Every year we continue to work and make improvements in how we manage our student iPads. Most of you may have noticed the changes with the iPad carts in your building this year. There were a few things that occurred in preparation for 2017-18 school year.
Most of the iPad carts in the buildings were re-imaged at the end of 2016-17 school year. And the rest of the student iPads, including carts used over the summer, were re-imaged after the completion of summer school. The re-image process wiped all student iPads clean and reinstalled all scoped apps from the previous school year.
A couple of things to keep in mind after iPads are re-imaged:
- iPad names are randomly assigned as they re-enroll into the management system. Therefore, the case numbers will more likely be different from the iPad names.
- Apps will need time to re-install so it is important to make sure all iPads are plugged in when not in use and should be located near a wifi access point.
In addition to re-imaging iPads, all iPad 2’s in the building carts were replaced with iPad Air’s over the summer. Any apps that were installed in the old iPads were installed in the new iPads as well.
The iPad setup/reimage process has improved over the years and we try to make the process go as smoothly as possible. We will be going through the same process at the end of the year and we hope it will be easier and faster than last year.