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Apple in the classroom: Using Mac as a remote tool

As we start to come out of lockdown and classrooms return to normal, schools and teachers are likely to have implemented a range of short-term solutions to support remote learning. But what if we said you could have classroom devices that support your daily teaching, but also natively support remote working so you’re ready for whatever happens in the future? Let’s see how Mac in the classroom can help teachers create, collaborate and teach both inside and outside the classroom.

 

Conal Siddall

Why should you consider Mac?

Mac notebooks are great devices for the rigours of daily school life – they’re easy to use for teachers and students alike, and simple for IT to manage and keep secure. With crisp displays, high-performance hardware and up to 12 hours’ battery life, Mac notebooks are the perfect devices for the classroom.

But it’s not just the hardware that makes Mac notebooks great. macOS is the operating system that powers every Mac. It’s both easy to use and easy on the eye, helping teachers get to grips with a range of tasks while having powerful productivity apps built-in such as Pages and Numbers, so your school doesn’t have to worry about buying extra software for every notebook.

 

Which MacBook suits you?

MacBook Air is the budget-friendly notebook with enough power to handle what the classroom throws at it. You’re likely to be running multiple apps at the same time, such as browsers, email and word processing apps, but MacBook Air can handle all this and more.

MacBook Pro is the device you want if you’re going to use creative applications or if you’re the person who never closes apps. These laptops are powerful enough to run demanding apps such as Adobe Photoshop and still use apps like Showbie, Google Chrome and more at the same time. For a bit more money than the MacBook Air, you get powerful graphics capability, a better processor and a higher quality screen.

 
The best Apple-exclusive apps you need in the classroom

Apple have developed a range of tools to help both teachers and IT staff manage the day to day running of the classroom and gain insights into students’ progress. And these apps are great for supporting remote teaching, too.

 

Want to manage student devices from your notebook?

Apple Classroom is an all in one solution for managing iPads or Mac notebooks, letting you control your students’ devices from the dashboard on your computer. Whether students are using their own device or sharing in their bubbles, Classroom puts you in control: view the screen of every device, lock students into an app, open specific textbook pages, share student work to your board and much more. 

This can also be used remotely. The Classroom app can be used from anywhere to control devices being used anywhere. This means you can be prepared for any future disruption and manage remote learning classrooms much more easily.

 

Want to hand out worksheets more easily? 

The Schoolwork app helps you and your class use the creative power of Mac more effectively by managing classroom activities. You can easily distribute and collect assignments, keep an eye on student progress in educational apps, and collaborate one to one with students – in real time, from anywhere. 

It’s easy for students to use too. Assignments automatically appear on their iPad, organised by due date and class, so they can easily find out what the next task to complete is.

 

Want to work with students in real time? 

Try Pages, Numbers and Keynote. When you use these apps in Schoolwork, it takes just a few taps to collaborate with your students on their assignments and add written or verbal feedback directly to their documents at any time, from anywhere.

 

Easily manage new devices

Device management software is the name of the tools your IT team can use to ensure any device, be it Mac or iPad, is up to date with all of your school’s resources, applications and security settings. It ensures the right functionality and security settings are on mobile devices so students and teachers can get on with classroom work. It lets you enrol and configure devices, set the correct permissions for staff and students, easily push out updates, apps and content, and much more – all remotely.

 

Don’t think you can set this up yourself? 

Not a problem – our team are experts in MDM software and can help you in two ways. Some schools choose to manage the MDM software themselves but use our team to train up their internal IT staff to use the software. Some don’t have the IT capabilities to manage the software, so we will often provide MDM as a service, monitoring and managing devices ourselves and providing IT support. Get in touch with the team to discuss your needs.

 

Want to manage classroom resources across all your school’s devices? 

You need Apple School Manager. Working alongside a device management solution such as Jamf Pro, Apple School Manager is a simple, web-based portal that allows your IT admins to manage both iPad and Mac, enrol school devices and purchase and distribute apps and resources from an easy to use web portal. Apple School Manager integrates directly with your SIS to automatically pull student data and create accounts for them.

 

Want to talk about rolling out Mac notebooks? Speak to our Apple Education experts to discuss your options and get Mac rolled out for your staff. Call the team on 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For the latest news, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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