The state of Maine has some interesting restrictions on teacher laptops. For one, it seems that you cannot add a program to your laptop without an administrator’s password. This isn’t quite the case. It is true that you cannot add a program, or application, to your applications folder on your laptop, however, you can add them to My Apps. This folder is tucked away under the Teacher folder/home directory. Where it gets complicated, is in the automatic default for adding programs to a Mac. Usually when you download a program or an application to your laptop, the default menu wants you to drag an icon (the application itself) to a folder called Applications. This appears to be the only thing you can do in this window, but it would require an admin password. Instead, you can open a New Finder Window, by clicking on File and then New Finder Window. Instead of dragging the application to the Applications folder, click on teacher in the New Finder Window, and then drag the Application from one window, to the My Apps folder under Teacher in the New Finder Window. It will not ask you for a password and you can still drag the application to your dock once it has been placed in My Apps. In this short video, my colleague Nick Shuman from RSU 21, and I explain how to download and install Skype on your MLTI laptop using the My Apps folder. This process will also work with other applications, but we used Skype as an example to share the steps in this process. I hope this helps!
Downloading Programs to your MLTI Laptop