iTunes U to be Discontinued by End of 2021

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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In addition to discontinuing iBooks Author, Apple is also discontinuing iTunes U by the end of 2021, announced in a support page.

Apple Updates Schoolwork, Classroom Apps

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Apple updated its apps for education—Schoolwork and Classroom—with new features and a new design for Schoolwork. Version 3.2 for Classroom:

Automatically access classes set up through Apple School Manager by signing into your device with a Managed Apple ID; Use AirPlay to project class details to Apple TV when inviting students to join a teacher-created class; Easily adjust the size of students’ screens by pinching to zoom in or out.

Creative Things to Try for Free

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #380

Dr. Mac says some of the bright spots in this dark time are formerly paid services and apps now available at no cost for a limited time in response to the crisis and shares a handful of his faves.

Why Teaching Privacy to Your Kids is Important

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Siobhan O’Flynn writes about all the ways that companies like Google collect data from kids in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. It starts when schools increasingly turn to Google services in education.

Alphabet Inc. dominates child-directed and child-featured content online through YouTube Kids and has now colonized online educational spaces through Google Docs, G-Suite, Chromebooks and the associated Gmail accounts for children that are required for use. This means that Google’s access to children’s data spans entertainment (YouTube and YouTube Kids), search and purchase histories (via associated parental accounts), and educational sectors.

Netflix Preschool Programming Launches

· Andrew Orr · News

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A spate of Netflix preschool programming has been announced and geared towards kids aged 2 to 6 with educational content.

Jamf School Launches as an Apple Education Technology Solution

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Jamf is a mobile device management company for Apple devices. Today it announced the launch of Jamf School.

Jamf School is an Apple education technology solution purpose-built for educators. It wasn’t designed for the expert IT user; instead it was designed with an intuitive interface and workflows to empower teachers to seamlessly manage and use their Apple devices for creating an active learning environment. It joins Jamf Pro to offer schools a solution choice that best fits their needs. With the launch of Jamf School also comes powerful apps.

Jamf Partners With Google Cloud for Education

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Jamf is partnering with Google Cloud to make it easier for schools and businesses to authenticate Apple devices.

With Jamf Connect, users can unbox their Apple device, power it on and access their corporate and learning applications after signing on with Cloud Identity (or G Suite) credentials. Additionally, IT admins are more easily able to manage Mac accounts while knowing their hardware and information is secure.

6 Education Apps for Teachers

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Roundups of educational apps usually involve apps for students. But this is a list of five educational apps for teachers.