Facebook's latest tool has internet safety for youngsters in mind. Facebook announced in early December that their new Messenger Kids app would allow trusted adults to sign up kids as young as six for the text and video messaging platform that works on tablets and smartphones, EdSurge reports.
Efforts to close the digital divide at the school level have been largely successful, but for many students, the divide in connectivity still exists at home.
In an effort to tackle this homework gap, Google has extended a $500,000 grant and support to the National AfterSchool Association to help deliver ed tech to students in underserved communities.
In the education sector, wearables have some big potential for both K–12 and higher education. Recent data shows that even more wearable devices could be coming to the classroom and campus.
In the latest prediction data from IDC, the wearables market will increase 20.4 percent this year and nearly double by 2021.
These days, more K–12 schools are having to defend themselves from rapidly changing cybersecurity threats, like direct denial of service (DDoS) attacks that occur during state-wide testing.
1. Hire a chief security officer. Districts face so many threats today, from DDoS attacks to hackers, that it’s important to have a CSO oversee the district’s security posture, says Deborah Karcher, Miami-Dade County Public Schools CIO.