The Complete Guide to Managing iPad in Education
The iPad is hugely popular in schools, so it’s surprising there isn’t more information available about how best to configure them in an educational environment. Whether yours is a 1:1 deployment, a shared cart of iPads, or you’re just researching your school’s IT plan we’ve put together a guide for you.
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. 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.
1. Getting started
Setting your iPads set up correctly is extremely important and in the long run will save your school time and money. 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?
2. Managing iPad Apps
The way you manage apps and distribute apps is essential to using iPad in education. This section demonstrates how your school can purchase and distribute iPad apps in bulk while still keeping ownership of the software.
- Keeping control of your iPad apps
- Apple Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) for Education — Bulk purchasing iPad apps
- Buying iPad apps with a school purchase order – Apple VPP Credit
- Apple ID for Students
- Installing iPad apps with Apple Configurator
- Updating iPad apps with Apple Configurator
- How to install free iPad iWorks apps using Apple Configurator
- Why users can remove iPad configuration profiles and how to stop them
3. Managing iPads with Apple Configurator
Apple Configurator is essential to managing large numbers of iPads. Using Configurator you can push out apps to your iPads, control access to settings, and set proxy server and network settings. Used in conjunction with an MDM service Apple Configurator can be a powerful iPad management tool.
- 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 iPads
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.
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.
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.
9. Grab iPad in Education for Dummies
Most ClassThink articles focus on the technical aspects of managing iPads in schools, but just as important is finding where iPad fits into your classroom. iPad in Education for Dummies gives great advice on how to embded iPad into your lessons, and which apps have the most impact on teaching and learning. It covers:
- How the iPad fits into 21st-century education
- Tips for managing a classroom full of iPads
- The lowdown on reading, writing, and arithmetic in the digital age
- Steps for creating and sharing ebooks
- How to use the iPad to conduct impactful lessons
- Essential apps for any educator
- The keys to a successful iPad implementation
- Tools for creating digital portfolios of student work
10. 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.
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