March 2014 : Improvements In iOS Management Tools http://tcrn.ch/1icdzIG Apple Makes Big Improvements In iOS Management Tools For Enterprise And Education
See Apples IT deployment page "These include changes to its Device Enrollment Program, Volume Purchase Program and the Apple ID for Students service. A new iOS deployment technical reference guide and Device Enrollment Program guide have been issued, updating its older versions with new options for device management.
A new overview document provides a quick cheat sheet for enterprise folks looking to utilize the tools Apple provides to mass purchase apps and roll out huge numbers of iOS devices at a time.
Both the enterprise and education programs now have support for Mobile Device Management hands-free configuration. This ‘zero touch’ setup has been a long-requested feature for many pros, as it eliminates the need to cable up every deployed device and install a profile via Apple’s Configurator utility. In the educational market specifically, Apple has opened up the ability for students under the age of 13 to obtain their own Apple ID.
After a school is enrolled, they can request IDs from Apple, who will then send a communication to the parent, who will then be guided through the registration process. The school is then notified that the student has been given consent."
So Your iPhone Was Lost or Stolen: Here’s What To Do http://bit.ly/17TEwMH So Your iPhone Was Lost or Stolen: Here’s What To Do
If your iPhone is no longer in your possession, you might never see it again and the last thing you want to worry about is data security.
Here’s what you need to do.
Data theft can be just as damaging (if not more so) than losing a very expensive gadget. Your iPhone might be your pride and joy, but just imagine if someone gained access to your email, bank or social media accounts – wouldn’t that potentially be worse?
Here’s what to do when the unthinkable happens.
Launch Center Pro for individual iPhones iPods http://bit.ly/1iZdToI Make iPhone actions easier with Launch Center Pro
Launch Center Pro is an iOS app that helps you get more out of, and do stuff more efficiently with, your iPhone or iPod touch.
ServiceDesk Plus : iPhone iPad App free http://bit.ly/1almmQp ServiceDesk Plus : iPhone iPad App free
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus iPhone & iPad app lets your technicians create, access and resolve requests from any place, anytime.
This app reduces the response and resolution time of a technician dramatically, increasing the efficiency of your help desk team. The app gives you better user experience. ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus integrates your help desk requests and assets to help you manage your IT effectively, trusted by more than 16000 enterprises worldwide.
mobilEcho http://www.grouplogic.com/enterprise-file-sharing/ipad-file-system/ mobilEcho
Secure Mobile File Management for Enterprise Mobility Users
Whether an organization has a BYOD (bring your own device) strategy, provides employees with mobile devices, or a mix of both, mobilEcho can ensure that all corporate files and content can be securely accessed by the right people.
Prey : Anti-theft solution .. laptops and tablets and phones http://preyproject.com/ Prey lets you keep track of your laptop, phone and tablet whenever stolen or missing -- easily and all in one place. It's lightweight, open source software that gives you full and remote control, 24/7.
Basically you install a tiny agent in your PC or phone, which silently waits for a remote signal to wake up and work its magic.
This signal is sent either from the Internet or through an SMS message, and allows you to gather information regarding the device's location, hardware and network status, and optionally trigger specific actions on it.
Prey uses either the device's GPS or the nearest WiFi hotspots to triangulate and grab a fix on its location. It's shockingly accurate.
Take a picture of the thief with your laptop's webcam so you know what he looks like and where he's hiding. Powerful evidence.
Fully lock down your PC, making it unusable unless a specific password is entered. The guy won't be able to do a thing!
Hide your Outlook or Thunderbird data and optionally remove your stored passwords, so no one will be able to look into your stuff.
Premium Service. Download Android App Download iOS App Prey anti-theft solution. They can run but they can't hide.
Smoothboard Air http://www.smoothboard.net/ Real-time collaboration with iPads and Android tablets in classrooms and meeting rooms
Smoothboard Air instantly transforms multiple iPads and Android tablets into interactive whiteboard surfaces. With the use of a QR Code projected on the screen, participants within the room may scan and access the screen from their mobile device without any app installation.
