If you’re one of those teachers who finds that they spend a large amount of time updating, synching, managing apps, transferring photos to be printed and managing all those other fun little side-effects of having iPads, there are some solutions for these problems that you may not know about.
I have found solutions to the two biggest iPad issues at our school:
Printing from an iPad:
iCan-Print and WePrint are both marketed as free options, and are actually not free to use.
PrintCentral seems like the best option, but it costs $10 and I’m unclear if this is for each iPad.
Any printing solution using network printers requires some set up and the use of a computer to connect through to network printers. I will be setting this up on the “synching mac” we use for all our iPads.
Managing apps on multiple iPads:
Setting up multiple iPads was enough of an effort, but with system updates, app updates, children too small to realise they have deleted/moved apps, it has become a frustrating and time consuming experience.
After sorting through a huge list of expensive management devices I scrapped them all and went with Meraki Management. I could not justify spending around $4 per device, per month.
I have settled on trailing Meraki for now. This is not to say I have chosen the best option, or the most effective option, rather that it has presented as the most viable option for our needs. I have found this is great for free apps, but requires a sort of licence code for purchased apps, that we do not have.
Update 19/3: In the past few weeks we have decided to implement a Mac Server with an MDM component that will also allow us to print.
Update 29/3: The poor IT man is having some difficulty setting up our iPads to talk to the Mac Server. Perhaps we will be able to print in term 2?