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I am a technology teacher at an Elementary School that uses all Mac. We are opening a new building grades 4,5,6 next year and I am in danger of losing my platform because the IT guys don't know how to/want to, deal with Macs. I know this sounds vague but when pressed they don't really tell me any problems that seem significant to me. I am a teacher by training not a technician. They want to be able to manage all the macs remotely but can't tell me how that would effectively be any harder than having a standard image that could be reloaded if something went awry.

 

Anyway they have mentioned something about having trouble making Open Directory work with Active Directory. They had it working and it mysteriously stopped a week before school opened and that made them angry. You wouldn't like them when they are angry.

 

Can anyone give me an overview of what trouble they could be having, and where I might send them for some Mac friendly cross platform help? I really want to use iLife with that age group of kids. This is what I did with 5th grade at my current building using iMovie.

 

http://www.prsd.k12.pa.us/richland/Project...lutionMain.html

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I've no idea what problems they're having since I've had no issues at all getting my mac to talk to the Windows network at university. You have tried the apple site, right? It looks pretty comprehensive. http://www.apple.com/itpro/articles/adintegration/

 

Buuuut, I'm inclined to suggest sabotage :P

 

[edit] You might want to take a look at http://www.macwindows.com/ too.

Edited by Graham

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I've no idea what problems they're having since I've had no issues at all getting my mac to talk to the Windows network at university. You have tried the apple site, right? It looks pretty comprehensive. http://www.apple.com/itpro/articles/adintegration/

 

Buuuut, I'm inclined to suggest sabotage :P

 

[edit] You might want to take a look at http://www.macwindows.com/ too.

Thanks Graham. I had a meeting yesterday and I was beginning to come to the sabotage conclusion.

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There's bound to be an Apple Reseller with Education experience in your district who could work with them.

 

I teach at college level also... and it's a problem when the IT dept doesn't want to include Macs. The Heads of Dept have the teachers on one side and the IT guys on another and it seems to fall between the two and ends up being half-assed in the implementation.

 

Just keep reminding the powers that be that the technology is there to serve the educators and not the other way around. The onus should be on the tech guys to sort it out and leave you to work as you see fit.

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