Saturday, 15 December 2018

MDM's - love or hate them?

With the country's teachers all going on holiday last week, I was looking forward to some much-deserved rest. BUT...


Next week we have to onboard all our new iPads in preparation for our rollout in January. We have decided to change from Apple's own Profile Manager (which we currently use to manage our relatively small fleet of devices) to Zuludesk. This will be a new experience for all of us and we are both nervous and excited to experiment with what it has to offer.

We are also making up our minds about what to do regarding our setup for Apple Classroom - do we want teachers to have more control and create their own (ad-hoc) classes or do we want to make it simple for them that when they log on they already have all their classes created with students enrolled and ready to go?

All of this relies heavily on your MDM solution. I am sure to do a write-up of my experience with Zuludesk once I have been using it for a while.

Fraser Speirs did a great write up on developments in Apple Classroom that explains some of what to expect, but it is always daunting when dealing with things like this!

I have been having quite a lot of difficulty in trying to get all of our students data uploaded and synced to Apple School Manager, but this is more of an issue with getting the right data out of our school management system. I think we have finally got it working, but it is still a work in progress...

I am sure to check in before Christmas and keep you posted on how we get on!

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