Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
We are a Linux based school, with everything coming from central servers at our school board. (Really good for updating, and energy saving).
At the moment I'm bringing in my MacBook Pro to connect to the Bretford cart with 30 iPad2s when we want to sync. I'm using Apple Configurator & the VPP.
We have just received notice that we can't use any cloud services based outside of Canada. That pretty much takes up all of the options we were looking at or have been using (dropbox, google docs, iCloud, gmail, hotmail, ebackpack, etc). The school board is looking at maybe moving to student emails, but it will not happen quickly, and we need a way to access the student work.
The MBP and iPads are on the same Wi-Fi but are not connected to a network - we are pretty much a stand alone group.
Any suggestions on workflow? I am looking into owncloud as a possibility (but I'm doing most of the tech stuff myself and this seems a little beyond me). Any links, ideas, hints would be greatly appreciated.