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ChromeTools Public Beta Launch Provides Teachers with Classroom Monitoring and Control of Chromebooks

February 6, 2018 (Calhoun, GA) — Launching today at TCEA in Austin, Texas, TabPilot is inviting all school districts utilizing Chromebooks in the classroom to participate in the free ChromeTools public beta program through the end of the school year.

ChromeTools is a cloud-based classroom management solution providing a variety of tools that allow teachers to monitor and keep students on-task when using Chromebooks in the classroom.  Tools include:

  • Class View: View thumbnail screens of entire class at a glance
  • Screen View: See detailed view of individual student screen
  • Screen Lock: Get class attention with “heads-up!” message
  • Tab Control: View list of all open tabs and remotely close
  • Open Sites: Remotely open one or more sites for entire class
  • Site Lock: Lock students into one or more specific sites

ChromeTools can be installed district-wide in just a few minutes through a Chrome extension configured in the district’s Google Admin account.  Installation also automatically syncs teacher accounts, allowing for sign-in with their existing school account  Classes are automatically imported from Google Classroom allowing teachers to begin using the system immediately without any additional setup or configuration.

There will be no charge to participate in the beta release.  Pricing after beta, starting summer of 2018, is expected to be an affordable $3 per device per year.  To participate in the free program, IT administrators can sign up at www.tabpilot.com.

In addition to the free ChromeTools beta, TabPilot is making their recently-released FindMyChromebooks product free through the end of the school year.  FindMyChromebooks is normally priced at $1 per device per year and offers a quick and easy way for administrators to locate and recover lost and missing Chromebooks.

Since 2012, TabPilot has been providing school-specific mobile device management solutions to the K-12 market.  TabPilot supports all Apple platforms and Google’s Chrome. TabPilot is being used in schools across the U.S. and worldwide. For more information or to schedule a live demo visit www.tabpilot.com.

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Find lost and missing school Chromebooks for $1 per device with FindMyChromebooks

January 16, 2018 (Calhoun, GA) — Releasing today, FindMyChromebooks helps school IT administrators locate and recover lost and stolen Chromebooks. This affordable service is $1 per device per year with a $200 annual minimum.

FindMyChromebooks account setup is instant by linking to the school Google Admin console. While searching for missing devices, administrators can either lock or allow continued use on the lost device. FindMyChromebooks also allows users to easily communicate to administrators when they find devices. FindMyChromebooks makes the device recovery process quick and simple. Schools with the FindMyChromebooks service will find the price of the service more than pays for itself in savings to the school budget for replacing devices.

When linked to the Google Admin console, FindMyChromebooks automatically imports the inventory of all Chromebooks and sets up users. To search, administrators place the device into “Lost Mode” with options including the ability to display a custom lost message with return instructions. Administrators can choose to lock the missing device to the Lost Mode screen, or enable an option to allow the user to continue using the device after acknowledging a custom message. Allowing users to continue using a device is a helpful option when the missing device is actually being used in the classroom.

FindMyChromebooks can gather device location as well as captured screen images after displaying a privacy message to the user. Administrators can then locate the device on a map or view captured screen images or IP Addresses. Another option enables a “contact administrator” button on the Lost Mode screen for the user to notify administrators that the device has been located.

FindMyChromebooks is priced at one dollar per device per year, making it affordable for any school or district. A free trial is available and can be accessed immediately after the automated sign-up process. FindMyChromebooks is provided by TabPilot, an industry leader in mobile device management for schools. More information is available at FindMyChromebooks.com.

TabPilot Releases Self-Service App Installation for Teachers and Students

July 19, 2017 (Calhoun, GA) — Today TabPilot releases an update to its education-centric mobile device management system that offers self-service options for both teachers and students.

With the release of TabPilot 6.4, TabPilot shows how MDM features can be customized to meet the specific needs of schools. While self-service app installations are not new to MDM systems in general, the school-specific approach in TabPilot is unique.  

TabPilot offers the ability to assign or create for students a list of recommended apps that only install when selected by students from their own devices.  This helps save space on student devices by not force installing apps that the student may not use.  This is ideal for a 1:1 environment, particularly when using devices with more limited storage space.  Self-Service app now appear in the TabPilot Resource Locker app on student devices, along with list of other resources such as files and documents for student use.

Unlike other systems, TabPilot also allows administrators to create lists of pre-approved apps for teachers to use for installation to class sets of devices.  The apps are ordered through the normal volume purchase channels.  This is ideal for shared-use environments where teachers are in charge of small sets of devices because they can install or remove apps from the entire group of devices with just a few clicks.  As with the student self-service, this is particularly important when the devices are low on storage space because the teacher can manage the current set of installed apps without the need for help from the IT department.

Both types of self-service are available immediately to all users of TabPilot MDM for schools.

Since 2012, TabPilot has been providing school-specific mobile device management solutions to the K-12 market. TabPilot is being used in schools across the U.S. and worldwide. For more information or to schedule a live demo or free trial of TabPilot visit www.tabpilot.com.

