How classes are created—with Apple School Manager, MDM, or by teachers
There are several ways to create classes for Schoolwork and Classroom. Select the one that best fits your organization’s requirements and needs. Consult this table to determine the most appropriate way to create classes in your organization.
Classes synced with Apple School Manager (Classroom and Schoolwork)
If teachers are using iPadOS 14 or macOS 11, they can sign in to Classroom with their Managed Apple ID, create a class, and then add other teachers and students to the class. They must select an Apple School Manager location where they want that class created. They can also see any existing classes created in Apple School Manager. No MDM solution is required, although integrating with one can change how the student devices function in the classes.
After you’ve created Managed Apple IDs for students and teachers in Apple School Manager, you can allow teachers to create, edit, and delete classes right within Schoolwork. They can create classes only in their assigned location from Apple School Manager, and students they wish to add need to be in the same location. Any classes they create also sync back to Apple School Manager and appear in Classroom. When a Managed Apple ID is signed in on a device, only classes created in Apple School Manager or created using that Managed Apple ID appear.
Classes synced from MDM (Classroom only)
If you’re not using Managed Apple IDs, or if you’re deploying Shared iPad, you can use your MDM solution to set up classes for Classroom. For these MDM-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. Classes can be synced from Apple School Manager, or created manually in your MDM solution. In your MDM solution, each class consists of a name, one or more teachers, students, and (optionally) groups of devices (when using Shared iPad). Your MDM solution installs an education configuration profile on all devices assigned to a class. Classroom uses this profile to register which devices belong to students in each class. Teachers can create temporary groups within these classes. For example, if three students are working on a project together, the teacher can create a group just for them and then guide them to look at specific websites or books that pertain to their project. Teachers can create temporary groups without the need to contact the MDM administrator.
The classes configured by your MDM solution are also used to simplify the sign-in experience with Shared iPad.
When you configure classes using your MDM, only MDM-created classes appear in Classroom. Teachers can’t remove classes or add their own classes. You can also sync your classes from Apple School Manager to your MDM solution or create them directly within the MDM solution. See your MDM vendor’s documentation to see if they support these features.
For more information about using Classroom with Shared iPad and in a one-to-one environment, see About Shared iPad in Mobile Device Management Settings for IT Administrators.
Teacher-created unmanaged classes (Classroom only)
In Classroom, teachers can also create their own classes without the use of Managed Apple IDs and without the need to contact their IT administrator. In that case, 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 by choosing one of the following:
Students add the class by entering a four-digit PIN (personal identification number) provided by the teacher. A student can add more than one class—by the same or different teachers. In this way, students can easily move from room to room with their iPad or Mac. Students can also remove teacher-created classes unless restricted by MDM.
For more information, see Set up your teacher-created class in Classroom in the Classroom User Guide for iPad.
Important: Teacher-created unmanaged classes are incompatible with Shared iPad and the education configuration profile from your MDM solution that creates MDM-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, and only MDM-created classes are present in Classroom. Teacher-created unmanaged classes are also incompatible with Managed Apple IDs. When a Managed Apple ID is signed in on a device, only classes created in Apple School Manager, created using that Managed Apple ID, or created with MDM appear.