EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/rss.xml en E-Rate Funding Will Continue During Government Shutdown https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/e-rate-funding-will-continue-during-government-shutdown <span>E-Rate Funding Will Continue During Government Shutdown</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:19</span> <div><p>The E-rate program will <strong>continue to run as scheduled </strong>regardless of whether parts or all of the Federal Communications Commission are shut down,<a href="https://www.fundsforlearning.com/news/2019/01/e-rate-funding-continues-despite-shutdown" target="_blank"> Funds For Learning reports</a>. </p> <p>On January 3rd, the<strong> FCC suspended operations as part of a partial government shutdown</strong>, however officials say schools applying for E-rate funds should continue to follow the application process. According to Funds For Learning, this means:</p> <blockquote><ul><li>The competitive bidding requirements remain active and applicants can post new Form 470 requests for proposals.</li> <li>The funding year 2019 filing window is still scheduled to open January 16, 2019.</li> <li>The deadline for many funding year 2017 non-recurring service invoices is still January 28, 2019. </li> </ul></blockquote> <p>“As always, it’s important that <strong>E-rate applicants stay in-the-know on updates to the application process</strong>, and to the program,” says John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning. “A common question I’ve heard this year is if the process will be impacted by the government shutdown, and the answer is no – it’s business as usual for E-rate filing.”</p> <p>To learn more about navigating the E-rate application process, visit <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/inside-look-e-rate"><em>Edtech</em>’s E-rate landing page</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/k12/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/headshot.jpeg.jpg?itok=QfIQ8S6q" width="58" height="58" alt="Eli Zimmerman" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=eaztweets&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication <em>Frontline Medical News,</em> where he experienced the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:19:12 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41821 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Q&A: Adam Welcome on How K–12 Educators Can Integrate Technology for Engagement https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/qa-adam-welcome-how-k-12-educators-can-integrate-technology-engagement <span>Q&amp;A: Adam Welcome on How K–12 Educators Can Integrate Technology for Engagement</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:21</span> <div><p>In order to use technology properly in the classroom, <strong>teachers need to take a back seat</strong> and allow students to spend more time as the drivers of their own education, says educational consultant and public speaker Adam Welcome. </p> <p>One of the main draws of technology integration is <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/what-modern-learning-environment">finding new ways to engage students</a>. However, many educators struggle with finding creative ways to introduce new classroom tools. </p> <p>For example, if teachers bring in one-to-one <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/Computers/Notebook-Computers/?w=C3&amp;ln=0&amp;a3407=50713045&amp;enkwrd=Chromebooks" target="_blank">Chromebooks</a>, but use them only for typing class, the technology could quickly become stale, Welcome explains. </p> <p>We spoke to Welcome about why he thinks students <strong>need to have more freedom to explore the technology</strong> available to them in their classroom, and how teachers can use technology to build relationships with their students. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/03/how-orchestrate-digital-transformation" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong> See how to orchestrate a digital transformation in your school.</em></a></p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong>As an education technology consultant and speaker, what is your main message?</h2> <p><strong>WELCOME: </strong>I talk a lot about how to simplify educators’ entry into technology integration. You do not need to get a master's degree or spend $10,000 on an online course. You just need to be <strong>brave enough to have the tools in your classroom</strong> and to give up some of your control to the students. </p> <div style="padding: 5px; width: 299px; color: rgb(236, 236, 236); margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 15px; float: right; background-color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/Adam%20Welcome.png" style="width: 299px; height: 382px;" title="“Dan" /><br /><span style="color: #939393; font-size: 10px;">Photo: Courtesy of Premiere Speaker's Bureau</span> <div style="font-size: 18px;">Adam Welcome, speaker and author of <em>Kids Deserve It!</em> &amp; <em>Run Like A Pirate.</em></div> </div> <p>I also, very pointedly and very respectfully, tell people just to get over themselves. Teachers <strong>need to accept what they do not know</strong> and what they have not been trained on and what they may not be used to because I really believe teachers are more important than ever, they are just important in different ways. </p> <p>Teachers need to think about, and conduct, their classroom in different ways than they did even five years ago. When I left the classroom 10 years ago, the big thing was having iPods in my classroom. </p> <p>Now we have <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/Monitors-Projectors/Interactive-Whiteboards-Accessories/Interactive-Whiteboards/?w=D02&amp;enkwrd=smartboards&amp;encrtd=smartboard" target="_blank">smartboards</a> and Chromebooks, and things are evolving so rapidly that teachers have to get over what they do not understand and go along for the ride with the students.</p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong>What do you see as the greatest issue for K–12 classrooms when it comes to technology integration?