Apple Configurator app gives schools and businesses tools to manage iPad deployments
thanks to Dante D'Orazio March 7, 2012 06:05 pm
Very quietly, sometime over the last 24 hours, in the shadow of the iPad launch, Apple let lose a very important, new piece of software.
That software was the Apple Configurator. The world of Education has been screaming out for a solution that goes beyond the configuration of iOS devices in numbers, and finally sorts out so many of the concerns and necessities required to be truly flexible with the management of Apple suite of world shaping tools. Now a school ICT Manager, a Class Teacher, a Teaching Assistant can manage these devices simply and flexibly, and guess what? For free.
The value of the Apple Configurator cannot be underestimated, and it also lends itself to uses in Business as well. This is the application that can make for no holes barred entry of iPad into business. ICT administrators are going to love the functionality, and the simplicity to manage and deploy iOS devices with ease. The capacity is there to manage up to 30 iPads, iPhones, and iPod touch devices at once, and these can be configured, updated, and supervised.
What appears to be a very much sought after solution utilises the flexibility of the devices to be multi used by many students in many subjects. An iPod or iPad can be a science tool one lesson, and a writing tool the next….. and that makes them ultimately versatile. Backups, restoration, the ability to apply custom settings (accessibility for instance) can all be changed when and where required.
An Apple fanfare was heard just a few months ago dedicated to the iPad applications in education. It was focused on new, multi-touch textbooks (iBooks).
Apple Configurator is available now as a free download from the Mac App Store.
Of course, not everyone is ready for 1:1 deployments, or even with Apple iPads and iPods, but there is a great deal of experience to be shared. I can help.
Give me a call and learn more. Try this great video from http://wiki.canby.k12.or.us/groups/ipodusergroup/wiki/415db/Videos_iPods__iPads_in_Canby_Classrooms.html
Follow the great work and evidence at Canby School District.