Apple School Manager event roundup

Apple School Manager event roundup

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

Click here to take a look at devices compatible with Shared iPad.

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.

Sonos in education

Sonos in education

Providing an AV system that can work throughout a school can be both costly and difficult to implement (even more so if you’re hoping to control volume levels independently, and play different audio in different areas). There’s lots of cabling involved, including zoning amps to control volume levels and distribution, as well as expensive touch panels and media servers.

A Sonos system streamlines AV implementation and provides you with a cost effective, easy to use and scalable system that can stream any audio to any speaker or group of speakers on the network. Obviously, we’re not encouraging you to start playing background music in classrooms (although your students might like it) but there’s always a strong demand for music in concourses, cafeterias, reception areas, galleries, sports halls, performance areas. Sonos gives you full control over sound throughout your school.

Access to every song available

Controlled from a central app, Sonos has access to more music than any other system available. You can stream from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal as well as locally stored music from an iTunes library or shared storage.

The Sonos app lets you create playlists that combine tracks from any of these sources to give you complete flexibility. Because you can add your own locally stored files to the playlists, you can easily add your own custom announcements into the mix. The Sonos Connect even lets you add external sources such as CD players into the mix, or even a public address microphone for announcements. Multiple users can access the app to control their own area, whether that’s via computer, smartphone or tablet, and its password protected so that your students can’t take over.

Simple to set up

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Since every speaker is self-contained with its built in amplifier, there is no need for a separate amp rack or excessive cabling. If you have existing installed ceiling speakers, or want to use external weatherproof speaker to bring sound to an outdoor area, you can add the Sonos Connect Amp to drive these too.

Perfect sound – even in non-ideal conditions

Although the Sonos range is visually attractive, there will be plenty of situations where you’ll want to place your speakers more discreetly. Often, this would result in compromised acoustics but not with Sonos – the free Trueplay app analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response to produce a perfect response even in the most non-ideal conditions. That means you’re free to desk-mount your speakers, or place them on one of the dedicated Flexson floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts and site them wherever is least obtrusive.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Jigsaw24 achieves Jamf Gold Reseller status!

Jigsaw24 achieves Jamf Gold Reseller status!

Joining an elite group of four in the UK, Jigsaw24 has received Gold Reseller accreditation from Jamf. As a Gold Reseller and System Integrator, we’ve demonstrated continued commitment to Jamf, customer service and sport a strong sales record.

In 2015, we sold a cool 7252 Jamf Pro licences and performed 37 JumpStarts (including 42 total JumpStart sales), successfully integrating Apple IT into schools and businesses throughout the UK. Last year, we provided more JumpStarts than any other partner in the UK. A JumpStart engagement accompanies all purchases of Jamf Pro – a certified JumpStart integrator will work alongside your staff to implement your new system, and integrate it seamlessly into your existing IT environment.

Jamf Pro allows businesses and schools to harness the power of Apple hardware and manage it accordingly. Designed with self-sufficiency in mind, Apple Mobile Device Management is incorporated into Jamf Pro providing establishments full control over their Apple hardware and individual user activities – a powerful, unified solution for device management.

We are the UK’s No. 1 Jamf Pro reseller, having sold 10% more than any other partner in 2015. Jamf are dedicated to providing the hottest Apple tech to businesses and educational institutions all over the country, offering some of the best IT implementation and integration solutions around. Our engineers work in conjunction with Jamf to JumpStart Jamf Pro, and deliver refreshed, reliable IT infrastructure.

Gold Resller status and being a system integrator reaffirms our strong relationship with the guys over at Jamf, and our commitment to delivering high-quality IT solutions and system integration services to our customers.

We can now add a Gold Reseller badge to our growing list of industry-recognised qualifications, which also includes Avid Elite Reseller, Adobe Platinum Reseller and Apple Premium Service Provider accreditations. We’re pretty good at what we do.

If you’d like to know more about Jamf and Jamf Pro, call us on 03332 400 888, email sales@Jigsaw24.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24

 

Education app of the week: Timeline Eons for iPad

Education app of the week: Timeline Eons for iPad

This week Hannah Bullock has written the education app of the week article. She is on work experience here at Jigsaw24 and is working in the marketing department. Hannah is 16 years old and is about to start A levels at West Bridgford School sixth form.

With our app of the week, key events in history can be condensed into a single app on an iPad. 34,984,804,900 years in only 17cm to be precise. Timeline Eons is lighter, cheaper and easier to use than any history book and provides eons of really interesting information.

What is Timeline Eons?

Timeline Eons is an interactive timeline, which starts at the beginning of time and shows almost every event in history. This makes it easy and fun to learn about history as it documents everything from wars to the extinction of the Pinta Island Tortoise, Lonesome George. A direct link to Google through the app allows pupils to research events further.

How does it work?

When you open the app, you are on the present day. The app is really user friendly after a quick read of the instructions. Each event comes with a title, a brief description and an appropriate picture of the event so that the pupil can see what was happening.

By tapping on the picture then on the link button in the bottom right hand corner, you automatically search the event’s title in the Google searchbar which allows pupils to dig much deeper into the desired events. Double tap the blue bar that runs along the top to make the entire timeline fill the screen, with the beginning of time on the left and the estimated ending on the right, allowing pupils to see when the events happened in relation to the present day. 34,984,804,900 years spread across 17cm – now that’s a lot of information! You can make it play through the events in chronological order then pause whenever you need to, or just scroll through the events as you wish.

How could it benefit the classroom?

Timeline Eons can benefit pupils by simply allowing them to easily step back in time to research events. Comparing the app to a history book, the app is cheaper, easier and lighter to use (being on an iPad). Pupils can add in events to their timeline and they can also group events into categories, which can be useful for organising information. They can also search specific dates so that they don’t have to waste important lesson time scrolling through the whole of time.

What’s the most useful feature?

I think that the most useful feature is probably the link to the internet meaning that pupils can easily and quickly search the desired event, which would be really useful in creating projects and expanding knowledge. Editing and adding to the timeline could be a really useful feature too, if the desired event isn’t there you can just add it in or add more detail to the events that are already on the timeline.

How can I see myself using it?

Being a student that has recently studied history I think that this app would have been really useful during revision as it comes with a few events from the course but not all therefore all the others could be added in to fill areas of the timeline with revision notes. This could be done from memory to test your knowledge or from the textbook for use later with revision.

Where can I get it?

Timeline Eons (maani.us, free) can be found in the App store or via iTunes. You can get the app free but after 15 days you are only able to see from 1950-2050 and can only add in up to three events. For just £4.99 you can buy the full version and you have unlimited access to every year and can add in any number of events. It’s also available under Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP), which means you can get it half price (£2.49) if you buy in bulk of more than 20 app licenses.

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.