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TabPilot First to Offer Teacher App Request and Approval Workflow in MDM

System Offers Integrated Search, Configurable Request Form, Stages, and Notified Parties for Vetting and Approval

June 1, 2017 (Calhoun, GA) — Today, TabPilot becomes the first mobile device management system to integrate custom workflow and tracking for teacher app requests. The Teacher App Request features are available in TabPilot 6.3, released worldwide today. The update is available immediately and without additional charge to all TabPilot customers as part of their annual subscription to the cloud-based MDM.

TabPilot’s app request workflow is customized to match or meet the specific processes of the school or district. The app request form can be configured with custom fields that can be set as optional or required. Teachers can use the integrated App Store search or paste an iTunes URL to request an app. They can request apps (1) be installed to a group or class or (2) be made available for teacher self-service to handle their own installation (if granted permissions). Multiple stages or steps can be configured starting with the initial request through app evaluation and any number of custom steps until final approval/denial and ordering and installation. Responsible parties such as curriculum coordinators, technicians, purchasing agents, and administrators can be set to receive notifications at any step where requests are awaiting their attention.

TabPilot 6.3 also introduces the ability for admins to use pre-approved apps lists as a “self-service teacher catalog.” Administrators can build a catalog of approved apps to which teachers can be granted permissions to install or uninstall from devices they manage, such as a classroom set. This feature is particularly useful for schools with iPads that have limited storage (i.e. 16 GB) by allowing teachers to install large apps only when necessary, and without submitting requests to the IT department.

Other enhancements include the ability to install apps and books based on membership in classes synced from Apple School Manager, several new iOS restrictions, and the ability to hide old Apple VPP apps that are no longer being used, but are forever part of the VPP purchase history.

Since 2012, TabPilot has been providing school-specific mobile device management solutions to the K-12 market. TabPilot is being used in schools across the U.S. and worldwide. For more information or to schedule a live demo or free trial of TabPilot visit www.tabpilot.com.

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TabPilot expands MDM capabilities for Mac and adds iOS 10.3 support

March 28, 2017 (Calhoun, GA) — Today, TabPilot released an update to their mobile device management system for schools that expands their capabilities for macOS and also adds support for new features in iOS 10.3.

In 2016 TabPilot released MDM support for Mac computers including support for DEP enrollment, inventory, and VPP app distribution. Today, with the release of version 6.2, the Mac capabilities were greatly expanded to include Restriction Profiles with more than 80 options, Settings Profiles with dozens of Finder and login options, and Network Profiles for configuring WiFi settings, distributing certificates and more.

TabPilot is continuing to offer Mac licenses for their MDM for free, one with each iOS license, through the end of this school-year.

Also included in TabPilot 6.2 is support for new features in iOS 10.3. Among these features are the ability to play an alert sound on iPads in Lost Mode and support for WiFi Whitelisting to prevent devices from connecting to non-approved networks.

Since 2012, TabPilot has been providing school-specific mobile device management solutions to the K-12 market. TabPilot is being used in schools across the U.S. and worldwide. For more information or to schedule a live demo or free trial of TabPilot visit www.tabpilot.com.

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TabPilot releases new version of MDM, scalable for large school districts

December 15, 2016 (Calhoun, GA) — TabPilot released version 6.0 of its mobile device management solution for schools this week. The new version easily scales to handle large districts with thousands of devices at each school location. Most of the scalability was accomplished by introducing a new district-level structure that allows individual school locations to be created and managed either centrally or independently within the district, rather than having separate accounts per school.

Some of the advantages of the new, larger district structure are the ability to share VPP and DEP accounts among multiple schools within the district as well as the ability to define settings, policies, and even network configurations district-wide. Previous versions required these items to be configured separately for each school. The new version allows district administrators to delegate school-level management to school technicians, restricting them to management of only one or more assigned schools.

“Until now, TabPilot was ideal for schools and districts with device deployments ranging from a few dozen to a few thousand devices,” said Jarrett Volzer, founder and CEO of TabPilot. “As we’ve seen more and more customers with larger device deployments coming on-board with TabPilot, we wanted to enhance our interface to better accommodate them. Now we can scale tenfold or more by simply adding additional school locations within the district structure.”

Volzer further explained the scalability of TabPilot 6.0, “Our system has always been hosted on AWS, Amazon’s world-class system, to allow for high performance, high availability, and virtually unlimited scalability on the back end. With version 6.0 the front-end organization now makes the large-scale deployments easy to manage while maintaining the ease-of-use that has been making TabPilot a popular choice for schools.”

Since 2012, TabPilot has been providing school-specific mobile device management solutions to the K-12 market. TabPilot is being used in schools across the U.S. and worldwide. For more information or to schedule a live demo or free trial of TabPilot visit www.tabpilot.com.

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TabPilot Offers Free macOS Management

July 5, 2016 (Calhoun, GA) — TabPilot recently announced the availability of free mobile device management for macOS computers in schools. Schools that choose TabPilot to manage their iPads can now add their macOS devices to TabPilot at no additional charge, up to the number of iOS licenses owned.

