When I first got iPads, I suffered from App Overload!
What is app overload? That is when the librarian downloads any and every cool free app that has anything to do with education and puts them all out there for the kids. Sure, the students need to see different apps and they do need time to explore the apps and "play" with them before we use them for classwork and assignments. Similiar to how when I taught kindergarten, I let the kids play with the unifex cubes prior to making patterns and doing base ten work, you have to let them explore!
I had a lot of great free apps:
I then came to the understanding that I needed to "weed" my apps and just because one is free doesn't mean that it needs to be used. I cleaned up my iPads and I continue to try to stay on this. You can remove or add an app as you need it for your class. You may not want to leave everything
So the moral of the story is, just because it's free doesn't mean you have to get it!
What does it mean if you have iPads and a sync cart?
You can quickly put apps on to many iPads at the same time, HOWEVER, you still have to pay for these apps.
If you downloading free apps, no worries. If you are downloading paid apps, it will pay to read the fine print.
Yes, the devils in the details. Educational use of apps ARE NOT included in the share an app amoung five devices that you might be used to at home. So you, technically, can't buy one app and put it on five, or six apps and put it on six.
What you can do is use the Volume Purchasing Program put forward by Apple. Once you are registered through your district to have a VPP account, you can buy apps at half price when you buy more then 20 apps. As long as the developer of that app wishes to take part in this program. Once you buy the apps, codes are generated which you can enter into iTunes and you will be able to use the apps. Learn more by visiting these sites:
If you are in CPS, you may want to check out this site too:
Behind the Scenes
These are old posts from my library wiki that I have discontinued and moved over here. .