Whether you’re deploying a few devices at a time or hundreds, IT will appreciate the simplicity of setup and ease of use that iPad is known for. iOS offers a complete framework for IT to manage the entire deployment process, all behind the scenes, without creating a distraction for the user.
Streamlined deployment for all.
Configuration of basic settings is the first step of deployment. With the help of an MDM solution, IT staff can push out new settings and configurations over the air at any time. iOS and MDM allow for wireless setup of accounts, distribution and management of apps, control of which accounts and apps can open certain documents, and configuration of accessibility options. MDM can also support thousands of users and is a great solution for 1:1 deployments.
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Simple setup for shared devices.
With Apple Configurator, IT can mass configure a set of shared devices with the same settings and apps before the devices are deployed. Apple Configurator also gives IT a way to configure and supervise devices with the same uniform settings and regularly reset devices to a specific configuration.
Learn about Apple Configurator in the online guide
Once devices are deployed, additional apps and content can be distributed over the air. iOS updates, apps, and content can be cached locally, using Caching Server 2 in OS X Server. This speeds up the download and delivery of content over your institution network.
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iOS makes it simple for students to get their iOS devices setup right out of the box. IT can configure devices and provision them to students, and assist students in the process of obtaining a personal Apple ID. Students go through the built in set up assistant on iPad to customize their device and enable their new Apple ID. Once set up, students gain access to all the great content available for iPad - books, apps, and more — wherever they go.
With iOS and MDM, IT can manage each element of deployment. From enrolling students in MDM, configuring settings and accounts, to managing Apple TV across your institution, IT has all the tools they need.
IT can use MDM to orchestrate a range of activities beyond basic setup and configuration — including querying for settings and other configuration information, managing apps, and wiping devices that are lost. The iOS framework for MDM also makes it easy to distribute apps and content over the air. With the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), IT can assign apps to end users and revoke or reassign them as needed.
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The right apps and books have the power to transform the way students learn. With iOS, your institution has endless options — from bulk purchasing App Store apps to engaging students with Multi-Touch textbooks from major publishers. By defining your institution’s content strategy, you’ll ensure the best tools are always available for your faculty and students.
The Volume Purchase Program for Education (VPP) makes it easy to buy and deploy apps and books in volume for students, teachers, and faculty. VPP lets IT purchase apps from the App Store and assign them to users while retaining ownership. Institutions can also purchase Mac apps from the Mac App Store and books from the iBooks Store.
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With Apple TV teachers have a new way to encourage collaboration in their classroom. AirPlay mirroring allows teachers to walk around without being constrained to the front of the room, giving them better interaction with their students. AirDrop allows teachers and students to transfer photos, videos, or documents between iOS devices — making it easy to share content. And with the help of single app mode teachers can keep students focused on the task at hand.
Keep students on task.
Single app mode, an extension of iOS’s Guided Access, allows teachers, proctors, and administrators to temporarily limit an iOS device to a single app. IT can enable single app mode wirelessly with MDM, and is a powerful tool to focus attention and secure devices for assessment.
Setup Apple TV in the classroom.
IT can preconfigure iPad with AirPlay destinations, allowing students and teachers to wirelessly stream content from iPad to a specific classroom projector or HDTV via Apple TV. MDM can also be used to prompt a student to mirror their iPad on a specific Apple TV, so students can present to the entire class without complex configuration.
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iOS has comprehensive security built in - protecting everything from the device hardware, to the OS, to content and apps. This ensures a secure environment for students who use iPad and the work they create. Low-level hardware and firmware features protect against malware and viruses, while high-level OS features allow secure access to personal information, prevent unauthorized use, and help thwart attacks. And institutions can be sure that students are using secure apps, thanks to App Store review and required app code signing.
iOS also provides encryption for data in transmission, hardware encryption for data stored on the device itself, as well as additional encryption for email and application data — making sure all content on the device is secure. IT can also ensure students are browsing the web safely by configuring a global HTTP proxy to route all wireless traffic through a schools web filter.
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Apple offers a wide range of service programs to support education customers with everything from answering the occasional question to getting help on a regular basis. Apple offers IT department-level incident support for system components, configuration, and integration; extended warranties on devices; and other service solutions that fit your institution’s needs.
Access diagnostic tools and product availability information for your institution. This cost-effective program covers device screening and product replacement.
With AppleCare+ you can extend the original warranty on iPad devices to two years of service and expert telephone technical support. You users get support directly from Apple.