A short message to you all: our iPads have arrived, on time!
For those interested, here follows a brief description on our method of deployment. Our aim is to allow the students full control over their iPad, so they will make their own iTunes account and be able to purchase any application they want.
This week, we will tag each iPad and register it in our system. At the same time we will briefly connect the iPad to iTunes and install a configuration profile. The profile is necessary for students to be able to connect to the WiFi campus network. The iPad will then be in standby mode until it is delivered to the student at the beginning of next week, where the first thing they will do is log on to the campus network with their own accounts.
After the iPad is set up by the student to connect to the network, they will be able to set-up their e-mail accounts. Also they can start downloading some apps (and if necessary set up an iTunes account) and start using the blackboard web page. Of course we'll have some instructions ready for students not so familiar with Apple devices.
Here's hoping that all will go well!