Apple devices are as easy to deploy as they are to use.

We want every aspect of your school’s experience with Apple products to be as simple and intuitive as the products themselves. That starts with support for IT at each step of your deployment.

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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 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 your school.

Creating and using Managed Apple IDs.

Managed Apple IDs are created automatically when you connect Apple School Manager to your school’s roster data and they give students access to iCloud, Photo Library, Backup, Classwork and Shared iPad. If you’re not using these services you can deploy iPad and Mac computers 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). Apple School Manager directly integrates with popular SIS providers. You can also automatically import directory data using an SFTP integration provided by your school or a wide range of SIS providers.

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

200GB of iCloud storage.

When you set up Managed Apple IDs for your students and teachers, they’ll get access to 200GB of iCloud storage for documents, photos, videos and any other type of file. They can also store and sync notes, calendars, Safari bookmarks and reminders.

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 10.3 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

Get all your content in one place.

Apple School Manager gives you direct access to thousands of learning and teaching resources on the App Store and iBooks Store — making it easier than ever to provide classrooms with the right learning materials in time for the first day of class.

Easily buy apps and books.

Purchasing content in bulk for iPad and Mac is easier than ever. With the Apps and Books area in Apple School Manager, you can search for content, purchase licences with your education volume discount, and instantly view important information including assigned and available licences, all in one place.

Learn more about buying in volume

More ways to manage content.

Apple School Manager provides schools with more flexible licence and token management. With purchases linked to locations, you can easily transfer licences between school locations and content managers. And with MDM, you can send content directly to iPad and Mac. Your school retains app licences and can easily reassign apps among all your devices.

Learn more about migrating to Apps and Books in Apple School Manager

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

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 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 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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