iOS 12 Now Available with Some Amazing New Features

iOS 12 Now Available with Some Amazing New Features

iOS 12 brings performance improvements and exciting new features to iPhone and iPad. I’ve been testing the beta releases all summer anticipating the final release. Many new features for schools, personal users, and enterprise users alike. Check out the links below to learn how to use some of these exciting new features. What’s Cool in iOS 12 https://www.macrumors.com/2018/09/17/apple-releases-ios-12/ What’s new in the Photos App Photos introduces new features to help you rediscover and share the photos in your library. https://www.macobserver.com/news/ios-12-photos-app/   Fun with…

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3 Ways Apple Can Better Support K-12 IT Departments

3 Ways Apple Can Better Support K-12 IT Departments

Apple provides excellent support for education customers, including services like Apple School Manager, the Device Enrollment Program, Apple Professional Learning, new apps like SchoolWork, Apple Classroom on macOS, and even a ClassKit framework for developers. However, there are a few things they could do to improve support for K-12 IT departments. Identity Management Identity management is a significant factor in securing and deploying resources in enterprise environments including K-12 education. Though macOS devices can be bound to directory services, additional native support for LDAP, Active…

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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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