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Overview of NORRCOM and Apple in Education

NORRCOM have worked with Apple for many years, concentrating on the education sector, we provide full end to end support for all Apple devices and software in the classroom.

We work with many Apple schools providing server, desktop and mobile device support.

A key area of technology has been the introduction of MDM’s or Mobile Device Management, These tools save endless hours configuring iPads and provide a central secure single point of control for teaching and learning to be the priority.

NORRCOM have a dedicated team of fully trained Apple technologists, we believe in the product and are working actively with schools, to provide, install and maintain Apple based systems.

If your thinking of Apple, give NORRCOM a call we will discuss the various options available for your particular environment.

Apple creates products designed to inspire the minds of teachers and students.

With Apple hardware and software in the hands of students, they have the tools to excite and challenge. Students love iPads and Macs as it works and excites. It helps them explore subjects in ways they never even dreamt of, with a Multi-Touch experience that’s interactive and engaging. Packed with power, Apple helps students and teachers tackle the most ambitious projects, all they need are the tools.

NORRCOM and why we think Apple have it covered

NORRCOM love working with Apple and we enjoy helping schools enhance their teaching and learning with Apple technology. We are an Apple Authorised Education Specialist with over 10 years’ experience and a leading partner that supports educational establishments across new Zealand helping to transform teaching and learning outcomes.

Our experience and our team of Apple experts means that we can support every consideration for a successful Apple deployment.

NORRCOM has Apple education software with options.

To help you maximize the impact of Apple technology in education and deliver a personalized learning experience to each and every student, NORRCOM offer  solutions that are made for the modern classroom and Mac lab. If you are offering a 1-to-1 iPad initiative or a shared-device model, we have the software that can help not hinder the management, giving you more time to teach. NORRCOM and Apple helps schools engage with students in new ways and deliver an active learning environment with iPad, Mac and Apple TV devices.


As Apple devices became more popular in schools, the need to best deploy devices across school but still retaining Apple IDs and the purchasing of apps. Apple, of course, looked to solve these issues and introduced various programs and services to take device management one step further, making it easier and more cost effective to manage devices in bulk.

Device Enrollment Program (DEP)

This automated enrollment process allows you to configure any Mac, iPad, iPhone or Apple TV purchased from Apple or an Apple authorized reseller and customize each device for your users all without ever having to touch the device. Hardware purchases are associated with your Apple customer number or reseller ID and linked with DEP to automatically enroll a device into management under an Apple management solution.

Volume Purchase Program (VPP)

With VPP, you can purchase and license apps and books in bulk from Apple, and distribute them to individuals via Apple ID or directly to devices without an Apple ID. Apps can be later reassigned as deployment needs change. You can link a VPP token (received from Apple) to your MDM solution for assignment and distribution. If you’re an education institution, your VPP instance is built directly within Apple School Manager.

Device Supervision

Supervision is a special mode iOS, iPadOS and tvOS devices are placed into when enrolled via DEP or Apple Configurator. Supervision gives institutions greater control over the mobile devices they own. A large number of management features including Managed Lost Mode, blocking apps and silently installing apps all require supervision. It is recommended that corporate-owned and school-owned devices be put into supervision mode.

Apple IDs

Apple IDs are the personal account credentials users use to access Apple services such as the App Store, iTunes Store, iCloud, iMessage and more. Depending on the needs of your school, your  end users can leverage their Apple ID on the job, or you can avoid using Apple IDs altogether.

Apple School Manager

Launched in 2017, Apple School Manager is a web based portal for IT administrators to oversee people, devices and content – all from one place. Exclusively for education, Apple School Manager combines DEP, VPP and other classroom management tools, such as the Classroom app, in one portal. Apple School Manager enables Managed Apple IDs and Shared iPad and can be integrated with your school’s student information system (SIS).

Classroom App

An instructional tool for iPad, Apple’s Classroom app empowers teachers to streamline classroom instruction, encourage interaction and collaboration, focus student iPad devices on a specific app or webpage, and view student devices to check for understanding. Shared iPad By offering students a personalized learning experience, Shared iPad extends the value of an iPad device. Several students, each with their own unique ID, can log in and out while their apps, content and work stay intact. Shared iPad is only available for education institutions and requires Apple School Manager.

Managed Apple IDs

For schools, Managed Apple IDs are a special type of Apple ID for students. They don’t require special permission, and they allow you, as an IT admin, to create and dynamically update user information. Managed Apple IDs are created in the Apple School Manager portal and can sync with Classroom data, as well as your school’s SIS.

