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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Resources for Apple TV Deployment Article

Resources for Apple TV Deployment Article

Resources for Apple TV Deployment Article Below is a list of useful resources I considered while writing various articles about deploying Apple TV. Some of the information comes directly from Apple. Some of it is in direct contradiction of information and advice I received, but has made sense after observing these devices in the field. I am not a wifi engineer, but do have years of practical experience with Apple products in various Aerohive, Cisco and Aruba wireless networks in schools. Take this info with a…

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Basic Apple TV Deployment Tips

Basic Apple TV Deployment Tips

Basic Apple TV Deployment Tips In our school district we’ve deployed over 540 of the 4th gen Apple TVs. All in all the initiative has been fairly straight forward, but like anything, we’ve learned a few helpful tips along the way. Currently these devices can be managed with MDM, but the payloads and functions are somewhat limited. The list of possible payloads can be viewed here (click here). We have some additional steps that have been useful in classrooms across the district (click…

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Avoid using Ethernet with tvOS if DFS Wifi Channels are Used

Avoid using Ethernet with tvOS if DFS Wifi Channels are Used

Avoid using Ethernet with tvOS if DFS wifi channels are used Normally, when deploying Apple TVs, you want to connect them to the network via ethernet. Like all hard and fast rules, there is one big range of exceptions. According to Apple’s recommendations, Apple TV should be connected to the network over Wi-Fi instead of Ethernet when using DFS channels on the Wi-Fi network and peer-to-peer AirPlay is desired. I still have a big question mark about this recommendation. In our environment…

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MDM Payloads for tvOS

MDM Payloads for tvOS

Apple allows certain MDM payloads for tvOS. Though, currently these devices can be managed with MDM, the functions are somewhat limited. We have a list of additional set up procedures (click here) based on our deployment of over 450 Apple TVs across our school district. These go hand in hand with MDM payloads listed below. MDM Payloads for tvOS Pre Stage Enrollment LDAP Authentication   AirPlay Disable AirPlay Require Passcode on first AirPlay pairing Disable using Remote App Allow Keyboard…

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Opt out of ad tracking on iOS devices

Opt out of ad tracking on iOS devices

Apple uses data collected from your iOS device along with an identifier associated with your Apple ID to send you interest based ads. Some ad tracking in iOS is also location based. When you sign in with an Apple ID on an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Apple TV, Apple reads your advertising identifier so that its advertising system can track you across apps. Fortunately, you can opt out of this if you wish. (Learn more about Apple’s advertising and privacy policies here.) If you want to opt…

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Apple TV Settings for Deployment in Schools

Apple TV Settings for Deployment in Schools

At Eanes ISD, we have a standard set of Apple TV Settings for schools that we prefer to use. The goal is that teachers will be able to use the device without having to do any configuration. Ideally, teachers get to concentrate on teaching and not “futzing” with setting up technology. There are a number of ways to configure these, but the list below seems to work well for our teachers. Setting these up involves a couple of stages. Apple Configurator 2 allows us…

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