School transforms learning experience with tablets

Mobile & tablets

by Duncan MacRae| 06 February 2014

An enterprise-grade mobile device management firm helped implement 500 handheld devices.

Lomond School is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school in Helensburgh, Scotland, with more than 500 students and 50 teachers. Lomond School prides itself as an innovative educational institution, transforming learning through technology and mobility.

Inspired by a pilot mobility program at a UK university, Lomond School introduced tablets into its curriculum. The school provided all teachers and students aged 10 to 18 with an iPad, which is used for presentations, exchanging homework, recording meetings and classwork, and accessing school emails.

The Challenge

Lomond School is currently exploring educational apps, such as eBackpack, an app that allows teachers to distribute assignments, collect students' work and grade assignments. To fully support its e-learning initiative, Lomond School needed an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution to manage the distribution of apps and to push content to students' iPads.

A priority for Lomond School was implementing a change management process to educate students, parents and teachers about the tablets and apps that would be used in classrooms. The change management process would clearly outline the benefits and potential risks of using this educational technology, and set rules for students to follow.

The school sought an EMM solution that met a number of requirements, including access to the Apple Volume Purchase Program for app distribution, the capability to restrict certain apps
during school hours and the option for students to use their school-owned tablets at home.

After evaluating a number of options, Lomond School selected AirWatch as its EMM provider to filter inappropriate content, secure devices, push content and provide students with a complete e-learning experience. "We sought an EMM provider that would enable us to plan ahead by providing transparent pricing and support, and not draw us in with an introductory offer that might change at a moment's notice," explains Iain Morrison, Lomond School's academic deputy.

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