If you have had to manage iOS devices via Apple Configurator you know that the time involved and the many random errors is more than frustrating. I understand that there are some MDM options that conceptually could be better but I haven't seen them...
This is why I was so excited by the announcement that Google made some months back with their tablets and Google Play for Education option. I was finally able to do some testing on Friday with Play for Education and a couple of Nexus 7 tablets and the set up was as easy as this video of 2nd graders setting them up shows: : http://youtu.be/XFFYNeR4fyw
And pushing out apps was even more magical in my mind. I think you will only appreciate the minimal steps and time involved in Play for Education if you have had to battle with Apple Configurator. That I could push an app wirelessly from a web-based console that appeared in a matter of seconds (I think it took about 4 seconds!) to the device I was pushing it to was exhilarating! Push an app to a whole class set or discreetly differentiate and push remediation/enrichment apps to individuals--so easy. So simple.
(Managing iOS devices via Apple Configurator and VPP simply doesn't work like this and it should...)
Now, don't get me wrong--iOS is powerful and engaging. I integrate iOS, have a MacBook as my personal device, etc. but from a classroom to classroom perspective, I will argue that the easier the technology for the teacher the higher the chances of ownership, integration, and success in the learning and teaching process.
I am not saying there isn't learning involved but Play for Education is built with teachers in mind and K12 should highly consider this as an option, especially if that school is already integrating Google Apps for Education... #k12 #edtech #easytech #gafe #ios