Lately there have been a number of iPads being placed into Guided Access by students who promptly forget the Guided Access password they just set. Unfortunately, Apple has not given us the ability to lock out this feature. Here are a couple solutions to deal with the problem… Continue reading How to Clear Guided Access from iPads
- Navigate to Devices > Profiles > List View
- Click Add
- Choose Apple iOS
- Give the profile a name.
- Assign the profile to a Smart Group
- From the left panel, choose Single App Mode.
- Click Configure
- From the pop-down menu choose the App to be placed into Single App Mode
- Save and Publish.
- To release the iPad from the App, remove the Smart Group in the General Tab.
- Save and Publish.
Schools looking for iOS Apps should have a look at the Volume Purchase Program (VPP) website for pricing and other information. This site is essentially the “iTunes App Store” for Schools and Enterprise. Follow this link to access the Canadian VPP Store: https://volume.itunes.apple.com/ca/store
Many, but not all, App Developers offer a Volume Discount for purchases of over 20 licenses. This only applies at the point of purchase, not retroactively. Schools should consider purchasing extra licenses if they are planning to purchase more iPads in the near future.
Airwatch, SD34’s Mobile Device Management service, receives the licenses from the VPP Store where they are available to be assigned to iPads. Installing Apps is done “Over-the-Air” through the Airwatch console. Licenses are assigned to individual devices and are no longer associated with an iTunes account. No iTunes password is necessary to install Apps with Airwatch using Device Assignment.
Some good App Search websites include:
If your school is interested in purchasing apps OR installing free Apps, contact your iPad Keeper or Gary Toews for more information and assistance.
As of September 2015, SD34 has implemented Apple’s Device Enrollment Program. Devices included in the DEP can be locked to a particular MDM service, in our case, Airwatch. This makes it impossible for a stolen device to be removed from the Abbotsford MDM. Even if the device is erased, as soon as it restarts it automatically logs in and is managed by Abbotsford Airwatch. Continue reading DEP and the Importance of Purchasing iOS Devices Directly from Apple
Acquiring and Installing Apps Using “Device Based Assignment”
- Log into your school’s VPP portal. https://volume.itunes.apple.com/ca/store
Search for an App. Click on the link to bring up the full description
Continue reading Acquiring and Installing Apps Using “Device Based Assignment”
Working with Device Profiles
- Device profiles are the primary means by which you can manage
devices. You can think of profiles as the settings and rules that, when
combined with compliance policies, help you enforce corporate rules and
procedures. They contain the settings, configurations and restrictions
that you want to enforce on devices.
- Each school should have 3 Device Profiles to start with:
- Wifi – set by the district
- Email – the email account shared by a set of iPads.
- Typically, iPad Keepers will use Device Profiles for:
- Deploying Web Clips
- Configuring Single App Mode