Apple School Manager is currently in preview with Apple and schools can enroll at https://school.apple.com/

Apple School Manager & ZuluDesk

Apple School Manager is a simple, web-based portal that can be used to deploy iPads and Macs in schools. Automatically create Managed Apple IDs for all students and staff and easily buy books, and learning materials.

Our integration with Apple School Manager enables you to easily sync Classes, Students and Teachers to ZuluDesk. If your Student Information System (SIS) cannot be synced with Apple School Manager, then it’s possible to (manually) sync from ZuluDesk. We provided the ability for schools to generate Classes, Students and Teachers that can be exported to Apple School Manager.

Because we work seamlessly with Apple School Manager, you can set up iPad’s wirelessly with ZuluDesk. You can automate setup and enrollment with the right settings and restrictions, then assign devices and apps according to the class groups you’ve defined. ZuluDesk also makes it simple to manage your devices and settings throughout the year. You can reconfigure Home screen layouts, whitelist or blacklist certain apps, schedule overnight software updates and use Lost Mode to track down lost devices.

Shared iPad

Shared iPad is a new iOS 9 feature for schools that share devices and still want to provide personalized experiences. Before class begins, teachers can assign any student any shared iPad. Students know which devices to use because their pictures are on the Lock screens. Students can access their personal content using a password or easy-to-remember four-digit PIN. And because data is locally stored on the devices and in their personal iCloud. After they log in, their homework, apps, and assignments are exactly as they left them. So teachers and technology managers won’t lose time backing up or wiping data between classes.

Shared iPad is supported on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4 with 32GB of storage or higher.

“It’s like the holy grail of iPad management”
Mark Williamson
Woodbrook Vale School

Distribute Apps in Volume with ZuluDesk

Via Apple School Manager educational institutions can purchase apps in volume and distribute them within their organizations, afterwards you can easily distribute the apps to the students devices. It doesn’t matter if the device is student or school-owned. When associated you can push or revoke all your VPP apps.

Classroom App

Classroom is a powerful new iPad app that helps teachers guide learning, share work, and manage student devices. Teachers can launch a specific app, website, or textbook page on any device in the class, or share student work on a TV, monitor, or projector using Apple TV. They can even reset a student’s password, see which apps students are working in, and assign a specific shared iPad for the class period. The Classroom app is easy to set up on a teacher’s iPad with the help of ZuluDesk. Using our ZuluDesk Teacher app alongside Apple’s Classroom app gives you even more possibilities.

Managed Apple ID

Managed Apple IDs are a new kind of Apple ID that gives students access to iCloud, iTunes U, and Shared iPad, while maintaining the control schools need. Apple School Manager lets you automatically create Managed Apple IDs for all students and staff by importing the necessary data from your Student Information System (SIS), CSV files exported from your school’s directory service or ZuluDesk. And because Managed Apple IDs are owned and assigned by your institution, you can easily reset passwords, audit accounts, and define roles for everyone in the district.

“Using iPads in our school gives us lots of opportunities, it provides our students to access an endless supply of information. If we need to narrow down the focus, there’s ZuluDesk. This way we get the best of both worlds!”
Rolf Mulder
Hondsrug College