When you receive your district purchased iPod or iPad it will be named and configured by the technology department according to the school district technology standard practices. The default set of applications, as provided by Apple, are loaded on the device and you will then be able to add apps that you find useful in your classroom.
Applications: The applications that are on your iPad at the time of purchase should not be deleted. You will certainly find other applications that you would like to try and there are two ways you can go about it.
- Ask for a district purchase of the application. If you find something you would like to try, please contact your Principal or supervisor with the specific names of the applications, a short explanation of their use,and the cost. An iTunes gift card can be purchased by the district for your use to purchase the app(s) using the district iTunes account your device is associated with.
Use your own iTunes Store account to purchase items. Any costs you incur are yours personally, not the responsibility of the school district. Those apps remain yours (accessed for other devices through the “purchased” section of your iTunes Store account) and you will be able to install them on other devices as you choose.
Updating Applications and Software: You can update applications you have purchased using your own Apple ID or the school ID you were provide with. To do this click on the App Store icon, then click on “Updates” at the bottom of the screen. Important: Do not click on the “Update All” button in the top right corner. This will cause all applications that you have installed using the Apple ID that is not currently logged on to delete. Instead, click on each application and update them one at a time.
If there are personal applications that you would like to install on your iPod you can do so by switching the ID that is currently logged in. Go to Settings>Store, then click on the Apple ID currently associated with your device, choosing “sign out”, then signing back in with the appropriate Apple ID to make store purchases. If you are using a District purchased iTunes card, make sure you are logged in with the District ID before redeeming the card.
Adding Music: You can add your own music to your device. However, you will need to do it by dragging and dropping, not configuring syncing settings. To add music:
- Connect your iPad to your computer and launch iTunes.
If you get an error message saying that your iPad is synced with another iTunes library, click past it (you will probably have to click cancel for one or two different error messages) without letting it sync your iPad to your computer.
You should see your iPad in the left sidebar of iTunes. Find the songs or album’s that you would like in your Music library and drag them to the iPad.
Photos: To move photos and videos from iPad to computer, you can import them using the Photo tab under the iPad/iPod’s name.
Exchanging files between your computer and iPad: Applications such as Google Earth and a variety of others allow you to exchange files between your iPad and computer. With your device connected via USB, launch iTunes. When you are clicked on your iPad name in the left sidebar you will find the file sharing menu in the “apps” tab at the bottom of the page under the heading “file sharing”. It will list available file sharing applications, and the files you can access.
Connecting to Wireless: Your iPad should find wireless signals automatically while at your school sites. If you ever have an issue, or want to connect to wireless when you are not at schools, click on Settings>Wifi, then select the wireless zone you want.