Managing Classroom iPads

Now that many teachers have a set of iPads in their classrooms, we are providing a number of improvements to the way iPads are managed.

Keeping iPads Organized

Icons and folders are now stuck in place and assigned to specific pages on the iPads. This will reduce the number of pages of Apps as well as ensuring that Apps are in the same place all time.

Installing Apps


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An extensive App Catalogue has been provided with over 100 of the best iPad apps for Elementary students. The catalogue also includes any Apps purchased by the school. Installing apps from the catalogue does not require a password. Simply tap the app to install it.
HINT: Leave the App catalogue open for several minutes to ensure that the App request goes through.

Deleting Apps

Deleting Apps has also be made easier. Students are still not able to delete apps by tapping an holding them. However, teachers can go in through the Settings App and delete apps from there. Here is the procedure for deleting apps>

Open Settings/General/Storage & iCloud Usage/Manage Storage. Tap on the App to be deleted. Choose Delete.

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Elementary Teacher Toolkit

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To learn more about how you can use your set of classroom iPads, look for the Red Toolkit icon. Inside the Elementary Teacher Toolkit are ready-to-use lessons as well as an iPad Quickstart Guide.


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Refreshing SD34 iPads

The best method for improving an iPad’s performance involves erasing and re-installing all Apps and Settings. We refer to this as an iPad Refresh Procedure To perform a complete refresh of an SD34 iPad, follow the steps below.

  1. Ensure that the iPad is able to be erased. You may need to remove the restrictions profile in Airwatch. For more information, contact Gary Toews.
  2. Erase the iPad. Go to Settings/General/Reset/Erase all settings and content.
  3. After it restarts, go through the setup screens with the correct language (English) and country (Canada)
  4. Log into WIFI if it prompts you to.
  5. Tap to Enable Location Services
  6. Tap Next at the Configuration Screen
  7. Tap Get Started
  8. Go to Settings/General/Software Update and update the iPad to the latest version of iOS. And allow the iPad to restart.
  9. Leave the iPad for 15 minutes or more for Automatic App installs to complete. You should have the following Apps installed: Pic Kids, Calculator, Google Apps (Classroom, Docs, Slides, Drive), I-nima, Adobe Spark Video, and Skitch.
  10. If some Apps fail to automatically install, open the App Catalog and tap their install buttons. Then wait another 15 minutes to allow them to install.
  11. Finally, open the OU Profiles Find your school, (E – elementary, M – middle, S – secondary) and tap to install your School Profile. This will place the iPad into your School OU (Organizational Unit).
  12. Answer all the prompts including the last one that says Done.
  13. Leave the iPad for up to 30 minutes to complete the setup and App installation.
  14. Open the App Catalogue and tap to install any missing Apps. Remember to leave the App Catalogue open for several minutes afterward to allow the install requests complete.
  15. Note: If after several minutes Apps show they are still “Processing” this is likely inaccurate. They most likely have been installed. You can press the home button to check. If in deed they still have NOT installed, then repeat Step 11. If you are still not able to install an App, contact Gary_Toews@sd34.bc.ca for assistance.

All About Updates

iOS Updates

Since iOS 9 iOS devices have a much more aggressive update procedure. Several days after an update has become available, Apple sends notifications that make it difficult NOT to update. There are very good reasons for this approach, including patching security holes and other issues that affect iOS device functions. So what to do at your school?

When the current user is presented with the Software Update screen, they should tap on the “Later” option, to which you’ll be presented with two options:

Choose “Install Tonight” – this will install the update automatically between 2AM and 4AM assuming the device is connected to wi-fi and a power source.

This will make a big difference in keeping your iPads running smoothly without the hassle of an interruption during the school day.

Automatic App Updates

Enabling iPads to update their Apps automatically:

  1. App Downloads needs to be ON in Settings=>iTunes & App Store

  2. Your iPad restrictions profile needs to Allow installing public apps.

NOTE:  I will be checking your school’s restrictions settings in the next few days, ensuring that this is set correctly. Just be aware of that it needs to remain ON if you want automatic App Updates to continue.

Installing New Apps

  1. Our current setup hides the App Store from Shared iPads which keeps students from accessing it. To install approved Apps, end-users can open the SD34 App Library and install any apps made available there. Please see the following article with regards to “Adding Apps to SD34 App Library.”

Searching for and Installing Apps for SD34 iPads

Schools looking for iOS Apps should have a look at the Volume Purchase Program (VPP) website for pricing and other information. This site is essentially the “iTunes App Store” for Schools and Enterprise. Follow this link to access the Canadian VPP Store: https://volume.itunes.apple.com/ca/store

Many, but not all, App Developers offer a Volume Discount for purchases of over 20 licenses. This only applies at the point of purchase, not retroactively. Schools should consider purchasing extra licenses if they are planning to purchase more iPads in the near future.

Airwatch, SD34’s Mobile Device Management service, receives the licenses from the VPP Store where they are available to be assigned to iPads. Installing Apps is done “Over-the-Air” through the Airwatch console. Licenses are assigned to individual devices and are no longer associated with an iTunes account. No iTunes password is necessary to install Apps with Airwatch using Device Assignment.

Some good App Search websites include:

If your school is interested in purchasing apps OR installing free Apps, contact your iPad Keeper or Gary Toews for more information and assistance.