We still have a way to go to get all students up and running with all apps downloaded. One student purchased an app not on the list and used up credit. Hmmm.
We have decided to give the students from last year some more credit ($20) however it will be in a school iTunes account not their home account so we don’t lose the apps. To do this I have created email accounts for each iPad and forwarded them to my email. Then I created iTunes accounts and added the credit. Buying $40 for $30 has worked well and saved a lot of money at 25% off.
Today we synced the iPads back to the school computers. This was a two step process involving authenticating the computer and transfering purchase to this computer. Some student got the transfer message but it only transferred the music. I later remembered the control click on the named iPad in iTunes and then you select transfer purchased items. This time all the apps came into their iTunes library at school. It was interesting as some students had apps that were not purchased by them and then couldn’t authenticate the apps for the computer.
I have found that some students shared their iTunes account last year and reinstalled a previously bought app on another students iPad in return for the downloading of the games apps. This was illegal and has been spoken about at length with the students.
The forwarding of the emails from iTunes is working very well as I can see what the students are downloading from their school accounts. This is very useful also for the bursar keeping up with iTunes credit.
If you go to www.itunesonsale.com there is a calendar of itunes cards specials in Australia. I wonder if it works in other countries.