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 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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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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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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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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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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Anonymous Search with Start Page – Say “No” to Intrusive Monitoring Techniques

Anonymous Search with Start Page – Say “No” to Intrusive Monitoring Techniques

You can conduct anonymous Google searches with StartPage.com to avoid having your data tracked and linked back to you. See the excerpt below from Michael Bazzell’s book. Anonymous search “Start Page (startpage.com) If you want to take advantage of Google’s search abilities but insist on hiding yourself from their intrusive monitoring techniques, you can use Start Page. Start Page’s anonymous search scans Google for you. When you submit a search, Start Page submits the query to Google and returns the results to…

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Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered Jamf Pro Web Apps in macOS

Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered Jamf Pro Web Apps in macOS

You may want to increase Tomcat memory for clustered Jamf Pro web apps. By default only 1Gb of memory is allocated to Tomcat. Increasing the memory can significantly improve performance. Normally you would use the database utility to change these settings, but in a clustered environment you manually change the plist. (For Linux instructions click here.) These 6 steps have been compiled from documentation on JAMF-Nation. It is important to check memory allocation for the web app after each update…

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Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JamfPro Web Apps in Linux

Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JamfPro Web Apps in Linux

You may want to increase Tomcat memory for clustered JamfPro web apps. By default only 1Gb of memory is allocated to Tomcat. Increasing the memory can significantly improve performance. Normally you would use the database utility to change these settings, but in a clustered environment you have to change either the catalina.sh or setenv.sh scripts on Linux. (For macOS instructions click here.) It is important to check memory allocation for the web app after each update as some releases will reset them back to default….

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New Apple Updates Offer Increased Security and Education Friendly Features

New Apple Updates Offer Increased Security and Education Friendly Features

Apple released a series of security updates yesterday. Updates include macOS, iOS, iWork apps, Classroom, Configurator 2, and Server. Not only do these releases contain bug fixes and security vulnerability patches, but also a number of features that will help schools and education. See detailed lists below. APPLE-SA-2017-03-27-4 iOS 10.3 New restriction to prevent a device from joining unmanaged WiFi networks New restriction for blocking dictation (useful for testing) MDM can now shut down and restart devices MDM can now play a sound with Lost Mode MDM…

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