Overview of education deployment
This guide is intended for technology managers and technical administrators. It takes you through the steps of deploying Apple devices successfully in your learning environment for both one-to-one and shared device deployments. You’ll learn how to prepare your environment, set up and deploy Apple devices, and enable teachers in their classrooms.
After you understand the basic steps for a device deployment, your team can explore Apple deployment and management capabilities in detail. These tools and programs are covered extensively within this guide and should be reviewed with the key stakeholders within your organization.
Note: This guide focuses on K–12 and higher educational organizations in the United States. Not all features and services are available in other countries or regions.
Phase 1: Define project scope
Details of your implementation very depending on the scope and scale that you plan for your school. iPad and Mac in education scale from shared devices in individual classrooms to district-wide one-to-one. Use the steps in this first phase to assemble your team, define the scope of your deployment, set a timeline for milestones, and define how you measure project success as you progress through implementation to full utilization.
Phase 2: Prepare for deployment
Preparation is critical to a seamless deployment of Apple devices. Use these steps—even before you have your devices in hand—to lay the groundwork for your deployment.
In phase 2, Apple School Manager helps to integrate iPad and Mac into your environment and streamline your deployment. Use Apple School Manager to connect to your mobile device management (MDM) solution, assign devices, configure device settings, connect your identity provider (IdP) management system and your student directories, create Managed Apple IDs, assign roles, configure policies and settings, and purchase content. Once you’ve configured everything, set up a test environment to test and adjust your deployment plan.
Phase 2 includes doing the following:
Optimize your technology infrastructure
Sign up for Apple School Manager and add at least one additional administrator.
Select a mobile device management (MDM) solution and link it to Apple School Manager.
If you have a Student Information System (SIS), link it to Apple School Manager.
If you have an Identity Provider (IdP) (for example, Microsoft Azure Active Directory), link it to Apple School Manager.
Phase 3: Enable your teams
In phase 3, focus on enabling your teams and building the capacity of staff and faculty to ensure the changes your school is making are sustainable. Engage with Apple Professional Services to help your IT team develop best practices for device deployment and management. Leverage Apple Teacher Learning Center and Apple Professional Learning to support faculty in expanding their skillset for the active classroom environment.
Phase 4: Deploy device settings and content
In phase 4, you deploy device settings and content with your MDM solution, then distribute devices to staff, teachers, and students or classrooms. Take care of ongoing management tasks such as managing software updates and keeping certificates and tokens up to date. And collect and prepare devices for storage at the end of the year.
Phase 5: Provide teaching and learning tools
With devices in the hands of students and teachers, it’s important to set teachers up with the right tools to create engaging 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. Teacher tools such as Classroom, Schoolwork, and Apple TV help your teachers go further and transform their classrooms into dynamic and interactive learning environments. And free, built-in apps and curriculum resources designed by Apple help teachers bring coding and creativity into every subject.