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Absolute MDM will ROCK your School or Business!

Feb 19 2012

Schools and businesses are finding new ways to use iPads to enhance learning, collaborate, and much more. Many have jumped right in and started using iPads without worrying much about managing or mass-deploying these devices. With so many new devices on your network and in your environment, supporting them all can be daunting. If your school or business has even a few iPads (or Androids) it can benefit greatly from the management and security features of Absolute Manage MDM.

Our top 11 reasons to get Absolute MDM in your environment are:

  1. Device tracking and geolocation.
  2. Remote lock and wipe of devices.
  3. Remote app install and configuration.
  4. Policy management via configuration profiles.
  5. Secure access to documents and media w/ Absolute Safe app.
  6. Asset, App, and VPP license management.
  7. Integrates into Active Directory or Open Directory.
  8. Manages iOS devices, Androids, and soon Windows Phones too.
  9. Can run on either a Mac server or Windows server.
  10. Scales very well. One Mac Mini Server can manage 10,000 devices!
  11. Absolute makes great apps that enhance the product and user experience.

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Apple TV game changer in the classroom and for presentations

Nov 23 2011

A few years ago, the interactive white board industry caught fire and schools began installing one in each room.  They quickly became the de facto piece of technology in nearly every classroom in the country.  It gave teachers a way to use interactive digital content, and still be positioned in the front of the class. No longer were teachers limited to overhead projectors or sitting behind their computers while presenting to the class.

One of the main challenges with interactive whiteboard is that simply standing in front and using it obscures the image on the board. In addition, unless you have some sort of slate device with which to manipulate what’s on the screen, you have to be standing right next to the board in order to use it.  If you do have a slate device, you have to be looking directly at the board and not at your students, which can be disengaging.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could have all your content at your fingertips and for your students to see exactly what you were doing AND not be tethered to the board?  Well with Apple TV, you can.

With the release of iOS 5 for the Apple TV, you can now wirelessly mirror what is on your iPad onto the projector screen.  Apple TV allows you to project whatever is on your iPad onto a screen wirelessly.  In addition, if you have a classroom full of iPads, students can share whats on their screen with the rest of the class.  Since the iPad is so light and portable, you can now walk about the room and easily share what you are doing with the rest of the class.

The best part about Apple TV is that it’s an inexpensive solution; only $99.  It can be easily tucked on top of your existing projector and plugged in with little or no hassle.  If you give a lot of presentations, the Apple TV is very portable and can easily go into a bag or purse for on the go presentations wherever you are.  Just make sure that your projector has an HDMI port; that’s the only way to connect an Apple TV to a projector.


Manage K-12 iPads Easily

Sep 13 2011

These days, many of our K-12 customers are either evaluating the iPad or have purchased iPads for their students to use.  Challenges arise when Directors of Technology are charged with the task of managing multiple iPads at the same time. What is the best policy for app deployment? How do you set restrictions? How do you distribute new applications? These are all important and valid questions for an K-12 IT administrator and I will try to address them here:

Q: What is the best policy for application deployment?

A: If you are a K-12 IT administrator and have more than 10 iPads, you need to sign up for Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP.)  Signing up for this program will first help you be compliant with Apple’s terms and conditions and secondly, allow you to purchase selected applications at a reduced cost.  The link to the  VPP site can be found here.

Q: How do you set restrictions?

A: If you have more than 30 iPads, it is a good idea to look at an Mobile Device Management solution like Absolute’s Absolute Mobile Device Manager (MDM.) This kind of software not only allows you to setup group policies for iPads based on the user’s status in Active Directory, but it also allows you to dynamically change those settings on the fly.  Want to disable You Tube on 300 iPads instantly, all at once?  No problem! Did you change your WiFi SSID and password, and need to change it on 300 iPads?  No problem!  Absolute’s MDM solution has you covered.

Q: What is the most effective way to distribute new applications?

A: The best way to distribute applications really depends on how many iPads you are managing. If you are managing 30 or less, a charge and sync station or cart is a great way to sync multiple iPads at the same time. Carts like those made by DS Datamation are superb for a school.  If you are managing more than 30 iPads, it’s best to look at a solution like Absolute’s MDM software.  Although no solution can “push” apps to an iPad over the air, Absolute’s MDM solution allows you to purchase apps from the volume purchase store at Apple, insert the codes, and create a one-touch link on everyone’s iPad to download that app.

Managing iPads doesn’t have to be difficult.  There are some great tools and devices available that can make managing iPads a snap.