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Help locking down an android tablet for educational purpose only

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hadaak, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Hadaak

    Hadaak Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 31, 2012
    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 for any info or help in accomplishing this


  2. RupertRawnsley

    RupertRawnsley New Member

    Nov 8, 2011
    Hi Hadaak,

    Our LearnPad product does exactly that and more: LearnPad. You can buy it on our tablets or use it with your own Android tablets (root not required). You control the content through the web and it downloads to all your tablets via WiFi.

    We recommend a minimum of 10" screens because a considerable amount of the legacy educational content (such as Flash activities) can be hard to use otherwise, but a 7" screen would certainly be possible for many applications.

    Obviously ours is a commercial product, but it sounds like your project might be a special case that we would be happy to treat differently. We are a small company so we can be flexible.

    I hope I'm not violating the forum rules with this post. If it does get "moderated" (which I would completely understand), feel free to email us at LearnPad.
  3. Hadaak

    Hadaak Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 31, 2012
    Thanks for the info but that is out of the scope of my project. What I'm after is a personal mobile library for people in remote areas. I just need to lock the tablets so they cannot be used for entertainement instead of learning.
  4. That will be very hard, as there is always a way around things and cleaver kids will find a way.

    What you do is draw up a user contract that both child and parents must sign that pre warns them that any such attempts or use outside of the rules will result in a large fine, double the cost of buying a new tablet.

    #2 id talk to Frank and FLsuperstore.com , direct from china ebay tablet will bit you in the butt, only buy from US sellers that pre mod and test them as such. Or youll be in a world of hurt later. Plus once you consider the time and shipping cost, his tablet are like only $5-$10 more and you get a long warranty with support.

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