Deleting personal profiles is hardly hacking. Puleese ...
More like, "Best evidence yet that restricting YouTube and Facebook is silly." What could they possibly do with access to either that is wrong or that they can't normally do on any other computer?
Device management wise, I think the mistake is letting them take them home at all. Within the school grounds they can be easily managed and maintained. Once you give them to the students to take home, you should expect to lose all control regardless.
tallest skil wrote: »
What responsibility is this of Apple’s?
One thing that is interesting about this program is each kid will also have an Apple ID. There is another big source of potential trouble for the district and Apple.
Indeed, the fact that Apple's devices (including the computers now) all require an individual consumer Apple ID to work properly is the biggest issue facing those who wish to deploy classroom sets, or work computers in general. They still haven't got bulk purchasing worked out properly and in most schools that I've worked with, having an institutional account connected to a credit card is a non-starter in any case.
There are numerous problems associated with using iPads particularly, in anything other than full "open" mode.
rob53 wrote: »
The blame is on the IT managers not the students. Proper configuration of an MDM system would have kept them out. The MDM has a separate admin password for all system changes. This is inexcusable. I'd bet the IT managers and techs (if they had any) never read the manuals.
"deleting their personal profiles"
What group of morons expected THAT would never be stumbled across?
richard getz wrote: »
That's like blaming the lock company and not the home intruder. I don't think students should be allowed to do what they want as long as they can find someone else to blame.
Most of these kids have six other ways to get to the same content. So how exactly are K-12 schools teaching students how to cope with the real world by pretending it doesn't exist? This is more about avoiding political embarrassment than preparing youth to cope with the digital world.
ithinkijustsaid wrote: »
I predicted this would be a disaster before it started. The district is surprised. I'm not.
The families or the students themselves should have to either buy or rent these iPads. At least then there would be some level of accountability and any 'out of bounds' activity would have a real-world repercussion.
IMO, home schooling or work-group style learning is far superior to the traditional American school model. Intelligent students are only brought down by class clowns and social miscreants and creative students who don't fit into a factory-like "educational" setting have little hope of actually learning. An iPad at home and Internet access gives all kids an intellectual and creative advantage... so long as they can be kept off Facebook or YouTube (which is a commenting cesspool).