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Sewanhaka Central High School District students get to use iPads thanks to Jamf, GeoGebra

More than 250 students from the Sewanhaka Central High School District on Long Island were able to use Apple iPad devices for the first time to complete their Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II Regents New York State exam. 

This initiative was made possible through a year-long partnership between the District, innovative app GeoGebra Graphing Calculator and Jamf, the Apple device management system used to manage the District’s more than 9,500 iPad devices.

“Sewanhaka is always looking for ways to break down any barriers for our students and provide them with the best resources available for success,” says Brian Messinger, district coordinator of Classroom Instructional Technology & Student Achievement, Sewanhaka Central High School District. “Having students use the free GeoGebra Graphing Calculator app on their iPads in class, at home and on high-stakes exams achieves these goals while promoting innovation. This project adds tremendous value to our iPads, which we already provide to all students as part of our one-to-one program.” 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District, located in suburban New York City in Nassau County on Long Island, New York, is comprised of five junior and senior high schools and serves over 8,100 students. Through its one-to-one iPad program, all students in the District are provided an iPad with the free GeoGebra app. Students have full access to the graphing calculator tool, which can be used for both classroom instruction and the completion of the paper-based New York State Regents exams.

In order to be used for the exam, student iPads had to be locked into an exam mode which restricts all iPad capacities beyond functioning solely as a graphing calculator. This was made possible through Jamf’s mobile device management features, such as Single App Mode and additional restrictions to protect the integrity of this paper-based exam.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.