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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Can Apple TV Help Keep Our Children Safe in School?

Can Apple TV Help Keep Our Children Safe in School?

Back to school season brings with it thoughts of bulletin boards, backpacks, sharpened pencils and school safety. More relevant than ever, safety is at the forefront of concerns for school administrators. Traditional alerts, including bells, email, texts or audio announcements, may no longer be sufficient to address today’s increasingly complex security and safety needs. Carousel app for Apple TV is an easy and affordable solution for deploying digital signage in classrooms and common areas across your school. Teachers can switch between signage content and airplay from iPads or macOS…

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Health Insurance Costs Hurt Texas Teachers

Health Insurance Costs Hurt Texas Teachers

Health Insurance costs for Texas teachers are expected to increase again even though the state legislature hasn’t increased its funding to the program in over 15 years. Education jobs are among the lowest-paying occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree, and teacher salaries consistently fail to keep up with inflation. The rising cost of healthcare compounds this problem. TRS Health Insurance Costs The health insurance premium for a school teacher to get decent coverage that includes spouse and children will cost $2194 per month. The…

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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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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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What is Self Service for Mac? – for Eanes ISD

What is Self Service for Mac? – for Eanes ISD

Self Service is your one stop shop for software and utilities on your Mac. This application, sometimes referred to as the Eanes AppStore, is similar to the one on your iPad. With macOS, Self Service has additional capabilities and features to make your computing experience a happy one. To get started, simply follow the steps below. Click on the LaunchPad icon in your Dock (lower left hand corner of the screen).     Self Service takes a few minutes to install after initially logging…

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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 couple of stages. Apple Configurator 2 allows us…

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