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IOS7 and education

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Started by Neil_V 11 Sep 2013 12:48pm () Replies (14)

I've just been reading up on the recently announced IOS7 (so many features and changes!) and had some ideas to pair share and discuss... 

http://www.citeworld.com/mobile/22041/ios-7-business-features-IT-mobile-management

App Store license management –

Apple has now made some of the mechanics of its new app licensing model available and it looks like a really good fit for the needs of companies and employees with BYOD devices.

 Companies can make bulk app purchases and assign them to users.

Users register the app on their device using their personal Apple ID, which is not transmitted to their company, and the app is available to them on any devices they own or use just like when they buy apps for themselves.

When the employee [or student] leaves the company or changes jobs, the licenses for apps can be revoked and reassigned.

Apple is also making it possible for IT to use MDM tools to push apps directly onto user devices.

Apple is also expanding the app management process to treat ebooks from its iBookstore like apps (a feature already available to schools) and to support licensing of Mac apps.

 

Looks like a working model for BYOD in schools might then be for usto buy ‘class sets’ of key apps, assign them to the classes (like we do with the class set of dictionaries already), and then revoke them and reissue them the next year for the next class… thus making student BYOD iPod/iPad/iPhones viable for any required schooling apps, without losing control of the app itself, or needing to repurchase them (once we have made the original investment). This would mean VPP ownership of ‘free on the day’ apps would allow us to allocate them to large numbers of students and reuse them as the classes pass on up the system, or enter/leave the school…?

N.B.Also to note, is that iMovie, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and iPhoto will all be FREE with any new device purchase.This should mean that BYOD devices will slowly all phase in with a functional set of 'core' content creation apps too :)

Apple is officially announcing the release of iOS 7 on September 18 (free) that will include the following features:

  • Control panel, notification center, gradients
  • Search from home screen versus swipe-to-side of iOS 6
  • Updates to Safari and Siri
  • Camera app with live photo effects and a square aspect ratio
  • Photos are grouped by location and time into "moments"
  • AirDrop photo sharing
  • New iTunes Radio
  • More than 200 other new features and improvements
  • This will run on iPad 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, and 5th gen iPod touch

 

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