with other useful data, such as last application run, and previously visited website.
In addition, through the communication features of LanSchool, teachers can audio chat, send a message to keep a student on task, converse with an individual or group of students and resolve queries. Teachers can also show a student’s screen to the rest of the class as positive reinforcement as well as remote control a student's desktop to assist with various key concepts. The company recently released their LanSchool v7.8 edition that further removes distractions and gives teachers the tools and confidence to teach in a new-generation classroom.
By using the ‘thumbnail view’, our product allows teachers to monitor up to 3,000 students at a time and quickly observe each student's screen
Furthermore, the company’s webNetwork's Unified Workspace enables students to establish communication in the campus with one password to access everything they need, from coursework to social websites. webNetwork makes it simpler for IT to deliver these resources to students without the need to know what devices they are delivering to, and whether those devices are updated on patches and anti-virus. Through the product, faculty can flip the classroom by providing material to students in advance, helping them to study ahead, and better exhibit their grasp of the material when they arrive in class.
Teachers also require a system that allows them to govern computer-based testing, with the ability to use that system for online testing as well. Stoneware offers a solution, which enables a proctor to lock down machines, immobilize access to applications and websites, and never allow anyone to remote control the testing machine.
As more universities and schools are adapting digital technologies, Stoneware is helping them by making the shift efficiently. Forging ahead, the company plans on innovating and delivering more products worldwide to help different educational institutions make the transition to the new digital age.