A supervisory control system for a networked multimedia computing system includes an observation feature which enables a teacher, or other supervisory person, to observe a reduced view of multiple workstations at one time. The teacher is provided with a good representation of the entirety of each of the multiple screens, which enables the teacher to comprehend the type of subject matter currently being viewed by the student. If a particular student's screen is of interest, the teacher can readily select that student's screen and obtain a full-sized view thereof. In this mode, the teacher also has the option to control the student's workstation. If the number of students selected for observation is greater than the number of screens that can be presented at one time, the observation function cycles through groups of compressed screens, to permit the teacher to view all students of interest.