Configuring Classes for Apple's Classroom App

To be able to use the Classroom app as a teacher, the classes must be defined. Classes in Jamf School are special types of user groups that contain teachers and students. To configure classes in Jamf School, you can create a new class or migrate an existing user group to a class.

Requirements

  • The Classroom app on the teacher device

  • 1:1 iPad with assigned teacher as owner

  • Teacher and student iPads with iOS 9.3 or later

  • Teacher and student iPads need to be on the same (Wi-Fi) network and need to be able to connect to each other directly. The communication between the Classroom app and the student iPad is done directly and securely, so Jamf School can’t detect what is being sent.

  • Bluetooth must be enabled on both iPads to detect each other, because iBeacons are used.

  • Both iPads require a special education profile. This is the responsibility of Jamf School and the configuration for that is explained in this guide. You can check if the iPads already have this profile on the ‘profiles’ tab of the device details page. Here it should display a profile named "Jamf School Education Profile (version:xxx)". This is required for both the teacher and student iPads.
    Note: If there is a restriction in one of the active profiles that disables “Allow screen captures”, the screen sharing in the Classroom app will not work.

Creating a New Class

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Classes > +Add Class.

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  2. Set the name and description for the class, and then click Next.

  3. Click Add Student to add the students to be managed when the teacher selects this class in the Classroom app

    Note: You can filter on groups to make it easier to find certain students.

  4. After all students have been added to the class, click Next.

  5. Here you can search for teachers you want to add to the class. Just like students, you can add multiple teachers.

  6. Click Finish to create the class. This will also take you back to the class overview.

Migrating an Existing User Group to a Class

If you already have user groups configured for classes, you can easily migrate a group to a class by clicking Migrate to class on the group details page. This will also include any teachers that could manage this user group in the Jamf School Teacher app.
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Installing the Classroom App on Teacher iPads

You can now install the Classroom app on the iPads that are associated with the teachers, either via the App Store or by adding this app in Jamf School. You can add the Classroom app when purchasing content in volume purchasing (formerly VPP) in Apple School Manager; this enables you to add the Classroom app automatically to all devices of the teachers.

You can check if the configuration of a class has been sent to the iPad by looking for an “Install Education Profile” command in the activity log.

If you have configured the class and device in the correct way, you will get an overview of the classes this teacher has been assigned to.

Note: If you have only a single class assigned to a teacher, you will go straight to the overview of that class.

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