</h2> <p><strong>WELCOME: </strong>I think so many educators are still just giving kids the latest technology as a <strong>substitute for what we used to do</strong>, essentially taking what we did on paper and pencil and now making it electronic. </p> <p>The issue with that is we are not really transforming the learning with the technology that we have, and I see it a lot. Often, teachers think that they are pigeonholed by only doing technology during “technology time,” as though we are <strong>still using the old computer lab model</strong> where kids would go down the hall twice a week for 45 minutes to use technology. </p> <p>It is incredible, because lot of schools have invested a lot of money in Chromebooks and they are limited their uses to strictly <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/google-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Google">Google</a> Classroom or when they're typing. </p> <p>Those applications are fine, but I talk a lot about h<strong>ow to integrate technology in cool ways for engagement purposes</strong>, like during social studies or math lessons or science. So much of it is not even reliant on the teacher, which can take the pressure off for teachers who feel like they need to be the expert. </p> <p>And they shouldn't even try to be the expert. They should just know enough to introduce the concept to the students.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/k-12-schools-work-incorporate-computer-science-curriculums" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Innovative K–12 teachers incorporate computer science into everyday activities.</em></a></p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong>Why is it that the use of educational technology has remained pretty linear for some K–12 schools, despite the technology itself advancing rapidly?</h2> <p><strong>WELCOME: </strong>Well, I think a lot of school districts have invested <strong>a lot of money in professional development and tech coaches</strong>, which I don't think is the best use of their time or money. </p> <p>Teachers are definitely trying, but they are just trying to do what they have always done with new technology. It is great that teachers can edit in real time and kids can work at home and there are no more flash drives and other extraneous tech, but there are so many other ways to teach too.</p> <p>I think a big problem is a lot of people in education <strong>do not really know what is happening outside in the world</strong>. </p> <p>Take <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/11/3d-printing-highly-effective-building-creative-skills-k-12-infographic">3D printing</a>, for instance. Say you're reading Charlotte's Web in class and you want to do a project to go with it. Do not have the kids build a clay model of the pig, have them design it in <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/autodesk.html?enkwrd=CAD" target="_blank">TinkerCAD</a> and then print it on a 3D printer. The amount of engagement you are going to have because you are<strong> incorporating technology into a language arts lesson</strong> is going to go way up. </p> <p>As another example,<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/esports-programs-start-pop-k-12-schools"> take a look at esports</a>. The industry for competitive gaming is absolutely bonkers. One of the most popular games right now, “Fortnight,” makes a million and a half dollars a day on their iOS app. So, when I look at that, I think every elementary, middle and high school should have an esports team. </p> <p><strong>Seventy-five percent of teenagers play video games</strong>, which tells me that esports is already there. Schools should be meeting kids where they are, and then try to understand how can to integrate some curriculum around those interests.</p> <p>When it comes down to it, we no longer live in a time where the teacher knows all of the information and regurgitates to the student. Teachers should be facilitating the learning process for kids, allowing kids to go on their educational journey.</p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong>How would educators negotiate giving students so much freedom with standardized testing and other current assessments?</h2> <p><strong>WELCOME: </strong>I had a high school teacher ask me a similar question recently, about a final exam they had to prepare the kids for, and the answer I gave was that the style of teaching I have outlined is ideal, <strong>but you cannot do it all the time</strong>. </p> <p>If there are certain things that you have to prepare for because it is not digitized, then you do that when you need to. But <strong>no one is studying for one test every period of every day</strong>. I would also push back and say the new way of teaching could be more beneficial for those types of tests. </p> <p>Let us say the kids are learning about the Silk Road. Typically, they read about the Silk Road in a textbook, take a quiz in September, and then are tested on that material in May.</p> <p>Now, let’s say, for one class, maybe they <strong>build a map of the Silk Road instead</strong>, and they get a <span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;&lt;br /&gt;&#10;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;&lt;br /&gt;&#10;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/teq-sphero-bolt-education-robots-with-8x8-led-matrix-15-pack/5322861" target="_blank">Sphero robot</a></span></span> and they code the Silk Road with that robot over a two-week period. Fast forward to May: Who is going to remember more about the Silk Road? The kids who just read about it in a textbook or the kids who had an experience with highly engaging materials?</p> <p>I think the second group of students are going to <strong>retain more information for that assessment</strong> because they had that experience with technology, because that's the language that our kids speak. Students do not speak in “worksheet.” Students do not love just reading a textbook. </p> <p>That is not the world that they live in. <strong>Kids that are active participants with technology</strong> in their learning are going to retain more because they are going to have more fun. There's going to be fewer disciplinary actions in your classroom because the best discipline program is an engaged classroom.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/k12/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/headshot.jpeg.jpg?itok=QfIQ8S6q" width="58" height="58" alt="Eli Zimmerman" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=eaztweets&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication <em>Frontline Medical News,</em> where he experienced the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:21:16 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41816 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Customize Your Experience with the EdTech Insider Program https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/customize-your-experience-edtech-insider-program <span>Customize Your Experience with the EdTech Insider Program</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/k12/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:52</span> <div><p>As an educator, you’re swamped when it comes to keeping up with the latest and greatest in ed tech.