Apple School Manager is a free web based portal that combines the capabilities of Apple DEP and Apple VPP into a unified console. It enables the IT admins of schools and educational institutions to manage devices (iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple TVs), purchase content and create user accounts.
Apple School Manager bolsters the use of mobile devices in educational institutions by integrating with mobile device management solutions to allow automated deployment of device configurations and apps.
MDM solutions also function as Apple MDM for education, by integrating with Apple School Manager (ASM) and allow educational institutions to make the most of Apple devices. The benefit od integrating ASM with MDM solutions is that it enables admins to simplify the onboarding of devices, distribution of resources such as apps and content, and also secure the content on the devices.
Mobile Device Manager Plus (MDM) integrates with ASM to provide a solution to the specific device management needs of schools and other educational institutions. Here are the benefits of integrating ASM with Mobile Device Manager Plus and using it as an iPad management software for schools:
The first step to manage devices using Apple School Manager and an MDM solution is to integrate the two portals. Integration of Apple School Manager and MDM involves three major steps:
Step 1: On the MDM console, navigate to Enrollment -> Apple Enrollment (ABM/ASM).
Step 2: Select Enroll devices for school for initiating the integration with ASM. You can select Enroll devices for business if you're an enterprise and have an account with Apple Business Manager.
Step 3: Download the public key available on the screen.
Step 1: Login to Apple School Manager (ASM) portal using an account with Administrator privilege
Step 2: Click on Settings on the bottom left of the screen and click on Device Management Settings
Step 3: Click on Add MDM Server and provide a name for the MDM server
Step 4: Upload the public key that was downloaded from MDM and click on Save to create the server token.
Step 5: Download the server token by clicking on Download Server Token
Step 1: On the MDM sever, upload the server token that was downloaded from the ASM console
Step 2: The server token has a validity period of 1 year after which it needs to be renewed. Provide the email address for expiry notification
Step 3: Configure the device activation settings as explained here to complete the integration process
Refer this document for a step by step explanation of the integration process.
Previously Apple provided two separate portals Apple DEP and Apple VPP for device and app management respectively. Recently, Apple has upgraded and combined both these portals into Apple Business Manager (ABM) for enterprises and Apple School Manager (ASM) for educational institutions. If you have an account for your institution in the older portal, you can migrate your devices and apps by following the steps given here.
In addition to simplifying the management of devices used in schools with Apple School Manager (ASM), Apple has introduced the Classroom App that allows teachers to conduct classes using iPads. In addition to integrating with Apple School Manager, Mobile Device Manager Plus supports the Classroom App and also allows you to apply various configurations to the Classroom app that are specific to MDM solutions
With the Classroom App teachers can:
For more information about the features supported with the Classroom app, refer this.