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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

210 Seconds: Speedy Tablet Deployment

Recently we started piloting some Nexus 7 tablets with our students. While there are many exciting things about these devices, our biggest "holy smokes" moment was how easy it is to provision, or set them up.

All you need to do is set up one master or "admin" tablet by downloading the Edu SetUp app. Then input the WiFi settings and a PIN for the teacher to use on this devices. All in all, this takes under 2 minutes. After that's done, simply turn on the rest of the devices and "bump" them - or place them back to back until you hear a chirping noise. Done! This sets up WiFi, the student and teacher accounts and bypasses all the set up windows. Once your students log on, all of their apps and digital content appear automatically!

It was so simple we wondered if our primary students could do it. It turns out they can.

Below three of our second graders, Brione, Kiana and Harrison provision or "bump" 25 Nexus 7 tablets in 210 seconds. Check it out!


3 comments:

  1. 2nd graders set to take over tech support!! And they not afraid to show it! :) Well done!

    Love the way you showed how simple it is to image the devices! I assume you configured the image device with all of the apps you wanted on the cloned devices? Any issues if you found apps apps after imaging that you wanted on the tablets?

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  2. Wow! That was awesome! As someone who just spent 3 hours a couple of days trying to get a dozen new iPads set up for a classroom teacher, I am in awe (to be fair, there was a slow network connection to the App Store, and we had to update iTunes to work with the new iOS, etc.). Kudos and thanks for sharing!

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