Jamf Teacher App Overview

This article provides an overview of the features available in the Jamf Teacher app and how to use them. Jamf Teacher is a free mobile device app and web application that teachers can use to manage student devices in the classroom in conjunction with the Jamf School Student app. For more information about Jamf School Student, see Jamf School Student App Overview. Jamf Teacher management capabilities are enabled or disabled in Jamf School by navigating to Organization > Settings > Jamf School Teacher. For more information about how to enable and disable these features, see Configuring the Jamf Teacher App in Jamf School.

Jamf Teacher contains the following features:

  • My Resources

  • Classes

  • Lessons

  • Messages

  • App Requests

  • Help Guides

  • Settings

Requirements

To use Jamf Teacher, you need a user assigned as a teacher. For more information on how to assign a teacher, see Creating User Accounts and Generating User Account Credentials.

Logging In

Teachers are automatically logged in to Jamf Teacher on their devices if they are assigned to that device in Jamf School, or they can log in by selecting their school and entering their credentials if they are not assigned to the device or are using the Jamf Teacher web application. The Jamf Teacher web application URL is the full URL for your Jamf School server, followed by "/teacher". For example: https://schoolname.jamfcloud.com/teacher

Features

My Resources

In the mobile app on the Jamf Teacher dashboard, teachers can find apps, documents, and profiles that are assigned to them by tapping My Resources.

Note: When distributing apps, documents, and profiles to teachers, they must be configured to install on-demand to appear on the dashboard. For more information, see Content Distribution Methods and Creating and Distributing Profiles.

Classes

Classes are groups of students assigned to a teacher that the teacher can manage. Teachers can perform the following tasks on an entire class:

  • Remote Class—Allows teachers to add a meeting invite link from video conferencing software to Jamf Teacher and then select the class or students they want to invite to the meeting. Students will receive a push notification that they can tap to join the meeting.

  • Start LessonAllows teachers to start a saved lesson

  • RestrictionsConfigures which apps, websites, and built-in apps students have access to. Teachers can also apply Applock, Weblock, Attention, and Bluetooth from here.

  • Clear Restrictions—Removes app, website, and built-in app restrictions on student devices

  • Install AppsInstalls selected apps on student devices

  • Messages—Allows teachers to send and receive messages from students

  • WeblockConfigures which websites students have access to during a specified time period. Teachers can use this feature during exams to prevent students from using websites that are not for the exam.

  • ApplockConfigures which apps students have access to during a specified time period. Teachers can use this feature during exams to prevent students from using apps that are not for the exam.

  • AttentionLocks the student's device in Jamf School Student and displays a message from the teacher. Teachers must clear the message before the student can resume using their device.

  • Bluetooth—Enables Bluetooth on student devices

In addition to those actions, teachers can perform the following management tasks on individual student devices in a class:

  • AirPlay—Enables AirPlay on the student's device

    Note: To AirPlay to an Apple TV, the Apple TV must be enrolled in Jamf School.

  • Clear Passcode—Clears the passcode on the student's device

There are two kinds of classes in Jamf Teacher: assigned classes and custom classes. Assigned classes are classes created in Jamf School that are assigned to the teacher. You can create a class in Jamf School by clicking Classes and adding students and teachers to a new class. These classes appear on the Jamf Teacher dashboard.

Custom classes are ad-hoc classes created by the teacher from the Jamf Teacher app. Students in close proximity to the teacher are invited to join the classroom or can join manually in Jamf School Student by entering a code. Teachers can create classes by tapping or clicking Classes > New Class and adding a class name, description, and students. Student devices will then receive a prompt to join the class.

Note: Teachers must accept prompts to allow Jamf Teacher to access iBeacons and Locations to add student devices to the class.

Lessons

Lessons allow teachers to configure which apps, websites, resources, and built-in apps students can use during lessons such as Math or English, ensuring students only access apps and websites that are related to the subject they are currently learning. Teachers can create lessons by tapping or clicking Lessons on the Jamf Teacher dashboard. Once teachers create a lesson, they can start a lesson by tapping or clicking a class and Start Lesson.

When creating lessons, teachers can also add lesson resources such as websites or Google Drive or Dropbox documents. Lesson resources are available to students while the lesson is active. Teachers can add resources to a lesson in two ways. The first method is to navigate to the website or document they want to share and tap the Share icon, and then tap Jamf Teacher. The second method is to tap the lesson they want to add the resources to in Jamf Teacher, and then enter the URL in the Lesson Links field.

Messages

Messages allows teachers to send and receive messages from students, groups, and classes. Teachers can view and send messages in Jamf Teacher by tapping or clicking Messages on their dashboard.

App Requests

App Request is a feature teachers can use to request apps for students by using the App Store and Jamf Teacher. The App Requests icon on the Jamf Teacher dashboard allows teachers to see the apps they requested and the status of those requests. For more information on how teachers can request apps using App Request, see the Jamf Teacher Guide for Teachers. To use App Request, you must enable email notifications and have administrator accounts assigned to an administrator role with the "App Request" privilege. For more information, see Enabling App Request.

Help Guides

Help Guides is a feature that allows teachers to view step-by-step instructions on how to use different features in the Jamf Teacher app. Teachers can view the guides by tapping Help Guides on the app dashboard and tapping a topic.

Settings

Teachers can tap the Settings icon in the top-right corner to view and perform available operating system updates for their device, refresh their device, clear the passcode, clear activation lock, or wipe the device. The options available depend on the features enabled in Organization > Settings > Jamf School Student.

Related Information

For related information, see the Jamf Teacher Guide for Teachers.

For related information, see the following guides from Apple:

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