Simplify Device Management with Apple School Manager

Enterprises are no longer the only places where mobile devices are gaining importance. Schools and other educational institutions have begun adopting mobile devices and tablets to improve the learning experience. While mobile devices and tablets help enhance the experience for teachers and students, it is important to ensure that these devices are secure and managing these devices doesn't burden the institution.

To further bolster the use of mobile devices in educational institutions, Apple introduced Apple School Manager (ASM) and simplified device management by allowing mobile device management (MDM) solutions to integrate with it.

What is Apple School Manager (ASM)?

Apple School Manager (ASM) is a free web-based service provided by Apple that allows school admins to manage mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple TVs from a single console. By integrating with MDM solutions, it also allows admins to deploy device configurations and distribute apps to the devices. 

Benefits of integrating ASM with Mobile Device Manager Plus

Mobile Device Manager Plus integrates with ASM to provide a solution to the specific device management needs of schools and other educational institutions. Here are the benefits of integrating ASM with Mobile Device Manager Plus

  • Simplified device enrollment: Automate the process of bringing the devices under management by using the automated enrollment available with ASM. Refer this for the steps to enroll devices using the ASM Enrollment method
  • Distribute apps in bulk: Preconfigure the devices with all the required apps and content before handing the devices to the students. ASM allows admins to bulk purchase the required apps and manage the app licenses. This process of app distribution can further be automated by distributing apps to Groups.
  • Easy device deprovisioning: Most schools prefer reusing devices and handing the devices to different students every year. Admins can simply move devices between Groups to automatically remove the data and apps shared from MDM and add the required data based on the new Group.

Refer this for the steps to integrate ASM with Mobile Device Manager Plus

Migrating from VPP to ASM

Previously Apple provided two separate portals Apple DEP and Apple VPP for device and app management respectively. Recently, Apple has upgraded and combined both these portals into Apple Business Manager (ABM) and Apple School Manager (ASM). If you have an account for your schools in the older portal, you can migrate your devices and apps by following the steps given here.

 

Classroom App

In addition to simplifying the management of devices used in schools, Apple has introduced the Classroom App that allows teachers to conduct classes using iPads. Mobile Device Manager Plus supports the Classroom App and also allows you to apply various configurations to the Classroom app that are specific to MDM solutions

With the Classroom App teachers can:

  • Remotely view the students' devices without requesting for their permission.
  • Remotely lock devices to specific apps while ensuring no other apps are accessed while the classes are being conducted
  • Share content to students' devices using AirDrop.
  • Prevent students' from leaving the class without permission.

For more information about the features supported with the Classroom app, refer this.