Welcome to the world of iPad deployments! There are a few things I recommend you do before you get started:
First I would watch the iOS Deployment Model Videos on the left side of this page:
Then I recommend you read through these two guides:
iOS 6 Education Deployment Guide
Apple Configurator Help Guide
This will give you a solid foundation for managing iPads with Apple Configurator. Once you read through these guides you will likely have more specific questions that you can post to these forums.
Hope this answers your question!! Good luck with your iPad deployment.
They've apparently moved the furniture a bit since you last tried that URL, Joe, since it no longer goes directly to the resources. They're now found by going here:
and clicking the "IT" header which scrolls the page horizontally.
[ original announcment -- https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4256735?tstart=0 ]
good tips for initial deployment:
See nsdjoey writeup. See third post.