Who Uses This Software?

DyKnow is designed for K-12 districts and classrooms where students use Chromebooks, PCs, and/or MacBooks during class time. DyKnow is the only classroom management solution for mixed OS environments.


Average Ratings

103 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • DyKnow
  • www.dyknow.com
  • Founded 2001
  • United States

About This Software

Monitor student Chromebooks, PCs, and MacBooks during class. DyKnow is simple and easy for all teachers to use. DyKnow Cloud shows teachers how students use their time and helps teachers keep devices useful for learning. Our classroom management software automatically tracks and reports how students spend their time during class on their Chromebooks, PCs, and MacBooks.


Features Checklist

  • Attendance Management
  • Blank Student Monitors
  • Class Summary
  • Collaboration
  • Gradebook
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Lesson Plan Management
  • Screen Activity Recording
  • Test Building
  • View Student Monitors

Product Reviews

DyKnow is great

Mar 24, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Great product to monitor students at school. Students are always trying to get around the system, but we have had great success correcting the issues.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 24, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback, Dustin! We appreciate it and are glad to hear you're having success with our tool :)

Can't Teach Without It

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Blocking features

Cons: Unable to block dictionary features on MacBook Air during tests.

Overall: I work at a digital school and I can't imagine teaching students who all have laptops without this tool. It helps me block sites and monitor students, making our time much more useful.

Recommendations to other buyers: Get your school to buy this program!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Wow - Thanks Diane! We're so happy to hear you're loving DyKnow :) Thanks for taking the time to share!

DyKnow(mite)

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: * It sometimes errors or drops and I can't get back on for a few minutes.
* You cannot mirror your screen onto their screens.

Overall: You know it is working well when the kids tell you it is "torture" now that we use it in class. When they try to do things they shouldn't you hear the audible groan from the masses.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's easy to use if you take the time to mess around with it first.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback! We're glad to hear DyKnow is making a positive impact in your classroom :)

The product is good, especially for those who want to easily monitoring students anywhere.

Mar 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I am newly enrolled this service. The product itself, to be honest, is good enough for monitoring purpose. Because our students are using Chromebook, and Google G Suite, and I was recommended to unblock https://accounts.google.com/chooser, which will definitely affect students who want to retrieve their own personal gmail on the Chromebook.

The customer service is really disappointed. I want to upload all the student's directory onto DyKnow, however, there is nobody help me to do that. I provide the whole list of students to customer service, no action to make it happen yet......

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Hi Anson, thanks for sharing your feedback on DyKnow Cloud! I'm sorry to hear of your feedback on our services team; I confirmed with them that your upload system is actually not yet setup, and they've been waiting to hear from you on this. They'll reach out again today to get this squared away!

First time using internet content blocking software

Mar 23, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: Not all features robust enough to keep up with a class.

Overall: Dyknow is software to monitor what students are doing on their school provided laptop. It is cloud based and allows a teacher to see what kids are doing when in their classrooms. At the beginning of class the teacher has to start monitoring of a class they have previously populated. Occasionally, this takes quite a bit of time to kick in which is frustrating. Another problem is kids getting stuck in other "classes". Dyknow has been responsive in coming up with a way to automatically end the class at a predetermined time. Once things are up and running a blocking plan that the teacher designs is implemented. Plans can run from allowing everything to allowing nothing. Apps and web browsers are included in what can be allowed or blocked. In addition, every 15 sec teachers get a snapshot of what students are doing. This information can be used to send a message and temporarily block activity or completely block activity. It is a nice compromise between no control and allowing students some freedom. Not everything is perfect yet, but it is moving in the right direction.

Recommendations to other buyers: Work on getting it to start quicker. Have an option to take automatic screenshots and save them for recall to show parents at conferences.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share, Joe! We're dedicated to continuously improving our user experience, and appreciate you mentioning that :)

DyKnow in my classroom

Mar 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of using the program

Cons: connection issues at times

Overall: I love using DyKnow in my classroom. My students know that I keep it up, it's not a gotcha kinda program. It allows me to keep them on task without pointing it out to the entire class. I can send them a personal message or block the site easily.

Recommendations to other buyers: Wonderful tool for teachers

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Hi Heather - Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback on DyKow Cloud :) We're so glad it's a valuable addition to your classroom!

DyKnow is perfect for my Alternative Classroom as a tool to stay on task.

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: Dependent on internet connectivity.

Overall: My expereince with DyKnow has been all positive. During my day Students are often online as well as wroking in the classroom. DyKnow is the tool that has allowed me to manage multiple classes at teh same time. With DyKnow I am able to hold classroom discussions while at the same time monitor other students working online and keep them on task. DyKnow is the product that facilitates my teaching experience. I cannot imagine not have it available. A great tool that is customizeable to the individual teacher.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks so much for sharing, David! We're so proud to be part of your classroom and teacher workflow :)

Great way to monitor!

Mar 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: As a middle school teacher, students will wander if they can. This program is easy to use and allows you to not only see in real time where a student is, but it also allows you to find random wandering you may have missed. Students can be allowed only on the sites you want!! Great Program!!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share, Jessica! We're so glad DyKnow has been a valuable addition to your classroom :)

Great tool!

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: N/a

Overall: I use this tool on a daily basis to monitor and restrict internet use in my, highly digital, middle school classroom. I could not be more excited for how great of a tool this is!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks so much for your feedback, Andrew! We appreciate it! :)

Easy to Use

Mar 23, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy of Use

Overall: Very easy to monitor student usage. I am able to see where students are and redirect them if they are not in the right place.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks, John!

Web-based Better This Year Than Last Year

Mar 20, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have been DyKnow customers in my district for several years. We all loved the previous version of the product (full control of student devices on network). It allowed tech use when needed, minimized distractions otherwise. Last year, we transitioned to new version (web-based). While there has been a real transition period for this, many of us are starting to find the uses of this more limited service.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Brad - Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback! We're hosting a Summer PD series that you might find useful for learning some tips and tricks for using DyKnow Cloud that have been shared by other DyKnow teachers. Watch for the invitations soon!

Joanne's review

Mar 20, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I can track the boys & keep them on task. i can also inform parents of they are off task in class

Cons: The slow start up time to connect also sometimes it does not connect at all

Overall: My biggest issue is the time it takes for Dy-Know to activate in the classroom. I do not know if it is a function of our WiFi or your system

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Hi Joanne - it sounds like your classroom may be located a little far from the closest WIFI access point. If you ever run into a specific scenario where DyKnow isn't connecting, please feel free to email support [at] dyknow [dot] com and we'll look into it right away to see if it's a performance issue on our end.

