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Setting up the master sync with Apple Configurator

From: iPad Classroom Fundamentals

Video: Setting up the master sync with Apple Configurator

Let's create a master backup to use for the iPads. Before you start, make sure you either have a new or a clean iPad and then all your iPads are the same model. To clean the iPad, you will go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. To create the master backup, only have one iPad connected to the cart at a time.

Setting up the master sync with Apple Configurator

Let's create a master backup to use for the iPads. Before you start, make sure you either have a new or a clean iPad and then all your iPads are the same model. To clean the iPad, you will go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. To create the master backup, only have one iPad connected to the cart at a time.

In this step, we are preparing the iPad for supervision. Launch Apple Configurator under the Apple Configurator menu, choose Preferences. To have the Lock Screen display a device name, select the Lock Screen button and indicate the name. We are selecting Device, now close that screen. Notice that there is a 1 next to Apple Configurator's Prepare icon. The one indicates that the supervisor computer is recognizing one iPad connected in the cart. Let's create the initial choices for supervising this iPad. In name, we will type Rioux Academy Master.

We we leave number sequentially starting at one deselected. Supervision will be on. For restore, we'll leave it at, don't restore backup. Then select the Prepare button, then select Apply. The prepare may take a little time, because it is going to go through a download of the latest operating system. A green bubble will appear next to the device upon completion. Once the status indicator is complete and you see the green check mark, select the Stop button at the bottom of the Apple Configurator window.

You will now see that you have created a Roux Academy Master. At this point, we're going to go and take the iPad out of the cart or disconnect it from the USB and we're going to go into the iPad and set it up. We will follow the setup screens. Choose the following, Skip Setting up Wi-Fi. Choose to Allow Location Services and Settings.

Decide whether you want to leave Siri On or Off. Decide whether you want to send diagnostic information to Apple. Then continue through and start using the iPad. At this point, you may want to make several changes. Of the on board apps, you may want to organize and arrange the apps or add apps to the Dock. There are some restrictions that can't be configured with Apple Configurator profiles.

Here are a few items that schools sometimes want to do. In Settings under General and Restrictions, you can choose to enable restrictions. Choose a four digit code that students are not likely to guess, set Delete Apps to off if you don't want the students to delete the apps. Set Accounts to Don't Allow Changes if you don't want students to create email accounts with the mail app. You will have an opportunity to refine your restrictions and hone in on more details later.

When you've made all the changes you want, connect the iPad back to the cart. Choose the Supervise button. Make sure that the Rioux Academy Master is selected. From the menu, select Devices Backup. You'll see our Roux Academy Master. Then, select Create Backup. This is the basic configuration that will apply to all the iPads.

Plug in additional iPads for the cart. For this demo, we are only adding one iPad. But you will probably have more. Select Prepare at the bottom of the Apple Configurator window. Now select Apply. You will see all the devices start to connect and be updated. This may take some time to get all of them prepared and processed. When they are finished, select the Prepare button at the bottom of the window. Now to create a profile, let's click on this plus button at the bottom left hand corner of the screen, and Create New Profile.

The name will be Student Profile. Under organization you may want to put your school name, or give it a brief description. In the left column, select Restrictions, then select Configure. You should look through these three different buttons, functionality, applications, and media content. Under functionality, we are going to allow installing apps, checked for now, because we're in the process of adding new apps. We'll go back and change this later.

Select WiFi. Select Configure. Under the service set identifier, add your wireless network name. Then put in your password. Next, in the left hand column, let's select Web clip. Then select configure. We are going to put an icon that looks like an app that will connect our students to the URL for the learning management system homepage.

We are going to give it the name of the course. Next we'll put in the URL which will take us to the LMS homepage landing. Finally we will upload an personalized icon, Select Choose. From the exercise files on the desktop we will choose a logo. Once you have completed all the settings that you want to enable, click Save, then select Student Profile, and select Share. Save your student profile to the Desktop for the moment. Select Supervise now select all iPads.

Now select the Apps button. Click to import the apps by clicking on the plus sign. In the Mobile Applications folder select all of the apps that we are going to upload. In this case, Dropbox, Evernote, and iBooks, select all of the boxes. If there are apps that still need to be added that have been purchased within the volume purchase program, you will need a download of the redemption codes for each app purchased. Contact the facilitator or the buyer of the volume purchase program at your school.

If your school is not part of the program, you can enroll at the Apple website by following the instructions. Since I am only loading free apps, I'm going to skip this step. In the name put the name that you want to have for each iPad. Then we will select, number sequentially starting at one. Under Restore, select the Roux Academy Master. Select Student Profile. Now select Apply.

Then the iPads will all go through the process of renumbering, renaming, and installing any changes that you have made, in this case, adding the three apps. When the icon changes to the battery charging symbol, you know that you've completed the process. Now open up your iPad and check to make sure that all the apps have been downloaded to your cart. In the future you'll probably want to sync more apps. When you do this make sure that the laptop is not plugged in to the sync cart.

Now that we've completed this process, you'll need to go back to the iPads, select Settings then select Restrictions then select Enable Restrictions. And reenter the pass code for the iPads on your cart.

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