Last week, we took iOS and Apple School Manager to the DoubleTree Hilton Nottingham Gateway hotel to give education professionals from up and down the UK a hands-on look at Apple’s latest iOS education features, as well as all the educational benefits it provides.
Just in case you missed it, we thought we’d put together a quick roundup of all the days’ events – that way you’ll feel like you were there, even though you weren’t.
First off, thanks for coming along! It was a great day, and we saw a strong turnout, with places filling up within 48 hours! 97% of those that attended rated the event either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’, with 72% asking us to pop into their school to discuss their future with iOS.
Paul Ford, Ryan Slater and Jason Taylor from Jigsaw24 kicked things off – they discussed supporting an iOS environment and told the audience about our infrastructure offerings, including WiFi design (click here for more info on free infrastructure reviews). The trio talked about the importance of Apple’s Caching Server, which supports new Shared iPad users, and how mobile device management ties the new features together.
The guys also covered device deployment within schools, 1:1, classrooms using Shared iPad and student owned devices. Shared iPad requires:
– iPad Air 2
– iPad mini 4
– iPad Pro
– 32GB or higher
The day was split into two workshops, one looking at Apple School Manager, and the other focusing on Classroom app and Shared iPad. They gave attendees the chance to get up close and personal with the new education apps, and to get some expert advice while they were at it.
The Classroom app workshop:
– How Classroom App can be set up with your chosen MDM system.
– How to launch an app on each student’s iPad at the same time.
– How to lock students into a specific app.
– How to view pupil screens remotely with Screen View.
– How to connect students to an Apple TV.
The School Manager workshop:
– Transitioning from VPP and DEP to Apple School Manager.
– Importing staff and students and giving them roles.
– The importance of MDM for School Manager.
– Managed Apple ID creation.
– Content delivery – apps, books and iTunes U.
Just before lunch, Dave Hornby from JAMF Software took to the stage to talk about mobile device management and Classroom integration. Dave discussed and demonstrated how iOS supports MDM features, including:
– Locating and recovering lost or stolen Apple devices without compromising student privacy through ongoing location tracking. When Lost Mode is activated, the iOS device receives a customised lock screen message, is disabled from use, and sends its location to IT.
– How schools can now deliver a simplified device experience with the ability to customise which apps appear on the home screen and where.
– How institutions will be able to deliver a personalised learning experience with Shared iPad for each student (supported by JAMF Software’s Casper Suite).
Following the event, we asked guests for a few comments. Here’s what they thought:
“Informative, mind blowing, so much to learn.”
“Very knowledgeable, thought provoking, exciting & excellent!”
“The event has been really enlightening and very useful.”
“Very impressed with the technical weighting. Best CPD yet.” (You can find more information about training here).
“All the staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable.”
95% said they’d attend one of our events again, so make sure you don’t miss out on the next one!
If you’d like to discuss iOS further and schedule a meeting, please fill out the form below or call 03332 409 290. For all your other iOS in education needs, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.