Peoria Christian School (PCS), accredited by the Association of Christian School International and North Central Association, is a small school located in Illinois. In 1950, PCS opened its doors to sixteen students; from here, they have strived to produce academically skilled students who are equipped with a biblical worldview. With two buildings, 350 PCs and carts of iPads across them both, PCS needed a cross-platform monitoring and management solution.
Before Impero Education Pro, PCS had software in place for managing a lab of computers and blocking access to websites. However, teachers required greater functionality in the classroom, such as the ability to project or share their screen. PCS also identified a need for a solution that would help to save time for the one-man IT team, hence the search for a replacement began.
Through searching Google and attending an education conference, the IT Director at PCS soon came across Impero Education Pro. Alongside the functionality PCS already had in place, Impero Education Pro provided more classroom management features as well as power management and remote control – two key requirements identified by PCS. Following a demonstration and trial of Impero Education Pro, PCS quickly made the decision to purchase.
When it came to implementing Impero Education Pro, the process was quick and there were no problems for PCS. Once everything was set up on the server and all computers were imaged, pushing the software out across the various computers at PCS was simple.
Since implementing Impero Education Pro, Peoria Christian School has realized several core benefits, including:
greater visibility – Using the live thumbnail view, administrators and the IT team can monitor student activity, detect any IT issues and remote support any devices, as necessary, on-the-fly.
saves time – Using the network management features, PCS can easily mass install programs in a lab setting. By unlocking all screens at once, PCS can push scripts through patch management and run out installs on a batch of computers with a few clicks.
create focussed classrooms – Using simple one-click tools to broadcast screens and lock screens, teachers can easily control students attention and get them back on track when necessary.
Q&A with Jason Miller, IT Director
how does Impero Education Pro make your job easier?
As a one-man band, I’m responsible for all IT at PCS. Being able to quickly remote control in and fix small problems saves me a lot of time. Using the live chat functionality as and when a ticket or email is sent through to me, I can chat with the person having the issue in real time to get a better understanding of the problem. From there I can remote into their computer directly from my PC and fix the problem they are having – there is no need to walk between the school buildings. It’s as simple as that! Another feature I find particularly useful is the power management functionality. Often students leave computers on at the end of the day, and by using this feature we can schedule the shutdown of all machines on the network at certain times of the day.
how is Impero Education Pro used in the classroom?
Teachers were hesitant to use the product at first, I started to show them the features and some of them quickly got on board and found the console easy to use and understand. At first, the teachers only used a small amount of features, but now we’ve had it if for many years, they’re slowly using more and more of the features. In the classroom particularly, the teachers use the broadcast screen tool to show their screen or a student’s screen throughout the lab. They also like to have the room up and running quickly by unlocking all the PCs at once.
In the library, students have more of a social approach to using the PCs and internet. The administrators in this setting use the large TV within the room to display the live thumbnail views. Using this feature allows everyone to see what someone is accessing. Looking at a closer level the administrators can see if they’re accessing inappropriate sites, then take control and shut these down. From here they can see who is using that PC and verbally communicate the reason for this decision.
what are your next steps?
An aspect of Impero Education Pro we’ve not been able to set up yet is the print management feature. Being able to apply printing credits to students will help to control ink usage and prevent paper waste. I’m looking forward to get that set up.
how would you sum up Impero?
Makes my job easier!