DyKnow in middle school

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This has been a HUGE help in keeping students on task and blocking websites that tend to distract them during class. I'm able to contain their searches to certain websites that are suitable and on topic. It really helps with the one-to-one device initiative that we started this year!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Carly - Thank you for taking the time to share some thoughts on DyKnow! We appreciate your feedback and are so glad to hear it's having a positive impact in your classroom :)

Essential tool for a 1-to-1 classroom

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We've been using DyKnow in some form since 2010, and it has proven to be a huge help in managing distractions. The newer Cloud version is easy to use on the teacher side--it's highly intuitive and has a simple UI. I primarily use an "Allow Only" plan, which lets students access a preset list of sites and apps that we regularly use in class, but it's quick and easy to edit the blocking plan you're using (where you get the option of making a change only for the current session, or save it as a permanent change), switch to a "Block Only" plan, or just release the students from blocking entirely and block sites/apps on the fly if you need to.

A few things I've appreciated:
- Segmented blocking - This is especially useful when students are working in groups, taking tests (students who finish can be released to a different blocking plan), or when a student is absent but happens to be using their laptop during class.
- Timed blocking - This is awesome for those of us who sometimes forget to release the students when class ends...
- The activity tracker - An easy way to know at a glance what the students are doing.
- Adding apps - DyKnow customer support has been really quick to respond when an app isn't in their database--I can't think of a time when I had to wait longer than a day for them to act on a request.

One feature I miss from the old desktop version is the chat feature, which I used to use to allow students to ask questions during tests. Cloud does have tools for teachers to send out messages and multiple choice/true-false/yes-no questions, but doesn't (yet?) have a way for students to ask their own questions. The ability to push documents to students was nice too, but we have other tools for that now, so I don't really miss it.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Emily - WOW! Thank you so much for taking the time to share such detailed feedback on how you use DyKnow in your classroom. We appreciate it!

Love being able to monitor my students during class!

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ability to block sites
Ability to allow only certain sites
Ability to see student activity in real time
Reports of student usage

Cons: Sometimes freezes

Overall: My school has an account for all freshmen and sophomores because we started a chromebook program. I love being able to block certain sites or allowing only the sites I want to use during that class period. It does freeze sometimes and I have to restart but that's the only problem I've had. I really love it! I wish we had accounts for the seniors and juniors too!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Agatha - Thanks so much for taking the time to share! We love hearing how DyKnow is helping your classroom :) If you run into a specific event when the product freezes, please email support [at] dyknow [dot] com and we'd be happy to look into it!

Dyknow is awesome!

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have used this software faithfully in my classroom since it has been available to us and it is very useful for monitoring what students are doing on their laptops.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks, Jen! We love having Manheim as a customer and are so glad we're adding value to your classroom :)

I use it everyday.

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: It's incredibly helpful both in terms of student engagement and accountability. The overall user experience is fluent and fits in seamlessly with my classroom procedures.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks, Anthony! We're so glad to hear we're a helpful addition to your classroom :)

DyKnow Review

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: easy to use

Cons: students can get out of it

Overall: Dyknow is an amazing product for use in school settings. As we move into a more technology driven academic setting, students will try to use their technology to be off task. Dyknow allows teachers to set limits so students must stay on task during the academic day.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Ashlee! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your positive feedback :)

DyKnow a GameChanger

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: User Reports, messaging, blocking plans, ease of use

Cons: Occasionally, monitoring page crashes for short periods

Overall: I have been using dyknow for years in a 1 to 1 setting. After using other software and programs in the past, I can't imagine ever going back to them. Dyknow has provided a means by which classroom learning can be facillitated, not just managed. Also, dyknow is as simple to operate as any other I've used, but with much better features and abilities. I can't imagine anything I would really change

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Wow - Thanks, Josh! We appreciate you taking the time to share your positive feedback and are so glad to hear DyKnow is having a great impact on your 1:1 classroom :)

DyKnow is Great!

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Customer Service
Ability to lock devices with custom messages

Cons: Is often spotty about connecting ALL the students

Overall: I have been using DyKnow for two years and I think it is a great tool for teachers. They are constantly adding new features and the customer service is quick and effective. They have been very open to feedback from me.

Recommendations to other buyers: Experiment! I try things all the time with my class so that I can understand the program as much as I can.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Holly! We're proud to listen and act on your feedback :)

Best I have seen and/or used

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use and monitoring ability of students.

Cons: Does not always seem to pick up all students each time for some reason. That could also be a network issue that I am not aware of on the end of my school and not the vendor.

Overall: This product has been great to check on what students are doing at any particular time during class or at other times. It has a nice ease of use and allows the user to block sites prior to a lesson or while discovered. It allows individual feedback to students to redirect them without drawing attention to the matter. These subtle reminders are effective in the classroom setting for helping with classroom environment.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Wow - Thanks, Chris! We're so glad DyKnow is helpful in your classroom :)

Fantastic tool for Educational Monitoring

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I am a middle school teacher and I use DyKnow to monitor students' activity on their chromebooks during class time. The features include ability to lock their chromebook if their use is inappropriate and send them a message. I am also able to create blocking plans that only allow them to access certain sites, or to restrict them from certain site.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Frank! :)

Can't live without it

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ability to manage my students' Chromebook usage

Cons: N/A

Overall: DyKnow has been a Godsend as far as being able to make sure my students are on task in class. Customer service has been very responsive to any needs I had as I was getting comfortable with the features of the program too. Now that I have it I couldn't imagine class without it!

Recommendations to other buyers: N/A

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks so much for the feedback, Justin! We appreciate you taking the time to share and are so glad to be adding value to your classroom :)

Monitoring

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I just use it to monitor my students to keep them on task and block them from other sites. DyKnow is very useful for this.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks for the feedback, Carla!

Well worth the money

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to pull up usage data for individual students over specific ranges of time is nice.

Cons: The blocking is sometimes too general or too difficult to remove. A simple feature is made complicated.

Overall: DyKnow allows for behavior and engagement to be managed in a very gentle manner. This eliminates arguments and struggles for power that ever might occur; great tool.

Recommendations to other buyers: It would be useful if I could change the URL of everybody's computer at once. Time would be saved if I could just copy and paste my URL into theirs to take them to the website that I am on. They wouldn't have to ask where the link is or how to copy or ask if they should type it or if they're on the right site.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Corabn! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback :) Here's a trick: If you copy the URL you want to send to students, you can paste it into an Unlocked Message and click "Send" - this will launch the website on each student's Chromebook! We'd love to hear more about how you'd simplify blocking. Please chat us in the product or email csm [at] dyknow [dot] com any time!

DyKnow Cloud is a Lifesaver

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Various ways you can monitor students--not just thumbnails. The Activity Trackers is a great addition. Segmented blocking was greatly appreciated too.

Cons: Of course some of our teachers still bemoan the loss of some of the "Vision" features.

Overall: As the DyKnow admin, I have to say that the ease of use in Cloud far exceeds the previous DyKnow Monitor. I am especially appreciative of your efforts to continually improve the product by taking the advice and suggestions from your customers. Your support team is attentive and knowledgeable and can answer questions in "English"--unlike some other IT support teams that I personally think make up big words to confuse the customer. : )

Thanks for all you do to keep us up and running.

