Technology Coordinators

Technology Coordinators

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Announcements

  • iPad iOS 10 Update

    In the fall of 2016, Apple identified an issue regarding certain features on iPads running iOS 10 with external keyboards.  The work around for this issue required manually disabling those features.

    Apple has fixed this issue with the release of iOS version 10.2 and AIR has verified this fix. It is not necessary to manually disable spell-checker, auto-correct and predictive text on iPads running iOS 10.2.

    Beginning on Feb. 1, iPads running iOS 10.0 and 10.1 will no longer be able to access the Student Testing Site. These devices must be updated to 10.2 to access the Student Testing Site.

    Added January 17, 2017
  • Mobile Platform Updates

    Chromebooks

    ODE, AIR, and Google have become aware of an issue with text-to-speech (TTS) tracking on Chromebooks using version 53 and up. The TTS will read the text as expected, but the highlighting that tracks which word is being read does not appear. Google is actively working on a solution to this issue. At this time we do not have an expected date for this fix.

    Districts can continue to use TTS on Chromebooks without the tracking feature. If district personnel feel that loss of this feature puts a student at a disadvantage, they may switch a human read aloud for that student.

    We will provide additional information on the fix for this feature once that is available.

    iPads

    Apple has notified AIR and ODE of an issue with iPads running iOS version 10.x and using external keyboards. The following features are not getting blocked via MDM, ASAM or Automatic Assessment mode.

    1. Spell-checker
    2. Auto-correct
    3. Predictive text

    All of these features must be turned off in the general settings of an iOS device. Directions for disabling these features are found on page 24 of the Technical Specifications Manual. Apple is working on fixing the issue in an upcoming dot release of iOS 10.

    Added November 10, 2016
  • Fall 2016 Apple Support Update

    Apple released iOS 10 for iPads earlier this fall, and AIR has been testing this new version. AIR and Apple are now prepared to support this new version for secure online testing. Apple and AIR have worked together to develop an update to the Secure Test App for iOS which works with iOS 10 and also simplifies securing iPads for testing.

    By the end of October version 3.4 of the Secure Test App for iOS will be available in the Apple store. This new version must be installed on iPads using iOS 10 to access the secure student testing site. Devices on iOS 9 and 8 do not require the use of the new Secure Test App version. With the addition of iOS 10 as a supported version, iOS 7 will no longer be supported. It is AIR’s policy to support the three most recent version of iOS.

    Additionally, the new Secure Test App version has a built-in Automatic Assessment Configuration. With this new feature, you are no longer required to set up a Mobile Device Manager (MDM) profile to secure the device for testing. Any iPad with iOS 9.3.2 or later can take advantage of this feature. Please review the documentation on the technology resources page of the portal for complete information on these changes.

    Finally, Apple has also released Mac OS 10.12 for desktops and laptops. AIR is testing this new version, and we hope to support it soon. Note that a new Secure Browser version may be required to enable support.

    If you have questions about this information, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809 or ohhelpdesk@air.org.

    Added October 19, 2016
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