Lightspeed Systems Shares Best Practices For Managing An iPad Deployment in Schools

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Recent webinar featured tips and tricks from a large scale mobile learning program.

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By selecting Lightspeed Systems’ Mobile Device Management, SDUSD is showing their commitment to student and network safety.

This month, Lightspeed Systems, along with Tech & Learning, hosted a mobile learning webinar: Mobile Device Management: Sanity and Success in an iPad 1:1. The webinar featured former San Diego Unified (SDUSD) Chief Information and Technology Officer Darryl LaGace, who shared his district’s story of a large-scale iPad deployment. Planning and supervising a deployment of over 28,000 devices, Mr. LaGace offered tips and best practices essential to creating a safe and successful mobile learning program—including using a MDM solution created just for schools.

Implementing a mobile learning program, no matter the size, takes careful planning and thoughtful execution. Mr. LaGace shared some best practices based on his experience at SDUSD.
His tips include:
•Establish clearly defined goals to lay the foundation for the entire mobile program
•Create professional development model to align mobile program goals with educational outcomes and standards
•Set implementation phases to accommodate both network preparation and teacher training
•Build program capacity by using a select group of leader teachers to help facilitate initiative and train others
•Start program with a small pilot group, then take pilot to full scale when ready
•Devise plan for ongoing support, device maintenance, and app purchasing
•Manage the network and iPads with a solution made specifically for schools

To manage SDUSD’s iPad program, Mr. LaGace turned to Lightspeed Systems’ Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution. Developed with the help of educators, MDM is built for K12. Hierarchical policies allow schools to set controls all the way from the district level down to an individual device. With a simplified, efficient interface, managing mobile devices with MDM is easy for both IT staff and educators—allowing the focus to not be on the devices themselves, but on the powerful learning potential they hold.

By selecting Lightspeed Systems’ Mobile Device Management, SDUSD is showing their commitment to student and network safety. Developing unique solutions just for education, Lightspeed Systems is dedicated to helping schools promote mobile and collaborative learning in safe and easily managed ways.

Thousands of IT staff and educators registered for this helpful, relevant webinar and many of them had valuable questions. Visit Tech Talk to see the entire list of questions and answers, addressed by Mr. LaGace and Rob Chambers, VP of Product Development at Lightspeed Systems.

To hear more about implementing a mobile learning program, access the archived webinar here.

Visit to learn more about Mobile Device Management.

About Lightspeed Systems
To us, education isn't an industry; it's a passion. Our solutions make it safe, secure, and easy for IT staff to give users access to resources that make learning engaging, collaborative—and real.

Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has been partnering with, listening to, and supporting IT staff in schools—making their day-to-day tasks manageable and their educational goals reachable. Today our solutions are used in more than 2,800 school districts for more than 9 million students. Our products have won numerous awards and our company has been recognized on the Inc. 5,000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies for the last five years. But more than what we've done, we're interested in what we can do, together: transform education. For more information, call 661-716-7600, or visit

Toni Frantz
Lightspeed Systems

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