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Understanding Apple's New Deployment Programs

Understanding Apple's New Deployment Programs | ILearn with Ipads |
Yesterday Apple released two new deployment programs for iOS and Mac, and
rolled out enhancements to another. I want to explain as best I can how
they work together.

The Volume Purchase Program has been significantly enhanced and there are
two new programs: Device Enrolment Program and AppleID for Students. Let's
look at each of these in turn.

Device Enrolment Program

Until now, the best practice for deploying institutionally-owned devices
was to put them into supervision mode using Apple Configurator and either
deploy apps at the same time or later via Mobile Device Management (MDM).
This required an admin to handle each device and physically connect it to a
Mac with a USB cable.

The Device Enrolment Program basically takes that best practice but moves
it into Apple's device activation servers.

DEP provides four major advantages over cabled deployment:

* A device can be supervised over-the-air
* Users can be presented with a simplified version of the setup
* Devices can be automatically enrolled in your institution's MDM
* MDM enrolment can be locked

Those four improvements go a long way to making a deployment easy and
scaleable. You, as an admin, don't have to touch a device at all to roll it
out. Just assign them to users, have the users open them up and start
configuring them and you'll have supervised devices with MDM enrolment
automatically enforced.

After that, you're into essentially the same mode of operation that you'd
normally be in with an MDM-based deployment.

There are two major caveats with DEP. The first is that it is only for
institutionally-owned devices directly purchased from Apple. There is no
procedure for registering devices purchased, for example, over the counter
at an Apple Store. My understanding is that this is a philosophical
decision on Apple's part: admins should not be able to "capture" devices
that they don't own. This is the same philosophy that says that
personally-owned can't be locked into MDM. My own opinion is that this is
not an unreasonable fear on Apple's part. Sysadmin over-reach is a real

The second caveat is that DEP is US-only for now. Apple operates a direct
sales model in the US and therefore has knowledge of who ordered which
devices, down to the level of individual serial numbers. That's not true in
most other countries where Apple works through resellers to sell to

AppleID for Students

The COPPA regulations in the US have made it awkward to use individual
AppleIDs for students under 13. This is being solved with the AppleID for
Students program.

Previously the 'institutional model' of deployment, where there was one
AppleID used for apps that was not available to the student, was used for
students under 13. This prevented access to a range of features that depend
on an individual AppleID, such as iCloud backup and content syncing to
students own devices.

With the AppleID for Students program, Apple is providing a way for the
school and Apple to have verified parental consent for students to create
an AppleID. Schools can bulk-upload requests for AppleIDs to be created,
then emails requesting consent are sent to parents. Once consent has been
given, the AppleID can be created.

Volume Purchase Program enhancements

The Volume Purchase Program has been around for a while but it has been
enhanced with some new capabilities.

Previously MDM servers could store and distribute VPP coupon codes to
users. Once the user redeemed that code in the App Store, the code was gone
and could never be re-allocated.

The new VPP model is called "Managed Distribution". Under MD, the model is
not "sending coupon codes to devices" but "assigning apps to AppleIDs". The
idea is that your MDM has a concept of who the users are in your
organisation and what their AppleIDs are. You then upload a "token" from
the VPP program that indicates the apps that you have purchased. Then, in
your MDM interface, you assign apps to groups of users. The result is that
those AppleIDs get access to the apps you specify.

It may not be obvious, but Managed Distribution requires that each deployed
iPad in your school be used by one AppleID. This obviously plays together
with the AppleID for Students program such that students can now have
individual AppleIDs without too much difficulty.

There are some further enhancements to VPP. The first is the ability to
"recall" an app from a user over the air. For some time, we've been able to
recall an app deployed through Apple Configurator, but not apps assigned
through MDM. We can now do this, which is great.

The second enhancement is that, for supervised devices, apps can be
installed silently with no user interaction. Previously, installing an app
required the user to accept the push from the MDM server but this is no
longer the case for supervised devices.
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How One Classroom Actually Used iPads To Go Paperless (Part 1: Research) | Edudemic

How One Classroom Actually Used iPads To Go Paperless (Part 1: Research) | Edudemic | ILearn with Ipads |

A look at what hapened at Plymouth South High School last year when one class "attempted to transform the traditional research process to a completely paperless one using a fresh cart of iPads."

A number of goals were "outlined prior to the research process" and included (quoting from the post):

* Students will crowd-source their research to a collective research group.

* Students will incorporate varied media types into their research: web based text, traditional text, audio and video.

* Students will work collaboratively with their teacher and classmates on their research and writing process.

* Students will become proficient researching and writing in a digital environment.

The post alos discusses the process of going paperles and  "moving forward and going paperless."

Via Beth Dichter
Jean Pierre Fekenne's curator insight, February 23, 2013 9:31 AM

it will start in the schools

Susy Parsons's curator insight, April 13, 2014 7:20 AM

Is going paperless in schools really an option with todays digital technology advances?