The perfect device for any classroom.

The iPad is designed for complete freedom of expression and freedom of movement within school or the classroom.

With industry leading apps and advanced built-in technologies, iPads can be anything students want it to be and has the power to create anything students dream up. Yet it’s so intuitive, they can immediately take an idea and run with it.

It works the way our student think.

From the moment students pick up an iPad, they’re ready to go, swiping, dragging and dropping. Straight away, they know how to move text, photos and documents around like experts, whether they’re just learning how to spell or plotting trig functions. Multi-Touch is a profoundly immersive and responsive experience that gets students of all learning styles fully engaged in what they’re doing. And in what you’re teaching.

Work in more than one app. At once. Edit with the touch of a finger.

Learning doesn’t always happen one app at a time. iPad OS expands the versatility of iPad with new ways to multitask and work with apps in multiple windows. Students can write a book report in Pages while referencing the novel in Books, keeping both apps active in Split View. Or they can research the life cycle of butterflies in Safari while sketching the larval stage in Keynote. Slide Over keeps all of the apps they need at the ready. They can use the Dock to pull up favourite and recently used apps and projects, and quickly switch between them. Drag and Drop lets students easily move content from one app to another. And new intuitive gestures make easy work of editing your work — with just your fingers.

Mac the power to make things happen

Mac has been empowering the world’s leading engineers, artists, scientists, designers and musicians for decades. And it’s been doing the same for students too. Because it’s packed with power for their most ambitious ideas. High-performance graphics and processors, advanced storage and memory, and a breathtaking Retina display all come together to run pro-level apps for any passion.

The best build and high performance.

Retina Display

The high-resolution Retina Display on Mac is great for students who need the extra screen space for big projects, and the clarity to fine-tune even the smallest detail. That’s essential if they demonstrate an interest in things like graphic design, engineering or video editing.


With high-performance processors, cutting-edge graphics and super-fast Flash storage, Mac has the power to create and move massive project files and simultaneously run multiple pro-level apps. And all that power is encased in an incredibly thin and light design, so students and teachers can get work done almost anywhere.


Mac puts unprecedent­ed performance into an impossibly thin design, yet still provides all-day battery life — up to 10 hours. So teachers and students are free to keep building, designing, developing or composing, without being tethered to the closest power socket.

Keyboard and Tracpad

The full-size backlit keyboard is incredibly comfortable and precise for writing and coding. Unlike other notebooks, the spacious Force Touch trackpad on a Mac lets you click anywhere. And it knows what you want it to do based on intuitive gestures like pinch-to-zoom and subtle differences in pressure.

Apps to get students started. And apps to take them further.

Every Mac comes with powerful apps for productivity and creativity built in. The Mac App Store has thousands of additional apps designed specifically for education. And professional apps for everything from video editing to CAD illustration work beautifully on Mac.

Turn a passion project into a full‑on production.

Mac gives students more opportunities to grow professional skill sets. Apple-designed apps like Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X are great for video editors and musicians. And qualifying institutions can get them at a special price. For coders, there’s Xcode for building their very own apps. And third-party apps like Microsoft Office, Photoshop and AutoCAD work beautifully on Mac too.

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Logic Pro X
  • Photoshop
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • AutoCAD

Built-in Apps Ready to craft, calculate, communicate or illustrate.

Every Mac comes ready to create with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, GarageBand and Photos. Book reports and essays look stunning. Spreadsheets become canvasses for visualising data. Students have a creative studio to explore and present any idea. And teachers have everything they need to craft creative assignments and beautiful materials.

  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • iMovie
  • Photos
  • GarageBand

Thousands more options to explore.

The Mac App Store makes it simple to browse and discover thousands more apps from education software developers, so students and teachers can dive deeper into almost any subject.

Run with ideas across all devices.

Mac does a lot. And when students use it with other Apple devices, it does even more. They can snap a photo on their iPhone or start an idea on an iPad, and pick it up on a Mac to make it even richer. iCloud safely stores all of their documents, apps and projects, keeping them up to date, secure and accessible from any authorised Apple device.

iPad and Mac integrate seamlessly into your learning environment.

Whether you’re planning a brand-new deployment or adding Apple devices into your existing infrastructure, iPad and Mac fit right in. And now with Microsoft Azure Active Directory support, it’s easier than ever to provide your students and staff with access to key Apple services for teaching and learning. All the apps and services your teachers and students need every day, like Google Drive and Microsoft Office, are available on iPad. And with the countless creative tools iPad offers, students are empowered to express their learning any way they like.