Education - K–12 - IT and Deployment (2022)

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 in each step of your deployment.

Learn more in the Education Deployment Guide

iPad and Mac integrate seamlessly into your learning environment.

Whether you’re planning a brand new deployment, or adding Apple devices into your existing infrastructure, iPad and Mac fit right in. Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Google Workspace (available in spring 2022) support make it easier than ever to provide your students and staff with access to key Apple services for teaching and learning. All the apps and services your teachers and students need every day, like Google Drive and Microsoft Office, are available on iPad. And with the countless creative tools iPad offers, students are empowered to express their learning any way theylike.

Prepare your school to get up andrunning.

Apple School Manager is a simple, web-based portal that helps IT administrators deploy iPad and Mac in schools. You can easily provide students and staff with access to Apple services, set up devices, get apps and books, and enable teachers with tools to create engaging learning experiences — all from one place.

Learn the basics of deployment and get started with Apple School Manager.

Read the Education Deployment Guide

Sign in to Apple School Manager

Apple School Manager User Guide

Get Set up for Schoolwork (PDF)

Integrate with your school’s existing systems.

With federated authentication in Apple School Manager, it’s now easier than ever to integrate iPad and Mac into your existing environment using your school’s Microsoft Azure Active Directory or Google Workspace credentials.

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Use your identity provider to manageaccess.

Connect Apple School Manager with your school’s Microsoft Azure Active Directory or Google Workspace and get every student and staff member automatically set up with Apple services. Your students and staff members can then use their existing credentials to log in to iPad, Mac, iCloud, and Schoolwork.

Prepare for this simplified login experience:

  • Verify that your school uses Microsoft Azure Active Directory or Google Workspace.
  • Determine the school domains you’d like to link to Apple School Manager.
  • Set up the connection to Microsoft Azure Active Directory or Google Workspace in Apple School Manager.

Connect your StudentInformation System.

The easiest way to get class rosters with students and teachers set up in Apple School Manager is through a direct connection to your school’s roster data in your Student Information System (SIS). Apple School Manager integrates directly with popular SIS providers including SunGard, Infinite Campus, and PowerSchool. And use Claris Connect to seamlessly import SIS data from Aeries, Follet Aspen, and Skyward. Roster information is then available for Schoolwork, Classroom, and Shared iPad, so teachers can start working with their class right away.

Integrate Apple School Manager with your existing systems.

Learn how to connect Apple School Manager with your identity provider(PDF)

Learn more about federated authentication

Learn how to connect your student information system

Learn how to set up Claris Connect for Apple School Manager

Build an individualized experience for students and staff.

With apps, iPad can become a laboratory, a movie studio, a time machine, even a spaceship. Apple School Manager makes it easy to provide classrooms with the right learning materials in time for the first day ofclass, from the productivity apps schools need for their daily workflows, and free Apple-designed apps for doing and creating, to the thousands of apps in the AppStore designed specifically for learning.

When you’ve set up federated authentication, students and teachers can use their existing login to access the full range of Apple services, including 200GB of free iCloud Storage and the ability to collaborate in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. Students get an individualized experience on iPad, even if they’re sharing a device. Teachers can use Schoolwork to hand out assignments and follow student progress, helping them tailor instruction to each student’s needs. And importantly, their personal data will stay private and secure.

Easily buy apps and books.

Purchasing content in bulk for iPad and Mac is made easy within the Apps and Books area in Apple School Manager. You can search for content, purchase licenses with your education volume discount, and instantly view important information including assigned and available licenses, all in oneplace. And with MDM, you can send content directly to iPad and Mac. Your school retains app licenses and can easily reassign apps among all yourdevices.

Offer a curated app catalog.

If your MDM provides a self service portal, you can allow students and teachers to install additional apps and books from a selection that is pre-approved by your school. So the content you make available meets your curriculum goals as well as your standards for security and privacy.

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Include every learner.

Everyone learns differently. And our products are designed to support those differences. So they include innovative assistive technologies to complement every learner’s vision, hearing, motor skills, learning, and literacy needs. And IT admins can use MDM to configure devices wirelessly with the assistive apps for individual students’ needs already in place when students log in to their device for the first time.

Simple class setup.

Teachers can now request Managed AppleIDs via Schoolwork. As the IT admin, you can review and approve these requests in Apple School Manager, allowing IT and teachers to easily create Managed AppleIDs for students. Getting set up with Schoolwork and Classroom has never been easier.

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.

Ensure teachers and students have the apps and books they need.

Learn more about buying in volume

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

Learn more about Managed AppleID

Privacy is our first thought.
Not an afterthought.

