Data privacy is quickly emerging as a top concern for K–12 districts. Leaders and legislators are recognizing that while educational technology brings many benefits, it also creates a responsibility for districts to ensure that student data is not compromised. Experts say that while awareness is growing, there is room for improvement. They recommend that district leaders develop broad programs of data governance, take advantage of resources designed to support program development and create step-by-step plans to tackle one piece of the puzzle at a time.
Members of the Class of 2030 are just starting their educational careers, and they'll graduate into a world that may look very different from the one we know today. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, data analytics and other emerging technologies are expected to take on a big role in education. It's nearly impossible to predict exactly what that will look like, but experts do believe that these new tools have huge potential for personalized learning, tailored to the needs of each individual student.
The E-rate program can be a challenge for K–12 districts to navigate, even as it allows many schools to achieve technology initiatives that otherwise might not be possible. As the Federal Communications Commission considers recommended changes to the E-rate program, Eric Chambers of the Northwest Council for Computer Education says that one potential change may be increased funding for small districts. He advises that districts, regardless of size, create five-year E-rate plans to facilitate both project management and funding.
CDW and Lightspeed Systems introduced a new data analytics platform for K–12 schools at the CoSN 2019 conference in Portland on Tuesday. Analytics Powered by Relay is a dashboard solution that supports visibility into application usage, mobile device management, student success initiatives, cybersecurity and data privacy. The platform empowers IT leaders, instructional technologists and administrators to make data-driven decisions and maximize their investments in educational technology.