Apple Classroom 2.1
How to make it happen in your classroom
This post was updated on 10th November 2017 to include the video below, that provides an overview of the new features introduced in Apple Classroom 2.1 and how to set up unmanaged, teacher-created classes.
Apple Classroom 2.1
Setting Up Teacher Created Classes (unmanaged)
This video provides an overview of how to set up teacher-created classes and highlights some of the latest features in Apple Classroom 2.1
The Classroom App is the one of a number of fantastic new innovations for education developed by Apple in the last year. In fact, I would say that it is the biggest educational advancement from Apple to date. The Apple Classroom 2.0 update made the app much more accessible by introducing the ability to set up Classroom 'on the fly' without the requirement for an MDM solution.
In an ‘Apple Classroom’, a teacher can control pupil iPads in a truly meaningful way. A teacher can launch devices into selected apps, divert them to web pages, open iBooks, lock the entire class into an app and/or lock the iPads down completely. On top of that, a teacher can over see the screens of each iPad in their classroom and monitor activity in real time.
It sound’s great doesn’t it? That’s because it is! It is awesome and it can completely redefine the digital workflow within your classroom. The 2.0 update means that a teacher can set up 'unmanaged' classes quickly and easily. However, it’s worth mentioning that there
So, what is the difference? Well, 'managed' Apple Classroom setups are managed through a Mobile Device Management system. Essentially, this means that an ICT coordinator or IT administrator can set up all of the classes and groups for the teachers prior to anyone using the devices.
'Unmanaged' Apple Classroom setups can be set up 'on the fly' by any teacher in a much less technical way. This flexibility means that as of now, anyone can download the app and start using it straight away with their classes.
In this blog, we are going to explore the setting up of an 'unmanaged' and 'managed' Apple Classroom. If you would like more information in relation to the 'managed' set up then please get in touch using the Contact Us button above and we can arrange a free webinar with our Apple tech team.
Setting up unmanaged apple classroom
3 Simple steps
Step 1: Understand the device and
Step 2: Create and join the class
Step 3: Launch the class
Setting up managed apple classroom
5 Simple steps
Step 1: UNDERSTAND THE DEVICE AND IOS REQUIREMENTS
Step 2: THE RIGHT MOBILE DEVICE MANAGEMENT
Step 3: CONFIGURING YOUR devices
Step 4: SET UP GROUPS
Step 5: Launch the class
Two options. One is undeniably easier than the other. One is more time-consuming. However, they are both worth considering. It really comes down to your specific situation in your specific school. If you are looking to use Apple Classroom within one class, every so often, then creating 'Unmanaged' Apple Classrooms is maybe a better option. Alternatively, setting up an entire school or a year group's worth of pupils and teachers will be better organised through a 'Managed' set up.
Either way, it’s impact on teaching and learning with iPad is unparalleled by any other advancements over the years in my opinion. It really can re-invent the digital workflow in any given lesson. Ultimately,