Our business doesn’t depend on invading anyone’s privacy. Especially schoolkids. We care about energizing students’ imaginations — not monetizing their data. Every Apple product is built with an integrated approach to privacy and security — providing schools with devices, apps, and services that keep student data and personal information secure. We don’t sell student information, we never share it with third parties to use for marketing or advertising, and we don’t build profiles based on their email or web browsing. And with Managed AppleIDs, the school controls student information and can choose to enable or disable apps and services such as iMessage, FaceTime, and student progress recording with the Schoolworkapp.

Apple maintains certifications in compliance with the ISO standards over key in-scope systems supporting Apple’s Education offerings. We also meet the requirements of the EU GDPR framework. In addition, Apple has signed the Student Privacy Pledge, further underscoring our commitment to protecting the information of students, parents, and teachers shared in our schools.

Learn more about how we protect our customers’ privacy

  • Privacy and Security for Apple products in Education
  • Data and Privacy Overview for Schools (PDF)
  • Privacy Overview for Parents (PDF)

Set up devices instantly.

Once you’ve designed the learning experiences you want your teachers and students to have, you can set up devices so everyone can get up and running quickly. Whether your school chooses a one-to-one iPad environment or a shared iPad model, with Apple School Manager and your mobile device management (MDM) solution, you can easily automate device setup. Wirelessly configure settings and restrictions according to your school’s requirements, then assign devices to students, teachers, or classgroups.

Apple School Manager and your MDM work together.

With Apple School Manager you can assign school devices to MDM so they are automatically enrolled and configured. Since you can set the default MDM server by device type, it’s easy to automate assignments for iPad and Mac. Using MDM you can wirelessly deploy apps and books, configure home screen layouts, filter web access, schedule overnight software updates, find misplaced devices, and manage dozens of other settings. And new to Apple School Manager, IT can now manage requests for Managed AppleIDs created by teachers through Schoolwork. This makes class setup even easier for IT and faculty.


Choosing your MDM solution.

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

Shared iPad

Shared iPad enables schools to share devices between students, while still providing a personalized 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 the 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.

Assessments andstandardized testing.

iPad and Mac are approved devices for administering secure exams. Both work with state online exams, including tests from the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and ACT Aspire. With assessment mode, apps can automatically lock and configure iPad and Mac for testing, to prevent students from accessing other apps or features. There are also a range of formative learning apps that let you evaluate students’ long-term progress as they move toward statewidetesting.

Learn more about managing devices and assessments.

Apple Platform Deployment

Learn how to use Shared iPad

Apple and Student Assessment Overview (PDF)

Assessment with iPad Guide

Use 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. iPad and Mac fit right in to your school’s existing productivity workflows, with native support for apps like Google Drive and Microsoft Office. And Classroom, Schoolwork, and AppleTV help your teachers go further and transform their classrooms into dynamic and interactive learning environments.

Help teachers manage their own class.

When you set up student accounts and class rosters in Apple School Manager, classes are automatically available in Classroom and Schoolwork, so teachers can start working right away. And you can enable Student Progress for Schoolwork from the Settings area of Apple School Manager, or disable this feature for individual students in the Accounts area.

Works with the tools you use every day.

Google G Suite apps, including Google Drive and Google Classroom, work seamlessly on iPad. So do Microsoft Office apps. And with free, built-in apps designed by Apple, teachers can bring out the creativity in every student. iMovie brings the power of moving images to storytelling. GarageBand lets students be in a band even if they’ve never played an instrument. And Pages can transform written reports into interactive digital books complete with photos, illustrations, and your own audio clips.

The Classroom app is a versatile teaching assistant that lets you take charge of every iPad and Mac for instruction in the classroom and remotely, to keep students on track.

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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.

Set up AppleTV for sharing and collaboration.

AppleTV is a great addition to any classroom or conference room. It allows iPad and Mac to wirelessly display their screen to share presentations, websites, and videos. Management features in tvOS make it simple for schools to configure AppleTV. Apple School Manager or Apple Configurator 2 can enroll AppleTV in MDM and fully configure it simply by plugging in power and Ethernet — no user input required. Schools can manage AppleTV at scale including the option to remotely set AirPlay security settings and greater control of what shows on the default Home screen. With MDM you can also set the AppleTV name, network, and Conference Room Display Mode with a custom message.

Help teachers get the most out of technology in the classroom.

Learn more about Tools for Teaching

View the Classroom User Guide for iPad

View the Classroom User Guide for Mac

Get Set Up for Schoolwork(PDF)

Getting Started with Schoolwork (PDF)

View the Schoolwork User Guide

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Tools for Teaching

Apps that help you put the power of technology to work. In and out of class.

Learn more about Tools for Teaching

Products for Learning

Technology designed to be as limitless as a child’s imagination.

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