Introduction to Apple Classroom

Apple Classroom is different from Google Classroom. The former is an app that helps you manage student devices; the latter is an LMS (that is to say a Learning Management System). If you are not familiar with Google Classroom, I suggest you read the introduction guides.

To give you an example, with Google Classroom, you are going to assign an activity or send a document to your students. While this is possible with Apple Classroom, you’ll want to use it to monitor a student’s iPad: is the student working? Is he or she playing a game or doing something else?

Let’s get started

⚠️ In order to work properly, it is required that Bluetooth’s is on.

While we are at it, I always ask my students that their iPad is on silent mode, that Do not disturb is on and of course that the Bluetooth is on. Thanks to Shortcuts all of this can be automated. More on that later.

So you have your classes. Select one of them and you’ll see that you have seven options.

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

1. Open

You have one option: Lock in app after opening, which means students can’t do anything else. This aims to help them keep focused.

⚠️ Be careful! Students know a way around this restriction. All they have to do is to restart their iPad. So go check once in a while.

2. Navigate

As above, you can Lock in app after opening.

3. Hide

4. Lock

Don’t forget to select the locked student iPad and to unlock it when needed. Anyway, the student will remind you or will restart the device.

💡 When you want students to listen, ask them to put their iPad upside down.

5. Mute

6. Screens

⚠️ As you watch, the status bar on the student’s iPad will turn blue so he or she knows you’re watching.

7. Group

Just tap the Group button, select a group of students, then name the group.

There’s more

Be notified if students exchange docs

Share document

  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

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

Summary

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