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    Uses for an ipad as a technician?

    OK, go with me on this one.
    Staff have been invited to put in a bid for items that they would like for their department.
    We are not teachers but we thought the two of us techies might try and bid for 1 or 2 iPads.
    The problem with that is I have to write a bid explaining what we could do with them!

    I brought mine in to see if it could be used and so far I have decided we could...
    Use lanschool to view users screens
    Access our helpdesk
    Access our hardware database

    hmm?

    Anyone have any ideas or are you even using one in school now?

    Thanks

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    Inventory/audits?

    GAMES.......lol jk

    But you can also suggest that it could be a test platform as well to try things out on before making the mistake of buying ten million pads for the school :|

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    The obvious one would be to have experience to provide support for staff who bring theirs in?

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    Quick Google of tech support issues
    Access to heldesk
    Somewhere to scribble down notes, serial numbers etc
    Camera to help audit
    Remote access to machines
    Easy demos for web software (like, how to upload in Moodle)
    These can all be done on Android too, no lock in there.

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    bugger all waste of money?

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    I've always considered a tablet for support to be a possibility - it would basically useful for:

    Password resets,
    Quota checking,
    Helpdesk checking,
    On the spot fix searching when you're out and about.

    However, you'd need apps for the first 2 things to be any use (touch screen to do server admin via RDP is not fun).

    So, unless you're buying a super cheap device, they're not worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Listening to music whilst you're working ie patching in data points, testing wi-fi ( if you can get an app for that ) and per above checking e-ticket system and remoting onto machines ( client / servers ) etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    testing wi-fi (if you can get an app for that)
    Not sure if there is an iPad app for that, but MetaGeek are releasing an Android version of their Chanalyzer software soon. You will need a Wi-Spy to go with it though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Listening to music whilst you're working
    ... or playing games when you are on the phone to Dell, HP, Lenovo etc.

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    very expensive mouse mat?

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    iPad Used as Mouse Pad… Didn’t Think Of That, Did You?

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    Shouldn't the fact that you are asking about 'what can I do with it', show that it is a nice to have rather than a necessity? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamo View Post
    Shouldn't the fact that you are asking about 'what can I do with it', show that it is a nice to have rather than a necessity? lol
    Would an android type tablet be better and cheaper ie Asus Transformer or there abouts ?

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    overlook - Home is a good app to use. have it on my S2 it has an i thing app as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Would an Android type tablet be better and cheaper i.e. Asus Transformer or there abouts?
    Depends on the apps you want to run I suppose. The Transformer Pad Infinity or 300 look like good alternatives to the iPad, but the Transformer Prime should probably be avoided.

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