particular, who creates notebooks of his day, that then are available to all his students,” said Zeller. “So, if you were absent, he has a notebook of all the things he put on the tablet that day, that you can come back and review.”
Network and device security were major factors in technology selection, and the Manatee IT team liked the ability to run the tablets with Samsung Knox, the mobile security and management platform baked into Samsung mobile devices from the chip up. Zeller notes that they “took a long, hard look at a lot of different tablets,” and it was the control afforded by Samsung that ultimately won him over. “We have it set so that students can’t add games or other apps to it,” Zeller explained. “They get the programs that we want to be on there, and that’s it.”
“We have ways to differentiate between a student’s use of the tablet and the teacher’s capabilities on that device,” Zeller continued. “It’s similar to what happens when laptops are used. When the student logs in, they’re going to get a certain background, and when the teacher logs in and they’re going to get a different screen background. It helps us with security. A teacher can look and see a background on a tablet, and [instantly know] that kid is logged in as an administrator.”
The network of displays are all managed from Samsung’s server-based MagicINFO content management software platform. The application enables control and management, but also empowers schools and individual teachers to use the lobby and classroom displays as digital signs. Approved users can log in and either develop content or upload finished content to push to screens when they are not actively being used for lessons. That can mean everything from can’t-miss reminders about submission deadlines to notices about class or school trips or events.
“Manatee County School District was the perfect environment for the UDTConnect™ solution,” said Danny Rodriguez, Chief Technology Officer of UDTConnect. “The UDTConnect collaboration provides digital signage, and when activated can provide emergency notification and lockdown instructions to help keep faculty, staff, and students safe.” Education is the largest industry UDTConnect serves, and created the Connect concept to power collaboration, communication, learning applications, content sharing, broadcast media, and emergency notification system for every classroom the company has installed products.