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A Transformative Solution to Streamline Device Management

Posted by Tatum Travers

eSpark is thrilled to partner with JAMF Software, a leader in Apple device management, making it easier than ever before for districts to deploy differentiated apps and videos to hundreds of students at one time. JAMF Software announced that “the move combines eSpark's unique learning technology with advanced mobile device management capabilities from JAMF Software's Casper Suite, allowing schools to automate app distribution based on the individualized learning needs of each and every student.”

 

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Topics: iPad Management  Tech Education News  Education Technology

What Schools Can Expect in iOS 9

Posted by Alex Koch

Apple’s WWDC conference is this week and Apple has released details on the new management & MDM capabilities that will be coming with iOS 9 this fall, including many features long desired by schools.  iOS 9 will work on all iPad 2 and newer devices, including the original iPad Mini, though some advanced features and effects will be disabled on older devices.

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Topics: iPad Management  Tech Education News

End of Year iPad Collection: Infographic

Posted by Michael Coleman

Over the course of the school year, eSpark's Implementation Team has helped technology teams across the country deploy iPads with personalized apps for every student in a classroom. With summer break on the horizon, our team has shared suggested best practices for collecting iPads before the year comes to an end.

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Topics: eSpark Updates  iPad Management

Deploying iPads in the Classroom

Posted by Kaitlyn Lannan

Administrators and instructors are enticed by the idea of using iPads in the classroom, but many have concerns about the practicality of bringing them into a school district. These concerns can include:

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Topics: iPad Management

1:1 Initiative vs. BYOD: What's Best for iPads in Schools?

Posted by Shayna Fertig

Many schools are choosing—or have already chosen— to implement an iPad program in their classrooms. According to a 2014 report by Market Realist, the "iPad has over 95% share of the U.S. education tablet market."

The main choice decision makers are faced with is whether to provide each student with their own device for a 1:1 initiative or whether to have students bring their own device (BYOD) into the classroom. Let's examine a few factors that should influence which type of program is best for your district.

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies  iPad Management

Top 5 Common iPad Deployment Mistakes

Posted by Shayna Fertig

As iPad use in schools becomes increasingly popular, administrators often run into many challenges with their deployment. This blog post addresses five of the most common hurdles and offers advice to help you avoid them when deploying iPads in your district.

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Topics: iPad Management

iPads in the Classroom: 4 Steps to Prepare Teachers for Success

Posted by Sarah Guckert

How to ensure that your teachers have the professional development resources they need to succeed.

The best administrators know that the key to any new program or initiative is comprehensive preparation and training for their staff. If your district is considering deploying iPads in the classroom for the first time or you're restructuring or expanding an existing iPad initiative, what steps will you take to prepare your staff and students to successfully integrate tablet technology into the classroom? Before taking the plunge and investing in iPads, it's important to think through the instructional changes that will need to take place to ensure your iPad rollout is a success.

 

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Topics: iPad Management

iPad Management At Scale: Preparing for iPads in the Classroom

Posted by Sarah Guckert

 

We all believe that the iPad has the potential to transform student learning. However, as an IT administrator, it can be daunting to turn a stack of newly minted devices into engaging educational tools in the hands of your students. If your school district plans to roll out over 50 iPads to classrooms and have been avoiding the “D” word like the plague, have no fear. eSpark is here to ease your deployment and management woes!

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Topics: iPad Management