Device-based VPP app assignment

This one is big news for education … One of the many announcements out of WWDC centers around VPP. For schools, VPP allows educational institutions to purchase licenses of applications for iOS and OS X based applications in the App Store. This works on one of two premises. The first method, the VPP code treats applications as consumables and once …

iOS App Updates and a Disabled App Store: A workflow

As we have been preparing for our 1:1 iPad program next school year, we have worked through a variety of restrictions, MDM setups, support workflows, web clips, CALDAV Subscriptions and many other topics. One set of the restrictions we worked with through our JAMF Casper implementation was using the self-service app as an installation platform while also restricting the App …

Tracking App versions in MunkiReport-PHP

There is a new release of MunkiReport-PHP (v2.3.0) with a bunch of new features. One of those is a widget to track and  display application versions. Recent updates allowed MunkiReport to include Internet Plug-Ins as as application and report back the version (I’m looking at you Java, Flash and Silverlight.)  With this new addition the question may pop up, “How …

Deploy TestNav Java App settings to other OS X clients

As we began prepping our machines for the TestNav setup, we’ve run through a variety of configuration aspects. To make the test easier we have automated the process of putting a URL shortcut to TestNav, adding a link in the bookmark menu and a host of other tweaks here and there to make testing as easy as possible. In a …

Resuming a PARCC Test

While you are in a test session, a scenario may arise where a student needs to have a test resumed by an individual in PearsonAccessNEXT with Test Administrator roles. This can be caused by a variety of reasons but a few common ones we have seen from our Field Test / Infrastructure Trial are: Device does to sleep, such as …

PARCC Setup

For many of us in education, this spring we will be participating in the PARCC assessments. This is a new computer based standardized testing platform used to replace various state-level assessments and introduce a more standardized testing aligned with the The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standards. This assessment has an option to be paper or …

PARCC Safari Settings

With PARCC testing on the horizon for many K-12 institutions what is required to get everything setup is important.  We ran through the field test last year and took away many wonderful lessons that helped us inform our decision on test taking in the spring. To stay ahead of the curve, we periodically work through ensuring our systems continue to …