A Place for Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity Conversations
Christine Jones, technology coordinator for Palmdale School District, came to CITE 2023 hoping to learn more about AI and student data privacy.
“I really liked the session by F3 that talked about some of the legal responsibilities we have regarding AI and keeping kids and their data safe,” Jones said.
On Tuesday, Jones presented a session on vetting applications to secure student data. She wasn’t the only conferencegoer interested in the intersection of AI and cybersecurity.
“AI is going to have tremendous impact on K–12 across the country. It’s interesting to see where everyone’s going with that, especially with cybersecurity,” said Craig Allen, technical support specialist for San Joaquin County Office of Education.
He mentioned that AI in cybersecurity was of particular interest to him because his office had recently hired a cybersecurity architect.
“The good news is we’ve seen such a variety of sessions, so there’s a little bit of something for everybody,” Allen said.
Artificial Intelligence as a Component of Networking
Cloud-focused sessions were also a popular topic at this year’s event, particularly as companies begin using AI in their infrastructure offerings.
“It expanded our knowledge base,” Kyle McCans, technical support specialist for San Joaquin County Office of Education, said of attending the conference for the first time this year.
He called out AI’s integration into networking and cloud-based storage as an area where he was able to learn something new to take back to his organization.
Guidelines on AI for the K–12 Classroom
Sessions at this year’s CITE conference also engaged with the idea of using AI as a beneficial tool in the classroom. Davis Joint Unified School District’s Instructional Technology Director Scott Thomsen came away from the event with an understanding of AI’s potential.