Recommendations to other buyers: Nope - you guys are awesome!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks for the feedback, Sandra!! We love serving STM classrooms :)

DyKnow in the classroom

Mar 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I use DyKnow in my classes on most days. It is a wonderful tool to help me make sure my students are staying on task. It allows me to send personal messages to those that may need some attention. I can grade homework by asking the students to put their homework on their screen and I can check for completion. I also use it to see if any of my students are stuck on a particular item they might be working on. This is especially helpful for those students I know have a tendency to be shy and resist asking for help.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Laura! We're so glad to hear you enjoy using DyKnow, and that it's valuable in your classroom :)

Dyknow Keeps the Students Honest..or else!

Mar 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Most important functions for me are accessed quickly.
It's "Class Analytics" feature keeps a "history" of student activity while you are monitoring them, making it possible to go back later and see what they were doing...or not doing.

Cons: There are some features when using "Class Analytics" which have been a little "buggy" for me, such as clicking on one date in the past to see student activity (I have found a workaround on that one by clicking on an adjacent date.)
There are isolated cases when blocking that students have an issue using a program which is not being blocked. This gets into a more technical aspect than I can explain well and I am sure it can be rectified in the future. Could be the other applications which cause this for a small number of students.

Overall: I use DyKnow primarily to keep up with student's on-task behavior. Blocking schemes work well to keep them from specific sites and applications OR to allow them only on certain sites and applications.

I can take a quick look and the thumbnails will very easily allow me to detect "off-task" computer activities. I can tell if they are doing something they shouldn't be doing (games, shopping, and watching video are easy to spot with a quick glance).

Dyknow is an extremely valuable tool for a teacher in a 1:1 environment.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi John - Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about using DyKnow Cloud! We're so glad to hear how beneficial it is to your classroom. Class Analytics: If you double click a single date, you can view Analytics for only that day :) Blocking: If you ever find an app or website that isn't being blocked as expected, please email support [at] dyknow [dot] com or use our in product chat feature, and we'll get to the bottom of it right away!

Efficacy in Honors Science

Mar 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to track history over specific ranges of time; the past 6 months, the past year, since the beginning of class, in the past week, etc.

Cons: Unlocking a student's screen can sometimes be more difficult than it should be.

Overall: I've found that this software is a very simple and effective way to limit distraction in the classroom. The black and white data shows, without bias, whether the student was engaged with the content or choosing to wander the internet. This software is helpful in gaining an understanding of a student's pattern in classroom behavior, leading to conversations between students, parents, and educators concerning what may be best for their child's success.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's ineffective if not used every day. No data is generated and accountability is not established.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 18, 2017

Hi Corban - Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about DyKnow Cloud! We're so glad to hear you find our Analytics to be valuable in your classroom. We'd love to hear how you might improve our "unlock" feature - please use the in product chat or email csm [at] dyknow [dot] com anytime to share with our Product Manager!

DyKnow Review and Appeal

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to keep my students focused and free from distraction; also the ability to share screens/student work with other students.

Cons: Sometimes I get frustrated with waiting for the bubbles to "explode"--a problem I did not have with DyKnow Vision--and I greatly miss the features DyKnow Vision provided for guided and interactive learning.

Overall: I really enjoy the functionality and features of DyKnow Cloud but still miss DyKnow Vision greatly. I loved the interactive nature of the program and my ability to control certain aspects of teaching/presentation/assessing. DyKnow Vision was a 5-star tool; DyKnow Cloud/Monitor is more a 3 or 4-star program--largely because it doesn't transform instruction the way the the other tool did.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Sharon - Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback on DyKnow! We appreciate how much you loved Vision :) Microsoft OneNote is a really awesome program to replace Vision with almost an identical feature set!

Polson's Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Conversations about staying on task are more private

Cons: You have to stay at your computer, and some students have learned how to trick it.

Overall: I like that getting students on task can now be private. I like that I can see what students are working on, though some students have learned how to trick the system.

Recommendations to other buyers: Utilize segemented blocking & create more than one blocking plan.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Loran - Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback! We're happy to hear DyKnow is adding value to your classroom :) If you ever run into a time when you believe a student isn't properly monitored, please use our in product chat feature or email support [at] dyknow [dot] com and our team will look into it right away!

Fantastic!

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: DyKnow was a game changer when it was introduced with my students. I never have to worry that my students are on a website they are not allowed to be on because I can set what they are allowed to use. You can personalize the settings so that you block what you want or only allow what websites you want them on.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Jackie - Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive feedback :) We appreciate it!

GREAT CONTROL!!!

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: DyKnow provides an amazing avenue through which I can control technology use in the classroom. Students can only access sites I allow, which eliminates the distractions of aimlessly surfing the internet for entertainment rather than for educational purposes. Additionally, with DyKnow, technology misuse is eliminated in my classes.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Vincent - thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback! We really appreciate it and are so glad to hear DyKnow is adding value to your classroom :)

DyKnow Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of acces

Cons: The constant refresh and that it stays on their page even if they have moved to another site. It doesn't find that site until it refreshes again.

Overall: DyKnow is fairly easy to use however there is issues at times where a student doesn't show up on the page even when we've added them. Kids have also learned different ways to keep you from seeing what they are doing. If they were logged in for another class then they must log off and turn back on sometimes in order for you to see them.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Stephanie, thank you for using DyKnow Cloud and for taking the time to share your feedback! If you're interested to see what students are doing in real time, the best place to see this is Activity Tracker. Here's a "how to" article: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/206974567

Dy Know Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Blocking individual students or the entire class and using multiple plans a once

Cons: Some students evade monitoring.

Overall: Dyknow is constantly adding new features and tweaking existing to improve the function and use of their product.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Ryan - Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback! If you ever find a student not showing up in class, please use the in product chat feature or email support [at] dyknow [dot] com with the name of the student, and we'll get to the bottom of it!

Great Way to Keep Your Students on Task

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I have anxiously waited for and embraced this technology since day one. I am so happy that our school district realized the importance of have such a useful tool. One of my favorite aspects is the ability to be able to print which website students have been using or trying to use. I will take that information to a parent/teacher conference and the students never see it coming and the parents are usually shocked! It speaks for itself. One feature that I have recommended was one whereby a teacher could share their blocking plan with another teacher, content area, grade level, etc. Finally, I would like to see an easier way to "capture" a screen shot. Having to copy and paste into a Word document, then save it, can be tedious. Overall, the best thing that our district has ever invested in.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Christopher - Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your positive experiences with us :) We love hearing DyKnow has been a valuable addition to your classroom! Thanks for the idea to share blocking plans between teachers, I have mentioned this to our Product Manager for a future enhancement! One tip for you: To save a screenshot, just right click and "Save as Picture". Here's a "how to" article: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/215244778

Great resource in the classroom

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to see each student and block sites

Cons: We do not have the power to correct mistakes in the student emails used to monitor the students. Therefore the students I can't view have never been fixed even with calling customer service.

Overall: Students feel they are held accountable and self-monitor closer than before. I also am able to quietly redirect students if they are not no the correct site. The only issue we have had is that 3 of my students do not have the correct email address in dyknow and we have called to get them changed over 3 months ago and the change still hasn't happened.

