iPad Air iPad Mini iPad Mini w/Retina Display iPad 2 (oldest model) 16gb Wifi16gb Wifi16gb Wifi16gb Wifi $499$299$399$399
16gb $22932gb $299 64gb $399 4-inch (diagonal) Multi-Touch Retina display iOS 7 Siri iMessage iTunes Radio Apps and games Email and Internet FaceTime HD camera with 720p HD video recording Audio playback battery life: Up to 40 hours Video playback battery life: Up to 8 hours 32gb & 64gb models also have 5MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording
What Do I Need to Purchase to Manage the iPads/iPods in My School? There are multiple ways for setting up your management process: iTunes, and Apple ID, and a cable on a Mac or PC in small quantities of iPads An Apple ID, Mac or PC, and iTunes over Wifi An MDM such as Meraki or Lightspeed A Mac computer and Apple Configurator
Volume Purchasing Program No matter your preferred method of managing multiple iPads/iPods in your school you MUST set up a VPP account with Apple if you plan purchase the same applications for multiple iPads on the same account! However, if you plan to simply have your teachers manage one or two iPads on their own with their own accounts and use iTunes Gift Cards, debit/credit cards, or some other methods where each iPad is purchasing it’s own license, a VPP account would not be needed.
Apps & the App Store Educational app category Over 65,000 educational apps Free/Paid versions Approved by Apple Very widely reviewed collection
16gb Wifi$229 32gb Wifi$269 Free Google Apps for Education Admin Console and Device Activation App Samsung$279 Acer C7$319 HP Chromebook 14 $329 (among others) Manage 10 or 10,000 with the management console included in the price!
Apps Educational app categories in both the Chrome Store and Google Play Thousands of educational apps Free/Paid versions—in app purchases not supported Open source developing Very widely reviewed collections Ability to distribute free and paid applications instantly via Gmail account without buying multiple license code
Let’s take a look: Google Apps for Education (The trial version of the console at least!)
How do they stack up? APPLEANDROID Cost: higher App Store: more expansive, but limited in who can develop apps. VPP account required for licenses. Management: Multiple iPads would most easily need to be managed through a Mac on Configurator or an MDM, but can be managed individually through iTunes. Additional costs can add up quickly. Accessories: ONLY works with certified Apple products. NO FLASH! Can limit web based applications Needs training for individuals who manage them. End user training vital! Cost: Lower App Stores: less expansive, but open source for developers. No VPP accounts required. Management: Free Google Apps for Education console & Free Google Play online management & Chromebook management console included in Chromebook pricing. Accessories: Work with numerous vendors and after market products, low cost. Flash available Simple user friendly management interface makes training for management minimal End user training vital!
There is no one right platform… Which one is right for your school?