Removing Webcam Tracking feature from Laptops at LMSD
My name is Manuel Tebas. I was a student at Harriton High School, in the graduating class of 2009. We were the first year on the one-to-one laptop initiative. I am currently a student at George Washington University.
I saw your post about removing webcam capability from the Macbook. It is possible - I did it last year, by proxy. I will preface this by saying that when I did it, I was almost expelled, saved only by the fact that there was, at the time, no rule against doing so. I do not know if this remains the case, but it seems unlikely.
This method will give you administrative control over your laptop, allowing you to access the consoles you were unable too during your demonstration, such as Terminal. Last year, to the chagrin of school officials, and to my own surprise, it also gave you unlimited access into the student records, including the ability to change grades on PowerSchool. I did not intend to access these files when I "Hacked" my laptop, merely to install a few games to pass the classes with (Senioritis.) This includes disabling the webcam.
At the bottom of the MacBook, there is a battery. Remove it. You will notice two screws against the main body of the laptop, inside the battery indent. Remove these. Within, there is the Macbook's RAM. Remove, and then reinsert this chip. Screw it back together, and put the battery in. Upon restarting the Laptop, you will be prompted to finish installing Mac OSX, and create an administrator account. You know have a fully unlocked computer.
Again, I do not advise students to do this. However, it can be done.