5 Steps to Set Up and Manage your iPads at School

iPads can help teachers and students to continue lessons even during lockdowns. But just handing out iPads to students is unlikely to deliver great grades. We look at the necessary planning involved when using iPads at school.

iPads for school children. Child uses iPad.

Step 1: Decide How You Want the iPads to Be Used

The most important and decisive point comes first. In order to have devices which work exactly how you imagined, you first have to create an appropriate concept. You should consider how you want to teach with the iPad and what the students should be able to do with them, all before they are purchased.

You can use the following questions as a suggestion:

  • Should each student receive a personal tablet or should each class have a set of devices which always remain in the classroom?
  • Which apps should be available on the devices?
  • Should the students also be able to receive e-mails on the devices?

If you are unsure, you are welcome to discuss your application case with one of our account managers without obligation. Feel free to contact us at sales@cortado.com directly.

Step 2: Register for Apple School Manager

If you plan on deploying iPads for school work for more than just a few students, do not underestimate the management workload involved. Managing student accounts, implementing content filtering and integrating devices with existing IT infrastructure is time consuming, which is why it’s a good idea to utilize available management tools, like Apple School Manager (ASM).

To find out more about Apple School Manager and what it offers, check out our ultimate guide to Apple School Manager.

Registering for ASM is free of charge and easy. If you are an admin at educational institution, you can enroll into Apple School Manager online; just fill out the corresponding fields there. Apple will verify your information, which can take up to 5 days.

Step 3: Procure Equipment (Ideally with the Device Enrollment Program)

Now is the time to purchase the equipment. iPads come in different models and memory sizes. For school purposes, You don’t have to pick a model with the maximum amount of storage space possible – 64GB memory should be completely sufficient. Nor is an iPad Pro absolutely necessary.

However, when purchasing the devices, you certainly should buy directly from Apple or a certified reseller, as they offer special conditions for educational purposes.

In addition, these companies supply the devices as so-called DEP devices (Device Enrollment Program), which allows them to connect directly to your ASM account, saving you time. Make sure you mention this to the seller. Why this is crucial is explained in points 4 and 5.

Step 4: Map your Use Case with a Mobile Device Management Solution

ASM is most likely insufficient to fully implement your concept on the iPads. For this, the use of a suitable mobile device management (MDM) solution, like Cortado MDM, is essential.

If you have never heard of MDM, no problem. Again let us know via e-mail and we will be happy to show you in a short web session what an MDM solution can do and how you can implement your use case. Alternatively, our Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Device Management will also get you up to speed.

With a mobile device management solution, you reduce the amount of hours spent manually implementing configurations, installing apps, managing student accounts and updating software. MDM streamlines or automates all of these aspects within a central management console. Several more complex configurations are only possible with mobile device management solutions, so it is recommended to check beforehand if your use case requires one.

We recommend that you register with a MDM provider, like Cortado MDM, to start a free trial. In our detailed manual, we explain how to connect your ASM to the Cortado solution in a simple and straightforward manner. In addition, we will show you step-by-step how to configure all iPads at your school so that each device does exactly what it is supposed to do in the end.

Final Step for your iPads at School

If you have decided to use DEP devices, the last step is a piece of cake. Your devices are all stored in the ASM and connected to Cortado via this ASM. When you now switch on the device, the usual first steps appear on the iOS device. If you go through these, you will then come to a point called remote management. At this point, the device will retrieve all the information you have previously entered in the MDM solution. Thanks to the configurations you implemented, the deployment process has been automated, while all iPads (and what apps and books are installed on them) can be easily managed remotely. When the student has the iPad in the hand, they simply time in their username and password. Now the student can log in and the device will set up as you defined it for his class. All apps and documents are rolled out to the device and all restrictions are implemented.

“I Immediately Saw Results After Setting Up”

Learn more on how Apple School Manager and Cortado MDM recently delivered results to a German School.

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