Managing mobile learning

iCloudAs schools begin to consider how they will implement a mobile learning strategy into their environment they need to ask themselves:

  • are we going to allow students to bring their own devices?
  • are we going to purchase and manage the devices?

Irrespective of which path you decide, to successfully manage the mobile learning devices in your  school you will need to take into consideration several factors including, how your mobile devices are going to:

  • connect to school's wireless networks, 
  • purchase and install apps
  • re-image / synch multiple devices and managing master images.

Airport WifiConnectivity

VPPVolume Purchasing iOS apps and books

The Volume Purchase Program allows educational institutions to purchase iOS apps in volume and distribute them to students, teachers, administrators and employees. It’s quick and easy to set up your organisation for volume purchasing. First, designate yourself or someone else in your organisation as the Program Manager. Then you can sign up Program Facilitators, which will allow them to make purchases.

Whilst an individual may legally install on an app on up to 5 devices they own, school institutions cannot. They must have a licence for each app on each device. Hence the voulume purchasing plan.

Tip about Visa cards

As a VISA card is needed to create the schools account schools may find it useful to establish the account using a VISA prepaid debit card similar to those available through Australia Post.

Apple ConfiguratorReimaging labs of iOS devices

The release of iOS 6 and iCloud stores your music, photos, documents and more, and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Automatic, effortless and seamless — it just works. If you are looking towards managing labs of iOS devices then a mix of software and hardware can make that an easy task. 

 

iOS management software

There are a range of software utilities that are relatively easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, or institution.

Key documentation for schools

  • The full documentation with all the different ways of managing devices. **(iOS 5 based but references the Australian VPP)
  • The full documentation with all the different ways of managing devices. **(iOS 6 based but references the US VPP)
  • Apple in Education Resources - THE head of the river page of resources! View documentation, video tutorials and web pages to help IT professionals develop and deploy education solutions such as Volume Purchase Program for Education and iOS Deployment Tools.

Profile managerApple Products

3rd Part Management software

Hardware

There are a range of manufacturers that are who make a wide range of mobile cases and charge stations.
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