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Introducing nine exciting LanSchool Air updates 

More than 35 years ago, LanSchool was a pioneer of classroom management software. At the time, it was used to help educators guide computer usage and instruction in computer labs. 

Today, LanSchool is still a leader in the category because, as the classroom has changed, so has our software. We’re proud to continue that evolution with a new set of features for instructors and administrators using LanSchool Air. 

You may have already noticed these features, which rolled out in 2022. Here are the highlights: 

For Instructors

Educators expressed to us a need to accommodate co-teachers, such as classroom aids, substitutes, or administrators, while using LanSchool Air. Now instructors can add other instructors to a class to be able to monitor and manage the class together.  

Co-teaching allows multiple instructors to all engage with the same students simultaneously in a collaborative and intuitive way. 

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Automatic Class Dismissal 

Instructors can now set their classes to automatically dismiss the student devices when the class ends.  

When a class is started and restrictions are enabled for a group of students, those restrictions will remain in place until the feature is turned off or the class is dismissed. 

To help ensure restrictions are not enabled after class time, instructors can schedule their class to dismiss automatically at a specific time or after a specific duration of time. 

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Web Limiting Settings Per Class 

Web limiting settings are now specific to each class. To block troublesome or distracting websites or limit students to a select few websites pertinent to the class, use the Web Limiting feature in LanSchool Air. There is currently no limit on the number of URLs that can be added to the block and allow lists.  

You can either create unique lists for each class or copy the settings from another class. 

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Group View Menu Options 

Switching to Group View allows instructors to position student screens in a way that aligns with how they manage the classroom. For example, an instructor might group students together that need to be managed more closely. Another group might contain students who are offline. 

From Group View, instructors will see menu options that will allow them to push websites, blank and unblank screens, and limit websites to groups. 

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Sort Classes Alphabetically 

To sort classes alphabetically, click on the AZ icon on the My Classes Page. 

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For Admins
Redesign of Active Hours 

Active hours establish the times and days during which a teacher can start and run a class. Although teachers and Site Admins can log in outside of the designated active hours, they cannot start a class or interact with students. 

Site Admins can set Active Hours for the entire organization in the Settings menu. 

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Disable Manual Class Creation 

By default, teachers are able to manually create their classes. This feature is more commonly used in organizations that do not use pre-configured class rosters from Clever, Google Classroom, or CSV import. Teachers may also manually create classes if they have classes or groups of students outside of their pre-configured class rosters. 

Some organizations may choose to prevent teachers from manually creating their own classes. Disabling manual class creation can help prevent teachers from adding the wrong students to a class especially in larger organizations where there may be multiple students with the same name. 

Site Admin users can enable a setting that will disable manual class creation for the entire organization. 

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Filter by Role 

To make finding Site Admin or Instructor accounts easier, Site Admins can set a filter that will show either Site Admin or Instructor accounts. 

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View Instructor Class Roster 

Site Admins can view Instructors’ class rosters, see where the rosters are originating from (e.g. Clever or Google Classroom), see whether the class is visible to the instructor, and view students in the class. 

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You asked, we listened 

These new features are already live in LanSchool Air. Many of these features originated as ideas proposed by educators like you. As the classroom continues to evolve, we remain dedicated to providing educators the tools they need to guide learning, increase collaboration, and maximize teaching time.  

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For a full list of all new LanSchool Air features, check out our product Release Notes.