Managing Your Mobile Devices

Do you use mobile devices for teaching and learning?

The answer is most probably….  Yes!

Owing to their portability, lower costs and readily accessible communication features, it is perhaps unsurprising that we have noticed a significant shift in popularity towards mobile devices in schools and academies over the last few years.

However, the introduction of hand-held devices such as IPads and Chromebooks has created its own challenges

  • How do you ensure that these devices and maintained and supported to the same level as your more traditional desktop and laptop estate?
  • How do you integrate these devices into your existing Microsoft Windows network?
  • How do you secure these devices to ensure business continuity and their safe use without frustrating the primary business need?
  • How do you make App purchase without the need for using your personal credentials or credit card?
  • How do you ensure that all portable devices maintain a common standard to support teaching and learning?

Don’t worry – we can help you here!

Through centrally managing your devices, making volume app purchases on your behalf  or assisting you to undertake these tasks for yourself, we have a great deal of expertise in his area.

We have built up strong relationships with relevant suppliers and we are happy to share this knowledge with you.

Lightspeed Mobile Manager

Lightspeed is a Mobile Device Management solution that allows us to manage all of your Apple devices from a central console.

Once the devices are enrolled we can remotely configure and control all of your devices remotely with the click of a button.  It also allows us to provide restrictions and policies depending on the relevant group they are associated to differentiate the needs of teachers and students.

Providing the portable device is connected to the Wi-Fi, we can monitor, track and deploy apps from the Lightspeed console.

We also have the ability to lock and remotely wipe devices that are lost or stolen.

Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP)

The Volume Purchase Program allows educational institutions to purchase apps and books in volume and distribute them to students, teachers and other employees.  The program allows developers to offer special pricing for purchases of 20 apps or more allowing significant savings for schools and academies with shared devices.

Managed distribution makes it easier for organisations that are part of the VPP to distribute and revoke licences for people who no longer need specific apps, and provided the device is IOS9 or above you no longer require the individual Apple IDs.

If you currently manage your own devices and would be interested in discussing this model please contact us.

For schools and academies that have a current subscription to the Technical Support service, this service is completely free of charge and the only cost to the school is for the purchase of the apps.

Google Apps for Education

The G Suite for Education (formally known as Google Apps for Education) is the core services offered to schools comprising of Gmail, Calendar, Classroom, Drive, Docs, Forms, Groups, Sheets, Sites, Slides, Hangouts and Vault.

To secure the best out of this cloud based suite of services, we have setup a Google Domain that integrates with your curriculum network user accounts.

You can access these tools from your current devices including Windows devices or alternatively we can enrol and manage Chromebooks on your behalf ensuring that the security is maintained.

Again, this service is completely free of charge.

Need to know more?

Please feel free to contact us at any time