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Districts should develop a strategy for network, application, content, endpoint, cloud/data center, and physical security, according to a Council of the Great City Schools report.

The “Cyber-Security in Today’s K-12 Environment” report from the Council of the Great City Schools outlines six areas of security. Districts should develop a strategy for each one.

When securing edtech infrastructure, district leaders must concentrate on six layers of security—physical, network, applications, content, endpoint and cloud/data centers—to build a comprehensive defense against increasing and evolving cyberattacks.

Eileen Belastock is chief technology officer for Mount Greylock Regional School District in Massachusetts.

Voice-activated tools can create more immersive learning experiences, but school leaders need to consider the potential privacy risks and to safeguard student data.

10/5/2018

Preventing ransomware attacks at your district requires more than just antivirus and firewalls. As hackers target schools with growing intensity, it’s time to add a layer of security awareness training to your district’s overall security strategy.  

To overcome the geographic, fiscal and cultural obstacles to educating their students in STEM, rural superintendents are tapping new funding sources, forming partnerships and exploiting technology.

A flexible plastic box printed from a school’s 3D printer could hold the answer to keeping first responders safe from exposed needles in the midst of an opioid epidemic that has affected communities nationwide.

Over the course of four months, a group of design/modeling students at Ashland Middle School in Kentucky created the needle retriever prototype, incorporating feedback from local police chiefs, health departments and other emergency personnel. Technology educators at Shawnee State University taught students about how the box could be mass produced.

COMPETITIVE CREATIONS—The inaugural Game Design Expo at Evergreen Public Schools (Washington) showcased student skill and creativity.

Producing a story, game or interactive app for a game design expo motivated Vancouver, Washington, students to solve challenges and to explore computer science careers.

8/2/2018

Digital reading platforms can enable more personalized learning by providing engaging, interactive and customizable digital content to both students and educators in all subject areas, as well as supplemental curriculum materials, professional development resources, ELL and special education titles and more.

6/14/2018

Any district technology initiative can risk failure if administrators don’t take the crucial steps to plan, pilot, achieve buy-in, and conduct efficient implementation. By taking a strategic approach before, during and after implementation, any technology initiative will be much more likely to succeed.

5/15/2018

Before transformative change can occur in a school system, the culture must be ready for it. Fostering a culture where new ideas are welcomed, risks are taken and failures are learned from will enable innovation to flourish and lay the groundwork for the success of any initiative.

At the Arcadia USD in California, administrators have created a thriving culture of innovation for all staff and students. Initiating a 1:1 program, piloting a Personalized Learning Lab school, implementing a new approach to PD and creating a digital communication internship are just a few examples.

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