In Oregon, it all seems so counter-intuitive when you read remarks like “Because teachers already used iTunes, they could manage the iPads themselves.” Manage the iPads themselves? The Ascended Ones–Technology Administrators, a.k.a. Ori–forbid!
While it seems obvious to many, the lesson may not be so to technology administrators. Essentially, if you deploy one iPad or more than one in your school district, you have to change the way you approach technology management. If you don’t, you are in danger of…
- Wasting precious funding. That is, you will have deployed iPads that no one will get passionate about and use except superficially…a worse consequence is that people run out and buy their own devices and the school-purchased one goes un-used in the iPad cart.
- iPad management becomes a monster for the Technology Department. The consequence is that you end up trying to control what apps go on the iPad, micro-manage how the iPad is used.
- iTunes is blocked in the District and you can’t easily download apps and content from iTunes while at work, instead having to cart iPad home to get the job done.
If you look at the two tablets that have succeeded — the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle Fire — both Apple and Amazon have treated their tablets as simple screens connected to powerful sets of software and services. Amazon spent a year getting its services lined up before it even launched its tablet, and that turned out to be a brilliant move….
But, the real magic happens when you turn it on and sign in to your Amazon account — especially if you’ve already purchased content and worked with Amazon’s services. The device quickly populates with your books from Kindle, your apps from the Amazon App Store, your music from Amazon Music, your videos from Amazon Video, and your shopping information from the Amazon.com. At that point, it immediately feels like YOUR device.Source: Tech Republic’s Tablets: What Amazon and Apple Know….
“People are jumping in left, right and center,” he continued, “and what I’m finding is they’re great for some things, they’re a little limited in others, and it’s a different paradigm from using laptops. You can’t use them the same way, and I think that’s where a lot of people are jumping in and making a mistake.” (Source: Converge Mag)
|From Right to Left: Kathy Schrock, Miguel Guhlin
Feel the power, Rick!
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Looking for some advice from our iPad using gurus. We are about to have a pilot for campus and district administrators who will be receiving an iPad2. The BIG question we have is: should we require them to have a separate AppleID for their district owned iPad? One concern is confidentiality of information that is stored to the iCloud, particularly if they use their personal AppleID as their iCloud login. I’ve done some reading about have a main iCloud account and sub accounts, but it all is SO CONFUSING to me! Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Responses to the query for advice above have provided insight into what people believe included this one, which I believe was particularly visionary:
We took the route of giving them the option to use their personal Apple ID. I really didn’t want them to have a work and a personal account. My thinking was if they already had an Apple ID they were already using iTunes in their personal life. I wanted the device to integrate into their life as much as possible, because I figured they would use it more and we would reap rewards from that.
So we allow them to use the device for some personal use, but in order to allow that, we have them pay for all their own apps. That way we don’t lose the money used to purchase the app if they leave the district. And if they have some great apps they already bought themselves, nobody has to repurchase them. They can just sync them over and use them on this device as well.
…we moved to having some administrative users buying their own iPad, facilitated with stipend funding. They buy their own apps (which can also be facilitated through stipend). They have one account, their own. I personally tried two accounts (out of confusion I was led to by Apple, not by design). It was a personal nightmare. Using SugarSync instead of iCloud helped, but I would advise against two accounts. Mass deployment to front line staff will probably have to be different.
And we actually encouraged them to sync theirs at home, because of how iTunes functioned on our network, partially. But now that all the new iPads sync to the cloud, that’s not particularly an issue(syncing).
It does pose some complex questions. I think personalization of the device is key to the success of implementation and people really embracing their use of it effectively.
Ours users all use a personal account, with the exception of one. We have an iPad in our Special Ed dept that they purchased a $180 app for. If they use personal accounts then the apps that are purchased belong to and go with the user if they leave. I couldn’t take a chance on an app that was that expensive leaving.
Most of us here believe Steve Jobs created a world where work and personal are less separate. Many companies now work that way. We are surrendering to the force on that and saying that there will be personal use (legal only) of center devices and center use of personal devices. We see it as inevitable. That is now the way the world works.
- the techno-micro-managers who want everyone to march lock-step, using technology without ever making it their own.
- the Apple fanatics who, like the Stargate Ori are out to convert the world to their vision or else.
Will we end up like this, fellow Linux users? Naa….
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