Impero’s “Best Technology for Schools” Grant Helps Stone County Schools Improve Student Safety - Tech Learning

Impero’s “Best Technology for Schools” Grant Helps Stone County Schools Improve Student Safety

Impero Education Pro provides Stone County with student safety and classroom management tools
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Simi Valley, CA, July 18 2017 – Stone County Schools in Mississippi received a “Best Technology for Schools” grant from Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network management and online safety software, to allow the district to purchase Impero’s Education Pro at a discounted rate in order to improve visibility of what students are doing on devices on the school network and to help teachers focus and engage the digital classrooms.

The district installed Impero Education Pro on computers in all of its computer labs and plans to expand that installation to include additional devices used by staff and students at the school, including laptops and Chromebooks.

“With the number of computers we have in our district, we needed something that would help us monitor and control students’ use of those devices. The added oversight helps keep the district CIPA compliant and ensures our staff and students are protected to the best of our ability. Another important thing to note is that when you buy the licensing you own it. No expensive fees for annual licensing renewals like you have with similar applications out there. Equally as important, Impero’s support team has been nothing short of fantastic!” said Chuck McGee, Technology Director for Stone County Schools. “Our teachers have total control of their student computers from the time Impero turns them on in the morning until Impero shuts them down in the afternoon.” Impero’s software is a perfect solution for us and we’re grateful we were selected to participate in this grant program.”

Stone County Schools, located in Wiggins, Mississippi, has 30 computer labs and more than 1,600 devices, including desktop PCs, laptops and Chromebooks. Impero Education Pro allows teachers or IT employees to monitor all the screens from a single console. This helps teachers keep students on track. They can lock students’ screens or share their screens with students to demonstrate work. It also helps the IT department update computers or troubleshoot issues remotely rather than driving to each school building to conduct maintenance.

”The software provides the IT department with so many useful tools that it’s almost like having an additional technician on staff,” said McGee. “Our technicians (and our teachers) love it!”

Impero launched its $2.5 million “Best Technology for Schools” grant program in November, 2016 which allowed a number of school systems to gain access to its state-of-the-art technology at a subsidized rate. The goal of the grant was to support schools that were seeking technology to help students stay on task and avoid distraction, stay safe online and get the most out of their digital learning experience.

“As student access to technology in schools increases, so does the need for tools that will help schools manage student devices and keep students safe online so we created this grant program in order to help schools with these goals,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software. “Providing Stone County Schools with access to our Impero Education Pro software, through this grant program, will help the district to improve student safety, improve learning outcomes and to get the most out of its technology budget.”

Impero Education Pro software monitors students’ online activity on a school’s network and uses complex algorithms to alert educators if students use keywords that could indicate concern around cyberbullying, sexting, radicalization, self-harm, or a range of other issues. It also offers an anonymous reporting tool for students. Impero also provides classroom management tools that teachers use to make the digital learning experience an engaging one, keep students focused, and ultimately improve learning outcomes for the school or district.

Schools can also use Impero Software for a wide array of administrative IT tasks such as resetting passwords, managing the use of printers, or setting computers to power on or off at certain times.

Impero also recently launched EdLink, a cloud-based solution that allows schools to manage multiple mobile devices, and Impero Insight, which provides visually-rich, interactive, graphical reports to help a school or district analyze the data collected by Impero Education Pro.

The “Best Technology for Schools” grant is part of Impero’s ongoing work to support schools in keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship. The company released a white paper, co-authored with the Digital Citizenship Institute, in October, 2016, at the Digital Citizenship Summit in San Francisco, which offers insight and best practices when teaching digital citizenship in schools. It released an Online Safety Handbook this year which provides resources and best practices for schools that are using Impero Education Pro.

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by over 1,400 UK high schools and in over 500 U.S. districts.

Impero’s cutting edge EdTech software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online.

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