Jamf School vs. Skyward Student Management System

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Jamf School
Score 9.1 out of 10
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Jamf School is a purpose-built mobile device management solution (MDM) for schools that gives users the ability to deploy and manage Apple devices. Jamf School management system also pairs with three apps, Jamf School Teacher, Jamf School Parent and Jamf School Student.N/A
Skyward Student Management System
Score 8.2 out of 10
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Skyward, headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, offers the Skyward Student Management System, a k-12 student information system which provides classroom tools (e.g. gradebook, attendance tracking, etc), Family Engagement tools with portal, as well as admin and student services task management.N/A
Pricing
Jamf SchoolSkyward Student Management System
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Jamf SchoolSkyward Student Management System
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Jamf SchoolSkyward Student Management System
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Features
Jamf SchoolSkyward Student Management System
Student and Faculty Administration
Comparison of Student and Faculty Administration features of Product A and Product B
Jamf School
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Ratings
Skyward Student Management System
6.9
4 Ratings
21% below category average
Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
District Communications, such as messaging and alerting00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Roster Management00 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Platform Customization00 Ratings3.02 Ratings
Teacher Self-Service00 Ratings6.33 Ratings
Student Data Security00 Ratings8.84 Ratings
Community Support00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Class Scheduling00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
State and National-level Reporting00 Ratings8.52 Ratings
Teacher and Parent Mobile Application00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
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User Ratings
Jamf SchoolSkyward Student Management System
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(16 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
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7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
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6.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
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10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Jamf SchoolSkyward Student Management System
Likelihood to Recommend
Jamf Software, LLC
Jamf is user-friendly and easy to set up. It allows Ipads to be managed in easy-to-understand groupings. It also allows teachers to take ownership of choosing and distributing apps. The safety features for students allow restricting of websites, apps, and even clearing some of the "clutter" of built-in IOS apps that you don't want on students screens such as news and measuring apps. I really enjoy using this product.
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Skyward
There is nothing specific that I would say sets it apart from any other LMS, but once you are used to the user interface and various features, it does everything that is needed and integrates well enough with other software to function. Probably isn't necessary in a smaller setting, but for multiple building districts, it is certainly robust enough to handle data collection and storage.
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Pros
Jamf Software, LLC
  • Concise management
  • Data tracking
  • Instructional tool
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Skyward
  • Flexibility. This multitude of fields available makes it easy to capture data the way we want or need to.
  • Quick response to trouble tickets. The company strives to reach out to the customer within an hour and start the process of resolution.
  • User focused. Improvements to the system always look at how the end user experience can be enhanced.
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Cons
Jamf Software, LLC
  • Speed of pulling down apps from ASM
  • Device Location Finding
  • Jamf teacher
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Skyward
  • Confusion when it comes to student grades- sometimes there are two different letter grades for a student for what is posted as "TR1" and "PR1." How does a teacher know which of these grades will be posted to a student's report card? How does a teacher know what the student's actual grade is for a particular course?
  • Switching between the Educator Access Plus and Student Management tabs can be complicated, especially for those new to the system. Why can't everything be in one place?
  • I recognize that Skyward logs out after a certain period of inactivity to preserve privacy of users, but is there a way to change those settings so that Skyward does not log out as frequently? It is difficult to keep having to log back in completely again.
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Likelihood to Renew
Jamf Software, LLC
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Skyward
It is the system I am most comfortable with, so having to learn a new system outweighs any problems I have with Skyward.
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Usability
Jamf Software, LLC
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Skyward
It takes some time to get used to navigating the features and layers, but once you know your way around it, it's pretty good.
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Support Rating
Jamf Software, LLC
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Skyward
Overall great job, issues were taken care of. People in support do care.
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Implementation Rating
Jamf Software, LLC
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Skyward
Yes, I was part of the implementation team.
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Alternatives Considered
Jamf Software, LLC
We originally tried an MDM from Cisco and it did not deliver in useability or features like Jamf
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Skyward
I, personally, have not used other Student Management Systems, but having used Skyward, I do not necessarily feel any overwhelming desire to seek out the competitive software programs. Skyward does what it says it will and provides my school district with an easy and organized way to share and access all of the relevant student and family information we need. It serves it's purpose well and meets our needs.
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Return on Investment
Jamf Software, LLC
  • Significantly reduced the time of managing devices on the class or using configurator
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Skyward
  • Overall, Skyward has had a positive impact. One way is the student information that is shared and available to see. If I need to know something about a student’s academic history, Skyward has it.
  • Another way it has impacted our district is the way it has streamlined all of our payroll information. I can see check histories, different parts of my salary, and the year-end totals all in one place.
  • Skyward has also made a big impact on our district by making it easier to communicate with parents. All the parents’ contact information is available and email is even included in the program.
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