Head over to http://deploy.apple.com to get signed up. Don’t expect to get up and running right away. I wish someone had told us when we enrolled in to the program. The approval process takes 3-5 business days. In actually took us closer to 15-20 business days because we mistakenly entered the incorrect Apple Customer Number in our application. You will be required to create an Apple ID to be used specifically with DEP. This Apple ID must be a new Apple ID that has never been used for anything, ever. We created an account in Google Apps for Education, then used that account to create this unique Apple ID. During this sign up process, be sure not to make any errors while entering the information. We made a mistake with our customer number and it took even longer to get it all worked out.
NOTE: You will also be required to enable 2-step verification for this Apple ID. You can learn more about Apple’s 2-step verification at their FAQ.
There are three parts to Apple’s Deployment Program. Your initial sign up will “unlock” all three sections of the program. The first and biggest piece is the Device Enrollment Program. This allows devices, purchased directly from Apple, to be enrolled automatically in to your Mobile Device Management solution and allows for over-the-air supervision of devices. We are using AirWatch in our district. Once enrolled in the program, you will need to connect your MDM to Apple so they can communicate with one another. This involves creating and uploaded a series of keys and
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certificates. This process may vary slightly depending on the MDM you’ve chosen. The most important and most useful part of DEP is that it is the ONLY way to lock down the MDM profile on Apple devices. Otherwise, students can easily delete the restrictions profiles. Remember LA? Yeah…this helps to prevent that.
The second piece of the program is the Volume Purchasing Program. If you’ve been using iPads or iPods in any number, you are probably already quite familiar with VPP. The big thing to note here is the change in the names of the accounts. Program Managers are now called Program Admins. Program Facilitators are now called VPP Admins. These VPP Admin accounts are now created in the Apple Deployment Program.
The third is Apple ID for Students. Currently, it is a violation of Apple’s Terms of Service to create an Apple ID for any child under the age of 13. This new Apple ID for Students program takes away Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. This law prohibits companies from collecting personal data from children under the age of 13. When an Apple ID is created in this program, there is no personal information collected or gathered for targeted advertising, etc. Once the child turns 13, however, COPPA no longer applies to them and Apple will collect information and data on that student as they see fit. In addition, the Apple ID converts to a full account with full rights and privileges.
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that restriction allowing for the creation of personal Apple IDs for kids 12 and under. Essentially, the parents are creating the Apple ID for their child in this program. Here’s how it works: we, the school district, upload a spreadsheet containing all student names, birth dates, Apple ID (district/school gets to specify) and parent email addresses. Apple then notifies all of the parents, using that email address, that the district is requesting an Apple ID be created for their child. It is the left to the parent to follow the steps necessary to create the Apple ID for their child. Apple’s goal here is to remove the school/district from the loop completely with regards to Apple IDs. In addition, this program assists Apple in staying compliant with the law.
Overall, the enrollment process was not difficult, assuming you enter all of your information correctly during the sign-up process. Be patient, as I mentioned, the site says to wait 3-5 business days for approval.