Using Classroom for iPad and Mac
Classroom is an app for teachers available for supported iPad devices and Mac computers. As a teacher, you can guide learning, share work, and manage supported student iPad devices and Mac computers. You can launch a specific app, website, or textbook page in your class. You can also send and receive documents with your class and share student work on a TV, monitor, or projector using Apple TV. And you can see which apps students are working in, mute student devices, and reset a student’s password.
When Classroom is used with Shared iPad and Managed Apple IDs, you can assign students to a group of iPad devices. Students tap their name in a list on each iPad and enter their passcode or password at the beginning of class. When class is over, you can use Classroom to sign students out of their Shared iPad so that it’s ready for the next student. Data is cached locally on iPad and is pushed to the cloud even after students sign out. If necessary, data from the previous user continues to be pushed to the cloud after the next user signs in to the iPad.
For optimal performance with Classroom, class sizes of 60 students or fewer are recommended.
Classroom can be used for both admin-created and teacher-created classes, however Classroom can’t manage temporary sessions of Shared iPad.
Note: Student images are added on the MDM solution for admin-created classes. The student is responsible for adding their image on their iPad for teacher-created classes.
For admin-created classes, all devices must be enrolled in your MDM solution and the MDM administrator must create sets of classes so Classroom has roster information. In your MDM solution, each class consists of a name, one or more teachers, students, and (optionally) groups of devices (when using Shared iPad). Classroom uses these classes to register which devices belong to students in each class. The classes configured by your MDM solution are also used to simplify the sign-in experience with Shared iPad. You can create temporary groups within these classes. For example, if three students are working on a project together, you can create a group just for them and then guide them to look at specific websites or EPUBs that pertain to their project. You can create temporary groups without the need to contact your MDM administrator.
In a one-to-one environment, Classroom can still be used to keep students on task, letting you guide their experience. See About Shared iPad.
For teacher-created classes, no MDM solution is required, although integrating with one can change how the student iPad devices function in the classes.
When teachers create a class, they make the class available for students to join. Teachers create teacher-created classes by entering their name and then creating the class. Provided that all network infrastructure requirements are met, the teacher can advertise a class for enrollment and a student can browse for that class. See:
Important: Teacher-created classes are incompatible with Shared iPad and the education configuration profile from your MDM solution that creates admin-created classes. If the education configuration profile is present on the teacher’s or student’s device, teacher-created classes can’t be created or joined.
Screen view options
There are specific settings that can be configured to allow or deny a student the ability to change whether their screen is able to be viewed by you. These settings are located in your mobile device management (MDM) solution and in the Classroom settings on the device. Consult your MDM solution on how they implemented Classroom app restrictions.
Using the Classroom app on your device, you can perform actions on each student’s device to focus their attention and guide their learning. Teachers can also do certain administrative tasks, such as assign an Apple device to a student, sign out a student, or reset a student’s passcode or password.