</p> <p>You count on us to advise you on <strong>IT management and ­general tech know-how</strong>. But there’s so much to sift through across social media, online searches and hallway ­conversations. That’s why we’ve taken the time to reimagine our Insider ­program in a way that’s smarter, more user-friendly and, ultimately, more valuable. </p> <p>EdTech Insiders gain access to <strong>personalized content recommendations</strong> and our most in-depth, premium articles, videos and more. Insiders can unlock access to white papers, view daily fast facts, save articles to read later and weigh in on trending topics through Insider polls.</p> <h2>Your Insider Experience Grows With You</h2> <p>What I find most exciting about the new Insider content dashboard is that <strong>the more you use it, the smarter it gets</strong>. Insiders select the topics and subjects they want to learn more about or that affect their day-to-day, and receive personalized Insider updates based on those preferences. That means you can easily read what’s important to you first, when you want it, without losing time on a search or perusing nonessentials. </p> <p>When content catches your eye but you don’t have time to read, tap or click a flag found on every article and video to save it in your library and quickly access it later.</p> <p>Beyond the cool factor of having articles served up based on your ­personalized interests and reading habits, EdTech Insider also offers users access to a <strong>growing library of exclusive content</strong> not available to the general website or print magazine audiences. You won’t want to miss out on what’s in store.</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/cdw_insider_registration/register-web">edtechmag.com/k12/register</a> to become an Insider today. There, you can also renew or sign up to receive a print subscription, as well as our e-newsletter, which brings must-read content to your inbox twice a month. Thank you for making EdTech a part of your workday. As always, we’re here to help.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/ryan-petersen"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/ryan-petersen-2013-headshot.jpg?itok=iV6msfy0" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/ryan-petersen"> <div>Ryan Petersen</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="google-plus" href="https://plus.google.com/110888965639568833839/posts?rel=author"><span>Google+</span></a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=RyanPete&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Ryan has been a magazine and newspaper editor for 18 years, with the last 12 covering a variety of bases for CDW’s family of tech magazines. As Editor in Chief, he works on developing editorial strategy and is always on the lookout for new writing talent and sharing great stories with the IT world. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, biking and obsessively following Iowa Hawkeye sports and Cubs baseball.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:52:22 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41811 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 4 Surprising Benefits of Gaming for K–12 Students https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/4-surprising-benefits-gaming-k-12-students <span>4 Surprising Benefits of Gaming for K–12 Students</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:23</span> <div><p>Historically, many adults have derided video games as a waste of time at best, and actively destructive at worst. But research shows there may be benefits to conquering virtual bad guys and dunking on on-screen friends.</p> <p>When <a href="https://www.svusd.org/" target="_blank">Saddleback Valley Unified School District</a> in California introduced esports to their program, administrators saw an <strong>increase in teamwork and engagement from participating students</strong>. </p> <p>It’s all about creativity and collaboration,” says Ron Pirayoff, director of secondary education for Saddleback Valley USD. “Those are tenets that we’re trying to support every day in all of our subject areas. I look at esports as a vehicle for engaging kids. It’s really been a way for us to reach a different population.”</p> <p>Esports also encourages <strong>more social engagement from students</strong> who might have trouble fitting in. </p> <p>“I can’t tell you how many teachers and parents have written in about students completely turning around, coming out of their shell, smiling and having a good time,” says Mason Mullenioux, CEO of the High School Esports League.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/12/k-12-schools-see-emergence-esports-clubs-infographic" target="_blank"><img alt="esports infographic" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/EdK-12-eSports-Infographic_VisualCTA.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">4 Ways Esports Improves K–12 Skills</h2> <ol><li> <p><strong>BETTER SPATIAL ATTENTION:</strong> One study found that playing action video games improves the ability to locate a target stimulus among distractions — a test that predicts driving ability. A meta-analysis of 111 video game–related studies recently published in the <a href="https://learningtransferlab.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/280/2017/11/Bediou_et_al_PsychBull_2017.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Psychological Bulletin</em></a> found <strong>10 to 30 hours of gameplay </strong>can help students improve their spatial cognition and multitasking. The report’s primary author, Benoit Bediou, points out that different games come with different benefits. While a puzzle game might help more with spatial awareness, a fast-paced action game could be more beneficial for quick decision-making.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>ENHANCED PROBLEM-SOLVING: </strong>When adolescents reported playing strategic video games in one long-term study, they tended to improve both their problem-solving abilities and their school grades the following year. Game developer and researcher <a href="https://it.arizona.edu/blog/game-changer-video-games-and-real-world-problem-solving-part-one" target="_blank">Jane McGonigal says</a> that because gamers spend a majority of their time failing (about <strong>80 percent</strong>, she says), they are encouraged to develop alternative thinking strategies, which are applicable to real-world situations.