Alastair Grigg - Education
Alastair Grigg – Videopro Business Centre: Education

Update (3:30pm, 14/09/2012):

I’ve already received some valuable feedback, relevant to this VPP article. It seems that payment for the VPP is not currently practical for schools due to the payment terms that are required for the program. Whilst it’s great news that the VPP is enabled in Australia, it sounds like there are still details that need to be addressed, in order for schools to use the VPP. Hopefully these details are resolved in the near future.

Thanks very much to Barry Turp from the Department of Education, Training, and Employment, for providing some specific details about this. If anyone is interested in contacting Barry to discuss this in more detail, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me and I can put you in touch with him.

News just in!

If you’ve tried to integrate multiple iPads or iTouches into your classroom you may have experienced frustrations, relating to the integration of apps across a number of devices.
To help with this, Apple has created the Volume Purchase Program, which provides assistance with purchasing and managing apps across multiple devices. However, until this month (September 2012) this program has only been available within the United States. Thankfully, Apple has now expanded the program to include other countries, of which Australia is one.
Volume Purchase Program
A description of the service, as provided directly from the Apple website, is as follows:

“Whether you’re providing apps to 10 employees or 10,000, the Volume Purchase Program makes it simple to find, buy and distribute the apps your business needs.”

Note that you need to enrol in the program, in order to be eligible for bulk purchases. To do so, or to find more information on the program, please visit the Apple website.

Based on conversations I’ve had with schools all over Queensland, this should be a big relief for those trying to integrate iPads into their education environments.

What are your thoughts on the program? If you’ve had a chance to use it, or have ideas on how effective or ineffective you think the program is, I’d love to hear from you! So, feel free to comment below or send me an email at a.grigg@videopro.com.au.

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2 comments on “Using iPads in Your Classrooms? Read this! (VPP now Available in Oz)”

  1. That’s awesome news!

  2. As far as I have been informed, in-app purchases are not allowed in the VPP, which is good for those annoying “buy now” buttons, however it also prohibits the upgrading of apps to full versions from within a trial, lite or free version (such as the Motion Maths series, like “Hungry Fish”).

    This may cause some headaches, but developers will eventually adapt to this, offering full versions in the VPP education store. I have registered our school in the program and would be keen to hear other schools’ experiences.

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