Can AI and Protective Intelligence Help Keep Our Schools Safe?

Can AI and Protective Intelligence Help Keep Our Schools Safe?

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement. Time to meet new teachers and friends, reunite with classmates, don new backpacks, new shoes, and cool clothes. This excitement, on the part of teachers, administrators, and parents, is dampened with concerns about student safety. In the wake of Parkland and Santa Fe, many districts are increasing efforts to improve school safety. So how can AI and Protective Intelligence contribute? Multi-Tiered Approach to School Safety According to The National Center for Education…

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Can Apple TV Help Keep Our Children Safe in School?

Can Apple TV Help Keep Our Children Safe in School?

Back to school season brings with it thoughts of bulletin boards, backpacks, sharpened pencils and school safety. More relevant than ever, safety is at the forefront of concerns for school administrators. Traditional alerts, including bells, email, texts or audio announcements, may no longer be sufficient to address today’s increasingly complex security and safety needs. Carousel app for Apple TV is an easy and affordable solution for deploying digital signage in classrooms and common areas across your school. Teachers can switch between signage content and airplay from iPads or macOS…

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Taming rf Unicorns and Other Fantastic Beasts

Taming rf Unicorns and Other Fantastic Beasts

Taming rf Unicorns and Other Fantastic Beasts – Resources from PSU MacAdmins Conference 2018 session on using the Ekahau Sidekick’s spectrum analysis to identify and troubleshoot problems with Wi-Fi. Click here for official conference page: http://macadmins.psu.edu/2018/05/01/psumac18-277/ Description: Wi-Fi Muggles rejoice! Your time has come. The wonderful world of wireless and wizardry is magical indeed, but what’s a MacAdmin to do when things go awry? Many sources of non-802.11 noise impact your Wi-Fi. Finding these gremlins and either removing them or distracting them is vital. Although you…

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Cisco Sparkboard could be Hott in EdTech

Cisco Sparkboard could be Hott in EdTech

Cisco’s Sparkboard is an interactive 4K display that integrates all the collaborative features of Spark with flexible, high def videoconferencing. Since the Spark app is cloud based, students and teachers can collaborate on Macs, PCs, iPads, and phones in the classroom, or from other locations. Cisco Sparkboard offers these unique features to classrooms, labs and meetings rooms integrated in ONE device: wireless presentation/screen sharing voice tracking to locate who is speaking during collaboration whiteboard solution with unique features including wireless file sharing video meeting room…

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Apple Security Updates 4-24-2018

Apple Security Updates 4-24-2018

Apple posted additional security updates 4-24-2018 to close up some vulnerabilities in Safari and webkit. They always recommend to keep your OS and apps updated in order to receive the latest patches, updates, and fixes. Find out more about Apple Security Updates 4-24-2018 and others at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222 Get the latest software updates from Apple Keeping your software up to date is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your Apple product’s security. The latest version of iOS is…

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Health Insurance Costs Hurt Texas Teachers

Health Insurance Costs Hurt Texas Teachers

Health Insurance costs for Texas teachers are expected to increase again even though the state legislature hasn’t increased its funding to the program in over 15 years. Education jobs are among the lowest-paying occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree, and teacher salaries consistently fail to keep up with inflation. The rising cost of healthcare compounds this problem. TRS Health Insurance Costs The health insurance premium for a school teacher to get decent coverage that includes spouse and children will cost $2194 per month. The…

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9 macOS Security Features Protect Your Privacy and Data

9 macOS Security Features Protect Your Privacy and Data

What 9 macOS security features are unique to how Apple approaches security? The foundation of macOS is formed by integrated and secure software that protects critical system resources while sandboxing applications and other processes. As you read, be sure to check out the links to different Apple KBs to gain a deeper understanding of how these different macOS security features help keep your Mac, your privacy, and your data safe. 9 macOS security features include: • FileVault is a layer of encryption…

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Apple Announces New iPad for Education

Apple Announces New iPad for Education

Apple announces new iPad in it’s Education Event today along with several other new features for education. These announcements reinforce Apple’s commitment to students, teachers, and schools. New iPad Perhaps the biggest improvement in the new iPad will be its support for Apple Pencil. With a 9.7″ display, these devices are priced at $299 for education. The updated iPad will be available in stores and include Touch ID, HD FaceTime camera, extended battery life, and an 8-megapixel rear camera, powered by an A10 Fusion chip….

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Stories About Using Accessibility Features in K-12 Education

Stories About Using Accessibility Features in K-12 Education

The impact of engineering for accessibility in K-12 education is significant. As these features continue to evolve, more and more students can be empowered to use them to overcome obstacles to learning and collaborating with their peers. This article highlights the experience of 4 students using the accessibility features in iOS and macOS in school. While, each of these stories is true, the names have been changed. In each case, it was these features in Apple devices that allowed the student to access a world previously…

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Engineering for Accessibility

Engineering for Accessibility

Thoughts on Engineering for Accessibility Personally, my interest in engineering for accessibility started when I began my career working in education, more than a few years ago. I worked primarily with special education students. What I found very quickly was that, if I used technology and engineered systems to help bridge instructional gaps and help them overcome barriers to accessing and working with the information they needed to learn, even in very basic ways, that it could help level the playing field for these students. I could help bridge divides…

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