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>PRACTICE, PATIENCE </strong><strong>AND</strong><strong> PERSEVERANCE: </strong>The <a href="https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/854/The-Hidden-Benefits-of-Video-Games.aspx" target="_blank">Association for </a><a href="https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/854/The-Hidden-Benefits-of-Video-Games.aspx" target="_blank">Middle Level</a><a href="https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/854/The-Hidden-Benefits-of-Video-Games.aspx" target="_blank"> Education</a> points out that video games often require kids to perfect their strategies and methods of attack through repetitious trial and error. “Delays of gratification have been correlated to better study behaviors and decreased drug usage,” the association notes.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>INCREASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: </strong>A <a href="https://www.drcherylolson.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/14_SPORTS-VIDEOGAMES-AND-REAL-WORLD-EXERCISE.pdf" target="_blank">Harvard study showed</a> — somewhat counterintuitively — that kids who played sports video games were frequently motivated to take up athletics in real life. And some games, such as Pokémon GO, require participants to move around in the real world.</p> </li> </ol><p>For more on esports in K–12, read "<em>E<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/esports-programs-start-pop-k-12-schools" target="_blank">sports Programs Start to Pop Up in K–12 Schools</a>."</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/higher/author/calvin-hennick"><img src="/k12/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/calvin-hennick.jpeg.jpg?itok=xXXtEq5w" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/higher/author/calvin-hennick"> <div>Calvin Hennick</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=calvinhennick&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Calvin Hennick is a freelance journalist who specializes in business and technology writing. He is a contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 20:23:35 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41806 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Esports Programs Start to Pop Up in K–12 Schools https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/esports-programs-start-pop-k-12-schools <span>Esports Programs Start to Pop Up in K–12 Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:44</span> <div><p>Athletes at <a href="https://www.svusd.org/schools/high-schools/mission-viejo" target="_blank">Mission Viejo High School</a> in California huddle after their matches, pushing each other to improve. “The kids will say, ‘We need to communicate better, let’s meet to talk about our ­strategy,’” says Tiffany Bui, the team’s faculty adviser. “They’ll talk about what went well, what didn’t go well. It’s interesting to see the players guide each other. You see leaders emerge.”</p> <p>Roughly 100 miles north, at <a href="https://www.fresnounified.org/schools/duncan" target="_blank">Duncan Polytechnical High School</a> in Fresno, officials hope that student-athletes are <strong>building skills that transcend sports</strong>. “What we really want is for the students to come out of the sport knowing how to collaborate, how to communicate, how to value and respect their team members,” says Fresno Unified School District CTO Kurt Madden. </p> <p>These athletes chase glory, not on the track or football field, but <strong>on video game screens</strong>. Responding to the <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/10/qa-laz-alberto-describes-rise-high-school-esports" target="_blank">rise in competitive gaming</a> — professional esports tournaments garner millions of online viewers, and some colleges and universities now offer scholarships for top players — school-sanctioned leagues have arrived at the high school level. </p> <p>In just the past year, the number of schools represented by the High School Esports League (HSEL) has grown from around<strong> 200 to more than 1,200</strong>. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/08/video-games-score-points-teachers-academic-benefits" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>K–12 schools uncover academic benefits associated with esports programs.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Esports Offers Tangible Benefits Beyond the Field</h2> <p>Proponents say that high school esports programs transform what is <strong>often an isolating activity into a social experience</strong>, leading to many of the same rewards as traditional athletics. By creating an esports program, Mission Viejo and Duncan high schools hoped to give their student gamers a chance not only to hone their craft but also to learn how to be team players. </p> <p>“There’s historically been a stigma associated with gaming,” says Steve Jaworski, head of strategic partnerships for HSEL. “Teenage gamers have been stereotyped as ‘basement dwellers,’ especially when others in their school communities frown on gaming as a waste of time. Now, instead of feeling alone, they’re welcomed into the ­community. They’re <strong>contributing to the school ecosystem</strong>, and they’re passionate about being rewarded. These previously disenfranchised young people are being accepted — and, in many cases, celebrated.”</p> <h2 id="toc_1">How K–12 Schools Get Their Esports Programs Started</h2> <p>Often, schools can <strong>leverage their existing IT investments</strong> to support esports programs. At <a href="https://www.svusd.org/" target="_blank">Saddleback Valley Unified School District</a> (home of Mission Viejo High), getting a program off the ground mostly involved purchasing some extra memory and better video cards for existing desktops, as well as making firewall adjustments to allow video games through the district’s content filter. Students in the district compete in the games “Overwatch” and “League of Legends.” </p> <p>“We did a lot of preplanning,” says Ozzy Cortez, CTO for the district. “It was a group effort to say, here’s this awesome opportunity, here are teachers who are willing to jump into this. And the student response was overwhelming. It was very exciting.” </p> <p>Fresno USD created its own esports tournament, with the <strong>district’s 12 high schools squaring off in “Rocket League,” </strong>a game that has been described as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars.” To prepare, students practice with their teams after school and compete against other schools in scrimmages. