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If you’re considering an MDM for your school, Jamf School is our recommendation

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Jamf School assists in providing the best Apple Learning Experience

 

Many of the schools we support use fleets of Apple devices in the classroom. When getting started with their devices schools often use programs like Apple School ManagerApple Classroom and Apple Schoolwork. Apple School Manager is a web-based platform to help manage your school’s Apple devices. When paired with a mobile device management (MDM) solution, essential tasks like enrolling devices quickly or pushing apps and books in bulk to students’ Apple devices — without needing our services or the IT person to manually configure each and every device — are executed efficiently and effectively.

Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Jamf School is an MDM solution for education, tailor-made for teachers. The Jamf School Teacher app seamlessly integrates with Apple School Manager and works as a companion to Apple’s Classroom app. The extended functionality Jamf School Teacher provides, such as messaging between teacher and students, ensures teachers that their students are focused on learning and engagement rather than games or social media.

With the help of the Jamf School apps, teachers can prepare lessons and distribute content directly to the student via the Jamf School Student app. Teachers and students communicate using the in-app messaging tool; If the student leaves the classroom, explores the school’s library, goes on a field trip or is instructed via remote learning, the teacher can still manage their device.

At home, parents can manage their children’s devices with the Jamf School Parent app by restricting or allowing games, social media and apps at their discretion.

Jamf School empowers teachers and parents with the ability to provide the technology students need to engage, collaborate and succeed in all learning environments.

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Tapping Primary School Ignites Creativity

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Technology within the school

 

Tapping Primary School has developed a comprehensive and integrated approach to incorporate technologies within the curriculum. As part of their plan, six years ago the school decided to use iPads as the primary device for their students, and they haven’t looked back.

Solutions IT has been instrumental in the success of their program. As their IT integrator, they visit the school weekly, introduce new tools and systems, and regularly meet with leadership to consult on the future and role of the technology in the school.

Which device?

 

After the research was done, this was as simple question for the school to answer. “The most compelling aspect of iPad was the vast array of educational apps” says Sue Zemke, Digital Technologies Coordinator.

 

“We saw early on that students had the ability to be really creative, and the choices were endless. They weren’t playing games; they were creating – and that was very important to us. We could instantly see the potential with iPad”

 

The App Store has over 180,000 iPad apps from education software developers. Using the apps and advanced built‑in technologies that iPad has, students have the power to create anything they dream up; they can take an idea and instinctively run with it.

“For example, the class may have a project on birds. They can research on the device. One group may decide to showcase their work using Book Creator, another using Keynote or Powerpoint. The discovery process may be similar, but how the students express what they have learnt is vast.”

 

How are they managed?

 

The school has over 300 ipads and 750 students, so the iPads must be shared from class to class. “Last year Solutions IT introduced us to Jamf School. This enables us to keep track of managed devices, users and apps. We can see the status of devices quickly and easily, and identify issues for remediation.” Says Sue.

Using Jamf School with the shared iPad technology from Apple has enabled multiple students to use the same iPad while ensuring a personal learning experience and keeping each student’s data separate and secure.

Prior to Jamf School, Sue spent much of her time in the comms room ensuring that the technology was deployed well and ready for each new class. “It wasn’t always the best use of my time”.

 

“Now I spend a fraction of my time in the comms room, it’s fantastic! It means I have way more time to teach”

 

App management has never been easier, “We can easily allocate apps to specific year levels. It just makes accessibility easy”.

 

Intuitive technology for engaged learning

 

“iPad gives our students much more fun in gathering the information they need, and a much greater variety of ways to express themselves. They instinctively know what to do”, says Sue.

 

With iPad students have a choice on how they will respond to a piece of work, they can be creative and collaborative. With this comes a huge sense of ownership and engagement.

 

“The students’ creativity is unleashed. We see it every day”

 

In recent times, Solutions IT has arranged professional learning for our staff and through them we have also been invited to several Apple creativity workshops. Using iPad with the PL available paired with infrastructure and support provided by Solutions IT, we know that this is the right technology for our school, and our students.