Tricks to impressively speed up slow iPads http://bit.ly/12kph8S Seven simple tricks to impressively speed up slow iPads
I am not pretending that this will make your old iPad act like a new one. There are some physical limits on what an older model can do. But I can tell you this: These seven tricks transformed my iPad from “a pain to use” to “reasonably fast”. In my books, this is a huge win, because I am able to wait out another entire iPad generation before upgrading.
Connecting iOS devices to projectors / displays #webinar http://youtu.be/2qxJNMa3Bzs All the links to Apps & websites are in the youtube page shownotes/description
Air Logo : connect from an iPad to your Mac http://avatron.com/apps/air-login Air Logo : connect from an iPad to your Mac
Air Login is a free app that lets you connect to any Mac within your local Wi-Fi network.
An optional Air Connect service called Air Login Anywhere lets you connect to remote computers, wherever they may be.
The 4 Easiest Ways To Mirror The iPad http://bit.ly/14C31WS The 4 Easiest Ways To Mirror The iPad (Comparison Chart)
One of the iPad challenges (there are many) I’m hearing discussed amongst school districts involves how to effectively mirror the iPad to the classroom TV or projector.
Mirroring can be beneficial for a number of reasons.
Finding iOS Software update files http://andyparkernz.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/finding-ios-software-update-files/ Finding iOS Software update files
If you’re looking to use Supervised mode on your iPads, you’ll find that Apple Configurator will re-install the iOS onto te devices as part of the deployment process.
For some schools with limited internet connections waiting while Configurator downloads the iOS version, and hoping that it succeeds and doesn’t experience some form of failure can be a frustrating experience.
Felix Bruns hosts a directory of the iOS software versions on his site at http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/. From here you can download the .ipsw file for your device. Each version of the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch seems to have its own .ipsw file, so make sure that you get the correct version.
Mobile Device Management MDM : Air Watch http://www.air-watch.com/ Mobile Device Management : Air Watch
More than twice the size of any other MDM provider with almost 1000 employees, largest R&D staff
xPrintServer : wireless printing for iOS devices http://www.lantronix.com/it-management/xprintserver/xprintserver.html xPrintServer enables wireless printing for iOS devices such as iPads® and iPhones® using their native print menu.
It eliminates the need to print through apps, install software, or email yourself documents for printing. And more importantly, you don't need to buy a new printer because xPrintServer works with more than 4,000 top brand USB and network printers.
AirParrot http://airparrot.com/ AirParrot lets you AirPlay your PC's screen to a second or third generation AppleTV. What you see on your PC's screen will appear on the AppleTV, wirelessly!
Once you've opened AirParrot, click on the icon in your system tray. Select the AirPlay device (such as your AppleTV) and then select which screen you want to mirror. To stop mirroring, simply click on the same AirPlay device in the menu!
Hookups: What do I need for iPad presentations? http://bit.ly/QOTJk6 Hookups: What do I need for iPad presentations? Brilliant WriteUp ... recommended
So, how exactly do I get my iPad screen to that TV or projector? Well you've got a few options, and they all have their pros and cons. Here's a toolkit that hopefully covers a wide variety of possible scenarios, so you can take your iPad to your next presentation with confidence.
One option missed is ReflectionApp and AirPlay ... see links on Shambles
Airbridge : Kickstarter Project (so may not happen!) http://kck.st/QOTgOS Airbridge : Kickstarter Project : connecting iDevices to Projectors
Imagine a world where, when you only have two minutes of glory to show the world your idea, you can get things going in two seconds. Imagine a world where you don’t have to send your files through the network-of-tubes that is the internet – imagine that you could just “give” it to them, even if you just met them on the street.
Imagine a world where you can do these things when there is no TV, no WiFi or no power outlet.
Netop : iPad Classroom Management http://bit.ly/S29WaF Netop : iPad Classroom Management
When you use Vision Mobile with Vision Pro, you can manage all your student computers from your iPad. Blank screens, control Internet access and chat with students as you walk around the classroom.
Breezy http://breezy.com/ Breezy's print and fax services are powered by a robust API that allows us to manage access to printers and documents for millions of users simultaneously.
Built from the ground up to be completely secure, Breezy also provides the best user experience of any mobile printing app, allowing users to get up to speed in seconds (most never even need to read our help pages).
