Device Enrolment Programme (DEP)
Through the use of Apple’s latest tools for large scale device deployment, MCC will support and assist the school by utilising Apple’s Device Enrolment Programme (DEP).
DEP offers a new way to approach device setup and provisioning. Like all Apple products, DEP is focused on delivering world class user experience. As soon as a new device is switched on for the first time, DEP streamlines the activation process and offers automatic device enrolment and configuration. This means that IT staff don’t need to touch the devices in advance of a deployment of this scale. A management payload is prepared in advance and this is automatically deployed as soon as new devices are switched on by students.
DEP is available to organisations who purchase iPad, iPhone, or Mac directly from MCC. MCC’s Apple DEP Reseller ID is 6F2EA0.
Management of App Purchases – Volume Purchasing
Purchasing content in bulk for iPad and Mac is easier than ever. With the Apps and Books area in Apple School Manager, you can search for content, purchase licences with your education volume discount, and instantly view important information including assigned and available licences, all in one place. Using MDM, you can assign the apps you purchase to specific devices or users. When a user or device no longer needs an app, you can use MDM to revoke and re-assign it to a different user or device. MCC can process school purchase orders for Apple VPP credit if required. This credit can then be used to buy paid apps for use on school devices.
Setup of Managed Apple IDs
Managed Apple IDs are a kind of Apple ID that gives students access to iCloud, iTunes U, and Shared iPad, while maintaining the control schools need. Apple School Manager lets you automatically create Managed Apple IDs for all students and staff by importing the necessary data from CSV files exported from your school’s directory service. Because Managed Apple IDs are owned and assigned by your institution, you can easily reset passwords, audit accounts, and define roles for everyone in the school.
Deployment of Shared iPad
Shared iPad enables schools to share devices between students while still providing a personalised experience. Before class begins, teachers can assign any student any shared iPad. Students know which devices to use because their names are on the lock screens and they can access their personal content using a password or easy-to-remember four-digit PIN. Because a local copy of their data is stored on this device, after students log in, their homework, apps and assignments are exactly as they left them. So teachers and technology managers won’t lose time backing up or wiping data between classes.
Mobile Device Management (MDM)
MCC have worked with a range of MDM providers, including Jamf School and Lightspeed. These platforms allows greater security and control of institutional devices and can even utilised by parents to control devices when students are using them at home. MCC will make recommendations on which provider would be right for your deployment.
Wi-Fi and Infrastructure
Designing the infrastructure that supports the learning experience is vitally important, and we work with schools to bring that to life, be it through the implementation of effective and efficient wireless networks to the deployment of devices that are easy to use, manage and maintain, both within the classroom and away from it. We can survey your current Wi-Fi network and connection to make sure that the potentially large number of new devices will be able to connect to your network rapidly and effectively ensuring the best possible experience for each and every learner. We will also monitor and outline any improvements that should be considered and advise on implementation. MCC can also properly setup servers to support your infrastructure, integrating a range of complementary cloud and storage solutions if they are required. Services can include Apple’s innovative caching server which reduces your school’s bandwidth requirements when deploying large numbers of Apple devices.