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May 10, 2021 by Jonathan Locast

Google and iPad: Maximizing the power of multiple ecosystems

In education specifically, schools invested in Google education tools or considering these services may believe Chromebook is the only viable hardware to take advantage of Google. However, blending the best of Google services on Apple hardware opens the door to a wealth of educational possibilities for students, teachers and parents.

Investing in the best while making life easier on teachers and IT departments alike.

It’s a goal that every school strives for, but some find ever-evasive. Classrooms across the world are investing in the power that Google offers through their suite of productivity apps — Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, Google Meet and more — to give their teachers and students a first-rate education environment. From remote learning and class collaboration to individual studying and classroom presentations, Google’s platforms have changed the way many classes learn.

This investment and success with Google has contributed to a belief that a desire to use Google’s apps means that a parallel investment in Google hardware is the best option as well. While the linear thought process of pairing Google apps with Google’s Chromebook makes sense, it is not the only option that schools have, and possibly not even the one that provides the best ROI for their classrooms. Many schools are now finding success by pairing Google’s apps with Apple’s iPad to unify the power of two fantastic tech companies.

iPad offers schools a high-resolution touchscreen, fast processor, long battery life and is proven to retain its value over Chromebook. When it comes to the classroom, teachers and students find the unrestricted usage of the iPad and its ability to be customized to fit a wide variety of lesson formats to play a major role in its appeal. Students can use an iPad in a beanbag chair just as well as they can at a desk. They can tap with their fingers or attach a keyboard when they need to go from reading lessons to written work and creation. Apple’s investment in the iPad continues to see it progress by leaps and bounds in power and flexibility every year. Adding accessories like an Apple Pencil or Magic Keyboard lets the student and teachers dictate the setup to fit their needs.

Suddenly you have a simple, intuitive device that students are comfortable using that still offers the ability to access each Google App students need for class.

  • Google Classroom
  • Gmail
  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • Google Meet

To take this duo one step further, Apple’s iPad offers equal opportunity for all students with their inclusion of countless accessibility features. Apple products are designed with accessibility features built in, enabling everyone to learn and create in ways that work best for them because technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone. There are so many accessibility features put into the iPad, many of which you may not even realize are accessibility features.

By pairing Google with iPad, you open up a world of workflows to make learning easier and more effective in both classroom and remote learning settings. Learn all about these workflows and the benefits of using Google on Apple in our e-book below.

How to Use Google Apps on iPad Devices

This e-book will cover:

  • The benefits of Google on Apple
  • Ways to integrate Google and Apple
  • How to successfully co-manage each ecosystem

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Gone are the days in which you are forced to choose between siding with Google or Apple when it comes to your classrooms. Modern schools are finding the value in having both and bringing it all to life with Jamf there to manage every aspect throughout the lifecycle.

Both Google and Apple have created ecosystems that are equally brilliant in their own right yet come together in many ways seamlessly. Unifying these two systems doesn’t render your investment incompatible. On the contrary, it opens up a world of opportunity for your users.

Jamf simply acts as your facilitator by streamlining how you put your technology in the hands of users and empower not only students but teachers, parents and faculty as well. With Jamf School Teacher and Jamf School Parent, we can make sure that students are focused on their learning, remove distractions and facilitate a learning experience that is flexible for them to explore and express their creativity while staying safe and focused on the task at hand.

By combining all three — Apple, Google and Jamf — you create an environment in your school that puts students and users at the center of the equation with systems are that better together, and that can’t be overstated. A best of both approach that offers stakeholders; teachers, students and parents the tools to make a difference.

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