Rob - do you have a blog or Google Doc that you house all of this
information at? You're always very generous with your expertise, and it
would be great if we could peek at it every now and then without asking
you to re-write it. :)
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>Can't give you much more than what you probably already know from talking
>with Jeff and Rhonda in Fairfax, but here's an outline of what we've done
>for management in Enosburg. We did setup Lion server and tested some of
>it's features, but it didn't do what we needed so we've invested in
>Absolute Manage. I have not closely investigate Apple's new management
>Volume Purchasing: We have 1 purchasing account (facilitator) and IT are
>the only people allowed to purchase Apps & Books. We track purchases on
>our own shared spreadsheet by App and indicate which budget purchased it
>(ie: Grant funded, Special Ed, etc). We send voucher codes to teachers
>for installation and ask that they use the Generic Teacher account to
>install, understanding that they could use any account to do the
>installation, but we communicate why it's done this way and most teachers
>comply. Right now students don't install Apps...will be changing very
>Grade 5, 1:1, 60 devices: •
> • iphone configuration utility to set profiles controlling wifi
> password, and removing youtube (Principal request b/c of
> inappropriate popular videos that show up)
> • 1 generic student account that students do not know password to
> • App store is enabled but students are trusted not to attempt to
> download/sync with personal accounts...and it works!
> • Teachers deploy apps by asking students to turn on automatic updates
> (Apps, iBooks, Music), then when they make the purchase -either free,
> or through a voucher IT sends them- students automatically have it
> downloaded to their device
> • We also have important teacher-parent management steps in place, but
> it sounds like you are looking for tech management, right?
>Grades 9-12, 350+ devices: •
> • we are right in the middle of deploying Absolute Management which
> will make life alot easier. Can't report on how effective it is yet,
> but it's very promising!
> • iphone config restrictions similar to Elementary, but students can
> NOT install Apps, Music, sync
> • 1 student account per grade level (85-90 students per grade) helps
> us manage syncing, installing/updating Apps, deploying books, etc.
> • Find my iPad/iCloud. Locate, lock, message, and wipe devices. Very
> important and used too much to be without! Absolute will enhance
> this service, but won't replace it.
> • Student "tech interns" help us manage deployments and updates, so
> they are trusted with profile passwords. They routinely sync, backup
> and update other students' iPads.
> • You didn't ask about teacher PD...this is huge. Did I mention this
> was huge? Teachers really have to manage the devices in the
> classroom, understand that they are allowed to view student iPads,
> remove pictures, delete apps if necessary, and immediately report
> problems. This does not happen automatically!!!
>I know this is just a skeleton of the management, and it's been evolving
>since we started, but I'd be happy to invite you in and spend some time
>showing you how we've got things setup. Please keep in mind that this
>will change somewhat as we begin using Absolute Manage.
>Director of Technology
>Enosburgh Town School District
>Enosburg, VT 05450
>65 Dickenson Avenue
Milton Town School District
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