When a student picks up a shared iPad they need it to behave as if they were the only user. FileBrowser for Education provides some great features that help students get file access to their class documents and media files quickly and easily and help them leave no footprint when they hand the shared iPad back into the teacher.
FileBrowser for Education is able to securely store credentials in the iOS keychain and will also offer to store credentials after successfully connecting to a server. This feature may be switched off in a shared iPad environment so that the next student doesn't inadvertently access the previous student's work.
If your students documents are stored across several file servers throughout your college or school, such as an Arts and Media Server and Science Server, having to enter your username and password every time can be a burden, but credentials can't be stored persistently because the iPad is shared.
FileBrowser for Education's Single-Sign-On feature can help in this situation by pre-filling the popup username / password window with the most recent credentials that were used to successfully connect to a server. The student just needs to tap Connect. These credentials are cleared as soon as the student switches away from FileBrowser for Education.
FileBrowser for Education may be configured so that students have access to file servers and their home folder, for example, but may be prevented from storing content within FileBrowser for Education's local folders. This helps prevent iPads with smaller storage capacity from filling up, ensures that all work is saved on your education server and prevents inadvertent access to other student's work.
It's not nice to lock an iPad so that the next student can't use it. As part of FileBrowser for Education's comprehensive lock-down features, students may be prevented from setting a FileBrowser for Education startup password.
FileBrowser for Education is able to substitute a student's name as part of a folder name when connecting to a server. This eases configuration and deployment because %username% may be used instead of a specific username and this means that a common configuration file may be used for all students. For example, the file server path for a student's home folder may be "\\schoolserver\homes\%username%". The specific folder that the student will be taken to when connecting will be based on their username.