• iPads in Plano ISD

    You DO NOT need to sign in with your personal AppleID or your PISD email. The district is creating Apple IDs for all users.
    See the section below ⭐NEW: Managed Apple IDs for details.

  • ⭐NEW: Managed Apple IDs

    Plano ISD is implementing Managed Apple IDs for all staff, similar to how we manage Microsoft and Google accounts. 

    • These IDs will allow employees to access district-issued Apple devices and services using the same credentials they use for other district devices. 
    • Benefits will include improved technical support and data security. 
    • This is important as new iPads are distributed to teachers (coming soon!).
    • Managed Apple IDs will be linked to district email addresses, and the district will assist staff who have previously used their district email for personal Apple IDs to transition to new personal IDs using non-district email addresses. 

    Please read the District Managed Apple IDs Guide for more information and contact the Help Desk with any questions.

  • Getting started with your iPad

    1. Open Self Service.
       jamf icon 
    2. Add the following apps using your PISD email account, sign into the following:
      • Classlink (Webdesk)
      • Google Drive
      • Any Google Apps that you use (Classroom, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Meet)
      • Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
      • Elementary - Seesaw
      • Secondary - Kami (instructions on how to use the Kami app)
    3. Pair (connect) your Apple Pencil to your iPad (pairing instructions, adding pencil battery widget to home screen). 
    4. Do not sign in with an AppleID.
      • You do not need to sign in with your personal AppleID.
      • The district will soon create AppleIDs for all users.
      • Please DO NOT sign in with your PISD email at this time. 

  • Install & Request Apps

    Install apps from the Self Service (Jamf) app.

    jamf icon

    Request apps via the  iPad request form accessible via tile on Webdesk. See instructions on our iPad App Request page. 

    iPad app request tile

  • Security

    Set an access code on your iPad to prevent anyone other than yourself from gaining access to your iPad.

    Apple Support website - Set a passcode on an iPad.

  • Update your iPad (restrictions)

    Elementary campuses - iPad updates are restricted to after 2:45 pm.

    Secondary campuses - iPad updates are restricted to after 3:30 pm. 

  • Apple Pencil

    Pairing - connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad - pairing instructions

    Battery Widget - adding pencil battery widget to home screen 

  • Apple TV

    Instructions on how to use your Apple TV: Apple TV Tips and Tricks slide deck

    Mirror your iPad to your Apple TV:

    1. On the iOS or iPadOS device, swipe to open Control Center,
    2. Tap Screen Mirroring,
    3. Select Apple TV in the list of AirPlay devices.
    4. To end mirroring, make sure Control Center is open on your device, tap, then tap Stop Mirroring. 

    From Apple TV User Guide support page.

  • Display your iPad onto a screen

    To show your iPad screen on the projector/screen, you can use either your Apple TV (see instructions in section above) or a Lightning Digital AV Adapter

    ipad lightning cable

  • ⭐Digital Learning Apps

    Recommended iPad Apps for Teachers 

    Increase student engagement, quickly assess your students, design art, graphics, videos, and more!
    Products with a ⭐ indicate premium access for PISD staff/students.

    On your district-issued iPad, install apps from Self Service. 

    Explore more here! Best iPad Apps for Teachers

  • Training

    Apple Professional Learning Live (online)

    • Explore helpful resources, practice new skills, and reflect on ways Apple technology can support great learning and teaching.
    • Hosted by Apple Professional Learning Specialists, these hands-on sessions run for approximately 60 minutes.
    • To learn more, and register, visit apple.co/apl.

    Apple Education Community

    • A professional learning hub designed for educators who use Apple technology.
    • Find helpful resources for any skill level — from quick tutorials to inspirational ideas.
    • Engage in self-paced courses to earn badges and become an "Apple Teacher".(Sign in to track progress).
    • Grow in this collaborative space as you connect with peers and experts for advice, shared stories, and more. 
    • To learn more, visit https://education.apple.com/.

  • Support

    Having issues?  

    Contact the Helpdesk: tsos@pisd.edu or ext. 28767

    Apple support: https://support.apple.com/ipad

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