Technical – Initial set-up

Tech2Each iPad is configured with an iCloud account associated with the school.  The school iPads are bellshillipad01@me.com to bellshillipad30@me.com.  The same account name is used for the apps store so that all apps are ‘owned’ by the school. 

For the iPad2s issued to the pupils each ipad was configured as above with the account bellshillipad20xx@me.com.   To allow pupils the ability to download free apps and, if they wanted to purchase paid apps, the password for this account was the same as their password for logging on to a school’s network.

This account is also used as the email account for the pupil and the settings on the iCloud account via iCloud.com have been set to forward all emails received to bellshillipad@the school.  This is monitored and all emails have been saved in case there is any issue that needs to be resolved.  We have caught pupils sharing the answers to homework and, although minor, the effect, when the pupil was reprimanded, reinforced the idea that we could see everything that they were using the ipad for. For added security, a random 4 digit code was generated and used as the lock code for the iPad.

The acceptable use agreement was merged with the spread sheet and two copies were printed.  The parent signed both on the issue night.  One was kept by the parent/child and we kept one as proof of issue and acceptance by the parent of the agreement.

Wi-Fi configuration using radius1 requires a computer login and for the school’s ipad we used a generic account and for the pupils their school account and password.   The proxy setting has to be entered on each device to allow access to the Internet.

The iCloud account is set to backup automatically and has been used successfully several times to restore an iPad. 

The paid apps were manually installed by using iTunes cards and entering the codes onto the individual iPad.  This was a very time consuming system which involved scratching the paint off the back of the card entering the 16 digit code and inevitably the value of the apps was not exactly the same as the value of the card leaving unspent credit on the iPad. However at the time it was the only way of purchasing apps as Apples volume purchase programme (VPP) was not available, in the country, at that time.

While using iTunes cards is an easy way of purchasing small numbers of apps there are significant benefits in using VPP. We now purchase apps via VPP and enter the codes into Meraki and get Meraki to push the apps to the iPads.  This method is very successful and if you purchase 20+ apps you effectively get them at half price. The only real drawback with VVP is that you need to use a credit card.