Jamf debuts teacher-facing features to better empower educators with Apple tech

Jamf, which specializes in Apple management, has announced new features for Jamf School aimed at empowering teachers to utilize their Apple technology to its fullest potential. 

Jamf School is a purpose-built mobile device management (MDM) solution for education. Its web-based interface makes deploying, managing and securing Apple technology simple and accessible, says Dean Hager, CEO of Jamf. Further, he adds that the Jamf School management system also pairs with three apps — Jamf Teacher, Jamf Parent and Jamf Student – with a goal of creating the optimal digital learning experience within the classroom and at home.

Jamf School is built on the Jamf Cloud infrastructure with in-product access to Jamf Support. It’s created from Jamf’s acquired ZuluDesk technology.

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Hager says that, this summer, Jamf School will further deliver on the promise of empowering educators through the following features:

  • Creating ad-hoc classrooms within Jamf Teacher for flexible teaching allows teachers to initiate and create a classroom easily and immediately. Usually classrooms are defined in the management system by IT, but sometimes an educator needs to create an instant classroom themselves. Now, when a teacher creates an ad-hoc classroom, the students in close proximity to the teacher will get a notification inviting them to join, and the teacher is then able to focus and guide students in the ad-hoc class. 

  • Filtering content for maximum focus now allows an admin to manage the iOS built-in web content filter and offers a more user-friendly way of filtering apps. Educators and parents can now use the Jamf Teacher and Jamf Parent apps to block categories of apps, such as “games” or “social media”, ensuring students stay focused during the school day and when doing schoolwork at home.

These enhancements support Jamf’s latest investment in education across its entire product portfolio. In addition to Jamf School, Jamf Parent, an app that allows parents to guide their children’s use of apps and features on school-issued devices, will soon be available for Jamf Pro customers. Jamf Pro will also see a workflow for requesting apps added this summer, providing teachers with a streamlined way to find and request new iOS apps for their classrooms. Teachers will be able to request an app right from Jamf Self Service, and IT will be immediately notified of the request, empowering teachers to get the apps they need faster.