Mobile Device Management Gives Kershaw County Schools the Control to Run an iPad Initiative: With MobileIron VSP from AT&T, Districts Gain Visibility, Security, and Safety When Deploying a 1:1 Initiative

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After eight years of employing a 1:1 laptop initiative, the team at Kershaw County Schools in Camden, S.C., chose to investigate alternate options for the 2012-2013 school year. Eventually, the school board decided that a 1:1 iPad initiative was the next logical step in maintaining technological relevance. Interested in the educational applications that were available, yet unaware of a proficient deployment process, William Oden, Senior Systems Administrator at KCSD, along with other administrators, visited neighboring districts to investigate how to run the initiative.

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"When we visited schools, the problem that kept coming up was that most IT teams had no way of tracking the devices once they left campus," says Oden. "They had problems pushing out applications to all devices at once. We knew we needed to address these issues from the beginning"

Already an AT&T customer for network purposes, Kershaw County decided to adopt the company's MobileIron VSP platform as its mobile device management system.

MobileIron combines device management with real-time wireless cost control at the network level. It also gives a school's IT team multiplatform visibility on and off campus.

"One of the biggest reasons we went with MobileIron was its ability to provide insight on many different operating systems" says Oden. "If we ever decide to switch from iPads to Android tablets, we do not need to change our monitoring system."

After selecting MobileIron VSP from AT&T, Kershaw County was ready to roll out the devices for the district high schools in August 2012. According to Oden, the implementation process went seamlessly.

"AT&T gave us all the support we needed during the early stages of the rollout" he says. "They helped configure our networks and tested that the device management worked in and out of our district bounds. They also provided training for all necessary staff members on the MobileIron system. …