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SoftLINK

Classroom Computer Control Software

SoftLINK is a software classroom management solution designed specifically for individuals who teach in computer based training environments. Furthermore, SoftLINK is an essential instructional resource and can enhance the training capabilities of ANY computer classroom.

Focus on Teaching, Not the Technology

SoftLINK empowers instructors with the ability to remotely control or monitor student computers, no matter where they are located. Remote access to each student's monitor, keyboard, and mouse is just a small sampling of SoftLINK's many features.

SoftLINK Key Features and Benefits

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HSU continues to be quite pleased with SoftLINK. For what it is worth, it is one of our most cost efficient and low-maintenance pieces of software. It works as advertised and comes at a very competitive price. For those things, we are thankful.
- Mr. Seekins, Hardin-Simmons University

Share Student and Instructor Screens

Show instructor's screen to any student's desktop, a selected group or the whole class. Students can see your presentation on their screen and follow along as you instruct. This feature can replace an overhead projector, eliminating line-of-site issues. Each student has a clear and vibrant image on their screen directly in front of them.

Class Collaboration

SoftLINK also provides instructors the necessary tools to encourage classroom collaboration, engage students with progressive learning, and test student comprehension. Instructors will find that SoftLINK's exceptional delivery methods, broadcasting content directly to each student's monitor or blanking their screens, will help to keep students on task. Using either technique helps to keep each student focused and will lead to an immediate improvement in student retention rates and test scores.

Block Internet Access and Applications

Block non-educational websites or define approved only websites - with SoftLINK's simple drag and drop feature. Open or close websites on any student PC. View background websites running on all PCs - record all application and internet history.

Surveys and Testing

Conduct a survey and immediately see if your students understand the material. Instantly see student responses and a class summary. At the click of an icon you can share survey and test results with your class.

Our user-friendly interface allows instructors to create tests using text, pictures, audio and video questions. Electronically distribute the tests to the students, see their progress, auto-grade the tests and preview the class results right on your desktop. Design your test with a variety of 8 question styles. Discreetly display a student's test grade to their desktop.

Any Classroom Any Device

SoftLINK offers comprehensive multi-platform support for Windows, Mac, Chrome, Android, and Linux operating systems. SoftLINK supports any mixture of these platforms simultaneously. Click on your platform to view what SoftLINK can do for you.

SoftLINK Key Features

Broadcast instructor's desktop

Show Instructor's Screen to any student's desktop, a selected group or the whole class. Students can see your presentation on their screen and follow along as your instruct. This feature works better than an overhead projector because you don't have any blurry images and all students have a clear and vibrant image of your lesson right on their screen.

Keyboard and Mouse Freeze - Remotely control any student's keyboard/mouse so you can assist them with an assignment. Go one step further and share this screen with other trainees who are having difficulties with the application so you can help multiple students simultaneously. Freeze your students' keyboards/mice when you want a computer-free teaching moment.

Audio - Instructor/Student communicate via headsets

Trainee Call - Students can electronically request assistance

Block Internet Access and Applications Block non-educational websites or define approved only websites - with out simple drag and drop feature. Open or close websites on any student PC. View background websites running on all PCs - record all application and internet history.

Internet Co-Browse As a teacher navigates across a website the student PCs will automatically follow along

Student keyboard logger - SoftLINK has the capability to monitor the real-time keystrokes of all monitored computers. Instructors can quickly see every keystroke made and every word typed. Be alerted to certain words or phrases. Due to this sensitivity of this feature, it can be disabled.

Bring Your Presentation to Life with our on-screen annotation tool. Emphasize areas of interest with our highlighter. Additional features include arrows, shapes, various line widths and an assortment of colors.

Increase Classroom Participation by showcasing a student's work with the class by broadcasting a specific student's desktop to the entire class or a specific group. This eliminates everyone standing around one PC to see how a student worked through an application.

Transfer Control - Group leader allows an instructor to transfer control to a student and authorize them to lead the class or a selected group of students. This is a great feature for presenting class projects and encourages collaborative learning.

Instant Surveys - Conduct a survey and immediately see if your students understand the material. Instantly see student responses and a class summary. At the click of an icon you can share the results with your class.

