Episode 77: State of iOS in Education, with Fraser Speirs


Tom, Pepijn and Marcus talk with Fraser Speirs about the state of iOS in Education, ChromeOS, G-Suite and more!

Your Hosts:


  • Fraser Speirs, Head Teacher, Cedars School of Excellence [@fraserspeirs]



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Links & Notes

Accidental Education Podcast

iPad Still Excels

40% C300 failure rate:

Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Diffusion of Innovations

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Conference Sites

MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 7-8, 2018 — NOW WITH 20% DISCOUNT!
X World in Sydney Australia, June 27-29, 2018
Penn State University Mac Admins in State College, PA July 10th-13th


Utah Apple Admins will meet at the Marriott Library at University of Utah on May 16th at 11am Mountain time.

Macbrained Twin Cities will meet at Mono on May 16th at 5pm.

Macbrained DC will meet at Tequila & Tacos on May 16th at 6:30pm

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Episode 32: iOS 10.3 and Classroom 2.0 with Fraser Speirs

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 32: iOS 10.3 and Classroom 2.0 with Fraser Speirs


This week we welcome iOS Admin/Luminary Fraser Speirs to the pod to talk about the new iOS Admin features in iOS 10.3, Classroom 2.0 with ad-hoc classes, and the future of iOS for admin uses.

Your Hosts:

Our Guest:

  • Fraser Speirs, Apple Distinguished Educator & Head of Secondary, Cedars School. [@fraserspeirs]


Links & Notes

Blog: Speirs.org
Regular podcasts: Canvas & Out of School

iOS 10.3

Apple Classroom 2.0

iOS 10.3
  • New restrictions
  • Limit Wifi to specified networks
  • New OS update rules
  • No longer requires supervision and DEP, just supervision
  • New MDM commands – InstallASAP – starts to nag the user
  • Apple Classroom Built In
  • MDM-enabled Lost Mode can play sounds
Apple Classroom 2.0
  • No longer requires MDM support or supervision on pupil devices
  • Ad-hoc handshaking
  • Pupils can refuse screen and Airplay control or locking control.
  • The notion of a “current class”
  • Appears as AirPlay target
  • Manual groups in the class also appear
Thoughts on iOS 11

Neil Cybart: The Mac is Turning Into Apple’s Achilles’ Heel

  • The world is moving past the Mac whether iOS is ready or not.
  • iPad urgently needs to accommodate some proportion of “pro” users
  • Article notes that 70% of the Mac user base rarely/never touch a “pro app”.
  • These people should be on iOS already.

Future of Workflow?
Whither Sal Soghoian?
Canvas 22: Workflow: The Basics
Canvas 23: Workflow: Variables & Built-In Actions
Canvas 24: Workflow: Third Party Actions
Canvas 25: Workflow: Web APIs
Canvas 26: Workflow: Advanced Workflow Programming
Canvas 27: Workflow: Advance Workflow Programming Part II
Canvas 29: Workflow: Magic Variables

Next steps of Swift Playgrounds
  • API expansion already happening (MapKit)
  • Aggressively tracking language standard
  • Authoring on iOS enhanced in last update (author multi page Playgrounds)
  • Needs a UI builder?
  • Multi-file project support
  • Look to Pythonista

TapTyping – typing trainer suite – Flairify LLC

Theft & Loss Recovery

Theft & Loss Recovery for iOS Users

  • Encrypted iCloud Backups after iOS 10 are awesome.
  • Lost Mode for MDM-capable devices is great (as long as they have cellular or know a lot of Wi-Fi networks)
  • Building a trusted system requires that you need not just one great password, but a couple good ones.
  • (I always know my Apple ID password, login password, and 2FA Backup passwords, the rest I leave to Keychain)
  • Can a password-less future get here soon enough?
1:1 Program History:

The iPad Project: How It’s Going
The iPad Project: Day One
The iPad Project Day Two
The iPad Project Day Six: The Hamiltonian Cycle
The iPad Project: The Night Before Christmas
The iPad Project: What Kind Of Day Has It Been?

Community Calendar

Call for Presenters

X World – 29 30 June (CFP open until 24th April)

Conference Sites

Aces Conference in Phoenix, AZ May 31 – June 1
MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada Jun 4-6 17
MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada Jun 8-9 17
PSU Mac Admins in State College, PA July 11-14
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26


Boston’s Spring Meet-up – 19th April
Philly Apple Admins
London Apple Admins @ Sony Music – 20th April
Schiedam, the Netherlands – Dutch Macadmin meetup – April 20, 1:30-4:30
Melbourne Apple Admins – May 4th @ CultureAmp –
Leiden, the Netherlands – May 18th – 6 PM

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