Since I became the director of technology for Casady School in Oklahoma City this past July, I’ve learned how to configure our Meraki MDM (Mobile Device Manager) to “push” both free and paid apps onto the iPads in our upper division (high school) library and middle division / lower division (grades 1-8) library. Apple specifies the capabilities and limitations of mobile device managers for iOS devices, so my understanding is that basically all MDMs today have similar functions. Previously when I worked in Yukon Public Schools as an instructional coach and elementary STEM teacher, I learned a little about the Lightspeed MDM. In preparation for tomorrow’s free PlayDate PD event at our school focused on 3D Printing, I needed to “push” or install five new apps on our lower/middle division library iPads. These apps are listed on the current “What To Bring and Know) page of our PLAYDATE OKC Google Site. The apps are:
- AutoDesk Tinkerplay (free – multiplatform)
- 3DPCase By Sculpteo (free – iOS)
- 123D Catch (free – iOS by AutoDesk)
- 123D Sculpt (free – iOS by AutoDesk)
- Blockify ($4 – iOS)
Thanks to Kevin Jarrett for sharing several of these iOS apps! If you’re not already following Kevin on Twitter (@kjarrett) you should be! Also check out the March 2015 STEMseeds Google Hangout video (or audio recording) with Kevin, discussing elementary STEM lesson ideas.
@wfryer presume you know about Autodesk 123D Catch and 123D Sculpt? Also, Autodesk Tinkerplay?
— Kevin Jarrett (@kjarrett) November 5, 2015
Since our Meraki MDM is cloud-managed, I’m able to login from any Internet connected computer anywhere (tonight, that’s my MacBook Air from home) and install new iOS apps as needed on our managed iPads. I recorded a 15 minute screencast this evening, demonstrating how to remotely push / install both free apps and a paid app with the Meraki MDM, which I purchased via Apple’s Volume Purchasing Program (VPP). Unlike most things Apple from a consumer standpoint, purchasing and managing iPad apps is not a simple and straightforward process. I had to setup several Apple IDs and jump through several hoops to be able to purchase VPP credit online directly from Apple, and get our MDM all configured for use. I have wanted to document more during this journey of learning how to use the Meraki MDM, but tonight’s screencast is my first effort on this front. If you’re using the Meraki MDM or interested in how it works, hopefully this screencast will be helpful to you. I am VERY pleased overall with our Meraki MDM setup for our switched as well as wireless network at school. While the MDM can be a little quirky at times (sometimes not pushing apps immediately or without follow-up clicks to sync) it’s been good overall and definitely an improvement over the use of Apple Configurator Software from a single laptop.
If you’re not familiar with the PLAYDATE PD model, resource links are available on the Backstory page of our PlayDate OKC Google Site.
by Wesley Fryer
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