Outline: The Education Apple - episode 9

“The show that discusses Apple technology in the formal Classroom as well as in the classroom of our daily lives”

1. The Cast

  • Barrett Mosbacker, Superintendent of Briarwood Christian School
  • Rick Stawarz “Stores”, Founder & Lead Trainer - The Mac Instructor
  • Bill Brazeal, Technical Architect, Technology Specialist and Principle - ezNet Solutions

2. Week in Review

  • Christmas 2012 and Mobile Technology (iPhones, iPads, Galaxys, Kindle Fires...)
    • Flurry - With more than 260,000 apps using Flurry Analytics, Flurry detects over 90% of all new iOS and Android devices activated each day
    • Christmas 2012 Shatters More Smart Device and App Download Records
      • More iOS and Android devices are activated on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year
      • Average from Dec 1 - 20 → 4 million per day
      • December 25 → 17.4 million (+332%)
      • Christmas Day 2011 held the previous single-day record, having reached 6.8 million device activations
      • New iOS & Android App Downloads on Christmas → 328 million (+112%)
      • Average from Dec 1 - 20 → 155 million per day
    • From December 25 through December 31, 1.76 billion applications were downloaded by iOS and Android users
    • iOS & Android Devices Activated, Smartphones vs Tablets
      • Dec 1 - 20: Smartphones 80%, Tablets 20%
      • Dec 25: Smartphones 49%, Tablets 51%
  • iOS Do Not Disturb Bug - should fix itself by Jan 7th (if not before)

3. Main segments



  • Great tool for helping filter internet content and access at home
  • More than 50 million people, nearly 2% of the world's Internet users, rely on OpenDNS
  • 12 global data centers are strategically located at the most well-connected intersections of the Internet
  • Largest DNS caches in the industry, OpenDNS provides you with DNS responses faster than anyone else
  • Surf the Web with confidence. OpenDNS blocks phishing websites that try to steal your identity and login information by pretending to be a legitimate website.
    • PhishTank is the Internet's largest clearinghouse of data about phishing scams, and the system that powers the OpenDNS anti-phishing service.
  • OpenDNS Home (Classic service with customizable filtering & security - Free)
  • OpenDNS Home VIP (More bells and whistles/Premium support - $19.95/year)
  • OpenDNS FamilyShield (pre-configured to block adult content - Free)
  • Umbrella in Education
    • Block content on stationary computers in classroom or lab
    • Secure the networks accessed by students, faculty and guests
    • Ubiquitous protection for your 1:1 program
    • Visibility and control over how your school and students use the internet
    • Meets CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) compliance
  • For iPhones and Tablets → Nomadic Workers
    • Easy to install configuration file directs iOS to connect to OpenDNS Global Network through a secure VPN Channel
    • Umbrella Mobility enables you to set policy and generate reports for all internet traffic to and from the device (including Web browsing, email and applications)
  • Roaming Laptops
    • A lightweight, downloadable agent on users’ laptops routes DNS requests through a secure channel to the nearest, most available data center on the OpenDNS Global Network
  • Costs
    • The services comes in four versions depending on capabilities, starting at $20 per user per year and going up to $40 per user per year for the full featured package, discounts for volume subscriptions
    • There's no limit on the number of devices a user can use with a subscription
    • Consumers can also purchase single-user subscriptions

  • Rick -
  • Why I’m phasing out of social media and other iPhone time wasters.
    • Problem
      • Experience at McWane Science Museum.
      • Constant distraction
        • Red lights, etc.
      • Finite capacity for relationship
      • Superfluous noise
    • Solution
      • Removed all distracting apps from iPhone
        • Twitter, Facebook, Path, ADN, Foursquare, IM, etc.
        • RSS, Instapaper, iBooks, etc.
        • Games.
      • Relegate those apps to iPad.
      • “Do Not Disturb” mode is scheduled to turn on at 5:30pm.
    • Outcome
      • Less distraction.
      • Invested in the Now.
      • Increased relational energy.
      • iPad becomes device for leisure.
    • Mac Apps for limiting distractions

4. Apps and Followings (please update your pics below when you have determined what you will

  • Barrett -
    • App pick ( Lost-it!  / Evernote Food and Evernote Hello)
    • Twitter pick (edutopia / @edutopia)  133,937 followers Inspiration and information for what works in education.
  • Bill
    • App pick ( Fooducate , Wallpapers HD)
    • twitter pick ( @PandoDaily)
      • The site of record for Silicon Valley
      • Good tech news recap
      • Name comes from Pando Trees - It’s the perfect metaphor for what I love about Silicon Valley.It’s not just individual hot startups of-the-moment; it’s that unique startup ecosystem that continually shoots up new companies no matter how frothy or scorched everything above ground gets. That metaphorical startup root system is undoubtedly located in Silicon Valley, but increasingly it’s stretching around the world, shooting up new colonies of trees in more and more uncommon places.


  • Rick
    • App pick ( Instacast )

5. Wrap up and closing remarks...

Shout out to Nick Jones - emailed us this past week that he has been listening in and loving it!

Don’t forget to follow us on the Internet
Bill: Twitter - @billbrazeal         Web - billbrazeal.com
Barrett: Twitter - @BMosbacker
Rick: Twitter - @stwrz         Web - themacinstructor.com

Thanks for listening in, be sure to tell your friends, watch for our next episode coming in two weeks.  So long for now.