EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/rss.xml en How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/07/how-leverage-mainstream-technology-boost-special-education <span>How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:31</span> <div><p>Federal laws such as the <a href="https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/your-childs-rights/basics-about-childs-rights/individuals-with-disabilities-education-act-idea-what-you-need-to-know" target="_blank">Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)</a>, as well as state allocations and local funding, give schools access to resources to support students with special needs. But while funding opportunities exist, they are limited, which means schools <strong>must allocate what money they do receive strategically</strong>.</p> <p>Assistive technology may be the best option. Not only do tools such as <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/03/k-12-modern-learning-environments-can-be-built-outside-classroom">audiovisual assistance and voice amplification</a> help students with special needs, they can eventually be transitioned for use in a modern learning environment to serve everyone. </p> <p>“Word prediction is like that. Touch screens are like that. How many times have we known people that use their voice to control their environment?” said Christopher Bugaj, assistive technology trainer for Virginia’s <a href="https://www.lcps.org/" target="_blank">Loudoun County Public Schools</a> and author of <em>The New Assistive Tech: Making Learning Awesome for All!,</em> <a href="https://www.eastersealstech.com/2018/08/31/atu379-the-new-assistive-tech-make-learning-awesome-for-all-with-chris-bugaj/" target="_blank">on a podcast</a>. “Now it’s just something we do. It’s becoming more mainstream, and I think these things are becoming more built into just mainstream tools.”</p> <p>Technology-driven accommodations <strong>support students who require additional help within the traditional classroom</strong> and allow them to function without drawing extra attention to their disabilities. </p> <p>“You may think of assistive technology as this niche thing … but inclusive is the hot topic right now,” said Bugaj. “If you designed with people of all varying abilities in mind, you have a wider market base, we touched new people, it’s more inclusive for everybody — you are providing a service to the world.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/mixed-reality-brings-new-life-k-12-classrooms-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how K–12 schools can use virtual reality to fit students' learning needs.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Many Devices Include Assistive Technology Tools</h2> <p>Personalized learning is a core tenant of the modern learning environment, encouraging many schools to provide students with their own devices.</p> <p>For schools considering (or planning an upgrade to) a one-to-one device initiative, there are <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/Computers/Notebook-Computers/?w=C3&amp;ln=0&amp;a3407=50713045&amp;enkwrd=Chromebook" target="_blank">Chromebook</a> and tablet options that incorporate assistive features. </p> <p>Students who are blind or dyslexic, or have another diagnosis that impairs their reading ability, can benefit from devices such as <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/google-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Google" target="_blank">Google</a> Chromebooks, which <strong>come with audiovisual assistance.</strong></p> <p>The select-to-speak option lets students, or their aides, highlight blocks of text, which the device then reads aloud to the student. </p> <p>Students can also “log into any device running Chrome and enjoy the same accessibility settings and experience <strong>without having to go through another onerous set-up process</strong>,” Naveen Viswanatha, lead product manager for Chromebooks for Education, told the <a href="https://www.govtech.com/education/Five-Top-Technology-Trends-in-Special-Education.html" target="_blank">Center for Digital Education</a>.</p> <p>Similarly, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/microsoft-surface-pro-6-12.3-core-i5-8350u-8-gb-ram-128-gb-ssd/5298676?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Microsoft’s Surface Pro</a> is loaded with assistive technology, including <strong>text-to-speech software, word prediction and settings that allow screens to be adjusted</strong> for students with epilepsy.</p> <p>“Products we used to buy as a third-party [package] and install on the desktop now come in <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/microsoft-office-365-pro-plus-subscription-license-12-month/3202684?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Windows 365</a>,” Gordon Knopp, former technology director at Wyoming’s Laramie County School District 1, told <a href="https://edscoop.com/learning-accessibility-tools-mainstream-microsoft-apple-google/" target="_blank">EdScoop</a>. “It really makes it a learning-rich environment for these kids who have extra needs.” (Knopp was named state CIO for Wyoming in February.)</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/keep-accessibility-mind-modern-learning-environments" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>See how K–12 schools can design modern learning environments with accessibility in mind.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Virtual Reality Headsets Support Personalized Engagement</h2> <p>Virtual and augmented reality is proving to be not only an effective engagement tool but also a way to <strong>help students with special needs acquire the social and academic skills</strong> they need to thrive in the classroom.