Monday, June 24, 2024

The Education Apple - episode 5

“The show that discusses Apple technology in the Classroom as well as how technology impacts our daily lives”

1. The Cast

  • Barrett Mosbacker, Superintendent of Briarwood Christian School
  • Bill Brazeal, Technical Architect, Technology Specialist and Principle - ezNet Solutions

2. Week in Review

  • Apple Event (introduction of mini iPad, iBooks updates, …)
  • Apple Event can be watched on Apple TV (and it was on live)
  • Stats from Apple
    • 200 Million devices updated to iOS6
    • 300 Billion iMessages sent in the last year ( 28,000 per second)
    • 1.5 Million iBooks available (400 million downloads to date)
    • 100 Million iPads sold
    • iPads account for 90% if web traffic among tablet computers
    • iBook Textbooks are now available for 80% of high school core cirriculum
    • 125 million documents in the Cloud already
    • 94% of Fortune 500 companies deploying iPad programs
  • iBooks and iBooks Author updated (available now)
    • Continuous Reading
    • iCloud integration
    • Sharing on Facebook and Twitter
    • New templates
    • Math expressions directly rendered
    • Multi-touch widgets
  • Hardware updates (Mac mini, iMacs, 13 inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, iPad 4th generation, iPad Mini)  
  • Other Events - Microsoft to release Windows 8 and the Surface on Friday 10/26
    • Steven Sinofsky - engineering whiz in charge of Windows software (some feel he borrows from Steve Jobs style and approach)
      • Strong push for Apple-like control over how the new software and hardware work together - dictating many details like screen resolutions and start-up time of OS

3. Main segments

  • Barrett - Technology Integration into Education. What steps are Briarwood taking to enhance benefits and mitigate dangers
    • Small pilot
    • Whitelisting on security software
    • Edmodo as “walled” social network

  • Bill - Tips and iOS6 config settings
    • How to set up mail VIP custom audio notifications
    • Siri setting to engage upon Raising to Ear


4. Apps and Followings

  • Barrett - App pick (Google Drive On Mac & iPad)
  • Twitter pick (techmeme)  120,300 followers, “The web's technology news site of record, Techmeme spotlights the hottest tech stories from all around the web on a single page.

  • Bill - App pick (e-wallet or 1Password)  everyone needs a secure password manager
  • twitter pick (@DanaPerino and @GregGutfeld)