Question about iPad usage in schools.
Posted on 2013-12-21
I work for a small public school, we only have about 1500 students district wide. Currently we have a 1 to 1 laptop program at our high school, and some laptop carts at the Middle School and Elementary levels.
The only iPads are currently in the Special Ed department and for Administrators.
I'm looking for some input on further implementation of the iPads and what grade level did you start at? We usually purchase about 135 new laptops a year for the incoming freshman at our high school. We don't have enough money to buy iPads for everybody all at once. So I'm mainly concerned about how teachers would handle projects, for example they can't say design something in Sony Vegas because that's not on the iPads. They could assign a video project however and just allow the students to use whatever tools are available...
My other concern is management, I went to one school where they just use Apple Configurator and a 30 iPad cart and they re-image/clone them all once a year, then hand them back out. I also know there is a Meraki solution that is currently free and is pretty well liked where we could manage them wirelessly/remotely after an initial setup.
So just looking for some general input on this and to find out what worked for others and things that may be a hinderance. Trying to do things right the first time around.