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Apple ids

12 May 2011 No Comment

We received delivery of 140 iPads on May 2nd & have been busy setting them up ever since then!

Originally, we had decided to create unique, generic email addresses as apple ids (ipad001@stab.org) that would belong to the iPad, as opposed to the user. This is definitely something that I had seen as a recommendation during my research & at first it seemed like a good idea. But, in the end, we’ve decided not to go that route for several reasons:

  • If the goal of the unique id was to retain school ownership of items purchased with that id (as we’re planning to give everyone $25 to spend on app exploration), then we already have ownership of the teacher’s stab.org email account, so why not just let them use that? In the event that the teacher¬† leaves, we can always rename the apple id to their replacement’s stab.org email account & ownership is then passed to the new teacher.
  • It’s hard to know who is who if your name isn’t in the account name – trying to do face time with ipad001@stab.org is pretty much a guessing game!
  • Who needs another email address to keep track of?! Including the IT department who would need to set up all of the accounts.

This is one of those decisions that seems good right now. We’ll shortly be sending out an email to all of the teachers with instructions to create their own apple ids with their school email addresses. That way, on handout day, everyone will be ready to go. (Those teachers who already have apple id’s with their school email address & have bought stuff at the app store will get instructions on how to change that account to their personal email address.)¬† I really wish I had a crystal ball for this decision – I’m feeling like there is a bugaboo lurking around that I haven’t thought of yet….

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