Recommendations to other buyers: It is easy to use

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Saunnie, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback! Student emails come from your school SIS; it sounds like the emails may be incorrect in that system. Your campus DyKnow Cloud Admin can get these email addresses updated in that system, so that when they sync with DyKnow, they're correct! :)

Ease of Use

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Ease of seeing all the screens at once.
Ease of blocking students immediately and sending them a message.

Overall: I love how easy it is to see all of my student's screens at once. I can quickly and easily see if all students are in the correct location. It is also very easy to block a student and send them a quick message. (Can't review about value for money as the corporation pays, and I have no idea what they pay. I've also never used the customer support.)

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Stephenie! We appreciate it! :)

Dy Know 2017

Mar 17, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Dyknow is an ok app. It's nice to see what the students are looking at. What I don't like is that you can't see their whole screen including tabs. The lag time from seeing the whole class to clicking on a specific student is also a bit frustrating.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Katie, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. DyKnow shows the active tab due to some limitations with Chrome OS. If and when your students click a new or different tab, this is always recorded in Activity Tracker and Analytics. Here are to "how to" articles on these features: Activity Tracker (Real Time View): https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/206974567 Analytics (Historical View): https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/215244648

great when it works, but the key is when...

Mar 17, 2017
2/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Its capability

Cons: Its inconsistency

Overall: This program does not work consistently. In fact, it only works at the beginning of the day and occasionally in the afternoon. I teach 6 sections of Earth Science and during periods 3 through 5 it is a failure. It doesn't connect, load, or it malfunctions to the point where students chromebooks are locked up. This is something that has distracted us even on test days. It is a great progarm in theory, but in application it is lacking any consistency.

Recommendations to other buyers: increase consistency

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Jeff, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I'm sorry to hear DyKnow isn't working as expected, we haven't heard this from other teachers at Warren, especially during designated times of the day. I will ask our engineers to look into this!

The Best Way to Keep Your Students on Task

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Dyknow has changed teaching with computers. Before Dyknow, your time was spent trying to peer over the shoulder of every student to see if they were on the right sites. Now, I know what all of my students are doing. I create blocking plans with my big projects that I turn on with a single click of a button. I send messages to all of my students at once and know we are all on the same page. I would never want to go back to teaching in a one to one school without Dyknow!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Wow - thank you, Randy! We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback! :)

Very Handy Addition to the Classroom

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: DyKnow has been a great management tool for my 1 to 1 classroom. I can control what I want my students to have access to online or what I don't want them to have access to. I have also appreciated being able to support my student's comprehension through instant feedback on key concepts. I would recommend DyKnow to any school that is looking to get a better handle on classroom management. Being able to better protect students from online "pitfalls" through enhanced supervision has been a blessing as well.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thank you so much for sharing, John! We appreciate your feedback :)

Do You KNOW what your students are doing?

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Teachers can instantly access one student's screen or the whole class's. I can also block or restrict certain sites. This is especially awesome when we are doing an online quiz. No Googling for answers!

Cons: Sometimes it lags and it makes it difficult to monitor. This is not the norm, however.

Overall: DyKnow is a must have for any school that utilizes technology on a regular basis. Yes, it is important that teachers are up and walking around to check what students are doing, but students are VERY sneaky and they can often hide things with just a single swipe. With DyKnow, teachers have instant access to the student across the room or even the student in study hall who SHOULD be working on homework. I've even used it from home when I have a sub so my kids at school know I'm always watching. DyKnow helps students stay on task, and it is an essential tool in a 1:1 school like mine.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Amy - thank you so much for taking the time to share! We appreciate it and are so glad to hear DyKnow is a valuable addition to your classroom :)

Great Classroom Tool

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: It is very helpful that I can enforce different blocking plans for each of my classes, which helps keep students on task. We all know the temptations of social media and the Internet for middle school students, which can take time away from assigned tasks. Additionally, DyKnow allows me more time for instruction due to less time having to monitor students' website selections.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Corie! We're so glad to hear DyKnow is valuable to your classroom :)

Great Resource for Teachers

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: -Restrict individual computers
-Data collection
-Quickness of the program

Cons: -Not being able to block spotlight features (Ex: using the calculator through spotlight)

Overall: I use DyKnow to monitor students daily. I enjoy being able to restrict students computers without having to verbally remind them over and over again. Furthermore, it helps keep students on task.

Recommendations to other buyers: Useful for teachers!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Betsy, thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback! I appreciate the mention of Spotlight - this is a known issue and I will "+1" back to our engineers.

Great for monitoring, could be better when it comes to action

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Holds students accountable, allows me to multitask.

Cons: No manual takeover, no way to combat gaming through web extensions

Overall: Works great for helping teachers monitor student behavior on chromebooks. The two main flaws that I have noticed are:
1) If a student downloads a chrome extension (many games are available this way), it does not show up on the monitoring screen, but rather says "Out of Browser". Teachers are unable to block these activities.
2) Teachers cannot take over individual student screens. The ability to take over an individual student's screen and click on the correct link (or links) for them would allow for redirection or assistance without hassle. This would also help alleviate the above issue, as it would allow teachers to manually "x out" gaming apps.
Other than these two issues, I enjoy using Dyknow and trauly believe that it holds students accountable for their actions on the Chromebook.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Anthony! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. As for the extensions on student devices, it's our best practice for the campus to prevent this at the Google Admin level. If that's not the case, an "Allow Only" plan with the websites your students should be using will prevent access to all extensions. Add "Web Browsers" as an application to your Allow Only plan. Thanks for the idea about taking "remote control" of student devices! We will share this with our Product Manager. Here's a "how to" article for building an Allow Only blocking plan: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/204065406

I am not sure how people live without it

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The best features:
being able to move about the room while your students are working AND being monitored 24/7 on the computer
the print out you can make of how long students spent on each website
the information about how many times they viewed a website (IE left and came back)
Blocking pages and apps you don't want them to use....awesome
texting feedback to their screen
And the support is GREAT

Improvements to be made: time-stamping the views so you can place the order of the times they viewed their work

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Karen! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences with DyKnow Cloud :) We appreciate your feedback! We love the idea of adding a time stamp to Analytics, and will share this with our Product Manager.

Dyknow - This changes everything

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It does so so much to help me manage the computers in class in a way that enables me to multi-task.

Cons: It can get slow and crashes more often than I would desire.

Overall: This software enables users to monitor the activities of students on their computers. Before Dyknow we had to situate monitors facing a teacher desk or constantly move around the room to check on what students are doing. This made small group instruction nearly impossible!! Now we can monitor in real time from one screen and check history if questions arise. Dyknow will also allow me to send messages to select students or the entire group so now I don't have to speak across the class to ask for small flexible groups to come and meet. A simple silent message to targeted students is all that is needed. My voicebox thanks you! I can also send out a link when it is time to move on to new instruction and the computers will go there directly instead of me needing to walk around and fix everyone's link or find their bookmarks. I can also block sites that students keep going to everytime I turn my back. You can even make groups of students with certain websites allowed or blocked. That means trustworthy student might be able to access sites like you tube when other students are blocked. It's a great investment.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Eric - You're a true power user! You hit on so many of our features, we're so glad to hear you're getting the most of DyKnow and it's valuable to your classroom. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We are constantly striving to continue improving the performance of DyKnow Cloud, and you have our commitment that performance and reliability are our #1 priorities!