</p> <p>With mixed reality headsets, students who have trouble reading or paying attention can use programs such as <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Microsoft" target="_blank">Microsoft’s</a> Immersive Reader. Using the headset, students can work through scanned text using highlighting tools, syllable differentiation and read-aloud software. </p> <p>For students with autism, teachers can <strong>walk through simulated daily scenarios that help to facilitate various skills</strong> — from recognizing and reacting to others’ emotions to crossing the road — in a safe, virtual environment. </p> <p>A major benefit is that lessons within a virtual environment are open only to the teacher and the student using the headset. This means students with special needs can engage in their own, specially designed lessons within the same modern learning environment as any other student. </p> <p>Through integrations like these, K–12 schools can <strong>offer a modern classroom that supports the unique needs of every student</strong>.</p> <p><em>his article is part of the "Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" series. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ConnectIT&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#ConnectIT</a> hashtag.</em></p> <p> </p> <p></p><center><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/node/11661" target="_blank" title="Connect IT"><img alt="[title]Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="87" src="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/default/files/articles/2014/05/connectit.jpg" title="[title]Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" width="400" /></a></center> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/11796"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Joe%20Marquez.jpeg.jpg?itok=gjjnx4wg" width="58" height="58" alt="Joe Marquez" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/taxonomy/term/11796"> <div>Joe Marquez</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=@JoeMarquez70&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Joe Marquez is a K–12 Education Strategist with CDW•G. He is a certified Google Innovator and Microsoft Innovative Educator, and an adjunct professor for the Fresno Pacific University Educational Technology master’s program.</p><p></p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:31:32 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42551 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Phishing in K–12: How to Avoid Taking the Bait https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/07/phishing-k-12-how-avoid-taking-bait <span>Phishing in K–12: How to Avoid Taking the Bait</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:35</span> <div><p>Cybersecurity is critical to making sure students are safe as they use digital tools. In school systems that <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/experts-weigh-key-considerations-k-12-11-programs">provide one-to-one devices to students</a>, phishing is a top concern among IT professionals.</p> <p>“Of attack types, <strong>phishing is by far the security threat that most concerns districts</strong>,” according to a <a target="_blank">Consortium for School Networking report</a>. Schools, with their troves of sensitive personal and financial information about staff and students, make attractive targets. The identities of young people, less likely to be monitored for suspicious activity, are especially sought after. </p> <p>Spear-phishing attacks in particular, which target specific people with messages that seem to come from an institution or someone they know, are increasing.</p> <p>Attacks in 2018 targeting district officials that succeeded in redirecting payments from legitimate suppliers to criminal accounts “resulted in the theft of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars,” <a href="https://k12cybersecure.com/year-in-review/2018-incidents/" target="_blank">The K–12 Cybersecurity Resource Center reports</a>.</p> <p>Today, K–12 districts must <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/k-12-schools-overlook-few-common-cyberthreats">be more proactive than ever to resist the rising tide of phishing attacks</a>. For many — especially those with limited IT resources — the question is, how? </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/08/technologies-schools-must-have-stop-ransomware" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out some of the technologies K–12 schools must have to stop ransomware attacks.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Construct Layers of Prevention and Protection for Users</h2> <p>Up-to-date <strong>patching, anti-virus, anti-malware and firewalls</strong> are the first line of defense. Most browsers have built-in protections warning users about potentially risky emails and sites. Turning on the multifactor authentication available in browsers such as <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/google-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Google" target="_blank">Google</a> Chrome will further protect against scams. </p> <p>Limiting the damage from successful attacks takes layered <a href="https://www.dellemc.com/en-us/industry/education/security-transformation.htm" target="_blank">K–12 security</a>, from data to endpoint, network to cloud. For some schools, engaging <a href="https://webobjects.cdw.com/webobjects/media/pdf/Solutions/Security/144928-Risk-Management-Security-Consulting.pdf" target="_blank">security and risk consultants</a> to help review, test and improve security makes sense. Districts can also use cybersecurity frameworks, such as those developed by the <a href="https://www.nist.gov/" target="_blank">National Institute of Standards and Technology</a>, to assess where they are and where they need to be.</p> <p>Quick detection and response <strong>require vigilance, visibility and expertise</strong>. Some districts have their own secure operations centers. Others use managed detection and response services to get round-the-clock, worldwide surveillance and analysis of attacks. </p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-SecurityReport-_-NA-_-022017" target="_blank"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/uploads/Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Teach Educators and Students to Be Click-Savvy</h2> <p>Schools can reduce susceptibility by increasing community awareness of phishing threats and techniques. It’s not just students who are easily fooled — many administrators and faculty, as well, lack basic awareness and skills, such as checking the domain name on the browser toolbar.