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…

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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…

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Uninstalling Silverlight Player for Mac

Uninstalling Silverlight Player for Mac

This how-to article will walk you through uninstalling silverlight player for the Mac. Silverlight is a Microsoft video technology for streaming media. It can be a required install when using services in Edu settings like Hudl. If Silverlight doesn’t work often simply installing the latest version will help. However, there may be times when it is best to remove the previous versions and then install the latest patch. The Terminal commands below will remove Silverlight….

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iOS Restrictions Allowed by Apple for MDM

iOS Restrictions Allowed by Apple for MDM

The list below includes the iOS restrictions you can use to create profiles to lock down or allow various apps, content and settings on managed iPads. The first list includes the restrictions for the basic iOS native or general settings. Then come the Application Restrictions. Last are the Media Settings. The list comes from JAMFPro MDM, but many MDM systems can do the same things. Apple actually controls what can be restricted. Those of you…

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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…

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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 Education Deployment Guide “By following these four…

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TCEA2015 Sessions by EdTechChris

TCEA2015 Sessions by EdTechChris

TCEA 2015 Sessions by EdTechChris TCEA 2015 – I’m reposting and updating older content from my TCEA 2015 sessions. I will add relevant links to this page and recreate the activities for you to play with, use or steal as you desire shortly.   Lights! Camera! Action! with iMovie I presented Lights! Camera! Action! with iMovie at TCEA in their iPad Academy for a couple of years. I have retired this presentation, but it is…

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8 Useful Accessibility iOS Apps for K-12

8 Useful Accessibility iOS Apps for K-12

This list of 8 Useful Accessibility iOS Apps for K-12 is compiled based on those used by teachers in Eanes ISD. It provides a great starting point for teachers, parents, interventionists and special educators. Apps in this list have been used to assist students over the past 5 years of our 1:1 initiative. We make these accessible to all students K-12 through managed distribution in Self Service (JAMF Software).   Useful Accessibility iOS Apps Learning Ally…

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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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3 Free iOS Math Apps Today

3 Free iOS Math Apps Today

3 Free iOS Math Apps Today: Math Flow Apps AppAdvice.com listed these three free iOS math apps in their AppsGoneFree section and it is easy to see why. Flow Plus, MultiFlow, and Division Flow are three really nice math apps that make drilling math facts more game-like. Normally between $4.99 – $5.99, they are a great app to snatch for free. The basic interface is the same on all three, so this article will review them…

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