DyKnow Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I utilize DyKnow pretty much everyday in my classes. It's very easy to use and keeps my students where they need to be.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Kelley! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback :) We appreciate it!

DyKnow--Formative Assessment King

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: DyKnow is primarily used at my school for monitoring kids' internet activities, but I have found it an excellent tool for starting out my classes with short assessments.

By asking multiple choice, true-false, and yes-no questions, I am able to see where individual students are in their understanding of math concepts. I base my questions on past day's work, as well as as a precursor of upcoming topics. Students with correct responses are oftentimes asked to "prove" their knowledge, while if there is a preponderance of incorrect results, we can then beef up those area of study.

Like most educators, I am leary of "the latest things," as typically they become passe quickly, but DyKnow is a product that I hope to use for many years to come.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi William - Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with our formative assessment features :) We love hearing they're valuable to your classroom. Thanks so much for using DyKnow!

Great easy-to-use product

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy, quick, and efficient to use.

Cons: Sometimes a few kids don't come up. If they don't come up, we can't keep an eye on what they're doing.

Overall: I teach middle school, and anytime my students are on their chromebooks, I use Dyknow. I know whenever they try to sneak away from our assignment to check their email, surf the web, or to do anything else. It's easy to use and very effective. I have stopped several fights due to emails popping up and me accidentally seeing what was about to happen... When a student strays from an assignment, I can easily send them a private message saying to get back to work. They then know I'm watching them, and very rarely do I ever have a kid commit a second offense. The program is very efficient and even teachers with very little technology experience can use it.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Hollie - we really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. Thank you! I'm so glad to hear DyKnow is valuable to your classroom :) Any time a student doesn't appear in your class, a great first step is to ask the student to restart their device. Also, please feel free to email support [at] dyknow [dot] com with the name of the student, and our team in Indianapolis will take a look right away!

Dyknow Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I can see everything the kids are accessing!

Cons: Sometimes in the afternoons the system is slow and/or doesn't work.

Overall: I like Dyknow a lot! My kids are SO much better about staying on the correct sites since they know I monitor them. Unfortunately, sometimes in the afternoons, the system is slow or doesn't work.

Recommendations to other buyers: A must have for schools!! I would like to have an app for my phone so I can use it when my computer is in use!!!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Janet! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. It's definitely not expected that afternoon speed and reliability are any different from other times of the day. I will ask our Product team to look into this!

Very Helpful

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Can monitor students while the visit websites.

Cons: Students have found a way around monitoring by using split screens.

Overall: I have used DyKnow in my classes for two years. I like that I am able to see my student's screens and monitor what they are doing. One drawback is that if the students set up a split screen, DyKnow can't see them both...only the first one. So students have found a way around monitoring. But....the teacher can limit the class to one or only a few sites easily. I like the product. I wish they would find a way around the split screen issue.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Todd, thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. It sounds like the students may have two windows open side by side. Due to some limitations in Chrome OS, DyKnow shows the active window as you noted. However, when the students click into the secondary window, any blocking plan immediately takes place here, and that URl is now also documented in Analytics :) For more detailed info about this, feel free to use our in product chat feature, or email csm [at] dyknow [dot] com any time!

Good, but could be better

Mar 17, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Blocking feature

Cons: Features are difficult to figure out. More features are needed, or need to be improved.

Overall: Could me more user friendly, it was difficult to maneuver at first. There could be more features added to make the program work better. More functionality of the features.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Bradley! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We'd love to hear the specific features you'd like to see added to DyKnow. Please email csm [at] dyknow [dot] com! For additional product training, we have two, 4 minute training videos I think you might enjoy. Our Knowledge Base is also full of helpful, step by step articles: support.dyknow.com Check out training video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMGtRpmHIhU&t=37s Check out training video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqSWcrMQ6GU

Dyknow helps you know

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the ability to filter out or filter in certain sites/apps.

Cons: The time it takes to close out of the class and the ability of the kids to get past the software - problems that we'd probably have no matter what software we used.

Overall: Dyknow has been a great tool for keeping eyes open to what's happening throughout my class. I can tell how well students are progressing through their assignments, and can help keep them on track, even from across the room. I can also limit the available online distractions during class. My only concern is the response time - particularly upon logging in to a class and logging out, but that's a minor detail compared to all this application can do!

Recommendations to other buyers: Explore its capabilities and make use of them often.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Lori, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback, we appreciate it! The district may be able to update some Chromebook management settings to help with the times students appear to be circumventing DyKnow; there is usually an explanation for this :)

Great Software

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: DyKnow allows me to make sure my students are staying on task and just surfing the web when they are using their Chromebooks.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Dawn! Thank you so much for taking the time to share :) We appreciate your feedback!

Great Classroom Management Tool

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Monitor, block or send messages to students who are working on computer

Cons: Sometimes slow to load

Overall: I'm a middle school teacher in a 1:1 classroom. Being able to easily monitor what students are doing on their computer has been an extremely helpful management tool. I especially love having the ability to block students when they are off task!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Alison, thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback about DyKnow! We love having Reeds Spring as a customer :)

dyknowme not might

Mar 17, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: There are lots of times that I can not get all of my students to show up. They keep finding loop holes that allow them to bypass dyknow. As an instructor I do not have the time to waste fixing a monitoring program.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Rebecca, I'm sorry to hear you're having some issues with students in DyKnow. There are some Chromebook management settings that may need to be updated at your district that could help with this. If you have specific students who aren't showing up, you can always email support [at] dyknow [dot] com with the names of the students and dates/times of the issue and our team in Indianapolis will look into it right away!

Excellent monitoring software

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: The lack of a chat feature between students and the teacher

Overall: DyKnow makes monitoring my students' technology usage so simple. I love the analytics feature which makes note of the sites my students are viewing as well. This makes keeping my students on task so much easier!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for taking the time to share :) I will make a note of your request for students to be able to respond to teachers in our messaging feature. We appreciate your feedback!

Middle School Teacher

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Can lock down their device
Can view their screen
Can customize a personal message to redirect

Cons: Tends to be slow

Overall: DyKnow has greatly impacted my classroom management by being able to monitor and keep my students on task during class while using their devices. I can customize personal messages and share with the to redirect.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Frank! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We love having Wawasee as a customer! If you ever run into any specific slowness, we'd love to help. Please us our in product chat feature, or email support [at] dyknow [dot] com any time and our team here in Indianapolis will be on it!

Perfect for monitoring multiple classes

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use and communicate with students directly.