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/higher/author/calvin-hennick"><img src="/k12/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/calvin-hennick.jpeg.jpg?itok=xXXtEq5w" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/higher/author/calvin-hennick"> <div>Calvin Hennick</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=calvinhennick&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Calvin Hennick is a freelance journalist who specializes in business and technology writing. He is a contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 11 Jan 2019 16:44:48 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41801 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 State of K–12 IT Survey Highlights Cloud Technology and Security [#Infographic] https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/state-k-12-it-survey-highlights-cloud-technology-and-security-infographic <span>State of K–12 IT Survey Highlights Cloud Technology and Security [#Infographic]</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/10/2019 - 13:39</span> <div><p>Cloud migration and cybersecurity solutions are two important areas for K–12 schools looking to upgrade their IT infrastructure, according to a survey conducted by nonprofit organization <a href="https://tomorrow.org/" target="_blank">Project Tomorrow</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.identityautomation.com/cloud-computing-for-schools-how-iam-systems-can-improve-migration" target="_blank">Eighty percent of K–12 districts</a> are using <strong>cloud-based software to improve everything</strong> from classroom collaboration and administrative tasks to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/05/3-tips-switching-cloud-voip">phone systems</a>. </p> <p>With the incorporation of cloud-based tools, K–12 schools are starting to consider <strong>more effective privacy and security measures</strong>, such as identity access management and managed cloud services from third-party vendors that can take responsibility for overseeing security.</p> <p>“On the IT side of things, there are tools emerging from standard vendors, including cloud access security brokers, that are designed to help <strong>look for and set alerts for data going onto the cloud</strong>,” <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/06/how-protect-sensitive-data-saas-applications" target="_blank">says Robert Ayoub</a>, program director for security products at IDC. “These tools are really great, and I know a lot of school districts tend to be behind the curve when it comes to IT and security.”</p> <p>For a clearer picture of where the technological needs and trends are when it comes to K–12 cloud migration and security, Project Tomorrow created an infographic with data from its most recent survey.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/3-cybersecurity-threats-k-12-schools-should-prepare-2019" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> 3 cybersecurity threats to watch for in 2019.</em></a></p> <p><img alt="infographic" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/iboss-5c-20fina_29771997_gg.jpg" /></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/k12/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/headshot.jpeg.jpg?itok=QfIQ8S6q" width="58" height="58" alt="Eli Zimmerman" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=eaztweets&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication <em>Frontline Medical News,</em> where he experienced the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:39:37 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41796 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 K–12 E-Rate Requests Slow Even As Money Is Available https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/k-12-e-rate-requests-slow-even-money-available <span>K–12 E-Rate Requests Slow Even As Money Is Available</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/09/2019 - 14:05</span> <div><p>While E-rate offers <strong>$3.9 billion</strong> annually for internet connectivity, Wi-Fi equipment and related tech, funding requests have steadily dropped for three years — from <strong>$3.6 billion</strong> in 2016 to <strong>$2.8 billion</strong> in 2018, according to <a href="https://www.fundsforlearning.com/blog/2018/04/e-rate-broadband-steady-voice-in-decline" target="_blank">Funds for Learning</a>. </p> <p>Unused funds are rolled over into the next year, so there is <strong>plenty of money available for districts that need it</strong>, says Brian Stephens, the E-rate consulting firm’s senior compliance analyst. </p> <p>“Right now, the program is able to fund every application that has been submitted and follows the rules,” he says. </p> <p>The decline in applications is due to <strong>funding caps for Category Two equipment </strong>and phase-out of support for voice services, plus the perception that E-rate is complex, Stephens says.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/inside-look-e-rate" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Find more on how to apply and prepare for E-Rate funding.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Important E-Rate Forms K–12 Schools Should Know</h2> <p>The <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/03/cosn-2018-how-your-district-can-prepare-e-rate-audit">application process for E-Rate can be tricky</a>. With so many different pathways, it can be easy for K–12 school administrators to know where to start. </p> <p>In order to guarantee K–12 districts can at least start the application process for E-Rate funding on the right track, here are some important forms that applicants should keep an eye on:</p> <ul><li><strong>Form 470:</strong> Filing a Form 470 starts the competitive bid process. Once this form is filed, applicants can solicit bids. After filing the form, schools must wait 28 days before reviewing bids. </li> <li><strong>Form 471: </strong>After schools select their service providers and vendors, they must have signed contracts before submitting Form 471. The form requires documentation that details the cost, specific products and services schools want to purchase and where they will be deployed. </li> <li><strong>Form 486:</strong> Once applications are reviewed, the Universal Service Administrative Co., which manages E-rate for the FCC, issues a funding commitment decision letter. If the project is approved, schools must submit Form 486 before USAC will make payments. With Form 486, schools must confirm the start date of services and that they are in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.</li> <li><strong>Form 498 and Form 472: </strong>Applicants can pay their service provider or vendor in full and get reimbursed by filling out Form 498 and providing banking information to USAC. They then fill out From 472 to get paid. Alternatively, a service provider or vendor can handle the reimbursement process with USAC directly. In that case, districts pay the service provider a discounted amount for services.</li> </ul><p>To learn more about how K–12 school districts can use E-rate funding to improve their network speeds, read <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/12/school-districts-take-advantage-e-rates-category-one-funding"><em>School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding.