iPad Jailbreak for School Use

dubox22

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 24, 2009
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Hi, I'm a middle school teacher who has a fair amount of experience with jailbreaking my personal devices. I'm also lucky enough have a set of classroom iPads. (2nd generation, Wi-Fi)

My kids are pretty great and trustworthy overall, and I know they would never do anything malicious that might seriously affect the devices, however they do like to do a lot of silly things, like move icons around, change wallpapers, etc. I never wanted to turn into the "iPad Police", but it was definitely annoying at some points.

For these reasons, I've decided to jailbreak the iPads this summer and start fresh next year.

I've already found "LockDown" to lock my folders/apps (particularly Settings), and IconLock to keep my screens uniform.

I would also like to find a way to prevent the Lockscreen and wallpaper backgrounds from being changed (without restricting access to Photos). Any ideas?

Beyond that, if anyone has any ideas for how else to benefit from jailbreaking the iPad for school use, I would be very appreciative to hear them.
 

lukejc1

macrumors 6502
Feb 6, 2013
410
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Wisconsin
Hi, I'm a middle school teacher who has a fair amount of experience with jailbreaking my personal devices. I'm also lucky enough have a set of classroom iPads. (2nd generation, Wi-Fi)

My kids are pretty great and trustworthy overall, and I know they would never do anything malicious that might seriously affect the devices, however they do like to do a lot of silly things, like move icons around, change wallpapers, etc. I never wanted to turn into the "iPad Police", but it was definitely annoying at some points.

For these reasons, I've decided to jailbreak the iPads this summer and start fresh next year.

I've already found "LockDown" to lock my folders/apps (particularly Settings), and IconLock to keep my screens uniform.

I would also like to find a way to prevent the Lockscreen and wallpaper backgrounds from being changed (without restricting access to Photos). Any ideas?

Beyond that, if anyone has any ideas for how else to benefit from jailbreaking the iPad for school use, I would be very appreciative to hear them.
Maybe use something like Springtomize 2 or sbsettings to hide the Settings app icon.
 

Jessica Lares

macrumors G3
Oct 31, 2009
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Near Dallas, Texas, USA
You're going to have more headaches than it's worth to be honest. Just use the built-in restrictions, hide Safari, camera, FaceTime, iTunes, and Installing/Deleting apps. You don't want the stability issues. You could lock them to one app too.
 

iRetired

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Apr 21, 2012
626
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WNY
Hi, I'm a middle school teacher who has a fair amount of experience with jailbreaking my personal devices. I'm also lucky enough have a set of classroom iPads. (2nd generation, Wi-Fi)

My kids are pretty great and trustworthy overall, and I know they would never do anything malicious that might seriously affect the devices, however they do like to do a lot of silly things, like move icons around, change wallpapers, etc. I never wanted to turn into the "iPad Police", but it was definitely annoying at some points.

For these reasons, I've decided to jailbreak the iPads this summer and start fresh next year.

I've already found "LockDown" to lock my folders/apps (particularly Settings), and IconLock to keep my screens uniform.

I would also like to find a way to prevent the Lockscreen and wallpaper backgrounds from being changed (without restricting access to Photos). Any ideas?

Beyond that, if anyone has any ideas for how else to benefit from jailbreaking the iPad for school use, I would be very appreciative to hear them.
I would say that you are treading in very dangerous waters here. Most public schools have 'Acceptable Use' policies in place, and, undoubtedly, you signed one. I daresay that there may be a clause in that contract that prohibits you from what you propose, and you may be subject to fines, imprisonment, subjection to disciplinary action, and possible loss of your teaching license if you violate that policy. Of course, YMMV.
 

gotluck

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Dec 8, 2011
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East Central Florida
You're going to have more headaches than it's worth to be honest. Just use the built-in restrictions, hide Safari, camera, FaceTime, iTunes, and Installing/Deleting apps. You don't want the stability issues. You could lock them to one app too.
If you know what you're doing, and it sounds like the OP does, jailbroken iOS devices do not have stability issues.

FWIW My wife teaches 3rd grade and has two school owned iPad 2 WIFI's I've joked about jailbreaking them, but she would never let me close to them due to the reasons listed above by iRetired.
 

dubox22

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 24, 2009
20
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Soooooo....

Does anyone have any actual recommendations for Cydia tweaks, etc. that will be helpful to me?
 

iChopSticks

macrumors member
Feb 22, 2013
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Does anyone have any actual recommendations for Cydia tweaks, etc. that will be helpful to me?
The first replier mentioned Springtomize 2 and SBSettings which should be more than enough. Springtomize 2 can do basically everything you've listed, locking down icon/folders and wall papers etc. Also SBSsettigns and springtomize can be used to hide apps such as settings and springtomize so that no one else can access to alter and change them. I'd suggest downloading activator also to set some "secret" gesture such as corner swipe to open up settings or sbssettings so you can access them since the app will be hidden