iTALC promotes learning on a classroom network

iTALC, or Intelligent Teaching and Learning with Computers, is a didactical tool designed to assist teachers. Despite its name, the tool itself isn’t a learning environment. It’s meant to let teachers control their students’ computers in a computer-driven classroom setting. Thanks to its powerful remote desktop control features, simple setup, and lack of cost, it’s a potential remote assistance tool for any type of network.

iTALC is cross-platform and easy to install. There are binary packages and installation instructions available for several Linux distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE, and Gentoo. You can also download the source package. I set up iTALC in Fedora from source without any issues and managed clients running other Linux distributions and Windows XP.

iTALC’s hardware requirements are modest. Its developer recommends 512MB RAM and 1GHz processor and a graphics card (the current breed of on-board graphics would do) on the master (teacher) computer. You’ll also have to install iTALC on all students computer as well. When installing iTALC on the student’s computer, select only the “iTALC Client Application (ICA)” option. To add a computer you’ll need to know its IP address and MAC address. The procedure is explained with screenshots on iTALC’s wiki.



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