Apple's free Classroom app turns an iPad into a teaching assistant for educators

Following the release of iOS 9.3, Apple has rolled out its Classroom app for teachers. The free app is designed to “turn your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant,” helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can launch the same app on every student device at the same time or launch a different app for each group of students. 

Once configured, Classroom connects to nearby student devices. Apple says that it intelligently assigns students to the Shared iPad they most recently used. Teachers can log students out of Shared iPad at the end of a session to prepare for the next class.

With Classroom, teachers can launch any app, website, or book on student devices with a tap. iPads (third generation or later), iPad Airs, and iPad minis can be locked into a single app. Teachers can lock screens to pause work or refocus a class.

Educators can also see what their students see with Screen View. They can see an overview of all student screens at once or focus on a single student screen.

Classroom allows student work to be shared on an Apple TV via AirPlay. Teachers can also reset a Managed Apple ID password without calling IT and organize student devices using groups. In fact, Classroom automatically creates groups of students based on the apps they’re using.