Our free plans provide a great introduction, while our Premium Plan allows you to get the most out of Breezy with powerful additional features. Corporate plans let businesses provide secure mobile printing to all employees, while tracking usage for increased security and ROI.
Limit an iOS Device to Running a Single App http://bit.ly/PZthnf Limit an iOS Device to Running a Single App "Locking a mobile device into a single app has been a request of parents and educators for some time.
Using Guided Access to limit an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to one app can be handy when you want a child to remain on task and focused. It is also nice for youngsters who might accidentally click the Home button."
FingerPrint http://www.collobos.com/ FingerPrint automatically discovers all printers connected to your Mac or PC and makes them available to your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
For a fraction of the cost of a new printer, FingerPrint breathes new life into the printers you already own.
FingerPrint seamlessly integrates with your workflow so you can send files, webpages, notes and emails directly from your iOS device to your favorite desktop applications without missing a beat.
FingerPrint allows administrators to associate access control lists (ACL) with any of your printers. FingerPrint integrates smoothly with your Mac or PC's native security frameworks, simplifying deployment for system administrators.
How To Handle Content Filtering For iPads http://bit.ly/MPeThK How To Handle Content Filtering For iPads In The Classroom (And At Home) "In general, filtering isn’t a problem for schools as they can easily install a filtering mechanism like a proxy server at the point(s) of their Internet connection(s). That works quite well for computers and devices on school grounds (desktop notebooks, iPads, and anything else). It doesn’t handle use of school technologies off campus, however. With one-to-one laptop programs, that isn’t a big problem – simply use on-device filtering options.
iPads, however, are a different story. Apple’s iOS sandboxing requirement for apps limits the ability of third-party developers to implement on-device filtering options that mirror what can be done on a Mac or PC. Proxy settings are technically an option, but the likely use of an iPad on multiple networks outside of the school’s network can make it difficult to implement them effectively."
Unique method for accessing student work on iPads? http://digitalroadtrip.tumblr.com/post/25602693682 Unique method for accessing student work on iPads?
There is an awful lot of hot air blown about accessing student work from “class sets” of iPads, via email, WebDAV, Dropbox etc etc. A little known and cool method is this…
We all know that we can share via iTunes over USB to any Mac/PC with a recent version of iTunes.
Well would you believe the same thing works without a cable and it doesn’t have to be the Mac/PC that manages the devices.
Apple Configurator https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/42201/apple-configurator/ Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution.
Three simple workflows let you prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users.
Quickly update 30 devices at a time to the latest version of iOS, configure settings, and install apps and data for your students, employees, or patrons.
Ms. Wright's Class http://bit.ly/LLy779 Ms. Wright's Class
Resources for managing iPads in an elementary classroom. Download the PDF and check out the Smilebox! Great tips - goo.gl/cSfOZ
AirPlay mirroring to Windows http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/ AirPlay mirroring to Windows
i.e. iPad & iPhone sent to windows wirelessly
This application lets you mirror your iPad (2nd gen or later) or iPhone (4S or later) screen to your computer for demos, presentation, and recording.
"With Reflection, we've been able to bring over all the features of the Mac version to Windows, including recording, full audio streaming, support for multiple devices, and full screen display."
Cloud Managed Wireless http://www.meraki.com/products/wireless/ Cloud Managed Wireless
Meraki includes powerful device management tools to control the clients on your network. Centrally manage iOS devices, Windows PCs, and Macs.
Set security policies for the iPads, iPhones, and iPods owned by your organization, and centrally manage the applications installed on them, pushing new apps and updates to any number of devices. Control Macs and PCs, tracking inventory, pushing software, and even troubleshooting with built-in remote desktop.
Device management is fully integrated available at no additional cost.
Meraki provides complete out-of-the-box enterprise class security. Segment wireless users, applications, and devices; secure your network from attacks; and enforce the right policies for each class of users.
The Casper Suite http://www.jamfsoftware.com/products/casper-suite The Casper Suite
A unified and extensible framework for Mac OS X and iOS client management.
