Edu-IT (24th April 2012)
Tea / Coffee tray? Sure you can get 6 - 8 mugs to take to managers everyday???
Edu-IT (24th April 2012)
Im just about to put forward my case for one each for the 2 of us here. My reasons so far are below:
- Modify user account information (including passwords) and pc information (locations for printer mapping)
- Update print credit
- Monitor switchs using HP PCM
- Remote control any machine whilst on the move (VNC)
- Able to recieve emails wherever we are to recieve fault reports (no helpdesk)
- Somewhere to writedown notes (serials) - saves paper therefore more green
- Camera to photos of serials, damage etc
- Show staff how to do tasks on there machines via VNC
- RDP onto servers to fix things on the move
- Wifi testing
Already have apps bookmarked for all of them apart from the wifi testing so all prepared.
Also the primarys that we support are looking to buy them so another reason is that we need one so we can effectively support there needs.
My phone does most of those things on the move!
Plus it has a flash for getting behind those desks at the computers when there is no light to take a picture
Grab yourself an Apple TV to got with it and you can stream video to a projector I'm sure there must be some use for it...... maybe? I've got one here and have struggled to find a worthy use for it. What app allows the HP PCM management?
I think it would be sensible to get one, and if I have anything left in my budget at the end of this year, I might get one.
There are definite educational uses of iPads (some of our teachers are already making use of their personally-owned tablets), and if the school had one, you could investigate these options better, lending the tablet to a department for a lesson, a month or whatever. It would either a) stop you wasting thousands of pounds by buying 30 of them and then finding they're not as good as hoped, or b) add weight to the argument supporting a request to buy 30 of them.
From a support point of view, it would also allow you access to your emails from anywhere (useful way to fill that otherwise dead 5 minutes while a PC reboots), plus access to a "helpdesk" (take that term however you wish - online ticketing system, task list, word processor document, etc), ability to look up support articles while by a dead PC, or a printer/copier/switch which isn't near a PC. I do all of these support tasks on my phone, and find it invaluable.
If you're running webhelpdesk they have an app that hooks into their help desk system. It's not a native iPad app and it isn't all that great in fairness, but it's a start. You can also access it by web address.
I use my iPad to VPN onto the remote servers from home, using the built-in VPN.
I use Remoter VNC to access my Apple and Windows servers.
I use StudyWiz's E-Locker app to remotely access all of my documents stored in my home dir on the server, remotely.
My iPad is excellent for helping me run the network:
Spiceworks app - gives me access to helpdesk and inventory
Impero app - nice way to monitor what people are doing while I'm on the move.
Have my diary, task list, email, etc. all in one place.
RDP to every server.
Pretty much everything I can do sat at my desk I can do on the move.
I used to do it all from my iPhone but an iPad just makes it bigger.
Certainly increased my productivity.
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