iOS 11.4 is here

Good news my peeps iOS 11.4 is out!

The good news is really good news if you use a HomePod. 11.4 update introduces the most advanced, easy to use, wireless multi-room audio system using AirPlay 2 to play music in any room from any room, move music from one room to another or play the same song everywhere using an iOS device (well that is what apple say)

More good news but not for users within the schools network as this feature is restricted – Messages on iCloud: free up space on your iPhone by keeping photos and other attachments in iCloud – see all your messages as soon as you sign into a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac – deleted messages and conversations are removed from all your devices.

Even more good news but once again not for users within the schools network: Schoolwork is made for teachers to hand out information, make assignments, and keep track of their students’ progress. ClassKit is for developers of educational apps. It allows them to designate different activities and information in their apps so that teachers can use them with Schoolwork.

Ok ok I know I have used the term ‘good news’ for the features 11.4 bring to the party. But the reality for us users within the departments network is that these features are not available to us. However, it is a sign of the times. Things are a changing! The ‘i’ in iPad or iPhone which stands for ‘individual’ is slowly starting to become more suited to the class room enviroment


How to WebDAV

A new Howto guide/video has been created ‘How to Use WebDAV’

WebDAV is the App teachers and students can use to transfer files

see how to guide here

BTW the model in this video has some very nice looking hands

iPAD Has Been Disabled

If a iPAD has been disabled due to a student entering the incorrect passcode to often you can point the student and his/her family to the following link

The user has 3 ways to get the device working again. The first option for the family to try is ‘Erase your device with iTunes to remove your passcode’. This will have to be done at home. This is the easiest way but will work only with the computer the iPAD has already been synced with (from past experience here – this is slim to none)

The second option is also fairly easy ‘Erase your device with iCloud to remove your password’. This option will only work if the device has been setup using iCloud (from past experience – very few do this, because iCloud is blocked here in the school)

The third option ‘Erase your device with recovery mode to remove your passcode’ is the best way and must be done at home.

There is a fourth way which is not mentioned on the link above and it involves sending the device over to me with the contact details for the owners of the iPAD as I will have to speak to the owners and involve them in the process. Even then there is no ‘promises made’.