Today, TabPilot became 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.