Easily deploy iPad and Mac to every student and classroom.

With powerful tools from Apple supporting each step of your deployment, you can quickly create accounts, wirelessly set up devices, distribute content and enable teachers in the classroom.

Start with Apple School Manager.

Apple School Manager is a simple, web-based portal that allows IT administrators to manage people, devices and content from one place. We’ve recently made big improvements so that it’s ready to go for schools everywhere. There is a redesigned user interface, more powerful ways to manage bulk activities, and greater control over accounts and classes.

Get started with Apple School Manager

Organise students and staff members.

When you’re using the full range of Apple services, your students and staff members will need Apple IDs. Using Apple School Manager, you can quickly create accounts to give students access to learning content, while meeting the privacy needs of schools.

Creating and using Managed Apple IDs.

Managed Apple IDs are created automatically when you connect Apple School Manager to your school’s directory data, and they give students access to iCloud, iTunes U and Shared iPad. If you’re not using these services, you can even deploy iPad without an Apple ID. Students simply turn on the device and get to work — no sign-in is required. If your school’s needs change, you can create Managed Apple IDs and distribute them to students later.

Overview of Managed Apple ID (PDF)

Integrating with Student Information Systems.

The best way to get your school’s directory data into Apple School Manager is through a direct connection with your Student Information System (SIS). You can also import data from CSV files uploaded to Apple School Manager via SFTP.

Learn how to use SFTP to upload data to Apple School Manager

Privacy built in.

Apple will never track, share or sell student information for advertising or marketing purposes. We build powerful safeguards into all of our devices, operating systems, apps and services — including Managed Apple IDs, which are kept under the administration of your school. So the security, privacy, confidentiality and integrity of student information is always protected.

Data and Privacy Overview for Schools (PDF)

Parent Guide to Privacy (PDF)

Instantly set up devices.

With Apple School Manager and your mobile device management (MDM) solution, you can automate device setup for both one-to-one and Shared iPad environments.* Wirelessly configure settings and restrictions according to your school’s requirements, then easily assign devices to students, teachers or class groups.

Apple School Manager and your MDM work together.

From Apple School Manager, you can assign school devices to your MDM server so they are enrolled and automatically configured during setup. MDM also makes it simple to manage your devices and settings throughout the year. You can wirelessly reconfigure Home screen layouts, show or hide certain apps, schedule overnight software updates and use MDM Lost Mode to find misplaced devices.

Choosing your MDM solution.

MDM solutions are available from a wide range of vendors, whether your school is better suited to a cloud-hosted environment or an on-premises server. MDM solutions come with different features and pricing, so you have flexibility in deciding how to bring Apple devices into your school. These MDM solutions support education features in iOS 9.3 and beyond:

Vendors: VMWare airwatch, Cisco Meraki, Mostyle manager, Filewave, HEAT LANrev, Tabpilot, Zuludesk, JAMF Software and Lightspeed Systems.

Shared iPad

Shared iPad* enables schools to share devices between students, while still providing a personalised experience. Before class begins, teachers can assign any student any shared iPad. Students know which devices to use because their pictures are on the Lock screens, and they can access their personal content using a password or easy-to-remember four-digit PIN. Because a local copy of their data is stored on this device, after students log in, their homework, apps and assignments are exactly as they left them. So teachers and technology managers won’t lose time backing up or wiping data between classes.

Shared iPad will allow our district to transform a cart of shared devices into a personalised learning experience for each student.

Eric Culpepper Technology Support Specialist, Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, Texas, United States

Distribute learning content.

The App Store and iBooks Store feature thousands of resources for education. And because all of your accounts, devices and content are in sync, it’s easy to provide classrooms with the right learning materials in time for the first day of class.

Buy apps and books in volume.

When you purchase apps for iPad and Mac through Apple School Manager, your education volume discount is applied automatically. Schools can also buy Volume Purchase Program Credit (VPP Credit) with a purchase order for use by teachers or administrators.

Learn more about buying in volume

Distribute wirelessly.

As soon as you make a purchase, you can use MDM to push apps directly to specific devices. You can revoke and reassign apps to different devices and users so that your organisation retains full ownership and control of purchases. You can also purchase books in volume and distribute them to users with MDM.

Purchasing content is straightforward, and deploying it to the necessary groups is simple. Having one central place, instead of navigating across a multitude of logins and tabs, is a timesaver.

Rory McGrath Digital Leader, New Wave Federation, United Kingdom

Administer student assessments.

iPad is a powerful tool for daily learning and formative assessment. With Automatic Assessment Configuration in iOS 9.3.2 and later, iPad can seamlessly invoke the device restrictions necessary for secure testing, requiring no device supervision or MDM administration. iPad is a fully supported platform for online summative assessments, including NAPLAN Online.

Assessment with iPad Overview (PDF)

Assessment with iPad Guide (PDF)

Enable teachers in the classroom.

With devices in the hands of students, it’s important to set teachers up with the right tools to create great learning experiences. The new Classroom app and Apple TV help your teachers independently transform their classrooms into dynamic and interactive learning environments.

Help teachers manage their own class.

With the new Classroom app for iPad, you now have two simple ways to set up your teachers — you can use Apple School Manager and MDM to automatically configure classes, or teachers can set up classes on the fly with no MDM required. Classroom helps teachers launch a specific app, website or textbook page on any iPad in the classroom. Teachers can even see which apps students are working in and view their screen. They can also send and receive documents with their class, and share student work on a TV or monitor using Apple TV.

Watch the Classroom App Guided Tour

Get the Classroom app in the App Store

Teachers can create classes on the fly. To accommodate impromptu group projects and students who bring their own devices, teachers can create classes within Classroom and invite students to join.

Classes can share files easily. Using AirDrop with Classroom, teachers can send documents to the class in one tap and students can send documents back to the teacher just as easily.

We feel that IT should be as hands-off as possible. Teachers need control, and now with Classroom, they have more power to manage their technology, which reduces support from our IT staff.

Blair Anderson Technology Director, Shawnee Heights School District, Kansas, United States

Set up Apple TV for sharing and collaboration.

New management features in tvOS make it simple to configure an Apple TV for education. Once you plug in power and Ethernet, Apple School Manager or Apple Configurator 2 can enrol Apple TV in MDM and fully configure it. There are also additional management features, including the ability to supervise Apple TV; set the name, network and Conference Room Display Mode; and choose a customised message.

Deployment Resources

Education Deployment Guide

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iOS Deployment Reference

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Apple School Manager Help

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macOS Deployment Reference

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Classroom Help

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Profile Manager Help

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Getting Started with Classroom 2.1

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Apple Configurator 2 Help

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