JAMF brings more Apple to the teachers (and the schools)

Press release:

Jamf Announces New Teacher-Facing Features to Better Empower Educators with Apple Technology:

Jamf, the standard in Apple management, today announced powerful new features for Jamf School aimed at empowering teachers to utilize their Apple technology to its fullest potential.

Jamf School is a purpose-built mobile device management (MDM) solution for education. Its intuitive web-based interface makes deploying, managing and securing Apple technology simple and accessible. Further, the Jamf School management system also pairs with three apps, Jamf Teacher, Jamf Parent and Jamf Student – with a goal of creating the optimal digital learning experience within the classroom and at home.

This summer, Jamf School will further deliver on the promise of empowering educators through the following features:

  • Creating ad-hoc classrooms within Jamf Teacher for flexible teaching allows teachers to initiate and create a classroom easily and immediately. Usually classrooms are defined in the management system by IT, but sometimes an educator needs to create an instant classroom themselves. Now, when a teacher creates an ad-hoc classroom, the students in close proximity to the teacher will get a notification inviting them to join, and the teacher is then able to focus and guide students in the ad-hoc class.
  • Filtering content for maximum focus now allows an admin to manage the iOS built-in web content filter and offers a more user-friendly way of filtering apps. Educators and parents can now use the Jamf Teacher and Jamf Parent apps to block categories of apps, such as “games” or “social media”, ensuring students stay focused during the school day and when doing schoolwork at home.

“These features will have an immediate impact on our educators’ ability to deepen their instruction,” said Kevin Wilson, director of information and technology, Duneland School Corporation. “Giving teachers the ability to create a classroom on the fly without involving IT or our student information system will allow them to bring lessons to students flexibly and easily.”

These enhancements support Jamf’s latest investment in education across its entire product portfolio. In addition to Jamf School, Jamf Parent, an app that allows parents to guide their children’s use of apps and features on school-issued devices, will soon be available for Jamf Pro customers.

More information.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple is proliferating and solutions that make it easier for schools to deploy Macs, iPhones, iPads and other Apple kit is a good thing. We are also very interested to find out more about Jamf Parent when it appears.


  1. I could see this working in most cases. The problem would be the access to the ‘Parent’ App for those families that are not normally Apple consumers. If the school provides iPads at 1:1 and install both the student and parent apps on the same device (possibly with some iOS feature to have multiple user accounts on a single device) or there is an Android App or Web Access for the parent app it may be difficult to promote outside of the Apple only or affluent schools.

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