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July 26, 2022 by Aaron Webb

Jamf Teacher app gets usability enhancements and new features

The newest versions of the Jamf Teacher app for both macOS and iPadOS make it easier for educators to use and add new functionality for accessibility, classroom teaching and learning workflows as well as remote learning.

Jamf Teacher is one of the key tools that we offer to empower educators, an application that teachers can use to prepare lessons as well as manage student access, safelist apps, send messages and more. Used in conjunction with Jamf School or Jamf Pro, this app allows teachers to tailor the classroom experience to the unique needs of each subject and student group instead of having to rely on purely IT-driven, one-size-fits-all management scenarios.

The Jamf Teacher app has evolved beyond simple management tools to place a wide range of capabilities at teachers’ fingertips, including features that specifically support remote learning models. At this time we are pleased to announce a wealth of significant updates to the app that boost its usability in addition to providing new functionalities.

Navigation enhancements for increased usability

A major redesign to the user interface (UI) for Jamf Teacher on both macOS and iPadOS allows users to easily switch between sidebar sections and makes it possible to display notifications and status indicators on tabs. These navigation enhancements include the following:

  • Settings, Messages, App Requests, Library and Tests are now accessible via the sidebar
  • Teachers can switch between sidebar menu items without losing their progress
  • Jamf Pro now supports the navigation enhancements
  • Traditional Chinese translations are improved

Accessibility and communications improvements

In addition to the navigation enhancements, we have also added new accessibility features including Voice Over, which takes advantage of Apple’s built-in screen reader to allow teachers to hear auditory descriptions of on-screen text and elements. Another feature, Dynamic Type, lets teachers change the font size of text on the screen, a useful way to accommodate visually impaired or dyslexic readers.

An additional feature further helps teachers to reach out effectively to distance learners. They can now enable the Automatically Create Zoom Link option while configuring a remote class to make sure that students receive easy access to the digital meeting space.

Delve deeper into Jamf Teacher’s potential

To learn more about these latest enhancements as well as past updates that we’ve put out for Jamf Teacher, you can consult our full release history. Not using Jamf Teacher yet in your school or district? Check out our deployment guide for Jamf School and Jamf Pro so you can offload classroom device management functionality from IT and put more power in the hands of your teachers.

You may be interested in an opportunity to test-drive Jamf Teacher before deploying it across your entire device fleet. Now you have that chance with Jamf Educator, an online, simulation-based environment in which users can learn, try and apply the workflows in the Jamf Teacher app. It’s completely free and is also a great online professional development tool for educators and school administrators.

Do you have feedback that could help us to further enhance the usefulness and usability of Jamf Teacher or our other products? Use ideas.jamf.com to submit a feature request or suggest an improvement.

Ready to try out Jamf Teacher?

Download the configuration guide to get started.

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Aaron Webb
Aaron Webb is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2013, with more than 15 years of IT and education experience. Aaron has been at the forefront of transforming education with Apple technologies with two Apple Distinguished Schools in London, UK. He is currently Jamf's product marketing manager for education.
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