Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2013 10:50 AM (in response to cathy fasano)
I think a lot of people make up a generic iPad. Consider having the students save there data in a personal dropbox account.
Invest in a cart.
You may want to consider one or more than one sync carts.
You could have the student plug in the iPads into the card. Check in the iPads then.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2013 12:49 PM (in response to cathy fasano)
The Assign feature in Apple Configurator does takes quite a bit of time if you have a lot of apps and/or data. I don't think its useful for checkouts between classes. It would probably be better utilized for iPads being checked out to a kid over the course of a few days or a week. Your suggestion of the 8th grade gets them on Monday, the 7th grade on Tuesdays, the 6th grade on Wednesdays, etc is probably a more realistic way of utilizing the Assign feature in Apple Configurator.
I agree with the recommendation of having students use Dropbox (or Box.net, Google Drive, or other cloud service) to store their data rather than using Apple Configurator's Assign feature. Many apps have Dropbox and Box.net integration so that kids can easily save their data to the cloud. This way students can get to their data no matter what iPad they are using (and they don't have to wait for their data to be restored each time it gets "assigned" to them).
As far as syncing goes, a standard 4-port hub wouldn't work. Each port needs enough power (5V at 2.1 amps) to properly charge and sync an iPad. I have a Griffin MultiDock at my desk. The tower charges and syncs 10 devices at a time: http://www.griffintechnology.com/business/multidock
You can link up to 3 of these together to sync 30 iPads at once. However you'll need 3 available USB ports on your computer to do so.
Hope this helps, and good luck with your iPad deployment!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2013 2:46 PM (in response to nsdjoey)
So the reason I can't seem to figure out how to make it work with Configurator & Assign is that it won't work... Well, that certainly helps!
If you run the "generic iPad" model, what's the best way to force DropBox to "forget" the last student's login information and force the next student to log in with his/her login information? We used to have a single Lab account that all of the students shared, and they all had access to their own folder on the server. But the Lab account had privs to every student file, and we had entire directories go missing, either accidentally or maliciously.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2013 3:20 PM (in response to cathy fasano)
I don't think you can force the logout (unless you put the iPads in Supervised mode and have it set to "Restore" every time).
What I would do is tell the kids that if they don't log out they run the risk of losing their work (put some responsiblity on their part). The logout from the Dropbox iPad app is two clicks: "Settings" -> "Unlink iPad from Dropbox". Other apps that have Dropbox integration will have to logged out in a simiar fashion. You could make "following directions" part of your students grade and let them know that they'll lose points if they don't log out
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2013 6:55 PM (in response to nsdjoey)
Yeah, the "lose points" idea is good. That way when a student finds that the previous student's dropbox is still logged in, then tattling is sufficient to annoy the other student, and there will be less temptation to delete the other student's files. And also the kids tend to stick together, so usually the second kid will simply log out the first kid to prevent trouble.