“The Internet has been revolutionizing education, and tech giants are swooping in on the immense potential for schools to become more connected, as Apple has pulled out all the stops to cater to the education sector in its latest iOS version, offering new features that ‘make it easier for institutions to put devices in the hands of students,” Kaylene Hong reports for TNW. “The company has unveiled its initiatives for schools to buy, distribute and manage apps with more ease on iOS 7.”
“Students with their own personal Apple IDs can now receive licenses in the new app store’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP),” Hong reports. “What institutions can do is purchase app licenses through the VPP website and use their mobile device management (MDM) software to assign apps to students, faculty and staff. Students get to sign on with their Apple IDs and apps will either be installed automatically via MDM or will be reflected in the purchase history for self-service download.”
Hong reports, “Besides iOS apps, VPP also supports Mac apps and even books now, making it easier for schools to provide all the tools needed for classes. With iOS 7, the MDM protocol has also been updated to give teachers more control.”
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