Apple has put together some resources to help with contingency planning and remote learning advice:
Apple Education Learning Series
This series is presented by the Apple Education Leadership and Learning teams.
Each video is designed to help educators use built-in features of their Apple products to enable remote learning for all students.
This video will help educators learn how to get up and running for remote learning with iPad. We’ll explore ways to access school resources and find apps that support remote learning. Tips will include using iPad built-in features to scan documents and stay organised, using 'Markup' to annotate teacher materials and student work, getting set up with 'Voice Memos', and more.
Presenting information in compelling ways is even more important when you’re not able to meet face-to-face with your students. In this video, we’ll show you how to use iPad built-in features to create demos and instructional videos and share them with your colleagues and students. Using 'Keynote', or any presentation tool, you’ll learn how to record content and create demos on iPad for use with your students. (*Video coming soon).
Create Engaging Videos with Clips
Clips is a free app that lets educators and students easily create and share fun and engaging videos. We’ll show you how educators can use Clips to create instructional videos for exploring new skills and ideas — and how students can make videos to share what they’ve learned.
Apple Education Support
As a follow-up to the series, educators can also participate in virtual conferences led by Apple Professional Learning Specialists. Visit the virtual conferences schedule to find events in your time zone. Each virtual conference will run for approximately 30 minutes and will provide an opportunity for educators to engage in dialogue with our teams about the content provided in each video. (Virtual conferences are available in English only).
Contact AppleCare for support and service.
Stay connected with video and messaging apps
Teachers and students can keep in contact remotely through text and video conferencing.
Use Group FaceTime to easily video conference with up to 32 participants.
Use Messages and group messages on iPhone, iPad and Mac to send real-time updates and notifications to students and parents.
Configure Contacts in MDM to make it easy to find teacher and student contact details.
Use productivity and collaboration apps
You can use these Apple apps, services, and features that work well in the classroom and in remote learning environments:
With Schoolwork,* teachers can hand out anything from announcements and worksheets to specific app activities, and stay on top of the progress students are making. Learn more about Schoolwork.*
Pages, Numbers and Keynote allow students and teachers to collaborate in real-time using their Managed Apple ID. You can restrict collaboration to only members of your institution. Learn how to collaborate in Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
Multitasking on iPad lets teachers and students work on a document in Microsoft Word or in Pages, while being connected to the class through Google Hangouts or Cisco Webex. Learn how to use multitasking on iPad.
The following productivity and collaboration tools also work with iPad and Mac:
Microsoft Office 365 apps are available from the App Store and integrate seamlessly with iPadOS and macOS.
Find more education apps on the App Store
The App Store has thousands of apps designed for teaching and learning. We have curated collections with apps to learn from home and apps that work with Schoolwork.* Distribute them with Apple School Manager so that teachers can use them to distribute materials, communicate with students, and continue providing engaging learning experiences.
Resources for IT departments
Learn how to create classes, assign roles, and more in the Apple School Manager User Guide.
Apple has developed a series of on-demand webcasts to support successful Apple deployments. You’ll find sessions for IT staff on device deployment and management, as well as tools and curriculum sessions designed to support teachers. Watch the available IT and Teaching Tools Webcasts for Education and Getting Started with Apple School Manager online videos, available in English.
Contact Apple and view more setup guides on the Apple Education Support page.
Additional learning programs and forums for teachers
Teachers can join Apple Teacher, a free, self-paced professional learning program, to build skills on iPad devices and Mac computers that directly apply to activities with students.
#AppleEDUchat is a weekly forum for educators around the world to share ideas, ask questions, and learn from each other on Twitter. Many chats are focused on discussing remote learning ideas on Twitter.