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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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TabPilot supports Assigning VPP apps directly to iPads in iOS 9

TabPilot supports Assigning VPP apps directly to iPads in OS 9

September 16th, 2015 (Calhoun GA) – TabPilot is pleased to announce support for new MDM features in iOS 9, including the ability to assign VPP apps directly to devices.  This new feature can make managing app distribution significantly easier for schools, particularly in shared-device environments.

In addition to the new app distribution method, TabPilot also supports new iOS restrictions such as preventing students from changing the wallpaper, resetting or adding a PIN, or changing the device name, items that have all caused problems for schools managing school-owned devices.  Support for disabling the new iOS News app and screenshot function are also included.

“We’re excited to be among the first mobile device management systems to support these new features immediately upon the release of iOS 9,” said Jarrett Volzer, founder and CEO of TabPilot.  “With our focus on the K-12 school market, we always want to bring the latest teacher tools and MDM functions to both IT administrators and teachers and we know that these new features will be of immediate benefit to schools.”

The updates are available in TabPilot 5.1, releasing today to coincide with the public release of iOS 9.

About 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 three 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 and free trial of TabPilot visit www.tabpilot.com.

TabPilot works with iOS 9

With the launch of iOS 9 just around the corner, TabPilot has been actively testing.  We are pleased to announce all features, both IT and teacher-management functions, are fully compatible with iOS 9.  Schools upgrading to iOS 9 can continue to experience the only iPad management system designed exclusively for schools without interruption. Teacher tools, such as screen lock, app lock, and web lock function the same under iOS 9 as previous versions.  All IT functions such as app management and security profiles also function properly under iOS 9.

In the coming weeks, we will be announcing new features that are exclusive to iOS 9.

A free 14-day trial of TabPilot is available to schools.

TabPilot Launches MDM version 5.0 with teacher tools for iPad

June 29, 2015 (Calhoun, GA) — Today, TabPilot announced version 5.0 of its school-specific mobile device management solution with inclusion of a full range of both MDM and teacher tools for iPad management in the classroom.

TabPilot 5.0 allows teachers to easily freeze iPad screens in the classroom, quickly clear iPad passcodes, restrict web browsing to a single site or list of sites, or lock one or more iPads into a specific app.  It also allows teachers to choose an iPad to automatically connect to an Apple TV device to show student work on a classroom projector.

For IT administrators, TabPilot 5.0 includes a full range of MDM functions including app inventory and distribution (Apple VPP supported), network profiles, a range of device restrictions, and automatic enrollment using Apple DEP.

“Most MDM systems were built for the corporate enterprise.” explains Jarrett Volzer, founder and CEO of TabPilot.  “This means they can be overly complex, yet lack features to address the unique needs of schools, such as teacher tools.  We built TabPilot specifically for schools.”

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. accommodation . and in other countries worldwide.  For more information or to schedule a live demo of TabPilot visit www.tabpilot.com.

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