Jamf upgrades apps for home school parenting
Jamf recently introduced a selection of tools that may help parents attempting to educate children who attend school districts that use Jamf School MDM suite.
Jamf School gets virtual
Jamf has also improved Jamf School, its mobile device management (MDM) solution purpose-built for education. This has gained a selection of new features which may help boot home learning:
- Raise Hand
This allows students to raise their hand virtually, triggering a notification to teachers to respond via Chat or email immediately.
- Teacher Guide
An in-app guide that provides teachers with helpful tips on how to teach remotely, complete with videos and tutorials.
- Share a Lesson
This lets teachers share lessons, with set-up restrictions, shared apps and whitelisted websites.
Jamf announced global availability of Jamf School and the availability of the Jamf Parent app in Jamf Pro last November.
The Jamf Parent watchOS app
The Jamf Parent watchOS app is available for Jamf Pro and Jamf School and will automatically sync with the parent iPhone.
As a tool, this means parents can use the app on their wrist to remotely handle the following tasks:
- Parents can restrict which apps and features their child can access on their device, including games and social media.
- Schedule homework or bedtime and apply associated restrictions on device capabilities.
- Track student device location and set up notifications.
What Jamf says
“Jamf is committed to doing everything we can to help schools and families support remote learning during this unprecedented time,” said Sam Johnson, chief customer officer, Jamf.
“Parents struggle to balance working remotely and ensuring their children stay on task while learning at home. Now with new functionality like Jamf Parent available on the Apple Watch, it is faster and more convenient to make real-time remote actions to help students continue their learning at home from school iPads.”
What schools say
“Jamf Parent has been super helpful during this time of remote learning – especially for parents who want additional controls on school-issued iPads that are being brought home for the first time,” said Chris Miller, IT director at Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas.