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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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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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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Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server

Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server

Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server Starting and stopping Tomcat in macOS or Linux is an essential skill when using JamfPro servers, especially in a clustered environment. Knowing these commands and having them at your fingertips are important for administrators on these systems. You may want to bookmark this page or copy and paste these to your notes for easy access. On macOS: 1. Open Terminal on the JSS host server. 2. To unload the Tomcat web application process: sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.jamfsoftware.tomcat.plist 3. To reload and launch the…

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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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Apple iOS Security Guide – A Must for Read for Any Admin Managing iPads

Apple iOS Security Guide – A Must for Read for Any Admin Managing iPads

Apple iOS Security Guide was last published in May 2016. Though there have been many advancements, the information contained in the guide is fundamental to enterprise admins interested in keeping iOS devices secure. To get your copy, click here. Every iOS device combines software, hardware, and services designed to work together for maximum security and a transparent user experience. iOS protects not only the device and its data at rest, but the entire ecosystem, including everything users do locally, on networks, and with key Internet services. This iOS…

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Opt out of ad tracking on iOS devices

Opt out of ad tracking on iOS devices

Apple uses data collected from your iOS device along with an identifier associated with your Apple ID to send you interest based ads. Some ad tracking in iOS is also location based. When you sign in with an Apple ID on an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Apple TV, Apple reads your advertising identifier so that its advertising system can track you across apps. Fortunately, you can opt out of this if you wish. (Learn more about Apple’s advertising and privacy policies here.) If you want to opt…

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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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