If your school deploys any more that a few iPads, you will be familiar with Apple's Volume Purchase Programme. VPP is a convienient and cost-effective way to deploy apps and books to your Apple fleet, but since the launch of Apple School Manager last year, it hasn't provided the most seamless management experience. Well, Apple has fixed that.
Starting today, when you log in and select Apps and Books in the left column, you'll see a new interface that includes the following features:
In order to use this new interface (you don't have to- you can stick with the existing VPP portal), you will have to migrate out of the existing VPP portal. Instructions on how to do that can be found here: About Migrating to Apps and Books in Apple School Manager
If you need any assistance with any of this, are exploring how iPad fits into your school, I would love you to get in contact with me. New Gauge Digital are members of the Apple Consultant Network, certified in Mobility Deployment, and iPad in Education is our speciality. We can assist with planning, procurement, Mobile Device Management through Lightspeed Mobile Manager, Professional Development and BYOD rental and purchase programs, and have helped more than 60 schools Australia-wide. I look forward to speaking with you.
The recent Apple Worldwide Developers conference saw a vast sweep of updates and innovations across the entirety of Apple’s product range. Most of the updates are aimed at improving user productivity, as well as communications. The Updates to Swift Playgrounds make creating and testing possible straight from the iPad and new “Live Text” text recognition feature is almost magic. Here are the updates you need to know about and some of the big takeaways for Education: