Introduction to Apple Classroom

Let’s get started

You don’t need to create a class. The IT department already did it. So all you have to do is to select your class. You’ll find all your students.

  1. Open
  2. Navigate
  3. Hide
  4. Lock
  5. Mute
  6. Screens
  7. Group

1. Open

When selected, you can open an app (say Books) on all the iPads of your class at the same time.

2. Navigate

You can launch a specific webpage. So there is no need to share a URL or display a QR Code. However, to do that, you need to bookmark the page on your own browser.

3. Hide

The Hide button simply does what it says. It hides the app or the website you launched.

4. Lock

If you see that a student is not paying attention or is doing something else, you can lock the student’s iPad.

5. Mute

You can mute an iPad. Of course, this is not necessary because the student would already have done it. 😃

6. Screens

This is probably my favourite feature of Apple Classroom. It feels a bit like being CCTV but it’s very convenient. In every class, you know that there are always students who need extra help to keep focused on what we are doing.

7. Group

Classroom lets you create custom groups within your class. It’s pretty handy if you want to differentiate and give a specific task to a specific group of students.

There’s more

Even if you don’t see it when you open up Apple Classroom, you still have some interesting features.

Be notified if students exchange docs

The first I’d like to mention is that when a student send something to another student using AirDrop, you are notified and you can see which document has been unduly sent. I can assure you that it may be funny.

Share document

This is not a hidden feature properly speaking. It’s rather an invisible one because it relies on drag & drop. So here’s the thing: you can share files with your students (spreadsheets, presentations, videos, anything you want).

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to bring up the dock. Touch and hold the Files app to see recent documents. Then drag one of them to one or several students.
  2. Or, if you prefer, use split view and then drag and drop your doc from one app to another.
  3. Tell your students to accept the document you are sharing.

Using the Dock

Using Split View

Share student work

Thanks to a projector and an Apple TV, it can be very useful to display a student’s screen.

  1. Select your student.
  2. Select AiPlay to project a student’s screen.
  3. Select the appropriate Apple TV from the list.

Summary

The last feature is the report you end up with when the class is over. It’s a summary of everything that has been done during your student’s activities.

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Yann Houry

Yann Houry

Teacher and Director of Academic Research & Innovation @ Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill