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How one school set up 600 iPad Air tablets in 2.5 hours

By Fredy Padovan
October 10th, 2014

Through our innovations using iPad Air tablets, students definitely have a bright future ahead of them

ipad-airImagine a school where paper is a dying species. Imagine virtual science labs that are making experiments possible that were previously deemed too expensive. Imagine unlimited resources and information at every student’s fingertips.

This school exists, and it goes by the name of Immaculata-La Salle High School. Our private Catholic school, which serves more than 800 students as a member of the Archdiocese of Miami, is extending the possibilities of technology.

Many people think of iPads in education as devices that need to be locked down. But at Immaculata-La Salle, we’re doing things a bit differently.

As Immaculata-La Salle’s executive director for advancement and technology, I manage our school’s one-to-one iPad program. Our students have been successfully using iPads in the classroom for more than two and a half years.

Simplifying MDM enrollment and iPad deployment

Prior to switching to AirWatch® by VMware for mobile device management (MDM), we rolled out 800 iPad 3 tablets. The process was grueling. It took about 16 hours to do the original 800 devices, but that was just pre-configuration! Our team still had to physically touch each device to distribute and enroll them. It took two days to distribute devices and two days to enroll them, followed by manual profile adjustments for each device. Overall, it took a full month to actually get everything set up the first time around.

I knew something had to change.

(Next page: A much better method of iPad Air tablet deployment)