Blazing Fast Wireless

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St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School | Wireless-as-a-Service (WaaS)

 

Over the past few years, St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School has seen an exponential increase of wireless devices within the school and as the school prepared to roll out a 1:1 device initiative, they needed to address some of their connectivity issues.

 

Struggling Under The Pressure

 

Although the school has a fast and capable internet connection, the aging wireless infrastructure paired with the growing number of devices was no longer delivering an acceptable level of connectivity. Regular OS and Application updates, and consistent access to cloud-based data meant that the network frequently ground to a halt. Whole staff Professional Development (PD) days in the main hall completely disrupted the network, leaving the staff unable to use their devices throughout the day.

 

“The network infrastructure struggled under pressure and as a result the wireless connection regularly dropped out. Put simply, too many devices and not enough access.” Ashlee Dale, Technologies Coordinator explains.

 

Solutions IT performed a wireless audit throughout the campus including RF Spectrum analysis and predictive planning based on the expected number of devices and type of usage in each area of the school. This was used to plan the correct number and placement of wireless access points in order to meet the school’s coverage and capacity requirements.

 

Blazing Fast Wireless

Within a week, the aging wireless access points were replaced with the new hardware. “The deployment was a seamless experience and now we have a network that can efficiently handle updates, downloads, steaming services and uploads, without interrupting the students’ learning experience. We have now seen a shift in the use of learning spaces and environments, with classes utilising outdoor spaces, while maintaining wireless connectivity, to enhance the students’ learning. Our two 1:1 device year levels can also enjoy the full functionality of their device in real-time.”

 

 

The WaaS Offering

 

Solutions IT’s WaaS offering proactively monitors the schools infrastructure and wireless network. In addition to this they provide useful tools such as traffic shaping and firewall inclusions. For example, if NAPLAN testing is required to be run, and the school wants to limit bandwidth usage of non-essential applications, rules can be applied to limit the amount of bandwidth given to Video/Streaming type applications, thus giving priority to those devices conducting the testing.

Should the school require specific firewall rules to block inappropriate activities such as gaming sites, this can easily be applied to ensure better utilisation of the wireless network.

 

On top of the analysis, improved security and scalability, WaaS offers schools a fixed price, low monthly payment plans, and can eliminate ongoing associated hardware and software costs.

 

For more information about Wireless as a Service (Waas) contact sales@solutionsit.com.au or 08 6241 2550

Apple PL For Educators

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1). Free One-On-One PL

Apple has recently launched this free service – virtual one-on-one coaching sessions with Apple Professional Learning Specialists. These coaching sessions are available to help educators hone their approach to online student learning and workflows.

Educators can register for a session at bit.ly/coachingaus.

 

2). Virtual Conferences Presented By The Apple Education Leadership & Learning Team

View and register for any or all of three virtual conferences at apple.co/2VUnzgR

3). Apple Education Learning Series

This series is presented by the Apple Education Leadership and Learning teams. Each video is designed to help educators use Apple products and their built-in features to enable remote learning for all students.

https://video.ibm.com/apple-edu-learning-series

 

Apple Education: Resources for Remote Learning

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Support Article: Preparing your school’s Apple devices for remote learning

https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT211092

 

Learn and Study from home App Store Collection

http://apps.apple.com/story/id1502655717

 

Remote Learning Collection in Apple Books

https://books.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewFeature?id=1504114472&mt=11&ls=1

 

Apple Education Learning Series

https://apple.co/edu-learning-series

 

Apple Teacher

appleteacher.apple.com

 

Apple Teacher resources for channel (on ASW, requires ASW account)

https://asw.apple.com/Program/L585106A-en_AU

 

Pro Apps 90 day trial

https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202389

https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT211113

 

Pro Apps support

https://support.apple.com/en-au/pro-apps

 

WideOpenSchool

https://wideopenschool.org/

 

30 Creative Activities for Kids

apple.co/creativityforkids

 

Virtual Coaching with APLS

apple.co/3emBCnF

@AppleEDU on twitter

https://twitter.com/AppleEDU