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    Tablets in schools...which one and why?

    At some point i'm going to have bite the bullet and accept tablets into the school. I have no issues with them, more the management bit.

    One of our AHT's is keen to try out twitter in a class and thinks it's more likely to be used if it's on a tablet type device (and hes probably right).

    Now i'd really like a Surface Pro to try out because of being able to put it on a domain and Target Tracker would work on it, but i dont think our PTA is going to pay for one of those (could still try). What would you recommend?

    Also, my disseration for uni is about Tablet use in schools so might as well use this for that too, so i would be grateful if you could answer the questions below. Don't have to write an essay, i just want a feel for what devices are popular and why.

    Primary/secondary?
    What are you guys using in your school?
    How are they used?
    Are they managed?
    Why did you choose that particular device?
    Price? can be managed? SLT made me? other

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    if you want windows (and have ees or other volume lics) there are cheaper (though slower) tablets out there than the surface pro

    Dell Venue 11 Pro HD Windows Tablet | Dell UK

    ASUS Transformer Book T100 Convertible Notebook Tablet, Specs & More

    both atom based (but my older spec me400c is USUALLY fast enough and that's cloverleaf not baytrail atom) and the dell you can go silly and spec with 8gb of ram 256mb storage and an i5

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    We have learnpads for nursery, Galaxy Tab 2s for certain members of staff [for the 2simple app], standalone iPads for certain smt staff and acer iconia W510p's for other staff who NEED windows [I have one, they're nice.]

    [On phone, add other bits later]

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    We went for iPads, where I had to learn about management etc, which I am now really good at (If i say so myself *smug face*)

    I would personally go for a Windows based tablet though, at least there is some form of login. Great Windows tablet is SAMSUNG Ativ SmartPC Pro, we got a couple of them and they are beasty.

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    One of our AHT's is keen to try out twitter in a class


    Twitter requires users to be of legal contractual age in their country of residence. Beware. Encouraging staff to get students aged 15 or less on to Twitter may not be perceived as a good move. We only allow staff to use twitter with pupils in lessons if they're Yr12 or 13.
    Last edited by Marci; 14th November 2013 at 03:12 PM.

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    1, Primary/secondary?
    2, What are you guys using in your school?
    3, How are they used?
    4, Are they managed?
    5, Why did you choose that particular device?
    Price? can be managed? SLT made me? other

    1, Secondary School
    2,We have iPads and Android (Some Nexus 7s, and some NATPC tablets) devices for staff and student use.
    3, The iPads are used by the SLT as standalone devices. We also have managed iPads for our TAs to help with SEN intervention and a set of 4 iPads in the library for general use (largely research). We tried using a classroom set of NATPC tablets, but they are cheap, slow and extremely hard to manage, so they are now sat in my office. We also have Cisco tablets, but I've yet to find a use for them as neither they, or the NATPC tablets, can run the latest version of Android, making them redundant. I might use the Cisco tablets as glorified cameras. Finally we have Nexus 7 tablets that were used for research until one went missing. They are now used to control our Sphero units.
    4, The iPads are managed, both through Apple configurator and Meraki. One of the Nexus's is managed, the other I will add to Meraki later, but as there are only two, it's not a high priority.
    5, I didn't have much say in the device, though I'm not against the iPad as such, it may not be the tablet of choice now, as a Windows based tablet would be much easier to control, and would be able to run SIMS without using an expensive app such as Groupcall. But they do prove popular with the students and LT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Primary/secondary?
    What are you guys using in your school?
    How are they used?
    Are they managed?
    Why did you choose that particular device?
    Price? can be managed? SLT made me? other
    1. Middle
    2. We have iPads and Microsoft Surface RTs. We also used to have a Fujitsu Stylistic.
    3. iPads - SEN and some teachers, Microsoft Surface RT - classroom use (soon, only just bought them). The stylistic was our head's old device. But he no longer uses it, as he has a desktop and an iPad now instead.
    4. Not really, no.
    5. The head chose the iPads... I wasn't involved. The Surfaces were chosen by our IT co-ordinator and one of our SMT. I was, again, not involved... The fact they were cheap helped I think! They can be managed *a bit* but not to the level that would make me happy.
    Last edited by localzuk; 14th November 2013 at 03:42 PM.

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    I've been looking at this with interest:

    Toshiba Encore Tablet PC - Tablets | Ebuyer.com

    full windows 8.1 an ips screen and quad core for 208 I bet it's ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I've been looking at this with interest:

    Toshiba Encore Tablet PC - Tablets | Ebuyer.com

    full windows 8.1 an ips screen and quad core for 208 I bet it's ok.
    Would it run SIMS comfortably?

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    I guess it would run fine, although using SIMS on a tablet might be tricky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I guess it would run fine, although using SIMS on a tablet might be tricky.
    Was thinking purely for taking registers. PE Dept comes to mind.

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    Don't take this the wrong way but getting tablets in just to run twitter in classes sounds like the AHT (deputy head?) has a bad case of "oooh, shiny, I want one now what excuse can I use?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marci View Post


    Twitter requires users to be of legal contractual age in their country of residence. Beware. Encouraging staff to get students aged 15 or less on to Twitter may not be perceived as a good move. We only allow staff to use twitter with pupils in lessons if they're Yr12 or 13.
    I think the plan was, as its only one class at the moment, to send letters out telling the parents about it and giving them the opportunity to opt out.
    Last edited by Little-Miss; 14th November 2013 at 04:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    Don't take this the wrong way but getting tablets in just to run twitter in classes sounds like the AHT (deputy head?) has a bad case of "oooh, shiny, I want one now what excuse can I use?".
    I agree, but it's going to happen at some point isn't it? When i get over ruled. So i might as well use this as a trial

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    The Asus Transformer mentioned above got a glowing review on the PC Pro podcast on Wednesday. Sounds brilliant for 350 and makes me wonder if anyone will want a Surface.

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