App use and content access will become easier for students and educators as Apple plans to remove the Apple ID requirement for using books and apps on the iPad.
9 to 5 Mac announced that with no Apple ID required, educators can better-enable learning through iPads and will have students share devices without having to go through time-consuming setup processes. In an email published on 9 to 5 Mac, Apple empathizes with educators and IT administrators and pledges to take steps to improve tech use in the classroom,
“We understand that some schools are not able to give every student an iPad and are sharing devices across classes and students. We want to make learning with a shared iPad a great experience for these students as well as their teachers and administrators”.
The idea is to improve efficiency so kids and teachers are spending time on learning and not on logging in.
“We are working to change this in the fall by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID. As currently planned, this will greatly reduce the number of steps needed to setup a device.”
With these statements confirmed, IT administrators and educators may be more willing to use iPads in the classroom as they will no longer be discouraged by the need to create and set up individual Apple IDs for each device. This change will also make it possible for students under 13 to access content on the iCloud on their iPads without having to get their parent’s approval first. Teachers will be able to create and manage the Apple IDs for these students, and by bypassing the time-consuming step of getting parent consent, students and educators can focus on learning.
TechRadar clarifies that IT school administrators will no longer have to create Apple IDs for each device and that administrators will have several security privileges which will enable them to prevent students from making unauthorized purchases on their ipads.
With these new updates, Apple aims to make administration of education technology more user-friendly. Rolling out iPads on a large scale will also become easier. Apple notes that it’s trying to make the processes easier for those in charge of technology:
“We are improving the Apple Deployment Programs by unifying individual services into one program, simplifying the administrator experience”.
Eliminating the Apple ID requirement for using apps, adding the ability to tweak the Apple ID program, and the merging of deployment programs into one will be deployed by the beginning of the next school year.