Overall: I use DyKnow when teaching multiple classes at the same time. It enables me to monitor students in a self directed Virtual Reality class while I'm teaching an art lab. This tool enables me to be connected with all of the students in my classroom much more effectively. I am able to complete formative assessments easily and monitor their self directed learning with accuracy.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thank you so much, Chere! We love having West Monona as a customer! :)

GREAT tool for student monitoring

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ease of use & being able to message students/block students in real time

Cons: I wish that I was able to see all the tabs they had open instead of just the open screen... many of my students keep game or music tabs open, but I can't see them unless that is their active screen. I'd LOVE to be able to see all tabs!

Overall: DyKnow is a fantastic product for monitoring your students in real time! I LOVE the features of being able to instantly block students who are making inappropriate choices and messaging them to get them back on track. The blocking plans are also another wonderful feature to keep students focused on the task at hand. Overall, DyKnow is a wonderful tool and has become essential in my daily classroom activities. Highly recommended!

Recommendations to other buyers: none at this time

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Beth! Thank you so much for taking the time to share :) I'll mention your request to see all tabs to our Product Manager! In the mean time, if students navigate to one of those open tabs, not only will you see it in Activity Tracker and the thumbnail, but it will also make an appearance on the student's Analytics report :) That way if you happen to not see it in real time, there's still a record that it happened. Here's a "how to" article on Analytics: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/215244648 Thanks again!

Easy to use and efficient in addressing educational concerns with inappropriate sites

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the immediate access to student usage
Feedback for student mastery

Overall: My experience has been wonderful. Ensures academics and technology are being used in appropriate manner. Students are engaged with "right" sites to encourage learning and mastery.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thank you, Jolie! We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback :)

Best technology purchase my corporation has made!

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: Sometimes it doesn't work.

Overall: I love this product! It helps keep students on task. I can easily message my students instead of speaking out loud when they need re-direction.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Jodi! Thanks so much for your kind words! If you run into a specific scenario where DyKnow doesn't seem to be working, please use the in product chat feature or email support [at] dyknow [dot] com, and our team in Indianapolis will be on it to help!

Dyknow: classroom management

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I think Dyknow has been very useful in keeping students on task on their online work. Being able to restrict them to certain sites to avoid distractions is great. I also enjoy being able to help students with different problems from my computer while I'm helping other students at my desk.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thanks so much for your kind words, Sarah! We love having South Dearborn as a customer!

Slow with problems

Mar 17, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The analytics feature and being able to track what students have been doing. I also use it to show students' work on the screen.

Cons: It works way too slow to use it much in real time.

Overall: I like DyKnow when it is working properly. It may just be our school district's internet, but DyKnow takes so long to load that I end up walking away before I can use it. Also, there are almost always 1-3 students whose computers don't show up on DyKnow. I do like the analytics feature, and the feature to message a student even while I am away from school. If it loaded faster, it would be a lot more useful.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Pam! We haven't heard this overall slowness reported from anyone else, especially at Reeds Spring. It could be that your classroom is located in a spot that's not super convenient to a WIFI access point? I'm so glad to hear you find value in our Analytics :) That's a great way to just "start and stop" DyKnow and then take a look at class time activity. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback!

Helpful to Focus

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I can block unnecessary apps and websites during class.

Cons: I seem to have a lot of problems with it just loading. It also blocks some apps even when I have them listed under the allow only tab.

Overall: I have enjoyed using DyKnow in my classroom. It helps me keep my students focused and on track with what we have to do for the day. It is easy to block and unblock websites and apps as I need to. I like having the message feature that allows me to send individual messages to students as they are doing their work. I also like the feature of being able to see my students' computer screens all on my computer. It helps me know if they are having trouble with something in their work.

Recommendations to other buyers: It is good software idea, and I think it will continue to get better.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Christina! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. When you get a chance, we'd love to help you with your blocking plans. Please email support [at] dyknow [dot] com or use our in product chat feature! :)

Great resource

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I use it with all my classes! Great way to interact with students! I can send messages to students when they are not in class, but working virtually. This product also increases test security, and that has been a great feature.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to share, Julie! We appreciate it! Thanks for using DyKnow :)

A Good Program Getting Even Better

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Monitoring features
Messenger
Restricting internet access as needed.

Cons: Students occasionally find ways to get out of monitoring.

Overall: I use this in a high school classroom and it has become an invaluable too to help me monitor the progress and activity of my students. Dyknow also helps me know what me students are doing when I cannot be right beside them and to help me redirect their work as needed. I also enjoy using it's blocking features to restrict the use of the internet during tests and essays so that students may still use technology but not the full internet to write their papers. Overall it is easy to learn and very effective a few bugs early that have mostly been ironed out.

Recommendations to other buyers: Play with it to learn the ends and outs of it!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Jeff - thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback! We are working hard each day to continue improving DyKnow for your classroom :)

Teacher problems solved

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I love using dyknow with my students. I can easily see what they are working on and what they are researching. I can send comments to help guide them or get them back on task. My interaction with them can be as limited or involved as I want it to be from my laptop. I have the ability to hold all students accountable my monitoring them at all times.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to share, Becky! We appreciate it!

GREAT way to Monitor Student Progress

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ability to monitor student progress

Cons: Not always up to date because of refreshing time

Overall: This program helps me make sure all my students are on-task and focused. I am able to provide immediate feedback and directions to help them succeed.

Recommendations to other buyers: I wish it was constant real time

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Dana! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience. For a real time view of what websites and apps students are using, check out our Activity Tracker! Here's a How To article: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/206974567

DyKnow Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: What the program does is very convenient and helpful in . However, blocking plans can be hard to customize, especially if you only need to target one or two students. It is possible, just not as user friendly as one would like. Also, when asking questions, you can't retrieve the results after the question is finished.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Sister Joan, thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback! I think our Segmented Blocking feature could be helpful for you to choose one or two students for a specific blocking plan. Here's a "How To" article! https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/216370187

Helps w/ Testing

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Comments: DyKnow is a huge help for electronic testing. Its much easier to make sure students are not cheating, as most tests are now on Chromebooks. Also, it helps with monitoring student work during individual work time.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Erin! Thank you so much for taking the time to share :) We love having Beech Grove as a customer!

I like it...

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have used DyKnow for a semester and a half. Other than a few issues with some server problems, it has worked fantastically for me.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to share, Christopher!

Really Good, Could be Great

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: Slow to respond and load.

Overall: The product is really easy to use. Very intuitive and visual. There are a couple of features I wish it had. The questions sections could use the ability to organize it into units or themes. I would like the ability to send messages to students from the class view, instead of having to go to the specific student view first. Also, the program is a little slow to respond and load. That could be improved. Overall this is a really good program and I use it often for a variety of things.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Justin, Thanks for taking the time to share! To send a message to all students from your Class view, check out the Bell icon on the right side of your screen. When you click this icon and select "Send a Message," you can select "Select all Students" and send your message with one click! Here's a How To article with screen shots: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/217202737 We definitely like the idea of organizing your questions, and will share this with our Product Manager! We're also constantly continuing to improve the speed with which DyKnow is delivered to you :) Thanks again!