</em></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/higher/author/wylie-wong"><img src="/k12/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/wylie-wong.jpg?itok=gph_Y-uT" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/higher/author/wylie-wong"> <div>Wylie Wong</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=WylieWong&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Wylie Wong is a freelance journalist who specializes in business, technology and sports. He is a regular contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 19:05:17 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41791 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 K–12 Districts Turn to Professional Services After 1:1 Rollouts https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/k-12-districts-turn-professional-services-after-11-rollouts <span>K–12 Districts Turn to Professional Services After 1:1 Rollouts</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/k12/k12/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/08/2019 - 13:10</span> <div><p>Anyone involved in a <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/experts-weigh-key-considerations-k-12-11-programs">one-to-one initiative</a> knows it can be much more complicated than just rolling out a cartful of <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/Computers/Notebook-Computers/?w=C3&amp;ln=0&amp;a3407=50713045&amp;enkwrd=Chromebooks" target="_blank">Chromebooks</a> and logging on to a Wi-Fi network. As IT director for Arizona’s <a href="https://www.humboldtunified.com/" target="_blank">Humboldt Unified School District</a>, about 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Patrick Keeling has experienced this challenge firsthand. </p> <p>HUSD is working toward what Keeling calls a<strong> ­one-to-one access program</strong>: The district’s 5,800 K–12 students don’t carry devices with them all the time, but they can grab one off a charging cart and use it whenever they need to. </p> <p>Last spring, the district began transitioning its older laptops to <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/dell.html?enkwrd=Dell" target="_blank">Dell</a> <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/dell-chromebook-11-3180-11.6-celeron-n3060-4-gb-ram-16-gb-ssd-en/4797267" target="_blank">3180</a> and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/dell-chromebook-11-3189-11.6-celeron-n3060-4-gb-ram-16-gb-ssd-en/4490334" target="_blank">3189 Chromebooks</a>. At the same time, Keeling says, the district also moved to <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/google-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Google" target="_blank">Google</a>’s <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/google-g-suite-basic/3378793" target="_blank">G Suite</a>. </p> <p>Before the transition, Keeling decided the district could use some help moving to Google apps. So HUSD called on <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=amplified+it&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1&amp;ln=0&amp;b=am8" target="_blank">Amplified IT</a>, a Norfolk, Va.-based firm that specializes in <strong>helping K–12 schools implement Google for Education</strong>.</p> <p>“There’s such a depth to what you can configure in G Suite,” he says. “Amplified helped us get through that. They even provided some deployment tools so we could get the machines set up and onto the network.”</p> <p>Amplified also <strong>helped the district migrate from its mail server</strong> and “provided a multitude of other services in the G Suite,” he says. The company continues to provide ongoing support; Keeling says the district probably calls them two or three times a week.</p> <p>“It’s typically something like, ‘We want to roll out this service — what do we do?’ ” says Keeling. “Or it’s, ‘A teacher stumbled across this feature. Can you help us figure out why it isn’t working how we think it should?’ ”</p> <p>The need for tech help varies greatly, says Leila Nuland, managing content director for K–12 at <a href="https://www.hanoverresearch.com/" target="_blank">Hanover Research</a>, which surveys school districts across the U.S. to <strong>help them assess their technical and professional development needs</strong>. </p> <p>Some of the variables include grade level, teachers’ comfort with technology and how far along the district is in its one-to-one program.</p> <p>“Your elementary teachers might be further along than your high school teachers,” she says. “We try to get districts to slice the data in different ways so they can figure out <strong>how to target and customize their professional development initiatives</strong>.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/5-key-areas-technology-professional-development-teachers" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> 5 key traits for a successful professional development initiative.</em></a></p> <h2>K–12 Professional Development Is Constantly Shifting</h2> <p>When it came to getting educators up to speed, HUSD turned to another professional services company, EdTechTeam, to develop a cadre of <strong>Google Certified Trainers</strong> who could share their expertise with the rest of the district. </p> <p>Humboldt started with a cohort of <strong>30 instructional specialists </strong>and teachers who showed a passionate interest in technology; they then set out to train other educators across the district. </p> <p>The goal was to expand what the tools could do for instruction and see how they impact the classroom. At publication time, more than <strong>75 percent</strong> of HUSD’s teachers were Level 1 Google Certified Educators. </p> <p>“The double-edged sword of G Suite is that things are constantly changing — functionality is being added, buttons are moving,” Keeling says. “So, the training was less ‘Here’s exactly how to do this’ and more ‘Here’s how you can use this set of tools in your classroom.’ ” </p> <p>Keeling says <strong>partnering with an experienced professional services firm</strong> saved the district a lot of time and troubleshooting. “If you try to do this yourself, and you’re not meticulous about how you set it up, you’re in for a lot of headaches and stumbling along the way,” he says. </p> <h2>What To Do When Technology Training Resources Are in Short Supply</h2> <p>In small rural districts like <a href="https://www.hoxieschools.com/" target="_blank">Hoxie Public Schools</a>, technology resources are especially scarce. Located two hours northeast of Little Rock, Ark., Hoxie features a <strong>single K–12 campus with 900 students and roughly 1,200 laptops and desktops</strong>, including computer labs and staff machines. </p> <p>Hoxie is now a one-to-one school district, featuring low-cost laptops such as the <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/lenovo-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Lenovo" target="_blank">Lenovo</a> <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/lenovo-100e-chromebook-11.6-celeron-n3350-4-gb-ram-32-gb-ssd/4977298" target="_blank">100e</a> or convertible touch-screen tablets like the <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/lenovo-300e-chromebook-11.6-mt8173c-4-gb-ram-32-gb-ssd/4977317" target="_blank">Lenovo 300e</a>. But it took five years and a lot of effort to get there, says Technology Coordinator Darrell Parks. </p> <p>“In rural Arkansas, the poverty level is really high,” Parks says. “You have problems getting bandwidth, and funding is a constant issue. As a small school, <strong>we didn’t have the money to go in and do one-to-one in a single year</strong>. First, we had to get our wired infrastructure up to par, then our wireless, and then we started buying laptops. It’s been a really long game.” Another thing in short supply was technical training, he adds.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/higher/author/dan-tynan"><img src="/k12/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/dan-tynan-180.jpg?itok=mnbuJzub" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/higher/author/dan-tynan"> <div>Dan Tynan</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="google-plus" href="http://plus.google.com/102093055760798427858/posts?rel=author"><span>Google+</span></a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=tynanwrites&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Dan Tynan is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. He has won numerous journalism awards and his work has appeared in more than 70 publications, several of them not yet dead.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:10:20 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41786 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 IT Shops Strike Partnerships to Make Data Center Overhauls More Efficient https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/it-shops-strike-partnerships-make-data-center-overhauls-more-efficient <span>IT Shops Strike Partnerships to Make Data Center Overhauls More Efficient</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:15</span> <div><p>The technology services team at <a href="http://www.rocklinusd.org/" target="_blank">Rocklin Unified School District</a> may as well have had its maintenance crew on speed dial. The HVAC unit in the suburban Sacramento district’s data center was at the end of its life, and maintenance was <strong>constantly repairing outages and system failures</strong>.</p> <p>“We were getting to some system obsolescence issues, and maintenance was at the end of their bag of tricks to keep everything going,” Rocklin USD CTO Mike Fury says.</p> <p>“Both departments came to the same recognition that there was a problem that needed to be addressed,” adds Craig Rouse, Rocklin USD’s senior director of facilities, maintenance and operations.</p> <p>Rather than leave it to the facilities department to replace the HVAC unit with a similar system, <strong>tech services ­partnered with maintenance and facilities</strong> on a larger project to maximize data center space and efficiency with a more innovative solution. </p> <p>During the summer of 2017, the departments pooled finances and resources to implement the <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/vertiv.html?enkwrd=Vertiv" target="_blank">Vertiv SmartRow modular data center</a> at its main site and as its disaster recovery backup at a district high school. Such collaboration makes sense as a growing number of facilities ­systems, from HVAC to phones, run over data networks.</p> <p>“There’s a lot of convergence and a lot of intradepartmental communication that’s taking place,” says Fury. “More so than ever before.”</p> <p>Collaboration — particularly in school districts, which are often strapped for resources — is <strong>essential with today’s data center projects</strong>, says Laura DiDio, principal of ITIC, a research and consulting firm. “Everyone wants to guard their fiefdoms,” DiDio says, “but breaking down those silos is beneficial for all involved.” </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/07/how-avoid-making-data-center-mistakes" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>See how your school can avoid these common data center mistakes.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">K–12 School Departments Partner to Move Toward Innovation</h2> <p>While the Rocklin USD technology, maintenance and facilities departments agreed that working together was in everyone’s best interest, they <strong>went into the project with different philosophies</strong>, explains Fury.</p> <p>Maintenance and facilities had an environmental system perspective; they had envisioned replacing the old HVAC units with similar, traditional roof-mounted AC packs that are efficient at cooling larger spaces. Technology serv­ices saw the project as an <strong>opportunity to maximize data center efficiency </strong>after years of virtualization and consolidation.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/melissa-delaney"> <div>Melissa Delaney</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Melissa Delaney is a freelance journalist who specializes in business technology. She is a frequent contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:15:39 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41781 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 3 Cybersecurity Threats K–12 Schools Should Prepare for in 2019 https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/3-cybersecurity-threats-k-12-schools-should-prepare-2019 <span>3 Cybersecurity Threats K–12 Schools Should Prepare for in 2019</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/04/2019 - 13:50</span> <div><p>K–12 schools faced <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/12/3-ways-k-12-schools-can-improve-their-cybersecurity-2019">serious scrutiny in 2018</a> as security experts found education institutions had the <strong>weakest cybersecurity protections</strong> out of 17 vulnerable industries. </p> <p>Moreover, while school districts are falling behind on their security plans, the cyber underworld is evolving and consolidating, <a href="https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/mcafee-labs/mcafee-labs-2019-threats-predictions/?eid=RM6MCTY1&amp;contactid=255616&amp;smcid=EM" target="_blank">according to the McAfee Labs 2019 Threats Predictions Report</a>.