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Getting Started

While setting up an individual iPad is really simple, configuring and managing large numbers of the devices is a little more complicated.

It’s important that you get your iPad configuration correct from the start to prevent loss of data and apps later on which will cost your school money and your staff time.

This page gathers together all of the information we’ve discovered while working with iPads, and includes best practice guidelines when deploying Apple’s tablet in your school.

About this Guide

The aim of this page is to document all of the information an educational organisation might need in planning the deployment of iPads.

As you can see, although there is already a lot of information here, it is by no means definitive. If you have useful information which is not here, or have developed best practice of your own, please consider sharing it with the ClassThink audience.

You can share your experience by visiting the Get Involved page and getting in touch!


1. Setting Up iPads

Setting your iPads set up correctly is extremely important. How you set up your iPads depends on who the end user is, and the type of control you want over the device and any apps installed. Getting it wrong at this stage can cause huge problems later on which can affect ownership of apps and cause data protection issues.

Planing for iPads in your school

Best Practice: Setting up iPads for Teachers

iPad AirPlay screen mirroring

Which Mac or Macbook do I need to run Apple Configurator?

iOS 7 – What your teachers and students need to know

Which devices will iOS 7 run on?


3. Apple Configurator

Apple Configurator is essential to managing large numbers of iPads. Find out more about this free software in these articles.

What is Apple Configurator?

What are supervised iPads?

Backing up Apple Configurator

Apple Configurator 1.4 for iOS 7

Using Apple Configurator Part 1: Preparing your iPads

Creating an Apple ID without a credit card 

4. Printing from iPad

Printing from an iPad to an AirPrint supported printer is very simple. But what happens if you don’t want to replace your current printers? This article explains your options.

Printing from iPad without using AirPrint 


5. Storing and Transferring Student Work From iPad

As many schools are finding out creating an easy to use system to save work from an iPad but which is also scalable is very difficult. While this article doesn’t give any definitive answers it does explain the options open to you when transferring teacher and student work from an iPad.

Transferring teacher and student work from an iPad 

6. Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Apple’s Device Enrollment Program

Manage your iPads and do zero-touch configuration with Apple’s new Device Enrolment Program (DEP).

Managing iPads with Meraki

Meraki is a free MDM solution for iPad. See if it will do everything you need to manage your iPads.

A complete list of iOS 7 MDM services

Check out all of the available iPad MDM services currently available.


7. Apple TV

Managing Apple TV with Apple Configurator

We show you how to manage your Apple TVs using Apple Configurator. No more manual settings required!

How to update Apple TV with iTunes

Struggling to update your Apple TV from behind your school’s proxy server? We show you how to do an offline update using iTunes.

How to restore Apple TV to factory settings

If all else fails you may need to reset your Apple TV to its original settings. Find out how in this guide.

8. Hardware Tips

Choosing an iPad case for your students

The type of iPad case can affect how the tablet is used in the classroom and be a requirement of most insurance policies. We look at some of the more popular iPad cases and help you decide which is most appropriate for your students.

How to repair a damaged iPad screen

Repairing an iPad can be costly. The most common reason for repairing an iPad is a damaged screen. We show you how to repair an iPad screen yourself at very little cost to the school.

iPad Smart Case Review

We review Apple’s official iPad Smart Case and see if it fits into the school environment.

Gripcase for iPad Review

If you’re looking for an iPad case for younger students, the Gripcase is perfect.


7. Other Useful iPad Resources

Common questions asked by iPad administrators

ClassThink readers ask and answer common iPad management questions.

iOS 6 Education Deployment Guide

Official guidance from Apple in the deployment of iOS6 in education.

Apple IT Resources

General IT resources from Apple including iOS6 management.

iOS 7 Features for Schools

A list of iOS 7 features for managing iOS 7 in schools.

Biddenham International School iPad Research Project

A research group from Biddenham School put together a report detailing a trial roll out of iPads. The report contains use of iPads from both a technical and teaching and learning perspectives.

8. iPad Leasing and 1:1

It doesn’t matter how much planning you put into your iPad 1:1 leasing scheme, if parents are not on board the project will fail. We look at how to approach parents about school iPad leasing.

Talking to parents about leasing iPads


 

9. Get in Touch!

Information is continually being added to this guide. The goal is to document all of the information an educational organisation might need in planning the deployment of iPads. As you can see, although there is already a lot of information here, it is by no means definitive.

If you have useful information which is not here, or have developed best practice of your own, please consider sharing it with the ClassThink audience.

You can share your experience by visiting the Get Involved page and getting in touch!

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