The glossary defines terms you encounter as you use the Schoolwork User Guide.
An assignment with at least one activity not marked done and not sent to you, and which you haven’t marked complete. See also activity, assignment, completed assignment, submitted assignment.
A task sent as part of an assignment. Schoolwork supports the following types of activities: apps, files, photos, videos, scanned documents, links, and hand-in requests. See also app activity, bookmark activity, assignment, link activity, progress-reporting app.
A task assigned within an app. For example, a task to read chapter 2 of The Hobbit in Apple Books or to solve Learn to Code 1 in Swift Playgrounds. See also activity.
Apple School Manager
A simple, web-based portal for IT administrators to deploy iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS devices all from one place. When used with a mobile device management (MDM) solution, administrators can configure device settings and buy and distribute apps and books. Apple School Manager integrates with Student Information System (SIS) and SFTP so administrators can create accounts with school rosters and classes.
Apple School Manager is where IT administrators set up classes for Schoolwork, and enable student progress reporting. See Apple School Manager User Guide.
A posting from a teacher to a student. An assignment can include announcements, reminders, instructions, assigned activities, or requests for work. Assignments consist of a list of recipients (an entire class or one or more students in a class), an assignment name, one or more activities, and instructions. A recipient and assignment name are required; all other information is optional. You can also specify an assignment due date. If you add a due date, any activities or work a student submits after the due date are late. Schoolwork automatically sets due dates to 11:59 p.m. local time for the specified day. See also active assignment, activity, completed assignment, submitted assignment.
Teachers can post an assignment, or save an assignment as a draft until they are ready to post at a later time.
An activity saved as a Schoolwork bookmark. For example, the address of a webpage, file, or app. Teachers can bookmark activities to save and organize favorite webpages, files, and progress-reporting apps to revisit them in the future. See also activity.
Note: Schoolwork bookmarks are not the same as Safari Bookmarks, and are not included in your Safari Bookmarks list. See also Bookmarks list.
The list of activities saved as Schoolwork bookmarks. To view the Bookmarks list, tap or edit an existing assignment, tap Links, then tap Bookmarks. See also activity, bookmark activity.
The collection of view-only assignments associated with a removed class. When a class is removed, Schoolwork deletes the students and student progress data, then saves view-only copies of all associated assignments in a class archive. Class archives appear in Classes > Archived.
A teacher-owned file in iCloud Drive that supports concurrent editing or viewing. Teachers can share one copy of a collaborative file with all students in a class or share a separate copy with each student. Teachers and students can actively work in the file at the same time. Schoolwork supports collaboration for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote files. See About collaboration for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
An assignment you marked as complete. When an assignment is complete, Schoolwork moves the assignment from your Due views to your Completed views. For completed assignments, progress reporting stops and students can’t submit work, replace work, or make any more changes to activities associated with the assignment. See also active assignment, activity, assignment, submitted assignment.
A series of educational lectures, lessons, interviews, and so on, in a particular subject. iTunes U courses consist of info (including an overview, outline, and instructor profile), posts (including assignments with homework and grading), materials (for example, audio and video items) and a grade book (private courses only).
An electronic publication file (EPUB). A digital version of a printed publication, created according to the EPUB format. The EPUB format is a free, open ebook standard developed and maintained by Publishing@W3C, a working group of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a nonprofit standards organization. You can use Pages to export your documents in EPUB format for reading with Apple Books on iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. See Use advanced book creation options in Pages.
iOS and iPadOS software
Mobile operating system software used by iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
An online store, accessible through the Music app, where you can purchase songs, albums, music videos, and more. The content you and others see in the iTunes Store can vary by the country or region specified in Music by each individual user as their default country.
Note: You can’t use a Managed Apple ID to make purchases in the iTunes Store. To make purchases, contact your school’s IT administrator.
Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps. You can use these apps to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
A task assigned through a web URL. For example, a web link URL or file share link URL. See also activity.
Managed Apple ID
Like a personal Apple ID, you can use a Managed Apple ID to sign in to a personal device, sign in to a shared device, or to access Apple services and portals (for example, iCloud, iTunes U, Apple School Manager, Schoolwork). Unlike personal Apple IDs, Managed Apple IDs are owned and controlled by a school or district. The institution can reset passwords, limit purchasing and communications, and set up role-based administration.
Teachers using a Managed Apple ID can use Schoolwork to share and receive content, collaborate with students, and view progress data for students at their school. Schoolwork teachers are given 200 gigabytes (GB) of iCloud Drive storage.
See What are Managed Apple IDs in Apple School Manager? in Apple School Manager User Guide.
Note: A Managed Apple ID is referred to as a school account in the Schoolwork User Guide for students.
A Schoolwork class created by importing Apple School Manager class information. See also Managed Apple ID.
A teacher at a K12 school district, college, or university whose institution is associated with an Apple School Manager organization. Managed teachers can access Schoolwork to share and receive content, collaborate, and integrate app activities into their instruction. See also Managed Apple ID.
A downloadable piece of content (for example, a lecture) added to iTunes U courses as media files (audio, video, web, app, book, document, and so on). iTunes U materials can be files on a computer, web links, or existing iTunes Store, Apple Books, and App Store links.
mobile device management (MDM)
A service that lets you remotely manage enrolled devices. Once a device is enrolled, you can use the MDM service over the network to configure settings and perform other tasks on the device without user interaction. Profile Manager is an MDM server that is part of macOS Server and there are also many third-party MDM servers. Mobile device management is supported on Mac computers with OS X 10.8 or later installed, and on iOS devices with iOS 5 or later installed.
For management, devices are enrolled with an MDM server using an enrollment configuration profile, which can be done directly by the user. For institution-owned devices, MDM enrollment can be automated using Apple School Manager. When an administrator initiates an MDM policy, option, or command, the device receives notification of the action through the Apple Push Notification service (APNs). With a network connection, devices can receive APNs commands anywhere in the world.
Using MDM you can also distribute, manage, and configure apps and books purchased through the Volume Purchase Program or developed in-house.
To learn more about large-scale deployments of iOS and iPadOS devices, see Deployment Reference for iPhone and iPad.
An app that shares student progress with teachers through the ClassKit developer framework. In Schoolwork, teachers can browse an app’s content, select app activities to assign to students, and view student progress. As students complete their assigned activities in the app, they can view their own progress in Schoolwork.
Term used in the Schoolwork User Guide for students to describe Managed Apple IDs. See Managed Apple ID.
The Schoolwork sidebar lists classes, recent assignments, draft assignments, favorite assignments, and imported assignments, as well as any class archives for the school account you’re using in Schoolwork. See also class archive.
If no classes appear in the sidebar or if you want to change any teacher or student information, contact your school’s IT administrator.
The Share button is available in many apps, giving you an easy way to share all kinds of documents and other files. Sharing options depend on the type of item you’re sharing, how you customize the Share menu, and the sharing destination.
An assignment with all activities marked done and sent to you. Students can submit work within Schoolwork, or use the Share button to submit from another app. See also active assignment, activity, assignment, completed assignment.
The amount of time a student spends working on a Schoolwork activity on their iPad. Schoolwork only reports time spent on activities in progress-reporting apps when those apps are active (their windows are in front). Currently, only the Podcasts app reports time spent on activities when it's not active.
Any link that, when tapped, takes you directly to the associated app. For example, a Podcasts link or an Apple News link.