Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lots of Fun iPad news!

Three days ago I sent this memo to staff:

Our iPads have shipped.

Today I blogged about the apps that we expect to pre-load on the iPads.  We exercised restraint so as not to overwhelm you with too many apps and redundant functions.  I think you might be interested in reviewing the thumb nail descriptions I have included with our list:  http://it.mhsmi.org/?p=333

Tom and Gary did a day's training last week on the software they will use to add apps for your students "on the fly".  We have devised a scheme to completely segregate personal purchases and classroom purchases.  The classroom purchases will go through department chairs and Tom, but they can be deployed within hours to specified iPads.  I will explain this plan at Curriculum on Wednesday.

Personal downloads will be entirely possible for you and the students.  Parents will understand that the personal account will never be used for required classroom apps.  And of course you can explore apps (so many of which are free) on your own this way.  Though the iPad will belong to the school,  your personal downloads will remain yours at iTunes.

I'll stop now, having probably reached the "too much information" point.  But going forward, don't hesitate to ask any questions to the three of us on the IT Team.  We're geeked!

With Tom's and Gary's expertise, the Casper Suite will administer our App deployment

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