Dyknow Review

Mar 17, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use
Blocking plans were easy to set up

Cons: A lot of error messages or instances where Dyknow failed to load or quit part of the way through a class it was supposed to be monitoring
Errors where having Dyknow running and blocking activity on student laptops led to programs they were using refusing to let them type in text boxes
Time consuming to have to uncheck every student when attempting to establish segmented blocking - wish it started with no students checked and allowed me to check just the one or two who needed to be blocked

Overall: While I like the features that Dyknow has when it comes to monitoring my classroom activities, I get extremely frustrated with Dyknow on the days that it doesn't work. There were multiple times over the year where I relied on Dyknow to act as a blocking software while my students were taking a quiz or a test and Dyknow failed to perform. Multiple times I received errors that Dyknow couldn't load or couldn't find the students it was supposed to be monitoring which left me at a disadvantage when it came to creating successful blocking plans that accomplished the tasks I needed them to. I also wish Dyknow had a feature where I could set it to automatically begin monitoring my class at certain times - because it has to be open in a separate tab and I have to remember to begin the monitoring in addition to everything else I have to do, there were many times where I didn't set it to monitor my class. Since it doesn't build a record for that student unless I remember to start monitoring, this meant I didn't have a record for many days in the social studies classroom. Would love to see an adjustment where I can sync it with a daily schedule and set it to start monitoring at specific times.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Tori, Thanks so much for taking the time to share. We've been doing lots of work on our servers to keep improving them for our customers! We also love the idea of DyKnow automatically starting to monitor. We will share this with our Product Manager for future work!

DyKnow Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I use DyKnow regularly in my classroom. It is really easy to use and I know that it helps to keep my students focused. This is the first March Madness season I have not had to spend fighting my class to keep the games of off their Chrome books. I can block ALL of it with one click!!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

March Madness can be a doozy without DyKnow :) Thanks, Heather!

Helpful for teachers

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This product if very helpful for teachers. It allows me to see what the students are doing on their computers. If there is a site the students are not suppose to be at I am able to block the site very quickly. It has cut down on the number of times the students were not on the right site. I would recommend this product.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thank you so much for sharing, Fatonia! We appreciate it!

Much Appreciated!

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I use this in my classroom to keep my students on track with their assignments. Monitoring what they are doing while on their Chromebooks has changed how class is led and how often students are off-track. Being able to "turn off" certain websites during class is indispensable to keep my students progressing academically as they need to. I like being able to send them messages, either positive or asking them to get back on task individually. No other student need be interrupted with a conversation I am having with an individual student. It lets them know that I know what they are doing.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Angie! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with DyKnow Cloud :) We're so glad it's valuable to your classroom!

Great for large classrooms

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Monitoring, and locked screens. Also I like using the checks for understanding.

Cons: I can't figure out how to use it on my ipad.

Overall: I don't have time to walk around all day and make sure my students are doing what they should be at all times. This software doesn't quite do that, but it does help tremendously at keeping students off sites and programs that they should not be on, which is one less thing I have to actively monitor, giving me more time to spend teaching my students.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Derek - Thanks so much for taking the time to share! On your iPad, just use Chrome or Safari to log into the same dyknow.me website you log into on your laptop :)

I love using it!

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Functionality

Cons: Not as user friendly as I would like.

Overall: I love using this program. We use a lot of digital media in our classroom and it allows me to monitor the students without walking around the room where students can quickly erase the content they are not supposed to be using.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Jukobie - Thanks so much for sharing! We'd love to hear your ideas to make DyKnow more user friendly. Please feel free to email csm [at] dyknow [dot] com any time!

Students Beware!

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I love being able to lock down the students' activities online. This really helps keep them on task.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thanks so much for sharing, Richard! :)

When it works, it is really good!

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Does what it says. Very responsive customer service. Flexibility with blocking and allowing sites and apps. Messaging component is a nice "Big Brother" touch.

Cons: Glitchy at times. Some students don't show up. Sometimes slow to work.

Overall: This software actually delivers what it promises. The only negative experiences I've had have been server related, as in when the servers hosting DyKnow go down. There are some quirks, as with any software, but overall I'm satisfied with its reliability and performance. Kids figure out ways around it occasionally, but we have ways of thwarting them. I especially like the way I can quickly switch between blocking plans and have different students, or groups of students, on totally different plans. Some I want to lock down, others will control themselves! The messaging component is also another favorite feature.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Jim - We appreciate you taking the time to share! We've been doing a lot of work on our servers to keep them in tip top shape, and continue to prioritize this work for our customers. If you ever find a student isn't showing up, please let us know by using our chat feature in the product, or by emailing support@dyknow.com with the student's name and time of day this happened. We'll get to the bottom of it right away!

Dyknow is great!

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Dyknow has been a great tool in the classroom. Prior do dyknow, my students were constantly on websites they are not supposed to be on. With Dyknow, I can easily keep my students on task and completing their assignments online. With tools like "Allow Only", it makes my job as a teacher easier. Especially when I know my students are on correct digital contents, instead of browsing the web and getting distracted.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thanks so much, for sharing your feedback, Jeremy! We appreciate you taking the time to share and are so glad to have Warren as a customer!

Awesome tool!

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Blocking websites
Sending messages to students

Cons: Images are not in real time (15 second delay) so sometimes you block the wrong website - mostly user error though

Overall: DyKnow is great! I was hesitant to use technology in the classroom because I did not trust my students to stay on the correct websites when I wasn't looking. Now that I can easily monitor with DyKnow, we've been able to incorporate a lot more technology usage into our daily lessons - it's great!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Chiara - Thanks so much for sharing your experience. We love having CMS as a customer!

Easy Monitoring System

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I love this product. It makes being able to teach and use technology a breeze. You can customize the program to restrict access to sites, which helps lessen distractions and helps with productivity. It allows the teacher to work with small groups of students, or even one-on-one without being glued to their device monitoring students or concerned about what students are on while the teacher isn't looking. It's simple to use and easy to learn.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Wow - thank you, Jenny! We appreciate your feedback and you taking the time to share :)

DyKnow makes so many things easier

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Good interface.
Easy to use

Cons: Sometimes when I want to make segmented blocking plans I have issues

Overall: It's so easy turning on my blocking plan when class starts and knowing my kids will be focused on their classwork instead of minecraft youtube videos. If I see a kid on an inappropriate site (games usually) it's super easy to add it to my blocking plan so that they can no longer access the site today or in the future.
Kids will always find new games/websites but I'll always be there to block them when they do.
Thanks DyKnow

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Justin! Thanks so much for taking the time to share! We appreciate your feedback. We'd love to hear more about what's going on with Segmented Blocking - please email support [at] dyknow [dot] com, or use our in product chat feature any time and we'll help you get to the bottom of it!

Awesome program!

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Nothing

Overall: This program is great as we go more and more digital for content. I am able to keep kids on sites that they need, not that they want to be on.