</p> <p>Simulating phishing attacks is a cost-effective way to assess the current state of knowledge and raise awareness. <a href="https://www.knowbe4.com/" target="_blank">KnowBe4,</a> <a href="http://www.wombatsecurity.com/" target="_blank">Wombat</a>, and <a href="https://www.phishingbox.com/" target="_blank">PhishingBox </a>offer services that <strong>enable schools to customize and send simulated phishing emails</strong> to show users how to identify phishing in a safe, controlled environment.</p> <p>Results from these tests can provide schools with benchmark data to justify additional cybersecurity investments and measurements to help them monitor for improvement over time.</p> <p>In addition to learning to recognize and avoid phishing attempts, students, faculty and administrators should be <strong>empowered to act as a kind of human firewall</strong>.</p> <p>Empowering people as important players in a school’s defense can help them overcome feelings of shame or fear of punishment that might keep them from coming forward right away if they think they’ve been phished. </p> <p>By encouraging users to <strong>be cautious and making it easy to report any kind of suspicious activity</strong>, IT can gain timely intelligence and reduce the likelihood of having to clean up a security mess later.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">More Advanced Scams Call for Greater Defenses</h2> <p>Phishing attacks are becoming much more sophisticated, as criminal organizations with considerable resources set ever sharper hooks. </p> <p>Fortunately, there are next-generation tools using AI and machine learning that can help districts stay one step ahead of bad actors. Solutions such as the new <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/dell.html?enkwrd=dell" target="_blank">Dell</a> <a href="https://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/press-releases/2019-01-31-dell-reinvents-endpoint-security-portfolio-through-startegic-collaborations-with-secureworks-and-crowdstrike" target="_blank">SafeGuard and Response</a> — which c<strong>ombines AI-driven and cloud-native endpoint protection</strong> from <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/crowdstrike.html?enkwrd=CrowdStrike" target="_blank">CrowdStrike</a> and expert threat intelligence and response management by SecureWorks — is a step toward providing schools with simpler, smarter and more affordable protection. </p> <p>As <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/04/digital-literacy-programs-prepare-students-tech-enabled-future">part of their digital literacy</a>, students need to learn how to spot, avoid and report phishing — skills they will carry with them beyond school as good digital citizens.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/12141"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Adam%20Garry.jpeg.jpg?itok=bKBhMYfz" width="58" height="58" alt="Adam Garry" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/taxonomy/term/12141"> <div>Adam Garry</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Adam Garry is the director of education strategy at Dell EMC.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:35:56 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42546 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 E–Rate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/07/e-rate-updates-free-resources-new-classroom-technology-projects <span>E–Rate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:04</span> <div><p>Recent updates to E-rate, which put <strong>more focus on funding high-speed internet and network protection tools</strong>, have helped K–12 schools reallocate resources to improve other focus areas. </p> <p>K–12 schools now have much more flexibility to fund projects, thanks to the <a href="https://www.fcc.gov/" target="_blank">Federal Communications Commission</a>’s recent announcement to make internet access a priority, combined with an increase to the annual E-rate cap from <strong>$2.4 billion to $3.9 billion</strong>.</p> <p>With the cap increase, schools that were not previously eligible for category 2 funding, which was prioritized for schools with the most need, were now able to <strong>apply for additional funds</strong>.</p> <p>“When E-rate 2.0 was announced, we realized we would be able to leverage that to significantly speed up our vision,” says <a href="https://ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/" target="_blank">Escambia County School District, Fla.</a>, Technology Services Coordinator Jim Branton. “We were at an 80 percent discount at that time. That quintupled our buying power.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/inside-look-e-rate" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out everything you need to know about E-rate.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">E-Rate Opens Local Resources for Other K–12 Projects</h2> <p>Infrastructure isn’t sexy. “But without good internet, the laptop that you have won’t work,” says Hector Reyna, CTO of <a href="https://www.sisd.net/" target="_blank">Socorro Independent School District</a> in El Paso, Texas.</p> <p>Because Socorro ISD receives <strong>$7 million in E-rate funds</strong> every five years to refresh its networking equipment (all of its schools have 100-gigbit-per-second internet access), the district is able to devote local resources to laptops for students. It even provides hotspots to roughly 1,000 students who don’t have internet access at home. “The classroom is now 24/7,” says Reyna.</p> <p>E-rate discounts free up funds for everything from <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/k-12-schools-work-incorporate-computer-science-curriculums">coding in elementary schools</a> to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/07/sphero-littlebits-and-other-robots-bring-technology-life">robotics programs</a>.</p> <p>“It has a ripple effect,” says Anya Klinginsmith, senior purchasing agent at Escambia County School District. “Because we received E-rate funding, we were able to build out our network, which meant <strong>we were able to support more devices, which in turn enabled us to support more personalized learning</strong>. It also gave us more visibility among vendors to approach us and partner with us to provide better products at a lower cost.”