Saturday, March 10, 2012

Apple Configurator

Our school district just purchased 625 iPads with Title 1 grant money for some of our elementary schools. In one week, I have registered and synced the first 120 of those iPads using multiple Bretford PowerSync Carts for iPad.  So far, the process has taken just over eight hours, with many more hours of setup ahead.  While I was away at a tech conference, Apple released a new application for Mac OS X Lion which could vastly simplify the whole process for us.  Here is a video by Randy Saeks from the TechRecess blog which does a great job of introducing Apple Configurator, which sounds like it may be exactly what people in my position have been looking for...and at least for us, it came just in time.
 
First look at Apple Configurator from Randy Saeks on Vimeo.

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  1. I am looking at implementing Apple Configurator in our district. We have a mix of scenarios: one-to-one iPads that go home(secondary levels), one-to-one that stay on campus, and then shared iPads more like stations. I need some guidance as to how I would set up(prepare) the iPads in each of these situations. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    1. @Ms. Ventura-I'm afraid my answer for each scenario would be different. Let's exchange e-mail so I can address each one separately instead of writing a huge, lengthy post here. My school district e-mail is mrepp@phasd.us

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  2. Hi Mark, i was a little mystified on how to configure my ldap settings for this, I have to have it connect to a an AD server. Do you know of any source i could use to look into this?

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    1. We use it with iPad carts via USB, but not on a server. Try checking with Randy at TechRecess.com who created the videos. I believe he has used LDAP with Configurator.

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