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  • Amy Massey 28 Jun 2016 12:56pm () in So where are schools at with Volume Purchasing?

    Hi Vic,

    We went to Casper this year after previously using Meraki (we were going to have over 100 iPads and it was looking like it was going to be too expensive to keep going with Meraki). There is a set up cost and annual fee with Casper but I LOVE it. It was a bit of a hassle setting up, we enrolled each iPad in Casper using Configurator but now it's done, it seems to be smooth sailing. We can organise apps into folders using Casper, we can stop students being able to delete apps, have access to the App Store (and more), we can add websites as buttons on the Home Screen. There is also an app called Casper Focus that can be put onto the teacher iPads that allows the teachers to lock iPads into an app or website from their iPad. I haven't tried it yet, but we have also set up Apple Deployment Program and linked it to Casper, which should mean that when we purchase iPads from our IT provider in the future, we shouldn't have to spend time setting up using Configurator.

    Happy to talk to people if they want more information (or potentially show you if you're in Auckland and happy to come to us).

    Amy

  • Amy Massey 12 May 2014 7:57pm () in Nimbus Portal

    Hi,

    I was just wondering if anyone was using TTS' Nimbus Portal and what their experience of this has been.

    Thanks.

  • Amy Massey 27 Mar 2014 7:23pm () in Advice for iPad Management

    Hi there,

    I would be so appreciative of any advice anyone can offer. We have had some iPads in the school which I have been managing by manually updating and adding apps. We are about to increas our number of iPads significantly to about 50. This number will continue to increase and we're now at a point where we need to consider a mobile device management solution. We would really like to find out what has worked well for other schools and whether they've figured it out on their own or have had support from somewhere.

    The options we're aware of and are considering, and thoughts/questions are:

    TTS Solution - My concerns about this is that it is all managed by TTS and if we want anything changed, I have to phone or email the helpdesk - it feels there could be potential for this to be time consuming to communicate what we need. There's also an ongoing cost per decive - potential to get very expensive.

    Apple Configurator - Other posts on VLN make this sound very difficult.

    Meraki - Have heard there's some problems when there's a new iOS. Is there the possibility that this may have a charge associated in the future?

    OS X Server - Don't know very much about this.

    Thank you in advance for any advice.

  • Amy Massey 07 Feb 2014 7:17pm () in Changing from Data Projectors to TVs

    We are moving away from interactive whiteboards and projectors, and are moving to TV screens. Last year I purchased a 42" screen, but ended up feeling it was a bit small. I need to get another screen for a classroom and am going for a 50". Both screens are for senior classes.