Syncing at school and purchasing apps

Some children don’t have the internet or have very slow internet at home. So to cater for these children we will be setting up local accounts on a laptop for the students to use to sync the iPads. As there aren’t many in this situation it will be okay but if we had a lot it would make the initial purchasing of apps very slow.

All students have a budget of $100 to purchase the apps from iTunes and the parents will be required to make the account and with hold the pass word so they have control over the iTunes account. The apps list is like a book list. They have to download certain apps as on the list.

It will be interesting to see what happens when the grade 6’s leave at the end of the year as the iPads will have to be resynced and the apps repurchased by the new users.

Is a school account and use by students in the school seen as personal use? I wonder as this would have made purchasing and syncing easier but we are not sure of the copy right laws and the legality of purchasing and then syncing with many. So to be safe each student or parent is responsible for creating a new iTunes account and purchasing the apps for the iPad.

2 thoughts on “Syncing at school and purchasing apps

  1. I have heard that Apple is setting up a bulk purchase arrangement so that you could, for example, purchase 20 copies of a particular app. You then get 20 redemption codes to distribute (one per iPad) and when these codes are entered into the iTunes store (set up with a $10 gift card for example) then only that app (that was pre-purchased) is downloaded. This is only available in the USA right now but I am sure it will be spread further afield before too long.

  2. Thanks for your comment Michael. Yes I also saw this last week. Things never stand still. The volume licencing from Apple is going to be great however it is not in Australia yet so we have to carry on with the iTunes voucher method. This is a shame as the apps are 50% reduced with an education volume licence. Pages, keynote and numbers alone would save $18 per student and overall we’d save $150 on just those apps. Certainly looks like the way we would go for 2011 with new students.

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