Recommendations to other buyers: A class on how to use the features would be very helpful

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi John! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We appreciate it! :)

Excellent Classroom Tool

Jan 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Dyknow is an excellent classroom tool to help keep students on task during class. A computer can be a distraction for a lot students, but with Dyknow an instructor can limit the amount of websites or application a student can access. I feel Dyknow is a necessary tool for a 1 to 1 school.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 06, 2017

Thanks so much for the kind words, Megan! We love working with Reeds Spring and are proud to serve you. -Abbey

This year it is easier to use. The screens can be better. I like that we can release students from o

Jan 21, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I wish it still had an ATTENTION button.
Despite blocking, some students still play their games.
A few students manage to not be monitored, so that they can do their own thing.
In general, it is an improvement from previous years.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 22, 2016

Cosima, Thank you so much for your response! I'm excited to say the Attention feature went into development on 1/18 and we expect it to be released to beta within about 3 weeks :-) Keep your eyes peeled for this exciting new release! -Abbey

DyKnow has greatly improved in many ways. The live feed is definitely the best feature.

Jan 18, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pros: live feed, easy block/allow set up
Cons: inability to shut down/control computers, inability to free one work station while blocking everyone else,

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 18, 2016

Hi Cecilia, Thank you for your feedback! The feature you mention to free one student while still blocking everyone else was released this morning :-) We hope you enjoy it! -Abbey

Using DYKnow has been a wonderful monitoring program with the benefit of data as well.

Jan 15, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pros - Internet based, can watch multiple students working and can later review their time on-task as well as the sites and applications that they visited during class time; almost immediate "chat" response from DYKnow staff to resolve issues.
Cons - There's no ability to send a message to a particular student's screen to say things like, "do you need help?", or "looks like you need to read more carefully".

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 15, 2016

Hi Jo, Thank you for your feedback! The feature you mention to "send a message" is actually going into active development on Monday 1/18/16 and should be available within about 1 month! :-)

I use it for monitoring and funnelling information to and from students.

Jan 14, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I really wish we could block / release individual students per class. If I have them blocked during a test and some of the students finish, they must wait until all of the students are done for me to release them from the blocking plan or they have to turn off their wireless and then work offline.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 14, 2016

Thanks for your feedback, Jason! We're actually releasing the functionality you mention on Monday, 1/18! :-) -Abbey

Monitoring

Jan 14, 2016
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pros - I can see all students' computer screens at once.
Cons - I can't do anything else with the program that the old program allowed me to do.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 25, 2016

Hi Mackenzie, I'd love to hear more about the features you used to use in DyKnow Desktop and how they can add value to your classroom.

I use it to record what the students are doing while I am teaching. Every student has a laptop.

Jan 13, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The only con is that I wish I could individually send a student the message to "pay attention".

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 13, 2016

Hi Terri, Thanks so much for your feedback, we appreciate it! The feature you mention is actually going into active development next week! :-) We look forward to making it live for you to use.

An excellent tool that allows me to monitor my students without having to manage the software.

Jan 13, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pros - cross platform, reliable, easy to use, customer service and analytics reports that give you individual information on monitored machines after the session
Cons - If you could call it a con, it is still in the improvement/development stage. That means that some things that would be great are still in the process of being created. What's great about it, is that they are still researching new ideas to make their product even better!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 13, 2016

Thank you, Jonathan! We appreciate your feedback!! -Abbey

Dyknow makes 1:1 teaching easier

Jan 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: If I am monitoring a class, even if I don't employ a monitoring plan, I can still go back and see what little Johnny was doing today, yesterday or last week. If the students know they are being monitored, they tend not to even attempt to get to forbidden sites. They get into the habit of staying on task. If students are working independently, I can monitor their progress without having to walk around the class if I so choose. I really like having this program!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 13, 2016

Thank you, Beth! We love hearing about the ways you use DyKnow and appreciate your feedback! -Abbey

Have used it as a classroom instructor to monitor students' activity and send questions.

Jan 13, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I do like the ease of use of the program and am excited for segmented blocking coming.

The fact that students have to continuously log in is a very large negative and it causes students to not log in or ask to uninstall (and sometimes they do). If this was corrected, that would be very beneficial. Students also complain that it really takes a lot of battery use.

It would also great if it was possible to have students type in an answer response rather than it simply being multiple choice.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 25, 2016

Hi David, Thanks for your feedback that DyKnow is easy to use! The behavior you describe where students are prompted to login is not expected and we reached out to your school's Admin to investigate further.

Like it as a way to monitor my students; miss my ability to interact with students.

Jan 13, 2016
2/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Love the new at-a-glance feature of DyKnow where I can see instantly where all my students are in terms of programs and sites (on the right side of the screen).

The ability to block and allow is quite good--I like creating schemes in this version.

Wish I could select certain students to free/block as in the old version.

Greatly miss my ability to push docs to students as in the old version.

Monitor doesn't work as efficiently as it once did when it comes to viewing and sharing a student screen. Darn blue bubble!

Most miss DyKnow Vision--my ability to interact with students and to put them into groups electronically and give instant feedback was phenomenal. Please try to find a way to bring back Vision!!!!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 25, 2016

Hi Sharon, It's great to hear you feel DyKnow Cloud is easier to use than Dyknow Desktop! The "free / block certain students" feature you described was released Monday 1/18/16 :-)

Very useful program

Jan 13, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Dyknow is a great tool for monitoring students in the classroom. I would greatly recommend Dyknow.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on January 13, 2016

Thank you, Megan! We appreciate your feedback!

Great for specific activities.

Dec 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've used DyKnow Cloud with great success this school year. Our students have iPads and I wanted to move towards online formal assessments, but I was worried about ensuring the integrity of the quiz or test. DyKnow Cloud has helped me do just that. Students login to DyKnow, and I can see what site they are on, they take the quiz or test, and they log off. It isn't a great product for every activity, but I don't think that DyKnow claims to be. It's great for short and specific activities.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on December 02, 2015

Thanks, Brady! We always love learning more about the specific ways DyKnow adds value to classrooms.

Reeds Spring Experience with DyKnow

Dec 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Reeds Spring School District has been a DyKnow customer for several years. As we rolled out our 1:1 digital conversion we were looking for a solution to managing student life online and setting students up for success in their digital world. DyKnow provides our teachers with a way to set up Blocking Plans to help students stay on task and to avoid distraction. Additionally, our teachers use DyKnow to monitor student activity, and with the recent addition of their Analytics, we are able to determine where students spend their online time. This in turn helps our district to properly set a network filter, blocking sites that are non-educational in nature.
We have been satisfied with the level of support at every level from DyKnow, from teacher support in the classroom to our administrative support in managing the program. DyKnow has also provided our teachers with some valuable face-to-face professional development and follow-up training as we have brought on more teachers that are new to DyKnow.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on December 01, 2015

Thank you for your kind words, Janna! We love working with Reeds Spring!

Incredible Customer Service and Classroom Mangement Tool

Dec 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: DyKnow's support team has been critical to our success with their product. They are always willing to help teachers and the technology staff at our school when questions arise. Teachers are more at ease with the daily use of technology in the classrooms, knowing that DyKnow can help keep students on task.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on December 01, 2015

Thanks for your kind words, Abby! We love working with St. Michael!