Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
The one problem I have with the iPad, and the one issue I don't see anyone bringing up (maybe it isn't an issue?) is the idea of cloning.
Yes, you can easily synchronize multiple iPads to one iTunes account. You should also check out the new Apple Volume Purchasing Plan regarding their policy on purchasing of applications for multiple devices.
Generally schools lock the iTunes account so that only administrators have access. You can also implement Parental Controls on certain applications - you'll find that in Settings.
Thanks for the feedback.
Unfortunately, the New York City Dept of Ed has not approved the Volume Pricing Program yet, probably wont for this school year, so for now we are going with free apps.
We have teachers up and running on iPads and are getting 20 for our science labs.
Fun times, good stuff...
Datamation Systems Inc
No simple situation for updating iPads due to Apple's every two week update process. My school has 30 iPads and I have to sync each iPad with the new updates. You also have to keep up the the update of iTunes also. With blocking the iPad, this can be done in the "Preference" setting in iTunes or on the iPad's under the "Setting" and then "Restrictions" tab. Also, in the "Preference" tab, the "Device" tab is great for letting you know when you lastly updated your iPad.
Thanks for the replies.
I've got it sorted. Datamation has a multi-function cart we have purchased. The internal dividers are adjustable so it can fit 14 laptops or 30 iPads. I've got 20 iPads and a MacBook Pro in it.
Each iPad was synced to the MacBook Pro and given a unique name, number, and home image (corresponding #). The iTunes account on the MacBook has all the free apps we use (DropBox, PlainText, NASA, etc...).
In Sept Datamation will have a "syncing" adapter available for the cart so I'll be able to sync all 20 at once (right now I do them individually, every Friday afternoon so as not to disrupt instruction).
Keep coming with the insights, always good to hear how others are doing it.
I'll update this thread with any/all issues we come across...
For anyone interested in this challenge, I'd strongly recommend getting a copy ofthe bookEnterprise iphone and ipad administrator's guide
It covers a lot of information that is hard to find elsewhere and provides a good overview of MDM vendors like jamfsoftware and others
I set up an iTunes account for my iPad cart. I have a computer dedicated to the cart. I sync all iPads to that single iTunes account. When I purchase an app it is synced on every iPad. My teacher sync there iPad to their personal accounts and the students normally do not use their iPads.
Obviously iOS 5/iCloud made all of this much more complicated--I have a chart with what can be synced/backup over at iear, constructive feedback welcomed---iear.wikispaces.com/Comparison+of+iOS+5+Syncing+Options