Comprehensive Testing Package - Our user-friendly interface allows instructors to create tests using text, pictures, audio and video questions. Electronically distribute the tests to the students, see their progress, auto-grade the tests and preview the class results right on your desktop. Design your test with a variety of 8 question styles. Discreetly display a student's test grade to their desktop.

Interactively Engage Students - SoftLINK gives an instructor the complete ability to either interactively engage students or demonstrate concepts and keep the attention of students by broadcasting any screen to any other, in real-time. It changes the way an instructor teaches students and opens up new opportunities for learning. Some of the key features of SoftLINK are...

Student Register - Save an attendance register

Student Journal - A great resource for creating a study guide for your students. An instructor can paste notes and images to all student journals or a selected group. Students can take notes on the fly, copy and paste material from approved websites and more. All journals are locally stored as PDF files, allowing instructors and students to easily access their notes at a later time. Post the notes on a class website as reference material or allow students to save to their thumb drive.

Hand out and Collect Files - Transfer and distribute files from selected computers.

Screen Highlighter and Annotation - Arrows, shapes, highlighters, line tools, flashlight tool and more.

Group Leader - Nominate a group leader and have certain tutor privileges.

Virtual Whiteboard - Allows instructor to draw on their screen just as they would a whiteboard on the wall.

Record Lesson - Record your lesson so students can use for future use.

Power On and Off Computer - Save energy and money by remotely powering off unused computers.

Log On and Off Computers - Ensure your class is ready by remotely logging-in all computers and at the end of class you can remotely log-off.

Listen to any Student's Audio - Focused primarily towards a language lab setting our audio capabilities allow instructor's to listen to any student's audio headset or what they are saying into the microphone, plus you can record and playback the students' audio activities. Instruct students with a one-on-one conversation without interrupting other students or listen to your students pronunciations through your headsets.

Printer Management - Save toner, paper and money by electronically setting perimeters to your printers. Define the number of papers printable per printer, control access and usage per printer. Prevent printers being added, deleted or modified, require teacher authorization prior to printing.

Device Management - Eliminate data being copied to or from USB, CDR or DVD devices

Manage All Computers - In addition to our extensive suite of teaching tools SoftLINK also includes all the tools necessary to ensure all computers are managed and maintained so they are always available for teaching. The tech console is a great tool for lab technicians, network managers and the information technology department.

  • View all computers across the school network on your desktop
  • Run a query to determine the software inventory for each PC
  • Create a hardware inventory for a specified computer
  • Distribute files and folders to designated computers
  • Group computers by class or physical location
  • Conduct online tech-support chats with teachers needing assistance
  • View and control services, processes and applications running on any PC

Monitor Activity - The SoftLINK Assistant app is an extension of the traditional desktop SoftLINK Version 11 tutor application. This app provides you with mobility for teachers or their assistants to monitor the classes' computer activity from their Apple iOS, Android tablet or smartphone. Once the app is installed on you can view student screens, blank student screens, restrict or approve internet websites, freeze student's keyboards/mice, and more. The SoftLINK app is free to download from Apple iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

Tablet Features

  • Support for Android and iPad tablets.
  • View trainee thumbnails.
  • Send trainees a preset message.
  • Block restricted websites.
  • Set approved websites.
  • Block all internet access.
  • Keyboard/Mouse freeze.
  • Logoff student computers.
  • Blank student screens.
  • Restrict student printing.
  • Set approved applications.
  • Block restricted applications.
  • Select a group of students.
  • View current websites.

Smartphone Features

  • Support for Android and Apple iOS smartphones.
  • Send trainees a preset message.
  • Block restricted websites.
  • Set approved websites.
  • Block all internet access.
  • Lock/Unlock student computers.
  • Logoff student computers.
  • Blank student screens.
  • Restrict student printing.
  • Set approved applications.
  • Block restricted applications.

Power On and Off Computer - Save energy and money by remotely powering off unused computers.

Log On and Off Computers - Ensure your class is ready by remotely logging-in all computers and at the end of class you can remotely log-off.

Technical Details

  • 100% Software Based System
  • Windows XP, Vista 2008, Windows 7, 8 and 10
  • 65Mb free disk space
  • Supports Dual Monitors
  • iPad, iPhone and Smartphones running Android are Compatible
  • Tech Console -View all computers across the school network, remotely power on and off PCs, remotely log-in and reboot PCs, create hardware and software inventory logs, online tech support chat sessions, broadcast messages to groups or all users in seconds, set school-wide set of internet and application restrictions that are 'always on'.

