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The Problem with MDM Software in Schools

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Let’s face it: There’s a huge disconnect between classrooms and school IT departments.

The IT team handles behind-the-scenes tasks while teachers and students are in the trenches. These groups are perpetually out of sync. Decisions are made and technology is deployed, but no one communicates why.

It’s difficult for schools to find a cohesive mobile device management (MDM) solution that meets their needs. So many options are available today, but what benefits IT departments does little to empower students or teachers.

MDM solutions: the good

MDM software does one thing really well.

It excels at implementing technology in schools. MDM software is used to track assets, configure devices, deploy software and execute many other district-wide tasks.

Related: Read our primer on mobile device management.

These capabilities are irreplaceable for school IT departments. A good MDM solution keeps school technology ecosystems humming behind the scenes.

MDM solutions: the bad

The problem with MDM software is that it has the power to benefit teachers and students as much as the IT team, but it doesn’t.

MDM software doesn’t engage students or aid lessons. The only notable interaction most students have with MDM is when they’re restricted from accessing online content. While features like this are critical, MDM tech lacks a proactive way to empower student learning.

How to fix MDM technology

If schools want to successfully integrate MDM software, they must gather data and teacher feedback. MDM tools exist that benefit both teachers and IT – conduct research to find the solution your school needs.

Observe how students and teachers actually use their devices. IT departments should survey teachers to see how they manage classrooms and where they excel or struggle with technology.

When schools implement new tech initiatives, it is “integral that administrators support educators and keep pedagogy in mind,” write education researchers Rafael Inoa and Steven LoCascio for EdTech Magazine.

In other words: The MDM software you choose should meet IT standards while enhancing teacher and student interaction.

When technology is blindly put in place, learning suffers, time is wasted and money is lost. Finding an MDM solution that benefits everyone will simplify your operations and streamline device use in the classroom.

How we bridge the gap between the IT department and the classroom

The team at Squirrels earned respect in the EdTech community by using teacher feedback to develop education software. We listen to teachers who use our products. We learn how they teach with technology and how their students use devices in class.

Common themes emerged as we collected feedback: Schools lack a cohesive platform that allows IT departments to manage devices and teachers to manage classrooms. We learned that teachers want to monitor student device screens, easily share content or mirror student screens to a larger display. We listened. Then we built ClassHub.

Combining MDM and classroom management with ClassHub

ClassHub connects the IT department and the classroom with both MDM features and classroom management tools. With ClassHub, IT admins manage devices and install applications. Teachers monitor student screens, open URLs and push apps.

See all of the ways ClassHub makes life easier for IT admins and teachers.

Never deploy mobile device management software without asking a vital question: does it really benefit the classroom? When classroom management is prioritized by teachers and IT departments alike, everyone – especially students – benefits.

Give your teachers and IT department the tools they need to manage and monitor classroom devices. Learn more about ClassHub.

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