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Review: iTALC classroom monitoring and management

iTALC is for any teacher, training department, etc. needing a tool to control multiple workstations in order to simplify classroom instruction.

Master control

From this Master Control Station the teacher can take control of machines and much more.

Add a client

Adding a new client is as simple as right-clicking the left pane, selecting "Add New Computer", and filling out the information you see here.

Control bar

While controlling or viewing a workstation, if you hover your mouse at the top of the screen the Icon (or Control) bar will appear.

Private messages

Send private messages to students/workstations so not to interrupt class time.

Screenshots

Take screenshots of a students' workstation at any time. All snapshots will be listed (by name and IP address) in the snapshots listing (click the Camera icon in the left navigation).

Configuration

This is the entire configuration necessary for iTALC. Notice that you can use a Domain login for mult-login. Depending upon your hardware, you can adjust the Quality of demonstrations down to get better performance.

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5 comments
Dean Spasser
Dean Spasser

The control of teacher over her students through iTALC is amazing. It sets the line that the teachers are still the boss.The teacher should have the right to monitor what his student is viewing and has also the equal rights to shut his/her computer down when he/she is fooling around. - Dean Spasser

stemple
stemple

Can more than one master PC (Instructor, Technician) view a classroom at the same time? Would like to allow Master-B view the classroom while Master-A views and/or controls the classroom PCs.

trevorjohns
trevorjohns

I use it on our K-12 school network and it generally works well. There are a few small issues though: 1) you'll probably need to increase the Windows "half-open" TCP/IP limit of 10 connections for reliable monitoring. It often would "hang" when switching between rooms 2) connection to a remote machine is sometimes difficult, maybe requiring 2 or 3 attempt to come up 3) having multiple people monitoring one group of machines (staff checking a shared computer area) can cause view problems - different people see different things on the same machine

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Does your organization expend resources on training like it should? Has the training budget been cut recently? Have you considered an open source tool like iTALC?

omarquez
omarquez

Have you been able to find an answer for this? I am having to do the same, and its not workng.

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