TabPilot Learning Systems began business with the purpose of meeting a need in the educational technology field that was not being met by other technology products. While consulting for schools that were experimenting with Android tablets, TabPilot founder and President, Jarrett Volzer, began to seek a good tablet management system that would work well in the school environment. Existing products were geared towards corporations and were designed primarily for use by IT professionals. They seemed far less than ideal for allowing teachers to control what students could access on classroom tablets. So the idea TabPilot was born!
The idea was to create a system that would allow teachers to use a web-based control panel to manage a group of tablets that would be used in their class, configuring apps that students could access. This was going to require replacing the standard tablet home screens with our own interface that would restrict what apps were available and lock out the system settings areas. We wanted to release a product for both Android and iOS so that schools could choose Android or iPad devices. However, the tightly-controlled, “closed” system provided by Apple prevents developers from locking out certain features that we need to control, such as the home button that allows users to return to the standard Apple interface. Thankfully, the Android platform does allow the type of control, so TabPilot for Android was born.
The TabPilot Tablet Manager was built based on the needs of teachers and IT staff. Since it’s release in 2012, we have have spoken with educators at many schools, and gathered many great ideas. The system has since been expanded from app management to handle files and web link management too. We consider the initial release of TabPilot to be just the beginning — a platform platform on which we can expand and add features and services to meet the needs of the educational market. We’re “all ears.” Talk to us and let us know what you have in mind. You might find that you’ve become part of the TabPilot team, helping to put innovative new features and services in place!