Apple technology in schools

Apple provides applications, 24/7 support, and teaching tools to educators in NZ state and state-integrated schools who purchase technology.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Principals and tumukai
  • Teachers and kaiako
  • School ICT specialist
  • Boards
  • Administrators
  • External ICT providers

Apple technology provides useful tools for schools to support positive student outcomes. Educators can access a variety of tools and support to enhance learning in the classroom.

Apple operating systems

Apple's operating systems come pre-installed and are updated regularly. The latest versions, including details about compatible devices can be found on the Apple website.

macOS – Apple Education(external link)

iOS – Apple Education(external link)

You can access any future releases for free through Systems Preferences on your Mac or through the Settings app on your iPad or iPhone.

Apple apps

Apple produces a range of free apps to support teaching and learning in the classroom. These are available from the App Store on your Mac or iPad. Future updates are available as a free download from the App Store.

Education apps include:

  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • iPhoto
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Clips
  • Classroom.

If these applications are already installed on your device you'll be able to update them for free from the App Store.

Apple Education Resellers

You can purchase Apple Technology from the authorised education resellers listed on the Apple website.

How to buy: Find an Apple Authorised Education Reseller – Apple Education(external link)

Deploying Apple devices

Apple devices can be managed over-the-air, using Apple School Manager and Mobile Device Management tools. More information, including the Education Deployment Guide are available on the Apple website.

Education deployment guide – Apple Education(external link)

Help with Apple hardware and software

Our ICT Helpdesk provides free help and advice by phone and email.

Phone: 0800 Call ICT(external link) (0800 22 55 42(external link))


24 hour access to Apple Support

A new agreement between the Ministry and Apple means that teachers and each of their students in every NZ state and integrated school are able to have 24/7 direct access to Apple support.

This enables hardware support for eligible devices, Operating System support along with support for all Apple apps.

Phone: 0800 387 931(external link)

Enter the access code '2923' and answer the security question with ‘Ministry of Education’.

If you've bought an Apple device, you may have a support contract from Apple. You can find more information about the manufacturer’s guarantee on the Apple website or by contacting Apple directly.

Support – Apple website(external link)

Free training for educators

Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning.

As an educator, you can:

  • build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students
  • earn recognition for the new things you learn
  • be rewarded for the great work you do every day.

Apple Teacher – Apple Education(external link)

Teaching tools

Apple provides a number of tools to help guide how students use devices and apps in the classroom, and provide valuable insight into each student’s progress.

Teaching tools – Apple Education(external link)


Apple has developed the Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create curriculums that make it easier to bring coding and core creative skills to every subject.

Curriculum – Apple Education(external link)

Apple distinguished schools

Learn more about what schools are doing with Apple technology.

Apple distinguished schools – Apple Education(external link)

Accessibility and assistive technology

Apple has built assistive technologies into each of its products.

Accessibility – Apple Education(external link)

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