iPads in Education

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

http://www.apple.com/osx/server/

 

Check out the link to read more about apple server. It can be downloaded to any apple PC

 

 

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Comment by Daniel Atha on March 25, 2013 at 7:50am

OK, that's not the same thing as Blocking an app. I use the features your talking about for iMessage. Lock to App is a great feature though. Thanks for the clarification. I'm trying to blog about these types of features but have only just started. http://schoolipads.wordpress.com I'm just about to do a quick post on turning iMessage on and off through Meraki's MDM.

Can you tell me, from Server, when you apply one of these changes, is it over the air or does the device need to be synced to the server? thanks

Comment by Tony DiGennaro on March 25, 2013 at 6:15am

I hope this helps

Comment by Tony DiGennaro on March 25, 2013 at 6:14am

Comment by Daniel Atha on March 22, 2013 at 8:13pm

Wait, I've been doing this a while and never noticed this. How do you block an app? I use Meraki MDM for most of the stuff you mentioned. It's free. Could you provide screen shots? I know about the stuff like iMessage and FaceTime being removed remotely but if I can block a kid from playing mind craft, its a whole new world!

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