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So where are schools at with Volume Purchasing?

Started by Jacqui Sharp 06 Nov 2012 4:44pm () Replies (119)

http://www.apple.com/education/volume-purchase-program/

I have one school that has it set up on 90 iPads. It seems to be working ok except for finding certain apps. Have any other schools out there started it? I would be interested to hear how it is going, any problems or hints to help out other schools?

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  • Christine Hansen (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 3:09pm ()

    Our experience so far at the Gardens School.

    We received our VPP enrolment within 10 days of applying. We then had to update our designated computer to Lion in order to run Apple Configurator. Yoobee stick didn’t work so ended up paying for the latest app. Once this was installed hit another issue that this was Mountain Lion and Apple Configurator was not compatible with this for downloading your license keys. After some searching we found other people with this issue. The App developer heard the calls of help and fixed it the next week. But that meant another week of waiting to get this up and running. Very frustrating.

    We now have started to configure the ipads. We have started with 25 new ipads we had and have managed to get them set up and working. We are now about to bring all our current ipads into the programme. Yes it will cost more but it is reality that school need to make provision for this type of purchase if they are going to have the devices paid for by them in their classes. VPP gives good discounts for the ones that offer bulk buying.  We have also got some BYO ipad classes that the parents are given apps to purchase and they run their own ipad from home.

    Setting up hints from our experience. First part Prepare is easy enough to follow.

    You can have no profiles or you can have multiple profiles.

    In Prepare we made a separate profile for mail, wi fi (network) Then we made a profile for Restrictions like age etc. This last profile has caused us issues with updating and adding apps. We are still working through this and what works best. We think if we knew what we know now we would have left restrictions as was and just put the lock on it on individual ipads – which you have to do anyway because if you don’t put in a number a darling child will and you won’t know it.

    Apps can be downloaded form your itunes account (Free ones) and if you have pre purchased apps through the Volume Purchasing Programme you can download your codes and load all of these in the APPS area of Prepare. This gets everything ready for when you push the Prepare icon at the bottom. This puts on all the things you need – just keep plugging them into USB hub.

    Then ipads than can be seen in Supervise. This gives you access to all devices to modify settings and apps etc. We are at the stage of working out best way to do this. Also not using Assign as we are grouping under Supervise in team groups.

    Still in the early stages but looking promising way to manage a large amount of ipads.

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