The company is calling the macOS features of TabPilot a “Lightweight MDM for Mac,” offering DEP enrollment (including configuring hidden administrator account setup), device inventory, and app distribution. The system already supports the beta of macOS Sierra, so full support will be available on Sierra launch day. Additional features, including new restrictions, will be added in the upcoming school year and included at no charge.

“We are finding that our schools with iPads are adding an increasing number of Mac devices to their inventory, and we wanted to offer a way for them to have basic management for them at no additional cost,” said Jarrett Volzer, founder and CEO of TabPilot.

Since 2012, TabPilot has been providing school-specific mobile device management solutions to the K-12 market. Designed specifically for schools and available in four languages, TabPilot is being used in schools across the U.S. and in other countries worldwide. For more information or to schedule a live demo of TabPilot visit www.tabpilot.com.

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TabPilot Unveils Support for iOS 9.3 Education Features

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Features include shared iPad and support for the iOS Classroom App

April 15, 2016 (Calhoun, GA) — Today, TabPilot released an update adding support for the new educational features in iOS 9.3 recently released by Apple.  Key new features include:

  • Screen Layouts: arrange icons on iPad home screens
  • Lost Mode: lock missing iPads and find their location on a map
  • App Blacklists: true app blacklisting to prevent specific apps from running
  • Shared iPad: adds multi-user support for iPad sharing
  • Classroom App: an iOS app for teachers to manage the class

Unlike previous releases of iOS, the features in this version require an MDM to configure them or make them function, so it’s important for schools to choose an MDM that supports these important new capabilities.

“TabPilot was fully compatible with iOS 9.3 the day it was released, and now we’re pleased to add support for these great new educational features, even prior to the full launch of Apple School Manager itself,” said Jarrett Volzer, founder and CEO of TabPilot.  “As a school-specific MDM, it’s important for us to support the latest features as soon as they are available to schools. With this release, we’ll be ready to help them prepare for the coming school year.”

All schools using TabPilot have access to these features as of today’s product release, although Shared iPad requires student IDs created in the new Apple School Manager, which is not currently available to all schools, but is expected soon.

TabPilot offers free trial accounts for schools to test all of the TabPilot features.  The company has been providing mobile device management for schools since 2012, and is a leader in the school MDM field.  Product information is available at www.tabpilot.com.

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TabPilot to manage OS X devices

TabPilot to manage OS X devices in TabPilot MDM for Schools

February 3, 2016 (Calhoun, GA) — Today, TabPilot announced the addition of support for OS X devices to their mobile device management system for schools. The system currently supports Android and iOS.

TabPilot has been running internal beta tests of core OS X MDM features such as DEP enrollment, inventory, and app distribution and will open up the beta for public testing in March. They are currently accepting requests from schools that wish to participate. In exchange for feedback and ideas for new features, beta testers will receive free OS X management licenses when the final product launches later in 2016.

“TabPilot was designed from the beginning to meet the specific mobile device management needs of schools, which can vary quite a bit from the corporate enterprise needs most other MDMs were designed for,” said Jarrett Volzer, founder and CEO of TabPilot. “By working closely with our school beta test partners, we hope to maintain that school-specific focus as we expand the OS X management features of TabPilot.”

Schools interested in participating in the TabPilot OS X management beta can contact the company through the TabPilot website at www.tabpilot.com.

Since 2012, TabPilot has been providing school-specific mobile device management solutions to the K-12 market. Designed specifically for schools and available in four languages, TabPilot is being used in schools across the U.S. and in other countries worldwide. For more information or to schedule a live demo of TabPilot visit www.tabpilot.com.

TabPilot Launches Teacher Tools iOS App for Classroom Device Management

January 14, 2016 (Calhoun, GA) — Today, at FETC in Orlando, TabPilot released Teacher Tools for iOS.  The app allows teachers to control student iPads in their classrooms with tools that have previously only been available through the cloud-based teacher console, normally accessed on the teacher’s computer.  

Teacher Tools is a set of features of TabPilot MDM for Schools.  Teachers choose a class to manage and then have the ability to freeze student screens, lock students into a single app, clear student passcodes with a few clicks, or lock students into a single web site or group of pre-selected sites.  Teachers can also choose a student iPad to be broadcast to the classroom projector via Apple Airplay.

“With the launch of Teacher tools for iOS, we’re showing once again how a school-specific MDM is the best choice for both teachers and school IT administrators,” said Jarrett Volzer, founder and CEO of TabPilot.  “With our new Teacher Tools app for iOS, the teachers can now take control in their classroom directly from their own iPad.”

Since 2012, TabPilot has been providing school-specific mobile device management solutions to the K-12 market. Designed specifically for schools and available in four languages, TabPilot is being used in schools across the U.S. and in other countries worldwide.  For more information or to schedule a live demo of TabPilot visit www.tabpilot.com.

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