How to configure Intune settings for the iOS Classroom app

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Note

Intune settings for the Classroom App are obsolete in Intune. This article is only applicable for users with existing education profiles in Intune.

Introduction

Classroom is an app that helps teachers to guide learning, and control student devices in the classroom. For example, the app enables teachers to:

  • Open apps on student devices
  • Lock, and unlock the iPad screen
  • View the screen of a student iPad
  • Navigate students iPads to a bookmark, or chapter in a book
  • Display the screen from a student iPad on an Apple TV

To set up Classroom on your device, you will need to create and configure an Intune iOS education device profile.

Before you start

Consider the following before you begin to configure these settings:

  • Both teachers and student iPads must be enrolled in Intune.
  • Ensure that you have installed the Apple Classroom app on the teacher’s device. You can either install the app manually, or use Intune app management.
  • You must configure certificates to authenticate connections between teacher and student devices (see Step 2, Create and assign an iOS Education profile in Intune).
  • Teacher and student iPads must be on the same Wi-Fi network, and also have Bluetooth enabled.
  • The Classroom app runs on supervised iPads running iOS 9.3 or later.
  • In this release, Intune supports managing a 1:1 scenario where each student has their own dedicated iPad.

Step 1 - Import your school data into Azure Active Directory

Use Microsoft's School Data Sync (SDS) to import school records from an existing Student Information System (SIS) to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). SDS synchronizes information from your SIS and stores it in Azure AD. Azure AD is a Microsoft management system that helps you organize users and devices. You can then use this data to help you manage your students and classes. Learn more about how to deploy SDS.

How to import data using SDS

You can import information into SDS by using one of the following methods:

  • CSV files - Manually export and compile comma-separated value (.csv) files
  • PowerSchool API - An SIS provider that simplifies syncing with Azure AD
  • OneRoster - A CSV format that you can export and convert to sync with Azure AD

Find out more

Step 2 - Create and assign an iOS Education profile in Intune

Configure general settings

  1. Sign in to Intune.
  2. On the Intune pane, choose Device configuration.
  3. On the Device configuration pane under the Manage section, choose Profiles.
  4. On the profiles pane, choose Create profile.
  5. On the Create profile pane, enter a Name and Description for the iOS education profile.
  6. From the Platform drop-down list, choose iOS.
  7. From the Profile type drop-down list, choose Education.
  8. Choose Settings > Configure.

In the next section, you'll create certificates to establish a trust relationship between teacher and student iPads. Certificates are used to seamlessly and silently authenticate connections between devices without having to enter user names and passwords.

Important

The teacher and student certificates you use must be issued by different certification authorities (CAs). You must create two new subordinate CAs connected to your existing certificate infrastructure; one for teachers, and one for students.

iOS education profiles support only PFX certificates. SCEP certificates are not supported.

Created certificates must support server authentication and user authentication.

Configure teacher certificates

On the Education pane, choose Teacher certificates.

Configure teacher root certificate

Under Teacher root certificate, choose the browse button. Select the root certificate with either:

  • Extension .cer (DER, or Base64 encoded)
  • Extension .P7B (with or without full chain)

Configure teacher PKCS#12 certificate

Under Teacher PKCS#12 certificate, configure the following values:

  • Subject name format - Intune automatically prefixes common names for teacher certificates with leader. Common names for Student certificates are prefixed with member.
  • Certification authority - An Enterprise Certification Authority (CA) that runs on an Enterprise edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 or later. A Standalone CA is not supported.
  • Certification authority name - Enter the name of your certification authority.
  • Certificate template name - Enter the name of a certificate template that has been added to an issuing CA.
  • Renewal threshold (%) - Specify the percentage of the certificate lifetime that remains before the device requests renewal of the certificate.
  • Certificate validity period - Specify the amount of remaining time before the certificate expires. You can specify a value that is lower than the validity period in the specified certificate template, but not higher. For example, if the certificate validity period in the certificate template is two years, you can specify a value of one year but not a value of five years. The value must also be lower than the remaining validity period of the issuing CA certificate.

When you're finished configuring certificates, choose OK.

Configure student certificates

  1. On the Education pane, choose Student certificates.
  2. On the Student certificates pane, from the Student device certificates type list, choose 1:1.

Configure student root certificate

Under Student root certificate, choose the browse button. Select the root certificate with either:

  • Extension .cer (DER, or Base64 encoded)
  • Extension .P7B (with or without full chain)

Configure student PKCS#12 certificate

Under Student PKCS#12 certificate, configure the following values:

  • Subject name format - Intune automatically prefixes common names for teacher certificates with leader. Common names for Student certificates are prefixed with member.
  • Certification authority - An Enterprise Certification Authority (CA) that runs on an Enterprise edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 or later. A Standalone CA is not supported.
  • Certification authority name - Enter the name of your certification authority.
  • Certificate template name - Enter the name of a certificate template that has been added to an issuing CA.
  • Renewal threshold (%) - Specify the percentage of the certificate lifetime that remains before the device requests renewal of the certificate.
  • Certificate validity period - Specify the amount of remaining time before the certificate expires. You can specify a value that is lower than the validity period in the specified certificate template, but not higher. For example, if the certificate validity period in the certificate template is two years, you can specify a value of one year but not a value of five years. The value must also be lower than the remaining validity period of the issuing CA certificate.

When you're finished configuring certificates, choose OK.

Finish up

  1. On the Education pane, choose OK.
  2. On the Create profile pane, choose Create.

The profile is created and appears on the profiles list pane.

Assign the profile to student devices in the classroom groups that were created when you synchronized your school data with Azure AD (see How to assign device profiles.

Next steps

Now when teachers use the Classroom app, they'll have full control over student devices.

For more information about the Classroom app, see Classroom help, on the Apple web site.

If you want to configure shared iPad devices for students, see How to configure Intune education settings for shared iPad devices.