tidbITs: iPad management

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Guided Access

If you want to ensure that students stay on task while working on their iPads, you can set up Guided Access on the iPad. This lets you:

  • Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
  • Disable the iPad hardware buttons
  • Limit how long someone can use the app

See instructions here or search for “Guided Access” in the iPad User Guide,

Managing many iPads at once

If you are responsible for maintaining classroom iPads, a MDM (mobile device management) tool can be very helpful. These lets you control all the iPads at once while you configure Wifi and email; keep track of hardware, software, and security configuration; deploy apps; and remotely lock or wipe devices. This is very useful if an iPad gets lost and has to be replaced.

Jamf is a popular tool for this and the basic version is free.

Quick and easy wall mount for iPads

MagicMount XL Surface

If you need to provide hands-free use for an iPad, for example if you want to show a video near the bathroom sink showing how to wash hands, a Scosche Magic Mount could be a solution. Offerings include a magnetic wall mount that lets an iPad quickly hang on the wall.

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