I've just set up 42 in one of my schools, make sure when you create your first 'image' that you don't update it first... or you'll have to manually update + restore every single one from then on... :-|
We've got a couple of trolleys that hold 32 each, so room for expansion, and with them you can sync 20 at a time. So if they do decide they want x app on them all, it's just a matter of plugging them into your itunes PC and syncing them.
I used the iphone configuration utility to lock them down a bit, so kids can't access youtube, itunes store or install app's from anywhere else, i couldn't see a way to stop them uninstalling apps though (will just make sure i re-sync once a month). There was also a setting in there that restricts access to apps ages 4+/9+/13+/18+, but i guess that relies on the app developer putting the right age range in.
We are thinking of a BYO Ipad solution for pupils. Our thinking is any pupil ipad will be added to wireless network via mac authentication and a password which will be entered for them. This will save us from having to do any management of the device and not dealing with itunes accounts and locking it down etc. Using our smoothwall transparent filter each pupil ipad will be on a filtered internet feed. Pupil ipads will have access via filebrowser to their network folder and via a print server in the vlan to all network printers. This seems like an easier solution than configuring and locking down school bought devices.
Classroom management will have to deal with brought in images \ videos but that is done anyway for phones etc.
We are assuming that the ipads will be running nothing nasty via the app store.
Other netbooks and laptops will have guest access only and only access to Internet again via smoothwall ssl login page.
This is a useful link, Apple have a site where educational establishments can buy apps in bulk (tax free, with bulk discounts!) then "gift" them to users own itunes account.
Apple - Education - Volume Purchase Program
Ah thanks for that, I finally understand! Single users can sync to as many devices as they like, establishments with multiple users must buy individual licenses. They're completely relying on the honesty of schools though, expecting them to buy multiple codes and then file them away basically unused while you sync your multiple devices to one account. Are they going to do audits of schools to ensure that they have their licenses?
The more I get my head around ipads, the more I realise that the software is quite unsuited to an educational setting. Apple are obviously keen to push their products to education, I think they really need to think about an educational version of iOS properly suited to schools, with decent teacher controls and more suitable syncing options. Mind you, with the way that schools are snapping up their products, why should it bother them?!
Just a quick correction here:
This is incorrect. I have over 100 iPads on a single school iTunes account...Initial setup
iTunes accounts - I set up 3 email addresses with GMAIL and 3 iTunes accounts, 1 for each set of 10 iPads we have (10 is the most you can assign to one iTunes account).
Last edited by Abaddon; 29th March 2012 at 07:10 AM.
tech_guy (1st April 2012)
We had an Education specialist from Apple in yesterday, I didn't realise (according to the license agreement) that because Apple don't yet have a volume license program in the UK, we're supposed to be buying Apps once for each iPad... he was well aware schools were breaking it though.
Also, I was sceptical about using iPads in schools, but the man was right. You shouldn't be sitting down and thinking "now, what can I do with these iPads?" it should be used more as a tool. As a primary school we could be doing a certain theme such as the Romans or the Olympics and the children should be able to pick which tool they would use to create movies, do research, make presentations or whatever. I'll be trialling a few out before we go full hog though.
Last edited by Blue_Cookeh; 29th March 2012 at 08:23 AM.
Can anyone clarify how you purchase multiple copies of an app? We have 2 sets of 16 ipads coming, and we are now ok with setting them up, having 1 itunes account and synching them, and using the config utility to lock them down to a certain extent.
We were then advised to buy the app once on the account which we use, and then buy it as a gift another 15 times for each set, but not claim the gift. This seemed to make sense - we could prove we had purchsed 16 copies. However we have since been advised that you cannot purchase gifts using itunes cards, only with a credit card. Is this the case? - If so with a £500 credit limit on the school credit card, its going to take us months to buy all the apps we need!
So, I was just looking something up... and it seems iCloud [such lame names] can sync up to 10 devices. [Apps, music, books, whatever]
Perhaps, there'll be an business version that has no limit [or a massively big limit.]
[I'm guessing that syncing is possible if you have an Apple server... If it is disregard what I said.]
Apologies, the reason we have ours in sets of of 10 is for the iCloud limit, not the iTunes account synch limit (I will edit my post accordingly should anyone else come along to read it!)
Plus, if I have to take what I've spent so far on the Apps and then pay for that again 27 times over, well I shudder to think of the cost - it would make the iPads far more expensive than they are worth imo!
Last edited by Pete10141748; 29th March 2012 at 09:00 AM.
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