Daniel Shumski for Education Dive:
Schools will now be able to assign apps to users wirelessly while keeping full ownership and control over the app licenses. It’s flexible, too: Apps can be revoked at will and reassigned to other students. (Apple’s new volume purchasing program also supports the purchase of Mac apps and books, so its impact stretches beyond iOS devices.)
I got out of the iPad management business a few months ago, but—if this works—it’s a total game changer and would have made my life an order of magnitude easier. As it stands, it’s probably just going to make my successor look incredibly competent, but that’s life.
Also, bundling Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, and iPhoto with each new iOS device is great for making it easy for students to create content on their devices. I wish Apple would make these apps available to schools who already purchased their iPads for this school year.