Starting today, your Apple ID for Students administrators will have the ability to add teacher accounts to the Apple ID for Students system via the new Teachers tab. Adding teacher accounts to your Apple ID for Students program allows those teachers to reset student Apple ID passwords during instructional time without needing to contact AppleCare. Existing Apple ID for Students administrator accounts associated with locations will be able to access the password reset tool on the website referenced below, and do not need to be added. Please note that, in accordance with the Apple ID for Students Program Institution Agreement, you should only add those teachers who have agreed to follow your institution’s policies to protect against the unauthorized use and disclosure of student data, and who need to access the password reset tool on behalf of students.To add a teacher, follow these steps:
• Go to https://edu-appleid.apple.com/admin and sign in using your Apple ID for Students administrator account. • Click the Teachers tab. (You will also notice the Search tab has been renamed to Students, to better reflect the information found there.) • To add a new teacher, click the Add Teacher button. • Enter the teacher’s Apple ID, confirm the ID, then click Add. (Note: You can add any existing Apple ID that the teacher already uses. Please add a separate Apple ID for each teacher, rather than sharing one Apple ID among multiple teachers.)
Once teacher accounts are added, a teacher can reset student passwords at https://edu-appleid.apple.com/teacher. To reset a student account, the teacher will need the student’s Apple ID for Students account name and the birthdate listed on the account. Please note: this system can only be used to reset passwords for accounts created via the Apple ID for Students program.In order to help you protect the integrity of your systems and the security of your students’ information, we have also provided you with the ability to remove teacher accounts for any teachers that no longer need access. To remove teacher accounts from your location, search for the teacher account using the search tool and click the “Remove” link on the right.
This is a pretty big deal as Apple, typically, wants schools to be pretty hands-off when it comes to their Apple IDs. Unfortunately, this does nothing to address issues that will arise for kids 13 years of age or older but it’s a step in the right direction.