Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
So I work at a private High School and we are currently in a iPad pilot program this year (2 classes)and plan to deploy 480 iPads to our underclassmen next September. I have been testing and testing and testing ways to monitor, restrict, and control this many devices. We have a apple server that I just installed Mountain Lion Server on. I linked it to our active directory using the golden triangle.
I have found that I can add iOS devices to the mac server and set password policies like length, complexity, number of wrong attempts and so on. You can also reset a password, lock a device or even erase all data with a click of a mouse. My favorite feature is that you can choose what apps do not appear on the students device. If you don't want users to download apps, or use safari, YouTube, notes,games, whatever, you can do that and the icon disappears from the device.
Like active Directory you can make device groups so the policies you set apply to all the devices in that group. I am still testing how the iPads react to being connected to the apple server but so far so good. it is going to be a tough summer when 480 iPads come in and all need configured and put in their otterbox's
Check out the link to read more about apple server. It can be downloaded to any apple PC