1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    Apple is set to make significant changes to the iPad deployment for education during the upcoming school year. The move should help to eliminate some of the hurdles that school districts face when they decide to adopt iPads for use in the classrooms. The Cupertino California company outlined plans to make app distribution easier by eliminating the need for an Apple ID to load apps, tweaking the Apple ID for student programs and even unifying several deployment programs into one. Schools will soon be allowed to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID this fall, reducing the number of steps needed to set p an iPad.

    Going forward, schools won’t be required to create generic Apple IDs to solely upload content on the tablet. Furthermore, teachers and administrators will have the option to block students from making any personal purchases without approval. The following was said in the email regarding the matter:

    To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even easier. Today, Apple IDs are required in order to deliver apps and books to students. We are working to change this in the fall by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID. As currently planned, this will greatly reduce the number of steps needed to setup a device. This change should eliminate the need to create generic Apple IDs solely for the purposes of getting content onto iPad. Schools will also have the option to prevent students from making personal purchases without approval.
    The email continued by outlining changes to the Apple ID for Students program to roll out during 2016. This includes the ability for schools to create and manage Apple IDs for students under 13 that can be used to access iCloud. Systems administrators will also be able to reset student passwords. This new approach will continue to meet COPPA requirements for children’s online privacy in the United States. Apple will also be improving its Apple Deployment Programs by combining different programs into one for a simplified administrative experience, making it easier for school districts to enroll, manage and support large iPad deployments. The Cupertino California company hopes the changes will continue to result in increased student engagement, better attendance and more important higher test results at all grades and levels of education.

    The company seems to have high ambitions for its iPad in Education initiative but you have to give it to Apple for remaining persistent despite all of the issues that have surrounded the program thus far.

    Source: Apple via MacRumors

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2015-03-09 05:39 PM
  2. quidam_brujah's Avatar
    ...and then they need to figure out how to make Family Apple ID work with correctly with purchases and updates...
    2015-03-10 02:20 PM