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    SWOT analysis of iPads for Teaching staff

    Hi All,
    I am currently strategizing (nice word) and one of my many documents I am working on is iPads/tablets for staff and/or students in a secondary school.
    As I'm sure nearly every school will face this at some point, I don't mean of getting them, I mean of having to talk to the SMT about it.

    Anyway I have a SWOT analysis so far for iPads for Staff (iPad is going to be the only option for staff)

    Strengths
    Portability
    Instant access
    Lots of free apps
    iPad is market leader

    Weaknesses
    Won’t integrate with users documents and shared resources
    Won’t run software on the network
    Added licensing complexities
    No Flash support – Some sites currently rely on Flash e.g. mymaths , some moodle add ons

    Opportunities
    Access to a wide range of subject specific Apps
    Off site possibilities (trips)
    Personal CPD usages
    Collaboration possibilities
    Different pedagogical approaches.

    Threats
    Security
    Desirable item for theft
    Limited lifespan of device?
    Other tablets could emerge


    So has anyone else already created something similar or have anything they could add to my feeble lists?

    I will be doing one for students later..
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    Opportunities - Access to a wide range of subject specific Apps, Off site possibilities (trips), personal CPD usages, Collaboration possibilities, trying different pedagogical approaches.

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    I have added those to the post. Thanks

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    Primary, secondary etc?

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    Not sure what to add to your list, just to say we've given 1 iPad out to each department and they have been well received. That said I do wonder about the weakness "won't run software on the network" and am currently asking again if iPads are the right device?

    Any way, minor thoughts...

    Weakness - "Won’t integrate with users documents and shared resources" - not strictly true since WebDAV works a charm.

    Weakness - "Added licensing complexities" - Haven't used iPad volume licensing yet, but not sure if it's a weakness?

    Threats - "Other tablets could emerge" - you could say this about almost any product. Ultimately you need to stress the point that they are not just buying iPads but the whole apple ecosystem. Can you get the same apps from Android or Windows?

    The only other thought I had was the possible need for a MDM as installing apps to multiple iPads without one is a PIA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutech4schools View Post
    Primary, secondary etc?
    Sorry good point, I'm in secondary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post

    Weakness - "Won’t integrate with users documents and shared resources" - not strictly true since WebDAV works a charm.
    I do like the look of WebDAV but I'll need to stress that not all apps will allow saving of documents with WebDAV to the powers that be.

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    WebDAV is unsecure, another personal disadvantage :P...

    Can't turn off the settings menu without jailbreak

    Apple need to give us much more in the way of management tools to control these.

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    If you were a primary I would be pointing you at LearnPad - The Tablet Computer Designed for Education . Changing the theme from Senco to Egyptian using the bar code system made all our I-pad lovers go wow. Not sure if they are any good for secondary schools as I have not looked at that side. Another plus is they can map drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutech4schools View Post
    If you were a primary I would be pointing you at LearnPad - The Tablet Computer Designed for Education . Changing the theme from Senco to Egyptian using the bar code system made all our I-pad lovers go wow. Not sure if they are any good for secondary schools as I have not looked at that side. Another plus is they can map drives.
    We actually have one learnpad and I do like the QR code scanning tool, I didn't know you could map drives with them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SovietRussia View Post
    WebDAV is unsecure, another personal disadvantage :P...

    Can't turn off the settings menu without jailbreak

    Apple need to give us much more in the way of management tools to control these.

    Anyone using webDAV should have a properly signed Cert from a CA, so webDAV is not unsecure.....

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    I didn't know you could map drives with them!
    Its in the manage pages on the website

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