iPad Route Checklist

The checklist below might be useful points to consider:

  • Have you got a clear vision? What are the benefits going to be to teaching and learning? What are you trying to achieve – improvements in literacy? Establishing equity? Strengthening home – school links?
  • Have you got a team committed to making the project work? SLT, teaching staff, technical staff, parents, pupils, governors / trustees? Have they been involved in moulding the vision? / Have you shared the vision with them?
  • Have you chosen your price-range, device and time span? Consider the monthly donations. Consider sustainability e.g. 2 classes in year 3, if it is successful and will be repeated with next year’s year 3 classes. Where will you be in 3 years’ time? Technical support? Infrastructure? Staff skill set? Think about any additional equipment or services required, e.g. protective cases or insurance. It is obviously very important to be sure that your IT infrastructure can cope.
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    Think about finance. How will you finance the project? Payment up front from the school budget, or by taking out a lease or a loan. Talk to your supplier about leasing but get more than one quote.
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    Arrange to meet with parents. ‘Sell’ your vision, and gain stakeholder acceptance. Parents complete Direct Debit Instructions, and tick the Gift Aid box.
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    Choose your supplier. (Teaching and Learning first). Do they have the expertise to advise during the visioning process? Pedagogical training? Ongoing support for the project? Preferably an Apple Licenced Reseller as they will be able to support you through the technical set up. Don’t let the cost of the device be the deciding factor. Find someone who can provide the following support and services in setting up the iPads:
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    Set up Apple School Manager. – (Do this early as it could take a while for authorisation / confirmation from Apple). Apple School Manager is a web-based portal for IT administrators to deploy the iPads. Once the school is enrolled, you can configure device settings, create accounts for all your students and staff, and buy and distribute apps.  Apple School Manager can integrate with your MIS so you can use information from here to quickly create accounts.
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    Reseller enrols the devices into DEP (Device Enrolment Programme) DEP simplifies initial setup by automating mobile device management (MDM) enrolment and supervision of devices during setup, and enabling you to configure the devices without touching them.
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    Buy into a recommended MDM (Mobile Device Management) solution such as Lightspeed, Jamf, Meraki - Apple School Manager and your chosen MDM work together to manage your iPads. You can assign school devices to your MDM server; from here they are enrolled and configured during setup. Subsequently, you can wirelessly reconfigure Home screen layouts, decide which apps are available to use, schedule software updates at a time to suit you, and use MDM Lost Mode to find misplaced devices. Approximate costs for an MDM – Lightspeed £12 per device covers a 3 year period – 30 iPads = £360. The cost of a MacBook to configure them via Apple Configurator is more likely to be £600 - £800.
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    Profile and Security measures in place - deploy the profile, Wi-Fi connectivity, Restrictions set up etc
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    Set up VPP – work with your reseller to get VPP set up (Volume Purchasing Programme) and buy most apps for half price if you buy 20+ (School POs now accepted if there isn’t a school credit card available)
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    Staff training - prepare staff beforehand and provide an ongoing, planned programme of training, some supplied by outside agencies and some internal peer to peer / sharing ideas and knowledge.
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    Take delivery of your devices and begin to use them.
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    Online Safety session for the staff and pupils needs to be ongoing, before and during. Where is the work going to be held? Cloud based storage – stay compliant with age restrictions (13+ for some), stay compliant with data protection. Develop Safe, Responsible, Respectful users of technology.
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    Teach the skills with the planned project in mind - learn the skills to deliver the first short term mini project e.g. create an eBook in Book Creator, make photo slideshow in iMovie.
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    Parent workshop / session / share the early successes – a chance to showcase some of the early work / benefits. Reassure and inform parents/carers about the Online Safety work the children are covering, the restrictions you have put in place. Encourage the families to be safe, Responsible, Respectful users of technology.

Download the checklist as a printable pdf here