The AppleID in your 1:1 Program — COPPA

We have a great 1:1 pro­gram at my school. In grades 4–12 every stu­dent (and all fac­ulty) have a 13″ Mac­book Pro with a 500GB backup drive along with a suite of soft­ware we’ve installed for pro­duc­tiv­ity, con­tent cre­ation and orga­ni­za­tion.   Not only does each stu­dent have this pow­er­ful learn­ing tool, they are also admin­is­tra­tors on their own machines so they can install all though things that we for­got and they want.

We thought long and hard about how were would deliver soft­ware to our users and use JAMF’s Casper Self Ser­vice tool to do the job.  We have been very happy with the suite of tools JAMF pro­vides and have even started using their mobile device man­age­ment (MDM) plat­form to start deploy­ing app to our iPads.

It was the iPads that got me first think­ing about the AppleID.  As we begin to explore and pilot dif­fer­ent man­age­ment options for a pos­si­ble iPad deploy­ment one big issue is that ALL apps for the iPad have to be installed via the App Store and by no other mean.

Since we weren’t going to be mov­ing to quickly on our iPad test­ing with stu­dent I thought we had some time to spend with this issue, I was wrong…

We use Ever­note… a lot.  It has been one of the best tools we’ve included in our 1:1 pro­gram and has had a big impact of stu­dent learn­ing and collaborator.

With any tool you need to some trou­bleshoot and part of that trou­bleshoot some­time require that you rein­stall the soft­ware of the device you are using.  Ever­note now appears to only be avail­able for down­load from the Apple App Store.

PROBLEM!

How do you have a stu­dent in fourth, fifth, sixth and maybe even sev­enth grade down­load an appli­ca­tion from the App Store when the min­i­mum age for set­ting up and account is 13 years old?

COPPA (Children’s Online Pri­vacy Pro­tec­tion Act) now is com­ing in the way of down­load­ing appli­ca­tions that could have no other con­nec­tion to what the Rule cov­ers then the fact that it must now be down­loaded from the store.

Now… I have some really smart peo­ple that I work with that could fig­ure out how to get an app from the App Store and make it avail­able to every­one.  We could down­load the app logged in as an admins using a school account to get the need app there, but that’s not the point.

One of the things that we have tried to do in our 1:1 pro­gram is to teach peo­ple how to be self-sufficient, to han­dle their own prob­lems and issues… to be their own tech sup­port.  It’s issue like this that make the man­age­ment of any 1:1 pro­gram that much more dif­fi­cult.  As things get eas­ier with the avail­abil­ity of apps from the App Store they get more com­pli­cated when COPPA is in the mix.

We’re going to the draw­ing board to work through this issue… what are you doing?

 

About William Stites

Currently the Director of Technology for Montclair Kimberley Academy, "Blogger in Chief" for edSocialMedia.com, husband and father to two crazy kids who make me smile everyday.
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  • Truddy

    For my 9 year old I just had the same issue. I didn’t want her down­load­ing any­thing for her new ipod but also didn’t want to put her on my account. I end­edup mak­ing her an account but keep­ing the pass­word. for now she has to come to me to down­load some­thing. When she is ready to con­trol her own account I will give her the pass­word. There will be no issues about what she buys over the next few years since it will be on her account. I’m not sure if this idea will work for school.

    • http://twitter.com/wstites William Stites

      On of my biggest con­cerns would be cre­at­ing an AppleID for a stu­dent that may end up being some­thing that have with the for the rest of their “life”.  I don’t know what the options would be for our school and school’s in gen­eral as they move in this direction.

      • Diana Day

         I am just now learn­ing about Apple Con­fig­u­ra­tor.  Can’t you use that to man­age the apps?  I real­ize that this is an older post, and per­haps you are already hip to this …

        • http://twitter.com/wstites William Stites

          Yes you can… how­ever tools like JAMF Casper allow you to man­age you license code much eas­ier than Configurator. 

  • Nfox­wor­thy

    Look­ing for a solu­tion for 2nd graders.  We will have 1:1 iPads for about 70 stu­dents and were dis­cussing a generic AppleID for us 3 teach­ers to eas­ily sync stu­dent devices with the apps we want them to use.  But, how many iPads can be linked/synced to 1 AppleID?  Could we do 70 to one AppleID (stu­dents would not know the pass­word)? If not, can a sin­gle teacher sync 20+ devices to an account?  Look­ing for solu­tions.  I read, ” Now… I have some really smart peo­ple that I work with that could
    fig­ure out how to get an app from the App Store and make it avail­able
    to every­one.  We could down­load the app logged in as an admins using a
    school account to get the need app there, but that’s not the point.” but am not sure if we are talk­ing about the same thing.