</p> <p>“We have witnessed greater collaboration among cybercriminals exploiting the underground market, which has allowed them to develop efficiencies in their products. Cybercriminals have been partnering in this way for years; in 2019 this market economy will only expand. The game of cat and mouse the security industry plays with ransomware developers will escalate, and the industry will need to respond more quickly and effectively than ever before,” writes Raj Samani, chief scientist and McAfee fellow for advanced threat research, in an introduction accompanying the report.</p> <p>So, what does 2019 have in store when it comes to cyberthreats? Here are three security concerns schools should turn their attention to quelling in the coming year.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/07/k-12-it-teams-use-artificial-intelligence-help-wi-fi-upkeep" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>See how K–12 schools are using AI to monitor and manage their networks. </em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Watch Out for AI Threats</h2> <p>Artificial intelligence has <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/how-k-12-schools-have-adopted-artificial-intelligence" target="_blank">much to offer K–12 schools </a>in terms of efficiency and automation of tedious tasks, but cybercriminals see opportunity in the technology as well, particularly <strong>when it comes to evasion techniques</strong>, which enable the criminals to avoid detection and circumvent security.</p> <p>“We expect evasion techniques to begin leveraging artificial intelligence to automate target selection, or to check infected environments before deploying later stages and avoiding detection,” explain McAfee researchers in the 2019 Threat Predictions Report.</p> <p>This AI-based malware will stack up on top of the already plentiful list of evasion techniques the cyber underground employs today, including new techniques spotted in 2018, such as <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/11/3-ways-k-12-schools-can-guard-against-cryptomining">botnets and </a><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/11/3-ways-k-12-schools-can-guard-against-cryptomining">cryptomining</a>.</p> <p>A possible antidote is <strong>AI-based and other next-generation cybersecurity tools</strong>, which are making use of emerging technology in order to detect and ward off increasingly sophisticated threats.</p> <p>“With computing power increasing and with AI advancing, IT teams are going to be able to spot these attacks much faster than they have been historically,” Erich Kron, security advocate for KnowBe4, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/11/qa-security-advocate-erich-kron-protecting-k-12-schools-new-phishing-scam">tells <em>EdTech</em></a>. “This advancement will help endpoint protection, email gateways, all of these vulnerable places where companies are working to deploy AI. It is really going to help make current protections more effective.”</p> <h2>2. Cloud Security Becomes Paramount to Keep Student Data Safe</h2> <p>As the adoption of <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/04/cloud-tech-optimizes-workflow-k-12-schools">cloud-based email and other applications</a> takes off, cloud security will become an even larger concern in the new year, particularly because, according to McAfee, <strong>21 percent</strong> of data stored in the cloud is sensitive. Bad actors search out, in particular, when cloud or credentials have been misconfigured.</p> <p>“As workload migration accelerates to the public cloud, security risk professionals will need to get more actively involved in their DevOps team’s processes, so they can <strong>automate the application of governance and compliance controls</strong>,” explains Tim Jefferson, vice president of Public Cloud at <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/barracuda.html" target="_blank">Barracuda Networks</a>. “It’s not about dictating what tools the team uses, but verifying that controls are being met and helping the builders build securely.” </p> <p>Jefferson expects, as a result, to see more teams embracing automation that can help to “<strong>continuously monitor cloud security</strong> and remediate problems automatically.” </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/media/video/new-threats-loom-k-12-it-admins-must-adapt-security-strategies" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Hear from experts on how K–12 schools should adjust their security strategies.</em></a><em> </em></p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Keep an Eye on Voice-Controlled Digital Assistants</h2> <p>Voice-controlled digital assistants are entering homes and <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/06/teachers-are-turning-ai-solutions-assistance">classrooms</a>, revolutionizing how teachers and students interact. But, as with any new technology, they also represent a new threat vector.</p> <p>“This opportunity to control a home’s or office’s devices will not go unnoticed by cybercriminals, who will engage in an altogether different type of writing in relation to the market winner, in the form of malicious code designed to attack not only IoT devices but also the <strong>digital assistants that are given so much license</strong> <strong>to talk to them</strong>,” McAfee researchers note in the report. </p> <p>This ability to monitor and control infected Internet of Things devices, such as digital assistants, smartphones and routers, could literally invite bad actors in.</p> <p>“Infected IoT devices will supply botnets, which can launch DDoS attacks, as well as steal personal data,” the McAfee researchers note. “The more sophisticated IoT malware will exploit voice-controlled digital assistants to <strong>hide its suspicious activities from users and home-network security software</strong>. Malicious activities such as opening doors and connecting to control servers could be triggered by user voice commands (“Play music” and “What is today’s weather?”). Soon we may hear infected IoT devices themselves exclaiming: “Assistant! Open the back door!””</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/juliet-van-wagenen"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Headshot%20JV.JPG.jpg?itok=8ak2COBM" width="58" height="58" alt="Juliet Van Wagenen" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/juliet-van-wagenen"> <div>Juliet Van Wagenen</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Juliet is the senior web editor for <em>StateTech</em> and <em>HealthTech</em> magazines. In her six years as a journalist she has covered everything from aerospace to indie music reviews — but she is unfailingly partial to covering technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:50:06 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41771 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12