Download all apps updates to 1 computer and then send it out as a package to all your computers.  We update all of ours with workgroup manger remotely.  It is small enough to use on a laptop and works great.  Workgroup manger is also nice to have on hand anyway.  You also can do this with apples new server software I believe.  It is only $30.  

That way you save yourself the headache of logon to each machine too.

- Amanda Bickford
Manchester Elementary Middle School. 

On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 2:40 PM, Craig Lyndes @ <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

We are setting up our first batch of MacBook Air's for a programming class
(for middle school kids!).  We have not had Macs as classroom computers
before and had a question about application updates.

When we applied the free update to Mountain Lion on these MacBooks it told
us that the free Apple Apps that were included (iMovie etc) needed to be
updated.  When we go to the update page it says we need to log in using an
iTunes account, and from this point on that iTunes account will be the
only account able to update those apps.

My understanding is that an iTunes account can only be used on 5
computers.  The thought of creating many iTunes accounts and keeping track
of which ones were used on which MacBook is not attractive.

How do other people handle this?

Thanks in Advance!
Craig Lyndes
St Albans City School

Amanda Bickford