We’d like to give a shout out to the faculty, staff and students of William J. Bogan Computer Technical High School - Twitter: @BoganBengal79 - for their leadership in the way of iPad usage in the classroom.
Over the past 18 months Bogan has launched and sustained one of the largest single-site iPad deployments in Chicago Public Schools. The team of teachers in the iPad cohort manage 300 iPads used by over 1000 students each day across over 40 class sections. Bogan’s principal, Mrs. Alahrie Aziz-Sims, is leading Bogan down a path of robust digitalization. The iPads are a cornerstone in her leadership team’s model for creating a 1:1 iPad ecosystem. App usage runs the gamut at Bogan - from GoogleDrive to Twitter to ExplainEverything to the iWork and ILife apps, students are developing an invaluable digital skill set across many of their classes.
Along with the iPad deployment, students at Bogan are able to connect their personal digital devices to the wifi network, which creates a Bring-Your-Own-Device environment across the entire school. Many teachers who are not part of the iPad cohort are still able to digitize many instructional tasks and teach students how to use their devices for education work.
The iOS Support Team would like to thank all those faculty, staff and students at Bogan who are showing that the Bengal Way is one of iOS leadership in Chicago Public Schools.
Apple Configurator allows you to set restrictions for your iPad devices to keep them more secure within the classroom. These settings are option, but also recommended. Play with the settings on one device to see how they fit within your campus, before you deploy them everywhere. You can select just one iPad from the cart or you can use the regular iPad cable and not connect the cart to the USB port, but just one device.
If you choose to check the box "Installing Apps," prior to updating the devices in the future you will need to uncheck the restrictions profile to remove the restriction and then recheck it after you sync Apps. This stops the students from logging into their own Apple ID and installing Apps.
Restrictions can be a very useful tool to maintain control over the devices. You can simply uncheck the box "Allow Modifying account settings (supervised only)" to disallow students from entering in their own email settings and Apple ID on to the device.
Happy iPading and remember your iOS support team is here for you!
Chris Sheppard has joined the iOS support team!
Chris has over 14 years of professional experience in the IT field and has dedicated much of his career to being an Apple expert. Chris has a successful record of accomplishments in the IT industry which include designing digital asset management platforms for Fortune 500 companies, technical support for multi-faceted media organizations and building and managing complex render farms for motion graphics design companies.
Chris comes to use from Cancer Treatment Centers of America where he built an end-to-end Mobile Device Management platform for Apple iPads and iPhones.
When Chris isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and can often be found exploring bike and hiking trails and camping in the Midwest.