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So, let's set up the iPad cart with the Apple Configurator. Before you start, make sure of the following items, make sure you have a Mac that runs at 10.7 or later. We'll call this Mac the supervisor. Have a copy of Apple Configurator. It's free and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. Make sure you are on the latest version. Check the Mac App Store for any updates. Be prepared to use an email that you will use to create an Apple ID that will be used to download all Apps, free or paid, with this configurator. If you choose to use Apple's volume purchase program, and you're going to distribute paid apps, make sure you have the information about the program, and how to get your codes and redeem them.
We need to check to make sure that you do not have a SC Info folder. If you do have this folder, delete it and then restart your computer. Now, make sure that all the iPads are placed in your cart. Have the cart power plugged into the wall. All 30 pin cables unplugged from the iPads except have one iPad in slot number one connected. Then connect the USB cable from the iPad cart to your supervisor Mac laptop. Note, once a device has been supervised using Apple Configurator, it cannot be managed by another installation of Apple Configurator.
Supervised simply means that these iPad's will need to connect to this Apple Configurator. To update to the iOS, to copy new apps onto the iPads, or to update installed apps. All communication is done through a USB connection. At this time Apple Configurator does not communicate with the iPads wirelessly. So, let's set up the iPads. Let's launch iTunes.
Select the iTunes store. Search for a free app. We'd like to load iBooks, Evernote and Dropbox. Select the button that says free under the iBooks app. You will be prompted to set up an Apple ID account. Enter the account email and a password for this new ID. Make sure to create an account just for managing the iPads. I've already gone through this process, and already have my Apple ID account, so I'm going to log in with my current account.
As you're prompted to go through and set up your new account, you'll be asked for Apple ID details. Make sure you do a screenshot of this page, so you can save it for your records. Then, you're going to hit the continue button, and at the credit card selection window, select none as we are downloading a free app. You will have to fill in some generic information, but make sure that you do choose none for a credit card, and then again, be sure you take a screenshot of this page. Upon completing your account, Apple will send a verification email, check that email.
Once you have verified your Apple ID, select Authorize This Computer from iTunes store menu. This is an important step when we are ready to sync. Once iTunes responds that the computer is authorized check in the left hand corner that the Apple ID is showing as signed in to the store. If not, select sign in, and complete the steps again. Now select the apps store, and search for the three free apps. Indicate you have an Apple ID, and complete the download for iBooks, Evernote, and Dropbox.
Once the three apps have been downloaded, quit iTunes.
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