</p> <p>To learn more about using E–rate to improve K–12 infrastructure, check out “<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/e-rate-improvements-support-easier-and-faster-it-upgrades">E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades</a>.”</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> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:04:50 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42541 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Looking for Ways to Improve Data Privacy in Schools? Start Here https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/07/looking-ways-improve-data-privacy-schools-start-here <span>Looking for Ways to Improve Data Privacy in Schools? Start Here</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:41</span> <div><p>The rapid deployment of educational technology, paired with an increase in the number of <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/media/video/data-privacy-concerns-get-closer-scrutiny-k-12-districts">states passing data privacy laws</a>, leaves many district administrators and technology leaders with a daunting question about protecting student and staff information: <strong>Where do we start?</strong></p> <p>It can be tough to determine reliable sources of information about how to keep devices secure, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/fetc-2019-how-k-12-it-leaders-can-advise-data-privacy">how to protect sensitive information</a> and how to ensure <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/04/how-k-12-schools-can-use-next-generation-content-filtering-keep-students-safe-perfcon">compliance with applicable laws</a>. </p> <p>In many cases, this conversation is happening <strong>after the technology is deployed</strong>. Many leaders are concerned about what new legislation may mean for their districts.</p> <p>But there are crucial steps to take to get a better handle on the status quo of data privacy in your schools and to develop a data governance strategy. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/05/how-k-12-schools-can-balance-privacy-and-security-protocols" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how K–12 schools can balance privacy and security protocols.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Technology Planning Starts with an Assessment</h2> <p>A free <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/solutions/cybersecurity/security-assessments.html" target="_blank">security assessment</a> is the first step to determining whether vulnerabilities exist. Expert staff work with you to examine your district’s data security status quo, provide guidance on what should be happening and identify any weak points. </p> <p>It also is important to have <strong>clear designations and parameters governing what devices may be used</strong>, what data may be collected and shared, who can access the data and how they access it. An assessment can provide a framework so that IT leaders can start to have these conversations in their districts.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Make Sure Faculty and Staff Know the Laws</h2> <p>There are plenty of them. Since 2013, 39 states and the District of Columbia have passed <strong>more than 110 laws addressing student privacy</strong>, Amelia Vance, director of the Education Privacy Project at the Future of Privacy Forum, recently <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/media/video/data-privacy-concerns-get-closer-scrutiny-k-12-districts">told<em> EdTech</em>.</a> </p> <p>“Those laws dramatically changed how districts, how ed tech companies, are dealing with this issue, and their awareness that it is an issue, that it is something they really need to pay attention to,” Vance said.</p> <p>Consult with an expert for guidance on <strong>where to find information on the relevant data privacy laws in your area</strong>. When I’m working with customers, I often look up specific schools and the related data privacy laws. While I can’t offer legal advice, I point clients to resources where they can get more information.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-SecurityReport-_-NA-_-022017" target="_blank"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/uploads/Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Develop a Data Privacy Strategy</h2> <p>The work to protect data privacy doesn’t end, so have a plan to <strong>continually assess your organization’s data privacy needs</strong>. Review the plan regularly to ensure it is up to date. </p> <p>To start, make sure you know the basics about <strong>how your organization collects, stores and shares data</strong>. </p> <p>Questions you and your team should start asking include: What data is collected? Where and how is it collected? Who has access to the data, and should those with access actually have it? How long is data stored, and how is it destroyed? Make sure you have <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/11/qa-security-advocate-erich-kron-protecting-k-12-schools-new-phishing-scam">parameters in place for authenticating the identities</a> of everyone granted access to sensitive information.</p> <p>Also, develop strategies that address any data that may be collected through Internet of Things devices. As I’ve said before, more devices also mean <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/12/how-internet-things-may-change-k-12-culture">more opportunities for cyberattacks</a>. Proactive steps used to secure other technology, such as <strong>limiting bandwidth access and ensuring devices are properly patched and segmented</strong>, will help.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/04/5-ways-safeguard-student-information" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Learn more about some of the ways K–12 schools can safeguard student data.