How an Unified Endpoint Management Helps K-12 IT Admins

Education Technology Insights | Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Many school districts are implementing device diversification techniques to improve student learning across courses and grade levels.

FREMONT, CA: Most school systems must provide support for classrooms where teachers and students may use various devices. This necessitates IT ensuring consistency in teaching and learning across devices and operating systems. For example, many districts use iPads for younger grades, while modern learning settings and smart spaces include various devices, including low-cost tablets and laptops.

The following are some of the factors that influence device complexity in K-12:

• Grade and pedagogical goals guide device selection.

• Makerspaces and specialised labs

• Admins, employees, and teachers' device preferences

• Bring your own device (BYOD)

Multi-Platform Device Management: A Unified Approach

Unified endpoint management (UEM) allows K-12 IT administrators to reclaim device management's simplicity, visibility, and control. IT administrators can use FileWave's UEM platform to ease device management, including:

Multi-Platform Endpoint Management — Manage macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Chromebook devices all in one place. FileWave improves visibility, reduces complexity, improves security, and allows for learning by decreasing the number of management tools.

Deployment Processes that are Automated and Zero-Touch – Automated tools suited to numerous operating systems can help you simplify and speed up implementation. For example, when you use FileWave to handle zero-touch deployments (like Apple School Manager), you can ensure that the base operating system and user customizations are configured as part of the user's out-of-the-box experience.

Smart Groups - Assist in ensuring that applications get to where they need to go — and only there. To guarantee that the proper programs are installed when needed, create associations by location, user group, classroom, and more.

Sophisticated License Management - Track licenses and installations, revoke and reassign licenses by device or group, discover unused or low licenses, and manage Apple School Manager all in one place.

Integrating SIS - Connect Clever.com to your existing SIS (student information system) for an easy and trustworthy experience. Clever.com integrates with most SIS systems and handles all of the heavy liftings.

Management of IT Assets – Devices can be easily found, tracked, managed, and reported across many platforms, including unmanaged endpoints.

Self-Serve Kiosk — Make approved, properly configured software available for teachers to download, with the possibility for a teacher to push programs to an entire class without requiring admin privileges or contacting IT assistance.

Shared Devices — For a smooth login process, create custom profile settings and groups and pre-assign shared devices to students. In addition, the classroom experience is improved by integrating a comprehensive SIS, LDAP login credentials, and student photographs.

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