New Android tablet management system TabPilot is a cloud-based Android management system that allows teachers to control which apps are available on Android devices used in their classrooms. Students are granted access only to apps and web links enabled by the teacher. Students are locked out of system settings and apps not enabled for use during that class. The system also features an app-distribution feature for pushing new apps wirelessly to groups of tablets.
TabPilot is offered by Tablet Learning Systems and consists of two components: Control Tower™ and Launch & Lock™. Teachers use Control Tower™ from any web browser to select apps and web links to enable on sets of tablets. Each teacher saves his or her own configuration and applies it wirelessly to class sets of tablets. A system administrator may also use Control Tower to set up groups of tablets to be shared among several teachers.
TabPilot Launch & Lock™ is the student interface that runs on the Android tablets, replacing the standard Android desktop. Launch & Lock™ launches apps and web links configured by the teacher. The program prohibits access to other apps and settings and blocks access to the Google Play market to prevent in-app purchases. With a password, teachers have unrestricted access on the tablets.
The company offers its own low-cost 10” tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but has also just announced support for the new Google-branded 7” tablet, the Nexus 7.
Schools that sign-on with TabPilot during the beta period will be able to purchase TabPilot tablets at a discount, receive the Launch & Lock tablet interface for free, and receive free access to the cloud-based TabPilot Control Tower™ interface for one-year. The beta period is expected to run at least through summer.
TabPilot is a cost-effective way for schools to enjoy the benefits of tablets in the classroom. Tablet storage and charging carts are available. Optional TabletCare™ insurance covers tablet damage and loss.
TabPilot is in beta testing and was officially launched at ISTE in San Diego in June. Additional information is available at tabpilot.com. Beta test sites are still being accepted.