First things first. You will need to use a school-based account for the iTunes purchases that you make for your school-owned iPods. If you received an Innovation Grant, or are part of another school or district-based project, you received your iTunes account information from the District Technology Department. Many of you may already have a personal iTunes account, but because of accounting rules for public entities, we need to be able to easily track purchases made from accounts set up via iTunes Gift Cards purchased by the District. Also, this will keep your personal iTunes account from getting mixed up with lots of school-based purchases and vice-versa.
Let's log out of your personal iTunes account, if you are currently logged in. Check the upper right corner to see if you are:
Placing your cursor over your login name will bring up a small arrow, click on the arrow and select "Sign Out." This will make sure that you are able to log in and use the money in your school-based account for your school-based iPod touch devices.
Then sign back in at the same location, using your grant or school-based account information. Your "Apple ID" is the email address that is used for your iTunes account. This is NOT the same as your school email address, although it will have "@canby.k12.or.us" as part of the Apple ID information. After logging in, you should now see this new account reflected in the upper-right corner.
If this is the first time that you are logging into the iTunes account for your school-based iPods on this computer, you will have to authorize your computer to play and to sync to your iPods all the items you purchase through the iTunes store. You can authorize up to 5 computers to do this. Normally, you would have probably one authorized as to keep things simple. Since your school-based account was initially set up for you by someone else, it has already been authorized by one computer. In order to authorize the computer you are going to use for your classroom iPods, choose "Authorize this computer..." from the "Store" menu.
Use your same Apple ID information that you used before in the dialog box that appears, click on "Authorize," and you will be presented with an information box when that has been completed for you. After your computer is authorized through iTunes, you will be able to add content from this iTunes account on this computer to your classroom iPods.