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 Apple devices that allowed the student to access a world previously…

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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 it could help level the playing field for these students. I could help bridge divides…

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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 admin and bring new and exciting features to your…

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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 left out. If you are unsure where to go,…

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Recommendations for Optimizing Wifi for Apple Devices

Recommendations for Optimizing Wifi for Apple Devices

The recommendations for optimizing wifi for Apple devices resulted from a series of conversations with a good friend of mine, Alby*, who works with schools in Texas.  All comments were specifically made in relation to tuning 802.11ac gen 2 APs from Aruba. However, this list provides some excellent guidelines when tuning or optimizing other networks too. We certainly found them to be helpful. Please take any recommendations with a grain of salt and review pertinent documentation from your wireless vendor regarding best practices….

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Demystifying iOS Deployment in K-12 Edu

Demystifying iOS Deployment in K-12 Edu

Demystifying iOS Deployment in K-12 Edu – TCEA 2018 Presentation The resources from my session at TCEA 2018 will help you get started with iOS deployment, novices and veterans alike will benefit from materials linked in this article. This session on iOS deployment will give participants a hands on overview of using Apple School Manager, DEP, and Jamf Pro MDM. Important: Please be sure to bring a Mac laptop with the latest version of Safari. For part of the training, we will be…

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Is NetInstall Dead in Future Releases of macOS? A Discussion for Edu IT

Is NetInstall Dead in Future Releases of macOS? A Discussion for Edu IT

Is NetInstall Dead in Future Releases of macOS? In a recent article, ScriptingOSX posted new features in the iMac Pro which verify observations from the MacAdmins community about the future of imaging Macs. This article is important for my Apple IT peeps advising schools and EdTechs. Summary Traditional imaging and now NetInstall imaging appears to be phased out on macOS systems with the new T2 processor (iMac Pro for now). Touchbar MacPros have the T1 processor. Hints that this is coming have been noticed in macOS changes…

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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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Having fun with MAU4 or How to Lose a Day of Productivity

Having fun with MAU4 or How to Lose a Day of Productivity

Having fun with MAU4 or How to Lose an Entire Day of Productivity | This post was inspired by a Slack conversation with Dr. Emily Kausalik. Like all good distractions, once she suggested the emoji idea 💡, work came to an immediate stop 🛑! The Microsoft Auto Updater 4 Beta (click here) is a great utility for macOS deployments using MS Office. It only updates changes to the binary which is a significant improvement over the current updater as the packages…

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