New versions of NetSupport DNA and NetSupport School releasing at BETT
A new version of NetSupport DNA, the award-winning IT Asset Management solution, has just been released – providing even more benefits to schools to help them manage their technology effectively. Version 4.8 adds further support to help make budgets go further, while supporting data handling best practice.
Schools are under increasing pressure to do more while spending less – and greater insight can help them make more informed decisions. NetSupport DNA’s new Efficiency View can support leaders and managers in gaining a complete overview of their technology and how it is being used via its unique dashboard. It also highlights, at a glance, the areas where efficiency can be improved to create cost- and time-saving benefits, e.g. highlighting which PCs are least effectively used (and therefore can be redeployed) or which apps are the least used (and therefore may not need renewing).
Compiling this data into one simple-to-read dashboard makes it easy to quickly see the whole picture. What’s more, the information can be saved and exported as a report and the data can be displayed for customised dates – making it easy to evidence improvements.
In addition, the new Data Retention Policy helps organisations to reduce the amount of data they store. Scheduled to automatically delete data (such as internet/application metering, login sessions and more) over 365 days old (default mode), it helps organisations to keep up to date with the data they hold.
Extra performance enhancements have also been added to the thumbnail view in Explorer mode, making it even quicker and easier to view multiple PCs at once. Meanwhile, the Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) feature now allows policies to be applied to users (in addition to specific devices) for display each time any user logs on (or for one-time display and acknowledgement) – making it easier for staff (and students) to receive different AUPs where needed.
Meanwhile, the award-winning classroom management and instruction solution, NetSupport School, includes new features and enhancements in its latest version, V14, to not only maximise edtech investment, but also help support the growing issue of student and teacher wellbeing.
Classroom technology is heavily embedded within education and, when used effectively, can make a real difference to both students and teachers in terms of saving time and boosting learning outcomes. But first, schools must ensure the technology they have is easy to use. It sounds simple, but so many teachers struggle to use technology effectively or simply lack confidence – which, in turn, causes them anxiety and stress. With this in mind, NetSupport School ensures its features and functions are accessible to all teaching staff (regardless of their tech experience and knowledge) with its three modes for using the Tutor Console’s user interface: Easy, Standard and Advanced. The new ‘Easy’ mode allows technology-shy teachers to only see and use the core tools needed to maintain control over the class – supporting simplicity and ease of use. By ensuring there are as few barriers to the use of the school’s technology as possible, the school can maximise and justify its continued investment in edtech.
Meanwhile, the new Student Feedback mode in NetSupport School provides a great way for teachers to capture how students feel, their confidence with a topic and whether they need extra support. The teacher can view the class average result to help them to see the general mood/understanding across the class at a quick glance or investigate an individual’s response and take appropriate actions where needed.
To learn more about these new features, visit stand NL44 (North Hall) for a demonstration.