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Old April 2nd, 2012, 04:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help on locking down an android tablet for educational purpose only

Hi Guys,

I have an educational project and would appreciate the help of an android expert here.
I plan to use several android tablet as a learning support for some kids from 7 to 18 years old, mostly kids with little access to libraries and books, let alone internet.
I haven't decided yet on the size of the screen. I already ordered an 8" tablet on ebay at 60$ to see what it looks like.
What I want to do is to lock the OS so that only these features are available:
1. Ebook reader software. I also need your help to chooose on if there are so many.
2. PDF reading software, preferrably Adobe.
3. Image reader or CBR reader for comics.
4. Dictionnary software
I want to disable all the rest !! No video playing, no audio playing. I know video and audio are great for learning too but I don't want the "users" to start using the tablets as music or video players.
I also want to lock down the "desktop" with only the application listed above. The users shouldn't bet lost in all the control panel/settings stuff and of course sould not have the ability to modify the settings or install applications.
The way I see it is the abaility to have an administrator user who can setup the device and create a locked down user "profile" for the target user before giving away the tablet.
The fact that the target users have no internet access and have no computer knowledge might make the lockdown task a bit easier.
I should mention that I'm an advanced windows user but I do not know anything about the android os. Time to learn you might say :-)
I suppose that for this to be done I need to buy devices that can be rooted.

Would 7" or 8" be ok for this kind of project? I myself have the last Ipad 4G and the screen size is perfect. so any feedback on using a 7" or 8" for daily reading is welcome?

For 7" and 8" I found these ones on ebay with these specs:
Processor: VIA8650
OS: Android 2.2 Version ,Flash10.1
GHz: 800MHz(High Speed!)
Memory: RAM 256M
FlashMemory: 4g

So any android guru out there to help with this project? first tablet will be here in 3 weeks.
Thanks.


Thanks for any info or help in accomplishing this


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Being as i'm new to android as well, i cannot comment on most of the things you asked about. I am just providing an observation on size. My wife has a Kindle D01100 e-reader which has screen demensions similar to what you speak of. she reads 8 to 10 Books per week on it and absolutely loves it. The size is fine for a daily reader.
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Found this : SureLock | Restrict Allowed Applications and more... | Supports Android, Windows Mobile and Windows CE

Looks like it does just what I'm looking for.

  • Lockdown your Android Smartphones & Tablets into kiosk mode
  • Restrict users to allowed applications only
  • Admin can securely unlock the device with a password.
  • Completely Hide or Disable bottom bar on Android 3.x Honeycomb devices(might require a minor change in your application)
  • Block users from accessing default Home screen from anywhere
  • Prevent users from playing games, browsing or installing unapproved applications
  • Block user from changing System Settings
  • Selectively allow or block individual child windows of any application
  • Per application password control
  • Brand SureLock with your own corporate logo
  • Auto launch application(s) at startup
  • Custom title for allowed applications on home screen
  • Hide icon : Allow an application without showing it on home screen
  • Peripheral lockdown (WiFi, Bluetooth, Auto-Orientation, Flight-mode, Sound)
  • Set custom wallpaper on SureLock Home screen
  • Import/Export settings to xml
  • Remotely deploy SureLock configuration(Supports http and local path specification)
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