[K12OSN] I am the Teachertool Author...

Robert Melton rmelton at gmail.com
Tue Feb 22 15:12:52 UTC 2005

Thanks for the feedback.  First, I am not certain in the version I
released, but many of the features you noted are already in the
current version of TeacherTool.
- View student desktop (using VNC viewonly)
- Control student desktop (using VNC)
- View/Kill Processes
- Logout Students
I will look into some of the other things you mentioned (push icons,
client shutdown, etc).  But step #1. is making it "correct" and more
robust.  Currently it is extremely breakable due to a dependancy on
console commands.

On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 08:12:09 -0600, Jim Kronebusch <jim at winonacotter.org> wrote:
> > Currently, TeacherTool lacks a home (it was software written
> > in a day for a friend), I will create a home for it on my
> > companies website shortly (by the end of the week).  I am
> > trying to dig up modified versions so the community gets the
> > best benefit from it -- I will merge all the good ideas into it.
> Hopefully Chuck Liebow will pick up this thread.  He seems to use this
> heavily and has added some features such as a runspy button (allows the
> teacher to view students sessions and take control if desired).  He most
> likely would have the most up to date versions for you to take a look
> at.
> On another note, if you could work on this again it would be awesome.  I
> am not sure if you are familiar with Apple Remote Desktop or the old
> Network Assistant, but I see TeacherTool as being the Linux alternative.
> The main tools in ARD that I use are the following:
> Copy software/links to client machines (maybe could incorporate the
> k12ltsp push icons script)
> Control/Observe specific students machines
> Running task list by client (gives an idea of what they are up to before
> observing)
> Kill all running programs/processes per client
> Client Shutdown/Restart (Easy way on weekends to shut down all labs
> remotely, but probably tough with thins)
> I have not been able to use the current TeacherTool yet but will
> shortly.  I am assuming it only gives access to viewing users on the
> same server that the tool is running on.  So if it is not available yet
> the ability to add multiple servers to the same tool with access via
> dropdown could be handy.  Might ease administration of larger
> implementations.
> Thanks for the resparked interest, and go nuts :-)
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