Configuring and Distributing Apple's Classroom App

This article describes how you can use Jamf School to configure and distribute Apple's Classroom app to teachers. Classroom is an app for teachers available for supported iPads and Mac computers. Teachers can use the app to guide learning, share work, and manage supported student iPads and Mac computers. They can launch a specific app, website, or textbook page in their class. Teachers can also send and receive documents with their class and share student work on a TV, monitor, or projector using Apple TV. And teachers can see which apps students are working in, mute student devices, and reset a student’s password.

When Apple's Classroom app is used with Shared iPad and Managed Apple IDs, teachers 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, teachers can use Apple's Classroom app to sign students out of their Shared iPad so that it is ready for the next student. Data is cached locally on the 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.

General Requirements

To distribute Apple's Classroom app to teacher devices and allow teachers to manage student devices with Apple's Classroom app, the devices and your infrastructure must meet the applicable requirements in Classroom requirements from Apple's Classroom User Guide.

Configuring Classes in Jamf School

Before teachers can use the Apple's Classroom app, you must configure classes in Jamf School. Students must be assigned to a class with at least one teacher who is assigned to a one-to-one iPad or Mac computer. In addition, iPads enabled as a Shared iPad and Mac computers must also be added to the class. For more information on how to configure a class, see Configuring Classes.

Configuring Classroom App Settings

You can configure some Apple's Classroom app settings in Jamf School.

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Organization > Settings in the sidebar.

  2. Click the Apple Classroom payload.

  3. (Optional) To only allow teachers to use classes configured in Jamf School, select the Automatically configure Apple Classroom based on Classes and Users in Jamf School checkbox.

  4. (Optional) To install the Classroom app for local computer users, select the Configure Classroom on macOS for all local users automatically checkbox.

  5. (Optional) To allow teachers to view student device screens using the Classroom app, select the Allow Screen Observation Permission Modification checkbox.

  6. Click Save.

Distributing Apple's Classroom App

Use Jamf School to distribute Apple’s Classroom app to the teacher devices in your environment.

Distributing Apps and Packages to Groups

After adding apps and packages to Jamf School, you can distribute content to devices by scoping it to device groups.

  1. In Jamf School, click Apps in the sidebar.

  2. Click Apps.

  3. Select the checkboxes next to the apps and packages you want to distribute.

  4. Click Edit Scope.

  5. Enter one or more device groups you want to distribute the content to in the Scope field.

  6. Choose one of the following installation methods from the Install Type pop-up menu:

    • To install the app or package on devices automatically, choose Change to automatic installation for all groups.

    • To allow users to install the app or package themselves, choose Change to on-demand installation for all groups.

  7. Choose the assignment method from the Volume Assignment Method pop-up menu.

  8. Click Save.

The app or package is available on the devices the next time they check in with Jamf School.

Related Information

For related information about the features teachers can use in Apple's Classroom app, see Apple's Classroom User Guide.

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