Apple Classroom, probably better named Apple Classroom Manager, is a tool that allows teachers to see what is happening on all student iPads in their classroom, to open apps, websites, and files on student devices, and to lock specific students, groups, or an entire class into apps (or just lock down the iPad while you provide instruction).
Apple Classroom does not replace Google Classroom or Blackboard. It is a different tool serving a different purpose for teachers.
Getting started is the most technical part using the tool, and even that is a quick setup. The good news is we have plenty of guides and tutorials to get you started with Apple Classroom in a short time.
Learn How to Create RostersOur blog post for creating rosters in Apple Classroom is all you need to get started with Apple Classroom in the School District of Waukesha. Class lists can be created for unique groups of students manually, or educators can use the Intranet Casper Focus tool to create classes based on the course rosters in Infinite Campus.
Either way, you can create Apple Classroom courses today, and be ready to use them within 48 hours with students.
Using Apple Classroom with StudentsThere are only four things needed to use Apple Classroom with Students:
- Students must be in class rosters, and the teacher must be assigned to that roster (see above)
- Teachers must be on the iPad with bluetooth turned on, and students must have bluetooth turned on
- Teachers must download the Apple Classroom app from Self Service on their iPad (not students)
- Students must be within the immediate vicinity of the teacher (approximately 40 ft. or less)
With those criterion met, you can begin taking control of your 1:1 iPad environment, feel empowered by knowing what is happening on student devices, and get excited about all of the ways you can use technology to support student learning.