making networked classrooms work
MULTI PLATFORM - WINDOWS, MAC
Why Fairlop Primary School use AB Tutor
Fairlop Primary moved from a similar software product to AB Tutor because of issues they were experiencing. They have stayed with AB Tutor because it assists with E-Safety and saves money on power management.
1 licence; 1 computer suite for 30 students and 10 members of staff actively use the set up.
"At the moment, we only use 1 licence in our ICT suite predominantly in my lessons which cover PPA time. The ability to demonstrate directly to the student, enabling them to focus on where your mouse/cursor is moving to and follow a process is invaluable, as is the ability to lock the screens to command their attention when necessary. I would estimate that approximately 10 staff use AB Tutor in this way at the moment, but recently the Early Years teachers have mastered logging on a whole classroom for Reception children."
"We find it an extremely useful product which we have consistently used since we first purchased it - not something I can say with confidence about all our software! It assists with demonstrations, administration and student-focus and as you know, we are now looking into whether we can use it with our KS2 laptops. I feel it helps to raise teachers' confidence levels, assists with E-Safety incidents and saves money due to the power management option. I wouldn't be without it!"
Why a Secondary School bought AB Tutor
Queensbridge School had been using a classroom management software for a number of years, when they started to experience problems and they decided it was time for a change. Before upgrading their existing software they were recommended to trial the free month of AB Tutor. Once downloaded they were instantly converted - AB Tutor was so much easier to use (both for teaching staff and for the network administrator) and allowed the school to do everything that they wanted, at a fraction of the cost.
The school has around 650 pupils and about 100 staff and they use four ICT Suites. In total around 400 machines.
AB Tutor has exceeded expectations as it has made monitoring students much easier, and by using the logging feature they can find out who has been doing what, if a problem does occur.
"It is such a simple, straightforward program to use and is ideal for all staff (including IT-phobic people!)"
Ben Dixon - Queensbridge Visual & Performing Arts School
Why Hamble College bought AB Tutor
Hamble College is a small comprehensive school. Some of the classrooms had poor layouts which meant that the teachers needed more control over PC usage during lessons. With limited budget they needed a flexible and cost-effective classroom management solution.
6 ICT rooms being used across the curriculum; 250 computers
AB Tutor has put the control of the lesson in the hands of each teacher. The school can set general parameters for each lesson with an array of policies, either enforced or available for all staff to use if they wish. These could include Microsoft Office applications only, no internet, no sound etc. The school finds that these are extremely easy to create and manage. They can also implement a series of complex policies to leave the Internet available for academic use but restricted, e.g. no games or local football club websites!
Teachers regularly use the demo features to share students work on the main screen, to the rest of the class. They have also found that the on screen demo permits less able students to follow a series of exercises in real time, ensuring they don't get lost in the explanation. The school's favourite use of AB Tutor is to use the multi-screen function as a scoreboard, with students responding by writing their answer on a PowerPoint slide, creating a modernised mini-whiteboard solution. There have been significant cost savings and environmental benefits too as they use AB Tutor to power up and shut down 250 PCs every day, avoiding unnecessary costs building up.
Hamble College has commented that the relationship with AB Tutor and their staff has been outstanding. The level of service has been personal and every question or problem is handled with sincerity and open mindedness. Hamble College has estimated that lesson performance has improved by some 15%, as the lessons are much more focused.
They have also benefited from a significant reduction in behavioural referrals as students have less distractions and they can see this improving further as they use AB Tutor over longer periods of time.
"Our Network Manager is pleased, our staff love it and the students are growing used to it!"
Kristian Still - Hamble College