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’s IT and Deployment Site – Amazing resources here. Definitely…

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How to Easily Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer

How to Easily Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer

You can easily create a Mac OS Sierra bootable installer on a USB flash drive using Terminal. These steps will walk you through the process. (Other OS X versions click here.) Steps to Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer Get the latest installer Download the latest macOS Sierra Installer from the AppStore. If you get a pop up to install Sierra, simply ignore it or force quit the install from the Apple menu. Next…

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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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Scaling Up MDM Architecture

Scaling Up MDM Architecture

It seems to be common sense that you should consider scaling up MDM architecture as your 1:1 grows. However, it took us a little longer than expected to move this direction. My shop currently uses the Casper Suite by JAMF Software. It does a really good job, but like anything, it gets hungry for more resources as it grows. We currently manage over 9,000 iOS devices and about 500 assorted MacBooks. Our MDM is running on…

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Teaching with Minecraft Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons Part 2

Teaching with Minecraft Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons Part 2

Teaching with Minecraft Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons for Minecraft PE Part 2 This article is a continuation of part 1 of Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for Minecraft PE. Teaching with Minecraft PE has become much more interesting lately because of the development of new mods and apps. Multiplayer Mods for Minecraft PE The Multiplayer Mods for Minecraft PE app allows students to play on hundreds of public modded servers, there are many different types of servers: Adventure Servers, Block Hunt…

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Teaching with Minecraft PE Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons

Teaching with Minecraft PE Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons

Teaching with Minecraft PE Mods, Plugins &Add-Ons Minecraft PE is a video game developed by the Swedish company Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. To this author, it is like virtual Legos on steroids. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival mode, creative mode, and adventure mode. Minecraft PE…

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Teaching w/ Minecraft: Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for Minecraft PE

Teaching w/ Minecraft: Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for Minecraft PE

Teaching w/ Minecraft: Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for the Portable Edition Minecraft is a video game developed by the Swedish company Mojang. Teaching with Minecraft focuses on the creative aspects of the game that enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. To this author, it is like virtual Legos on steroids. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival mode, creative…

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