iPad as a 1:1 device with School Owned VPP codes
I'm looking for some feedback from schools that are using the iPad as a 1:1 device and not as part of a class set.
We are just starting to rollout iPads to staff and in the next 12 months plan to start rolling them out to pupils. I'm looking to find out how other schools are managing paid apps onto individual's devices.
We have our first set of VPP codes distributed through Meraki which have worked without issue and then discovered the issue with these codes now being assigned to the iTunes/Apple account that redeemed them. I now realise that this isn't possible without using the Apple Configurator.
I can see how the Apple Configurator works very nicely for class sets that are being returned to a charging trolly each evening but not for a 1:1 device scheme where your trying to update 1,500 iPads.
So I'm looking to find out how other schools have approached this issue. From what I can see there are the following options:
- Manage all of the iPads using Apple Configurator and collect them all in once a periodically to be updated.
- Use a cloud based MDM solution and the school takes the hit on purchasing the apps.
- Use a cloud based MDM solution and pass the cost of purchasing the apps to the parents.
- The students are given a list of apps that they are expected to purchased outside of Apple's VPP scheme.
As well as the above questions how are schools dealing with the pupils 13 years old and younger who can't sign up for an account?
Thanks in advance.