11/8 - ES Principals - Current status of the Android device being updated to run ST Math

Elementary Principals,

I am resending the different options for your TK-2 androids and ST Math. I have  attached directions if your teachers choose Option 1. I have also spoken with ST Math and Option 3 is available. You will need to contact them directly.

Jim Solo

Configuring Clever and ST Math on Lenova Tablet 1000
Configuring Clever and ST Math on Lenova Tablet A3500

 

SENT ON  BEHALF OF THE IT DEPARTMENT

Elementary and K-8 Principals,

Please read the information below regarding the most current status of the Android device being updated to run ST Math.

As indicated in the ST Math deployment communication sent to Principals September 15, the Android devices require a new version of ST Math installed on them. Because the Androids are not currently setup to install updates remotely by IT, this requires physically touching every one of the 27,000 Androids in schools. IT leadership has a couple of approaches quickly ramping up to provide sites with options in how to get the Androids updated; some options will be faster than others but have their pros/cons. Here is what IT is planning to deploy:

OPTION / CATEGORY

1.       SCHOOL SITE STAFF ARE PROVIDED DIRECTIONS/PROCESS TO UPDATE THE ANDROID DEVICES (SELF SERVICE)

a.       IT WILL FINISH TESTING THIS PROCESS SOON

b.      IT MAY ASK FOR PILOT SITES TO ASSIST WITH TESTING

2.       IT IS CONTRACTING WITH A 3RD PARTY VENDOR TO REIMAGE THE ANDROID DEVICES. THEY WILL REIMAGE THE DEVICE WHICH INCLUDES:

a.       INSTALL THE NEW ST MATH APP

b.      INSTALL A TOOL TO REMOTELY MANAGE THE DEVICE FOR FUTURE UPDATES/UPGRADES

3.       ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, MIND RESEARCH (ST MATH VENDOR) MAY BE ABLE TO ASSIST SCHOOL SITES WITH INSTALLING THE NEW ST MATH APPLICATION

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

-          IT will provide the school site with the tools/information to perform the Android update so the latest ST Math app is installed

-          All Android devices will be ‘re-imaged’ with new management tools and updated software including ST Math

-          Mind Research has offered to provide limited support to help sites install the new ST Math application using the tools/info provided by IT

 

PROS

-          Updates to Androids can be started soon (after final testing/pilot is complete) so students can begin using the Android device for ST Math

-          No action required for school sites

-          Will be the only time the device is required to be updated (*see Notes)

-          Minimal/no action for school staff to perform the Android update

 

CONS

-          Requires assistance from school site staff to install the ST Math update

-          Will still need to have option 2 done in order for the device to be re-imaged (*see Notes)

-          Not an immediate solution, still several weeks out before the work begins

-          IT must request this support from the vendor, it is not guaranteed

-          Will still need to have option 2 done in order for the device to be re-imaged (*see Notes)

 

TIMING

-          The final testing/pilot and information for updating the Android devices (includes ST Math) will be complete soon

-          IT is working to complete testing the week of Oct. 10 and then can provide the required tools/ information to interested school sites

-          Not slated to start until late October and may take 2+ months to complete All Elem and K-8 schools with Android devices

-          To be scheduled with the vendor (Mind Research) based on their availability. However, they have offered help as much as possible

 

NOTES

* Option 1 + 3 is a short term solution to install ST Math; IT will still be reimaging all Android devices (as indicated in Option 2)

As you can see above, there are several approaches being taken to address the Android issue.

For Option 1: If you have someone (or a couple of folks) at your school that would be interested in Option 1, IT can coordinate working with them once testing/pilot is complete.

For Option 2: The purchase order is still in process to get the vendor engaged. As indicated above, there is still some time before this work will commence (likely end of October).

For Option 3: IT will communicate a process to indicate if your site would like to request that Mind Research assist installing ST Math on your school’s Androids. There is no guarantee that they will be able to accommodate the request, but they have offered to assist when possible.

For questions about the options contact Chris Getsla in IT at cwgetsla@sandi.net.