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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Apple iWork Has Awesome New Features | Pages, Keynote, Numbers

Apple iWork Has Awesome New Features | Pages, Keynote, Numbers

Apple Pages, Keynote, Numbers Have Awesome New Features Apple has announced some awesome new features in Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The information below is copied from Apple’s recent update release notes. KEYNOTEWhat’s new in Keynote for Mac – Apple Supporthttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207247Keynote on the Mac App Storehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id409183694?mt=12What’s New in Version 7.2• Enhance your presentations using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes• Reply to comments and join threaded conversations• New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing• Scroll anywhere with new pan and zoom options• Edit…

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Apple iOS Security Guide – A Must for Read for Any Admin Managing iPads

Apple iOS Security Guide – A Must for Read for Any Admin Managing iPads

Apple iOS Security Guide was last published in May 2016. Though there have been many advancements, the information contained in the guide is fundamental to enterprise admins interested in keeping iOS devices secure. To get your copy, click here. Every iOS device combines software, hardware, and services designed to work together for maximum security and a transparent user experience. iOS protects not only the device and its data at rest, but the entire ecosystem, including everything users do locally, on networks, and with key Internet services. This iOS…

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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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tvOS and iOS Restrictions Allowed by Apple for MDM

tvOS and iOS Restrictions Allowed by Apple for MDM

The list* below includes the tvOS and iOS restrictions you can use to create profiles to lock down or allow various apps, content and settings on managed iPads and Apple TV devices. The first list includes the restrictions for the basic iOS native or general settings. Then come the Application Restrictions. Last are the Media Settings. A list of tvOS specific restriction and restrictions common to both tvOS and iOS follow. This list comes from Jamf Pro MDM, but many MDM systems can do the…

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Meet Your New TA: Apple Classroom

Meet Your New TA: Apple Classroom

Resources for the presentation “Meet Your New TA: Apple Classroom” We will have a hands-on tour of various features with this awesome new app from Apple. Not be be confused with other classroom apps, Apple Classroom truly is a digital teaching assistant. Meet Your New Teaching Assistant – Apple.com Classroom is a powerful iPad app that helps teachers guide learning, share work, and manage student devices. Teachers can launch a specific app, website, or textbook page on any device in the…

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Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

MDM Resources for the presentation “The Dating Game: Find Your Perfect MDM Partner” This panel for TCEA and ISTE will feature veteran technology directors and MDM coordinators on the topic of Mobile Device Management in K-12 education. Each panelist uses a different vendor, uses MDM for varying degrees of complexity and scale, has different back ground experience, and is working in small to large schools. Apple’s IT and Deployment Site – Amazing resources here. Definitely check this out. Even has a list of supported Mobile Device Management…

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Managing and Cleaning Out Storage on Your iPhone or iPad

Managing storage on an iOS device can seem tricky at times especially when you get notifications that iCloud is getting full and/or try to do an update only to have it stopped because you do not have enough free space. Once you cut through all the ambiguity, it is pretty easy to understand and manage. iOS devices typically use 2 types of storage, device storage and cloud storage. Managing both types of storage can be done through the Settings app. Device storage refers…

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Set Up a Free iTunes Account Without a Credit Card

Since Apple has opened the Device Enrollment Program to school districts, the need for individual students to create free Apple IDs has diminished some. If you haven’t explored the DEP and your district has more than a cart of iPads or MacBooks, you should seriously consider doing so. Apple brings many management features that makes these devices much easier to manage. You can find out more here: https://www.apple.com/education/it/dep/. If you still have the need to create an iTunes account for yourself or for your institution, the video…

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