Using Shared iPad
After you’ve configured Shared iPad with the number of users and set up caching content, you can learn how to use Shared iPad in your classes.
It’s important to choose optimized content creation apps for Shared iPad. These apps are designated in the Apps and Books section of the Apple School Manager User Guide. Simply look for the “Optimized for Shared iPad” badge under the app’s description. Apps with this designation will save user-generated content to iCloud, where it can be accessed from on other Shared iPad devices and iCloud.com. Managed Apple IDs don’t support Family Sharing.
For apps that might be used by Shared iPad users, it’s recommended that you deploy those to all Shared iPad devices. This will minimize traffic caused by app installation during school hours. Because users can’t delete apps on Shared iPad, you can use mobile device management (MDM) to show or hide certain apps. In this way, you can customize the learning environment for specific groups of students.
Update iOS, iPadOS, and apps
Updates to iOS, iPadOS, and apps on Shared iPad can be initiated only by the MDM. Therefore it’s recommended that updates occur during off hours to minimize impact to your users and the network.
Students sign in to Shared iPad by tapping their Photo ID or by entering their Managed Apple ID followed by their Managed Apple ID passcode. (For younger students, there’s also an option to sign in using a shorter—four- or six-digit—numeric passcode.) It’s recommended that you plan for students to return to the same device each time. When they do so, they have two methods to quickly sign in:
When they revisit the same device, they can select their account from the Recent Users list.
Teachers should use the Classroom app to assign students to iPad devices automatically. To sign in, students simply tap their Photo ID on the Recent Users screen and then enter their Managed Apple ID password. With the use of intelligent caching by Shared iPad, students will be assigned the same iPad for a class every day and can pick up where they left off.
When a student signs in, their data is held locally in separate areas of iPad storage. When the student signs out, that data is pushed to iCloud Drive or to other apps from the App Store that use cloud-based storage.
Note: For each device with Shared iPad, the MDM administrator can set a grace period—a number of minutes—during which the student can unlock the device without a passcode (it locks itself automatically after 2 minutes of inactivity).
Students can’t save passwords using AutoFill unless a user configuration profile specifying the allowed domain for the AutoFill feature is installed on the iPad.
The Web Clips payload and the following payloads can be installed in user profiles on Shared iPad as long as sensitive user information for the listed payloads (such as certificates and passwords) is left out:
The following MDM commands can be sent to Shared iPad:
Log out user
Enable diagnostics and usage reporting
Disable diagnostics and usage reporting
Classroom with Shared iPad
Teachers can also use the Classroom app for iPad or the Classroom app for Mac with Shared iPad. With Classroom, educators can take full advantage of iPad—helping students stay on task by using Classroom tools to manage common classroom workflows. To see the requirements for Classroom with Shared iPad, see Classroom User Guide for iPad or Classroom User Guide for Mac.