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JAMF now integrates with Apple School Manager

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JAMF is an Apple-only implementation and management company that helps enterprise, business and education integrate Apple products into their environment.

Its key product is Casper and it now supports Apple School Manager – a single portal allowing system administrators to create Apple IDs, purchase apps, and prepare devices for MDM (mobile device management). By integrating with Apple School Manager, JAMF improves deployment workflows and adds photo support for both Apple’s Classroom app and Shared iPad feature. Schools get a single reference point for all of their device deployment and ongoing management needs, while enabling teachers and students with the best technology for learning.

Dean Hager, chief executive, JAMF Software said: “Apple School Manager is a game-changer because it automates and simplifies Apple ID creation and the deployment of devices and apps. By integrating seamlessly with all of the native technology from Apple, including Apple School Manager, JAMF ensures when schools are ready to take advantage of Apple’s new education capabilities, they have the best possible education technology experience.

Casper Suite’s integration with Apple School Manager gives schools:

  • The ability to dynamically update user information for students, teachers, and staff, and organise classes. For example, schools can enable their teachers with class-specific apps and content to guide students through a personalised lesson plan.
  • A simplified and automated workflow for device enrolment, deployment, and app configuration. For example, a new iPad can be pre-configured using Casper Suite, automatically equipping students with all the apps and settings they need.
  • The ability to associate and display student photos in Apple’s Classroom app and on a Shared iPad login screen, making it is easier for teachers to identify students in Apple’s Classroom app and for students to find and log in to their iPad.

"Having worked in education for the past 30 years, you discover that the most important things are students and teachers. It is our responsibility in IT to empower them through the resources of technology,” said Larry Stegall, senior systems engineer, Killeen ISD. “Apple School Manager and JAMF allow our teachers to can focus on the real challenges which face them, educating our children for an ever-changing world. Management of 25,000 desktops and 10,000 iOS devices would be impossible without JAMF. Now with Apple School Manager, we can see the promise of a personalised experience for our students while using a shared device.”

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