Components Supplied

  • The 'Tutor console' is the PC used by the Teacher that views/takes over a PC
  • The 'Tech Console' is the PC used by the Technicians or Network Managers to provide Remote Management
  • The 'Student' is the PC that is viewed or taken over
  • Synchronized Multimedia Player for WAV, MOV, AVI, MPG, etc. files

SoftLINK Benefits

Whether you are a K-12 teacher, a college instructor, a corporate trainer, or a military training instructor, you will benefit by having SoftLINK in your computer training room. SoftLINK will allow you to deliver more content to your students, efficiently and effectively. If you want to lecture your class, select Blank All; all of the trainee's computer screens are instantly disabled and you now have everyone's undivided attention. If you have a slideshow to present, select Show; the slideshow will be displayed directly on the trainees' monitors. Do your trainees access social media websites during class; manage which websites they can and cannot visit. Even gain a better picture of your classes' comprehension by polling the trainees using the Survey feature. As technology budgets are continually under increasing pressure, SoftLINK enables schools, colleges, and corporations to harness the full potential of their training rooms by utilizing the IT infrastructure already in place.

Why Choose SoftLINK?

Focused Learning

SoftLINK has been designed with one primary goal, to keep students focused and on task. Many distractions exist in this digital age, but SoftLINK provides the tools to eliminate many of those distractions. Encourage and emphasize effective learning by blocking websites and applications that do not pertain to a class. Lock out computers in the back of a classroom to prevent students from gravitating toward the rear of the room. Monitor users' screens and immediately respond to student questions or block inappropriate use of resources.

Classroom and Internet Safety

Using SoftLINK's features an instructor can be proactive in providing a safe learning environment. Block website that have unsuitable content and monitor students to prevent inappropriate behavior. Designate approved websites and allow students access to only those sites. SoftLINK provides the ability to discreetly monitor, in real-time, what students are typing. The implementation of these policies provides virtual boundaries that will greatly increase internet safety in the classroom.

Scalable Solution

SoftLINK classroom management software utilizes compression and employs other methods to limit the bandwidth requirements on your network. This provides unparalleled video performance without straining network resources, regardless of the number of connected workstations.

Instant Feedback

SoftLINK provides a means to immediately assess student comprehension. Using the Survey feature, ask a question on the fly and immediately receive feedback from each student along with a distribution of the class results.

Save Money

There are many ways that training facilities, whether at a K12 or a corporation level, can save money but none quite as easy as utilizing SoftLINK. SoftLINK empowers administrators with the ability to power on or off all training room computers from a single location. The simple act of powering down all of the workstations at the end of the day can lead to significant savings in both administrative time and in energy consumption. Promote additional savings by centrally managing printers on the network. Restrict unauthorized printing or limit print quotas to alleviate the cost of printing materials.

Save Time

For teachers and trainers alike, SoftLINK provides an extensive list of time-saving features. Remotely power on all of the computers in the classroom and launch the appropriate application to provide a classroom environment that is ready to proceed as soon as the students enter the room. Monitor all trainee devices, regardless of operating system, from one user-friendly interface. Additional time savings can be made utilizing SoftLINK's Tech Console. Save your IT staff innumerable hours by allowing them to remotely manage all of the network computers from their desks. Problems can be addressed immediately regardless of location. Use SoftLINK's grouping capabilities to associate computers to their appropriate training rooms to better understand the location of each workstation. Utilize powerful inventorying capabilities and instant real-time status of each computer.

Collaborate

Create groups and assign group leaders to inspire collaboration between students. This effectively promotes discussions, team work and problem-solving skills between classroom peers.

Help the Environment

Many of SoftLINK's features can be used to reduce the carbon footprint of your training environment. Remote power manage allows for computers to be turned off during down hours, reduces energy consumption. Printer management features can provide an immediate environmental impact on paper usage and ink consumption within a classroom. Reduce paper waste further by providing electronic handouts to students rather than physical printouts using SoftLINK's intuitive File Transfers or even pass out or collect homework digitally.