The Casper Suite simplifies the life of system administrators with a comprehensive platform to manage Mac OS X computers and iOS mobile devices. The Casper Suite increases the efficiency of your IT staff, reduces the cost of ownership, and minimizes liability by providing a framework that enforces software licensing compliance, security standards, energy usage, and other organizational rules and requirements.
The AppleID in your 1:1 Program — COPPA http://www.williamstites.net/2011/12/12/the-appleid-in-your-11-program/ The AppleID in your 1:1 Program — COPPA
It was the iPads that got me first thinking about the AppleID. As we begin to explore and pilot different management options for a possible iPad deployment one big issue is that ALL apps for the iPad have to be installed via the App Store and by no other mean.
ATV Pro adapter [HDMI= => VGA+audio] http://www.kanexlive.com/atvpro ATV Pro adapter [HDMI= => VGA+audio]
The adapter connects to the second/third generation Apple TV’s HDMI port and offers a standard VGA port and 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack. The device is compact and doesn’t require a own power supply cable.
The device also works great for existing presentation solutions in classrooms, conference rooms, and other venues that don’t include HDMI support. At $59, the ATV Pro is almost certainly a cheaper alternative to replacing existing options simply for HDMI support. Review
Reflection [Mirror iPad=>Mac OSX] http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/ Reflection [Mirror iPad=>Mac OSX]
Download Reflection and copy it to your Applications folder. After launching the app, double-tap the home button on your iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3 and swipe right on the multitask tray until you see the AirPlay icon next to the volume slider. Tap this and select your Mac from the list.
Last, toggle the "Mirror" switch…voila!
AirServer [Mirror iPad=>Windows] http://www.airserverapp.com/ AirServer [Mirror iPad=>Windows]
AirServer is also the first and only software that can Mirror your iPhone/iPad to your Windows PC.
Myths about iOS, iPad, iPhone & iPod touch http://bit.ly/IvcDsW Myths about iOS, iPad, iPhone & iPod touch
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch do not have user manuals.
You have to have a credit card associated with your iTunes account.
You can buy an app once and install it on all devices in the classroom or school.
Once you fill 12 home screens of apps you cannot install any more.
You need a Mac to sync multiple devices.
Apps stay open after you leave them and this drains the battery and slows down the device.
For longer battery life you should occasionally drain the battery completely.
The screen scratches easily.
iOS app management http://www.bradycline.com/2012/in/ios-app-management/ iOS app management "A principal from a neighboring school recently asked for our thoughts on iOS app management, so I have written down some of what we are learning and some of the things we feel are important to consider.
We, along with most other schools, are still unsure about what is the best way forward, so we still have more questions than we have answers, but at least we are starting to be able to articulate the questions."
Configuring the kid-friendly iPad http://macw.us/I4LqBP Configuring the kid-friendly iPad
We’ve covered configuring an old iPad for a child in print and podcast form. To make sure we’ve touched every base, we round out our look at the kid-safe iPad with this week’s Macworld Video.
How to share a family iPad http://www.macworld.com/article/1163347/how_to_share_a_family_ipad.html How to share a family iPad
The iPad, unlike the Mac, is designed as a single-user device. You don’t have the option to create multiple accounts, nor can you create more than a single work environment. But that doesn’t mean that the iPad needs to be left wide open, ready for any passing child to call up inappropriate websites, apps, music, and videos.
You can have an iPad that’s both entirely accessible to adults as well as locked down to protect your children from unsavory content. The means for doing this is the iPad’s Restrictions feature. With restrictions enabled, you have the opportunity to selectively disable some of the apps pre-loaded with the iPad (though, regrettably, you can't disable third-party apps) as well as prevent your spawn from viewing or listening to inappropriate content.
The pass-along iPad http://www.macworld.com/article/1166301/the_pass_along_ipad.html The pass-along iPad
Setting up an old iPad to pass on you a student/child
Christopher Breen has written about what parents might do to prepare old iPads (and their kids) for the transfer of the device from adult to child.
I spoke with him about his ideas and his own experiences with his daughter.
