Mobile device management (MDM) is the name for a set of tools dealing with deploying, securing, monitoring, integrating and managing mobile devices in your school. Basically, it’s all about optimising the functionality and security of mobile devices, while also protecting your network. It’s the only way forward for iOS management, letting you enrol and configure devices, set the correct permissions for staff and students, easily push out updates, apps and content, control passwords and even remotely wipe data – all without having to gather up your devices and plug them all into a computer!
Apple School Manager is Apple’s free tool to replace their Device Enrolment Programme (DEP) or Volume Purchase Programme (VPP). It lets you do away with having to use Apple Configurator and Apple IDs, helping you guide and monitor learners, easily reset students’ passcodes, and have a truly shared iPad with greater protection for individuals’ work.
Devices are automatically configured out of the box with your school security settings, restriction policies, apps and content. These management profiles are non-removable, ensuring devices are always ready for whatever lesson comes up next.
As well as managing devices in school, you’re able to push out apps and content to devices not in school, without the user having to do anything – it just happens in the background. You can also suspend, track and wipe any devices that wind up lost by students (or teachers!).
You’re able to centrally manage your iPad deployment from any web browser, from any location, and to any device, wherever it may be. This ensures consistency of security and restriction settings, lets you safeguard students by applying different settings for different users or year groups, and ultimately saves you bags of time too.
The app most recommended to us by teachers, Showbie is an assessment app that lets you share resources and give instant text and audio feedback to pupils. It also means you can shave hours off the time you spend marking every week.
Foldr works with your existing Windows accounts to give you access to your home folder and shared drives from iPad. While the app's free, you need a Foldr server to run it and get access, but get in touch to find out how you can get a free trial.
With its top-level security and scalability, we recommend Acronis Access to larger schools. We really like the built-in editor so staff and students can access and edit files right within the app.
Owned by cloud supremos VMware, AirWatch Content Locker is a file sync and share solution for accessing and collaborating on documents, and is perfect for very large groups of students and teachers.
"The technical support were very, very helpful and the team were always there for us – they helped us configure all 400 iPad with the Apple Configurator, which was quite a lot of work, they helped us find an MDM and web filtering solution [and work out] how to create a safe environment for pupils while they’re at school, to block the apps that we needed to block.”
Varsha Kirkby, IT Manager, The Royal Grammar School
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