Mobile Devices (iPad/iPod)

iPad in Education Research

iPad Pros and Cons


Schools Releasing Apps


  1. Impact of iPad on Campus networks


eBooks/eTextBooks Apps and Online
  • CourseSmart: (App)
  • Scroll Motion: (App)McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin, Pearson and Kaplan have struck deals with iPhone and iPod touch developers ScrollMotion Inc. to build applications for the iPad that bring test preparation, study guides and new types of instructional materials to the classroom. 
  • Vital SourcePartial support via web at, company expects to have an app by fall 2010
  • General Book Readers
    • Barnes and Noble ereader
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Apple iBook

Study.Net is a web-based learning service, used by the University of Pennsylvania, Georgia State University, University of California, Berkeley and Emory University.  Study.Net is ready to become one of the first companies to make Harvard Business Publishing and Ivey Publishing and Darden Business Publishing course materials available on eReader and iPad formats.  CEO Jay McGoodwin says his company is device agnostic.  He neither loves iPad nor hates it.  But he adds that the iPad buzz has rapidly accelerated the adoption of eReaders and collaborative learning systems. 

Software/App Purchases

Publishing Content on the iPad
  • ePub Format Explained
  • Creating ePub Content
State Limitations not available for it in Florida, Kentucky, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin
Additional note, Applecare is for 2 years for the iPad and not the typical 3



Usability and the iPad

 iPhone Configuration Utility 3.0 iPhone Configuration Utility 3.0 for Windows  iPhone Configuration Utility lets you easily create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles, track and install provisioning profiles and authorized applications, and capture device information including console logs. Configuration profiles are XML files that contain device security policies, VPN configuration information, Wi-Fi settings, APN settings, Exchange account settings, mail settings, and certificates that permit iPhone and iPod touch to work with your enterprise systems.

New APIs in Apple’s latest iPhone operating system make possible a new experience for network administrators: the ability to inventory, secure, and manage the iPhone and iPod touch as enterprise devices and to do so for hundreds or thousands of them. With Monday’s release of iOS 4, Apple provided hooks and on-board Mobile Device Management Service (MFMS) that, for the first time, let third-party device management applications access information directly on the iPhone 4, and exercise control over it.

In the past, there have been two basic options. One is the management and security provided by Microsoft Exchange Server, via Apple’s expanded but still limited support for Exchange Active Sync. The second is Apple’s iPhone Configuration Utility 2.0, released in mid-2009. This version introduced some much needed figures but fell short of full-scale end-to-end system for managing the handsets, data, and users.

Today, three device management software vendors announced versions of their applications exploiting the new APIs. The applications are: Afaria from Sybase, Mobile Device Manager from AirWatch and MobileIron Virtual Smartphone Platform from MobileIron. All three are intended to provide centralised management for iOS 4 devices.

DME by Excitor

MobileIron is a server-based application for managing mobile devices. Administrators can create a usage or security policy on the server, assign it to individuals or groups, and then connect to the iOS mobile device management service. "We can pull information from MDMS or we can push information to the service," says Ojas Rege, vice president of products for MobileIron. MobileIron and the other vendors initiate communications with the service through the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS).

Sybase Afaria also has an iPhone client, but like MobileIron, it’s also not needed for the server to make use of the new iOS management service.

Afaria manages the over-the-air download and update of enterprise iPhone apps directly to the handset. The Enterprise Development Licence associates a provisioning profile with each home-built iPhone app. Afaria can disable an app by revoking that profile, according to Mark Jordan, Afaria senior product manager.

The server software now can bypass Exchange or Apple’s MobileMe service to remotely lock and wipe an iPhone. A critical feature for enterprise network administrators is the ability now to verify that iPhone security policies have actually been installed and are working. "We can put a strong password on the device and I can query it to confirm the device is now password-protected," says Jordan.

AirWatch also is incorporating support for the new iOS 4 APIs into its Mobile Device Management application. As with the other two applications, administrators create policies on a central server and distribute them to the handsets. The software handles large-scale app deployment by a combination of what the vendor calls a "role-based security architecture," the ability to group devices, and managing them in bulk.

AirWatch MDM is a web-based application, that can be used as a hosted service, deployed on a corporate server behind the firewall, or as a dedicated hardware appliance

Accessibility and Internationalization

Educational Effectiveness
Best Quote from EDUCAUSE CIO Listserve by Stephen G Landry
"When we, as an institution, require that every student have a specific device or set of devices, this is either increasing tuition or diverting tuition from other worthy purposes, so we should have some concrete answers to how that specific device will improve learning on our campus for most of our students.  As many of you know, I’m a big supporter of requiring standardization of student technology, because I believe that standardization of student technology makes it easier for faculty to innovate in ways that improve teaching, and it makes it easier for technologists to support the instructional technology used by students and faculty. "


Followup Up on

Greetings, My name is Allan and I am a grad student attending Drexel University. Currently I am in the initial phase for starting a Action Research Project. Topic Apple Ipad and how educators are using this device in the classroom and staff development training. I would be interested in communicating with anyone from within the academic world who is using the Ipad.
Thank you