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…

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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…

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How to Easily Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer

How to Easily Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer

You can easily create a Mac OS Sierra bootable installer on a USB flash drive using Terminal. These steps will walk you through the process. (Other OS X versions click here.) Steps to Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer Get the latest installer Download the latest macOS Sierra Installer from the AppStore. If you get a pop up to install Sierra, simply ignore it or force quit the install from the Apple menu. Next…

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scutil to fix AD binding issues in OS X

scutil to fix AD binding issues in OS X

scutil to fix AD binding issues in OS X Why scutil? It is not unusual to run into the occasional hiccup when binding Macs to an Active Directory domain. Most of the time, these issues are easily fixed by unbinding and then rebinding using the GUI. Occasionally, you will run into an issue where the HostName causes issues. These cases can be easily identified when using the Directory Utility because the Computer ID (a.k.a. HostName)…

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Safe Mac Happy Mac

Safe Mac Happy Mac

A Safe Mac is a Happy Mac. Learn to conquer your insecurities in this friendly self-help session. With a little mindfulness and courage, every Mac user can live happily ever after in an ever changing world where viruses and ransom ware threaten to invade your happy place.   This landing page contains links to resources to help users implement best practices to increase security in OS X and macOS.     Apple KB on System Integrity…

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24 Essential Articles About Using iOS 10

24 Essential Articles About Using iOS 10

24 Essential Articles About Using iOS 10 from Apple Support When using iOS, some obvious, yet often overlooked resources are the knowledge base and support documents written by Apple. Reading them, you may find that they are the original source for many blog posts about Apple products. I appreciate the time and care Apple takes in writing these for the average user. You don’t need to be a system admin or engineer to understand them. These articles…

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Support Apple Classroom without Opening P2P Traffic

Support Apple Classroom without Opening P2P Traffic

Support Apple Classroom without Opening the Network for Peer to Peer Traffic When it was released Spring 2016, we were really concerned about how to support Apple Classroom without opening the network for Peer to Peer (P2P) traffic. P2P networking is typically blocked in enterprise networks as it is a standard means to distribute Bots, Spywares, Adware, Trojans, Rootkits, Worms and other types of malwares. (Symantec) It is estimated that 60% – 80% of the traffic for any given…

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Meet Apple Classroom – A Test Drive and Eval

Meet Apple Classroom – A Test Drive and Eval

After waiting for several months, I was finally able to meet Apple Classroom.  This new app integrates with your MDM solution to allow teachers greater focus and control over the iPads in their classroom. According to the description: Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device…

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Scaling Up MDM Architecture

Scaling Up MDM Architecture

It seems to be common sense that you should consider scaling up MDM architecture as your 1:1 grows. However, it took us a little longer than expected to move this direction. My shop currently uses the Casper Suite by JAMF Software. It does a really good job, but like anything, it gets hungry for more resources as it grows. We currently manage over 9,000 iOS devices and about 500 assorted MacBooks. Our MDM is running on…

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Make Cute Custom Icons in OS X

Make Cute Custom Icons in OS X

Custom Icons You Can Make in OS X “How do I make cute, custom icons for web shortcuts or folders on my MacBook?” This question actually comes up quite a bit. Though it is a simple process, it does require that you do certain steps in order. In this video tutorial, we create an image which is then saved as the new icon for a URL shortcut to Teachers Pay Teachers. This method can be applied to…

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