iPad Jailbreak for School Use

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by dubox22, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. dubox22 macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2009
    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.
  2. lukejc1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2013
    Maybe use something like Springtomize 2 or sbsettings to hide the Settings app icon.
  3. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    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.
  4. iRetired macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2012
    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.
  5. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    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.
  6. dubox22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2009

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

    Feb 22, 2013
    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

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