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Old 09-18-2014, 05:36 PM
 
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Hi Everyone!
I am thrilled to be getting Mini iPads in the library, however, the thought of them walking off scares me to death! Our school has lost lots of technology this way. I will be the only one using them, and I am wondering how you "manage" the use of these easy mobile devices. Checking them out to students that use them seem to take forever with all the things going on in the library. Do you have a clever way to use them and not lose them? I want to get centers going, and this would be a great motivational tool.

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Old 09-19-2014, 06:57 AM
 
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I cataloged mine and put bar codes on them so all I have to do is scan them to check them out to whomever.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:10 PM
 
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If you are planning to check them out to the students, then yes, they should definitely be barcoded. You don't need an asset manager to do this; you can simply make an equipment category in your library management system and make MARC records from there. If you need a sample, PM me. What I have isn't perfect but it works.

Secondly, put parental controls on them that do not allow anyone to make changes to accounts; download, install, or delete apps without permission; and that prevent any other uses or items you don't want kids to have access to (the camera, specific websites, email, etc.) You'll no doubt have a filter in place on your network anyways to handle most of this but the last thing you want is kids taking goofy or inappropriate pictures and posting them to Instagram from your library devices. If your school has a MDM (mobile device management system), it can hopefully handle most of this remotely. If not, you will have to handle it individually on each device.

Thirdly, if you plan to check the devices out to students, make sure your school/district has an AUP in place that protects everyone and spells out what happens if the device is damaged by a student.

Lastly, invest in decent cases. That will prevent most of the damage that occurs because of boneheaded moves. No need for a fancy charging station or cart; a dishpan with a rack or a file sorter works just fine.

Good luck!
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Thanks for the ideas
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Thanks so much for your tips and ideas....They will definitely help

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