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Mobile Labs of iPads for Extension Education

Greg Parmer, MS, Information Technology Specialist
Sondra M. Parmer, PhD, Extension Specialist, Nutrition Education Program
Barb Struempler, PhD, Professor/Program Leader for Nutrition Programs

Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Auburn University

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Mobile Labs of iPads for Extension Education

  1. 1. MOBILE LABS OF IPADS FOR EXTENSION EDUCATION Greg Parmer, MS, Information Technology Specialist Sondra M. Parmer, PhD, Extension Specialist, Nutrition Education Program Barb Struempler, PhD, Professor/Program Leader for Nutrition Programs Alabama Cooperative Extension System Auburn University
  2. 2. Let’s Share Experiences 2
  3. 3. Where We Are • Youth curriculum, Body Quest: Food of the Warrior, uses 7 iPad apps • SNAP-Ed program – nutrition education program for limited-resource individuals funded by USDA, Food and Nutrition Service • 24 county paraprofessional educators covering 67 AL counties • Each educator receives mobile iPad laboratory with 25 iPads • Mobile iPad laboratory taken into 3rd grade classrooms for 1 hour lessons 3
  4. 4. Start With Planning 4
  5. 5. Why We Used a Mobile iPad Laboratory The original plan was to use sets of laptops, BUT… • iPads are less expensive than laptops • iPads are lighter in weight than laptops • iPads are easier to manage than laptops 5
  6. 6. Purchasing iPads AU has purchased more than 600 iPads over the past 3 years. • Began with 12/educator and kids shared • Built up over time • Now have a mixture of iPad 1s, 2s and 3s It’s important to understand purchasing policies through your institution • Bid laws • Sole source vendor • Apple offers discount on 10 iPad bundles 6
  7. 7. iPads Have Arrived 7 Who is going to: • Set-up • Manage • Distribute • Inventory
  8. 8. Setting Up Our iPads 25 iPads named “acesnepXX_[a-y]” comprise a set One e-mail alias for each set – acesnepXX@auburn.edu One iTunes account for each set using above alias • “Creating an iTunes account without a credit card” • Passwords 8
  9. 9. Protection & Transportation • Protect each iPad with individual cases • OtterBox vs. Inexpensive • Vaultz case (vaultz.com) • Handles • Combination lock • Rolling cart for laptops 9
  10. 10. Central Management Depending on number of iPads, central management can be a good idea Many different options available • We have used Casper Suite from JAMF (based on NCSU recommendation years ago) • OSU has used MaaS360 • LSU has used AirWatch Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) should make enrollment easier Another budget item! 10
  11. 11. Hubs = (FAIL!) Charging Ideas Vaultz case Inventory List 11 County Label
  12. 12. Charging Ideas 12
  13. 13. Charging ideas 13
  14. 14. Extra Equipment Ear buds • If the apps you plan to use have sound • Size • Reuse • Cost Extra cords • 30-pin vs Lightning Keyboards 14
  15. 15. iPad Security Write iPad name on case in Silver Sharpie Bar code Store in secure location 15
  16. 16. App Security What is allowed? • Safari • Camera 16
  17. 17. In the Classroom Preloaded standalone apps • Warning: everything is a race for 3rd graders If online, many more options • “Focus” for classroom management • “Doceri” for screencasting, desktop control, and interactive whiteboard 17
  18. 18. User Comfort: All Eyes Are Looking At You Training Troubleshoot Be available 18
  19. 19. Ultimate Goal: Engaging Education! 19

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Greg Parmer, MS, Information Technology Specialist Sondra M. Parmer, PhD, Extension Specialist, Nutrition Education Program Barb Struempler, PhD, Professor/Program Leader for Nutrition Programs Alabama Cooperative Extension System Auburn University

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