School districts turn to iPads to cut textbook costs http://trib.in/HXhmqP School districts turn to iPads to cut textbook costs
New Trier hopes to save money for parents by using more electronic textbooks and capitalizing on an agreement between Apple and some publishers to offer many titles for $14.99. For parents like Schnecke, who one year paid $1,000 for text books when two daughters were in school, the savings could be significant.
A ‘financially sustainable approach’ that can be used by schools http://bit.ly/zzdbFF A ‘financially sustainable approach’ that can be used by other UK schools
All students can have an iPad for use at school and at home, and initially that meant about 500 of them. There are currently about 900 students in the school and that number will rise to 1,100. It's a classic e-Learning Foundation equity scheme so it also includes families on very low incomes as well the better off. The iPad2s cost around £16 per month over three years and the cash comes from a mix of voluntary parental contributions, school funding and e-Learning Foundation mediated support.
Parental Controls for the iPads in the Classroom http://bit.ly/zWHCsg Should we use Parental Controls for the iPads in the Classroom
What is available if we want to maintain some control on content that our students access on the iPad
Here are a list of some apps available to do just that but I have also included some instructions below for setting some Parental Controls directly on your iPads.
Appcessories http://www.appcessories.info/ Appcessories are App and Accessory combo devices - where an add-on for an iPad or iPhone has been specifically engineered to interact with a matching app to provide new functionality not otherwise possible.
Appcessories.info is proud to be a part of a network of other supportive sites such as Slide2learn.net, iEAR.org, Learninginhand.com, Mactalk.com.au, and MomsWithAps.com.
Building iPad Sync Carts: DIY & MacGyver http://bit.ly/d0FJxi Building iPad Sync Carts: DIY & MacGyver
xPrintServer http://bit.ly/tvG9dr xPrintServer
xPrintServer fills the gap between the productivity of iPads and iPhones and the inability to print from those devices to office networked printers.
As small as any iPhone, xPrintServer leverages Lantronix' patented technologies, along with open industry standards to enable wireless printing to nearly any printer attached to a network. No software. No apps to buy. No configuration necessary.
Getting Started with Apple iOS Devices (pdf) http://bit.ly/uDP3iI Apple Official Doc ... Getting Started with Apple iOS Devices
A guide for using iPad, iPod touch, and iTunes for K-12 teaching and learning
This Getting Started guide is designed to help you create an environment where
learning really is anywhere, anytime. You’ll learn the basics of iPad, iPod touch, and
iTunes so that you’ll be familiar with their operation and interface. Whether for one user
or an entire class, you’ll also discover how to effectively set up, maintain, and manage
iOS devices in the classroom.
Datamation : iPad Trolley http://www.pc-security.com/whats_hot/iPad-sync-and-charge.htm Datamation : iPad Trolley
The first charge-and-sync solution suite designed for the way iPads are used.
With the release of the iPad and iPad2, schools and other organizations have been looking at tablets and e-Readers in new and innovative ways. Datamation Systems introduced the first of a series of secure, compact, efficient and affordable storage solutions for these new devices: the DS-NETVAULT-IP. Now, even more compact charge-and-sync or just charging solutions are available.
Ergotron: Tablet Management Cart, Three Modules http://bit.ly/ppOxya Ergotron: Tablet Management Cart, Three Modules
This open-architecture cart provides a system for fleet management of tablets by storing, syncing and charging up to 48 devices. The universal design accommodates the iPad, iPod Touch, Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle.
Teachers work hard enough. Help them! This cart takes the headache out of managing a digital classroom by securing, charging and syncing up to 48 tablets.
PrintCentral for iPad http://mobile.eurosmartz.com/products/printcentral.html PrintCentral for iPad
Print to ALL printers (Not just AirPrint Printers). Print direct to most WiFi/Wireless printers without additional software. Print to ALL printers and any document type via your Mac/PC. Print remotely over 3G and in corporate/other networks where WiFi is not available. View, store & print email, documents, files, attachments, photos, contacts and web pages on your iPad.
Transfer docs and files via iTunes using USB cable (Apps Tab), open documents stored in PrintCentral directly into iWork for easy editing, open files stored in the cloud (iDisk or WebDAV service) directly into iWork, open & print files directly into PrintCentral from any other app that support the "Open in..." file sharing, eg Mail