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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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: •…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Stay Connected with the Apple Admin Community, Slack, and Local Meetups

Stay Connected with the Apple Admin Community, Slack, and Local Meetups

Apple Admin Community, Slack and Meetups The Apple Admin community is a very connected group of professionals who support one another through the MacAdmins Slack, a podcast, and local or regional Meetups. You don’t have to do this alone. There are over 14,000 of us to provide insight and support. The blend of ideas about supporting our users with Apple devices from Higher Ed, K-12, Enterprise, Healthcare, and Government will help you grow as an…

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Take Out the Trash | How to Clear Pending and Failed Commands in Jamf Pro 10

Take Out the Trash | How to Clear Pending and Failed Commands in Jamf Pro 10

How to Clear Pending and Failed Commands in Jamf Pro 10 via MySQL Jamf Pro is a powerful MDM tool. The larger your scale, the more you benefit from developing maintenance routines including clearing pending and failed commands. Even though these features are built into JamfPro’s GUI, I still like to execute the queries in MySQL to get feedback on how many commands and/or rows are affected. The path to execute these commands is intentionally…

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