Howard County (Md.) Schools Look at Technology, Social Media Use

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Board of Education is considering three separate policies geared toward improving the use and security of technology in Howard County schools.

One of the policies is to ensure the proper security of all technology within the school system, like hardware and software. One is regarding the acceptable use of technology with the school system and another — a new policy — address the proper use of social media among students and teachers.

At the board meeting Thursday, April 11, the school system's technology officer Mike Borkoski said a highlight of proposed changes to the technology security policy is making wireless internet available to visitors in all school system building.

Currently, the public is only able to access wireless internet without a password in the board room of the Department of Education, where the board holds its meetings. Borkoski said the school system has previously enabled wireless internet in various school buildings to accommodate community organizations. Now, wireless internet would be available to anyone visiting a school facility, which presents a security issue if not done properly.

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