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This document developed from a wiki designed to act as a place in which District 279 technology and media specialists could help develop systems and policies for deployment of iPads and similar devices. Additional resources and links can be found near the end of the document.
Creating iTunes Accounts
Volume Purchasing Program (Apple Store)
Creating iTunes Accounts
Create a free ITunes account, a single account for each cart because the apps can't otherwise be shared
Each account can be used for up to 5 computers and as many devices as you want, from a technical perspective.
Recommendation: create dummy accounts for each Cart, and include a personal account that can also access it, say, for the LMS.
You can authorize and deauthorize computers to stay with five machines
Have only one account active on the iOS device at one time.
Technically, you can use multiple accounts, but they will be wiped out when you sync, so it is not wise.
Volume Purchasing Program
Have a designated purchaser who buys voucher cards and sets up the VPP account for the district. ($100, $500, $1000...)
Program facilitators can make the purchases through the App Store. They then get a list of activation codes.
Tues & Thursdays, Apple does webinars on the volume purchasing programs. Use Safari to access it.
You can only use this program to buy apps (no music, hardware, etc).
Whichever Apple account redeems the code is the owner of the app.
You can also purchase free apps through the license codes.
Whoever manages the devices enters the codes.
Price break is at 20+ devices, and can be substantial.
We have established an Authorized Purchaser and have sent a list of Program Facilitators to Apple, including an entry for PCSH.
We are using “generic” email addresses because we need to separate this from other Apple accounts and it gives us more control of email communications in this program. .
Set up one iOS device the way you want it to be. Create a full package, including
Video, apps, books, websites, programs, etc.
2. Check the radio button:: “Open iTunes when I connect the device”
3. Tell it what to sync
4. Include parental controls, such as disabling Facebook, can't add friends, can't add game apps, etc. The policy here must conform to district policies.
OR you can use the iPhone Configuration utility - this is necessary for Management software
5. Create a backup by right clicking on the icon for the device in the iTunes app & selecting backup.
6. Restore new machines from backup. Then it will sync it.
[Can deploy in activation only mode]
Backup & restore:
Administrators can also restore devices to factory settings through iTunes.
Set up configurations on the Mac, then install profiles, one machine at a time
OR you can email the settings
Mobile Device Management Server - Doesn't work for apps.
To use this, a system administrator needs to become a member of the Enterprise Development Program. This costs $300
The first time syncing is time consuming. After that, it's just a matter of plugging the iPad into the syncing computer through your hub system.
It takes about 5 minutes per machine to sync
Sync requires yes/no manual entry for each machine.
To upgrade OS, it has to be done one machine at a time. Update doesn't wipe out data.
Syncing, updating, charging, etc. Is the responsibility of a paraprofessional
Can sync 20 machines on Mac or Windows 7 machines, but only 7 on a PC with an earlier operating system
Look for the "Made for iPad" logo when searching for apps or buying hardware
Some hubs do not charge, but sync only. Make sure they are powered hubs.
The machines can be daisy-chained for the setup and syncing process.
At Park Center, 4 D-Link hubs were purchased for this purpose. They are 7-port USB 2.0 hubs, Model #DUB-H7. They cost about $40.00 each from CDW-G, and 4 of them will sync a cart of 20 devices.
A system for vetting apps must be in place.
To upgrade OS, it has to be done one machine at a time. Update doesn't wipe out data
Policy development -School Board approval(?)
IPad protection plan:
Insure it through the school, or show us a copy of the rider $ 50 insurance policy
Apple won't insure against accidental breakage
Basic Mobile Me accounts are free, and allow for GPS location of devices, locking devices, sending messages to devices, and sounding alarms on devices.
Quick staff training sessions, followed by more intensive trainings for 2 days in August plus sharing sessions
For one successful iPad district, 1/2 of tech budget goes into training
Ordering new iPads:
Apple offers free engraving - create a standard naming system & engrave the units
Setting up iTunes accounts:
Top 200 Education Apps in the US:
There are many more apps to add to this list, but this is a starting point.
Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are generally used rather than Word, though they’re expensive.
Art, Graphics, Photography:
[POW!] Strip Design
Poetry magnets a free app for English
Shakespeare in Bits - excellent English app.
Notes for spelling tests - you can turn off auto-corrections - they can be sent to teacher
ABC tracer (Elementary)
Build-a-word through Word World, tracing letters (Elementary)
Iplaynlearn flashcards (Elementary)
iBooks - project gutenburg free classics
Read It Later
SIB RaJ Lite - Shakespeare in Bits: Romeo & Juliet
For reading fluency:
QuickVoice or a similar app for recording reading: Read to self, to someone else, re-read
Algebra 2: PDFs of textbook on iBooks. Don't have to carry their books.
Numbers is a cool speadsheet program, making math more visual.
QuickGraph is the best graphing calculator
Clef tunes lite for choir
Tempo 2 - Metronome
Celtic Harp Lite
AirSketch. What you write on the iPad shows up on the projected image, through the computer.
iChm File Manager
Google Mobile App
Team Viewer HD
EMD PTE (Periodic Tables)
World Geography Challenge
ABC News for iPad
Around Town Lite
Kids Rex search for younger kids
Penultimate $3.99 - handwriting
Excellent source for further info:
Building iPad Syncing Carts:
GFW School site about their iPad program:
Look for iPad policy and the presentation
Send MyFi devices with kids through Superior Wireless if they don't have wireless access from home.
Use Cloud Browse ($.99) when Flash Player is required
Use Email accounts that are device-specific rather than student-specific
OR Gmail plus: you can add additional users to your account or use Gaggle
Doc camera - Ipevo camera works well for iPads because there's no light creating backlight interference
Apple offers free engraving
Each student uses the same machine each time they use it.
Formative assessment: can be used as clickers graphing calculators, e-response
principal walk-through: An easy way to submit reports right away
Contacts for questions
Corey Anderson, iOS device management specialist for Apple,
GFW District Technology Office, Ron Swanberg, District Tech. Coord., (507)834-6562
Neil Andruschak, Digital Learning Specialist, Little Falls Community Schools (320) 632-2018
Contact Park Center Senior High Media Specialist Dhaivyd Hilgendorf with any additional questions at
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