Jamf has announced a Mac version of its Teacher app. The class management app also gets some new features. In addition, the company has made its Parent app available for Android devices.
The new updates are aimed at better responding to the current situation where many students are taught remotely. The Jamf Teacher app was initially only available for phones and tablets running iOS and iPadOS. Now support for macOS has been added, including native support for the Apple M1 processor. The app allows a teacher to easily customise which applications can be used on a school device and when. New features for Jamf Teacher include Remote Class, Messaging and Raised Hand, designed for remote teaching.
Jamf Parent offers similar options to Jamf Teacher but is intended for use by parents. Parents can specify when which apps are used, receive a notification when their child has arrived at school, disable notifications when their child is in traffic and more. The app to manage these settings is now also available for Android so that parents with an Android phone can also manage the devices issued by the school. Jamf developed this Android app after parents complained that there was a mismatch between the school-issued Apple devices of students and the parents’ Android devices.
The new features of Jamf Teacher will soon be available in the App Store. The Android version of Jamf Parent can be downloaded from the Google Play Store immediately.
The importance of tech devices
“COVID-19 awakened the world to the importance of tech devices in the hands of students and how these devices can overcome equity barriers that were prevalent even before COVID. As classrooms open again, these devices will remain in use,” said Sam Johnson, Chief Customer Officer, Jamf. “It’s important for parents to have the ability to manage their child’s school issued device to help focus learning by restricting apps, websites, social media, and device functionality. Extending the capability of the Jamf Parent App for all parents, increases parental engagement, online safety and social and emotional welling of students as schools work with parents toward shared goals.”