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_3">Teach Educators and Students to Be Responsible Data Guardians</h2> <p>Many vulnerabilities to data privacy are user based. Make sure teachers and students know what they need to do to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/11/k-12-it-leaders-can-mitigate-cybersecurity-risks-through-user-training">safeguard their own data</a>. Make sure they understand best practices for downloading software, sharing information and generally keeping data safe. In the end, data privacy should be a collective effort.</p> <p>As of July 2, there have been <strong>491 cybersecurity incidents</strong> in K–12 schools since January 2016, according to The <a href="https://k12cybersecure.com/map/" target="_blank">K–12 Cybersecurity Resource Center</a>. Proper planning, education and strategy will not only ensure that members of your school community are good data stewards, but also reduce the chances that the next cybersecurity incident affects you.</p> <p><em>This article is part of the "Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" series. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ConnectIT&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#ConnectIT</a> hashtag.</em></p> <p></p><center><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/node/11661" target="_blank" title="Connect IT"><img alt="[title]Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="87" src="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/default/files/articles/2014/05/connectit.jpg" title="[title]Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" width="400" /></a></center> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/david-andrade"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/david_andrade.jpg?itok=fToEBaac" width="58" height="58" alt="andrade" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/david-andrade"> <div>David Andrade</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=daveandcori&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>David Andrade is a K–12 Strategy Specialist and Google Apps/Chromebooks specialist on the education strategy team for CDW·G, a leading provider of technology solutions and services to education, government and healthcare. A former engineer, educator, edtech specialist and school district CIO, Andrade works with school districts to assist them with selecting and implementing technology solutions to help them improve teaching and learning.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:41:47 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42536 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 The Do's and Don'ts of Project-Based Learning Technology Integration https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/07/dos-and-donts-project-based-learning-technology-integration <span>The Do&#039;s and Don&#039;ts of Project-Based Learning Technology Integration</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/11/2019 - 13:52</span> <div><p>Educators embracing project-based learning to engage students. In PBL, teachers create assignments rooted in the real world to help students build important skills such as <strong>problem-solving, communication and teamwork</strong>.</p> <p>At <a href="https://schools.mnps.org/mckissack-middle-prep" target="_blank">McKissack Middle School </a>in Nashville, Tenn., for example, educators turned another textbook history lesson into an interactive exploration of the story of their students’ home town, <strong>culminating in the development of a virtual museum</strong>.</p> <p>“It allows students to answer that age-old question that they have always asked: Why do I need to know this?” said Jane Krauss, a co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning, Third Edition. “And that’s because what they’re doing and learning is <strong>more like the outside world that they’re going to enter</strong> — whether it’s college or career — and how they’ll interact within it, whether it’s problem-solving through collaboration and critical thinking or creating things or having opportunities to learn new technology skills.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/7-steps-successful-project-based-learning-k-12-classrooms" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out these seven steps to create a project-based learning curriculum.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Best Practices to Select Digital Tools for PBL</h2> <p>Personalized learning and classroom technology go hand-in-hand. Through personal devices, multimedia software and other integrations, students have the tools they need to be creative problem solvers. </p> <p>“It’s just good teaching and learning,” Thomas Chappelle, principal of McKissack Middle School, told EdTech. “We’ve found PBL combined with technology to be <strong>one of the best ways to engage students</strong> in their academics and expose them to different real-world topics.”</p> <p>A few basic guidelines help teachers successfully integrate classroom technology into PBL:</p> <p><strong>Do:</strong></p> <ul><li>Plan and collaborate with others, including teachers, administrators and tech experts, to effectively tie the project to learning standards and ensure you’re using the best possible technology.</li> <li>Recognize that the best PBL is personalized, so make your inquiries open-ended and design the project so that students can find their own interests and style within it.</li> <li>Leverage technology tools that students already know how to use or want to learn — if they fit the project — as this will ramp up engagement.</li> </ul><p><strong>Don’t:</strong></p> <ul><li>Choose a technology tool because it seems cool or you think it fancies up the project. Make sure it’s relevant and adds to the project.</li> <li>Feel like you have to plan every minute of the day in a scripted way or use technology during every phase of the project.</li> <li>Assume that students won’t be interested in engaging with a project that doesn’t involve technology.</li> </ul><p>To learn more about project-based learning, check out "<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/project-based-learning-engages-k-12-students-real-world-challenges">Project-Based Learning Engages K–12 Students with Real-World Challenges</a>."</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/wylie-wong"><img src="/k12/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/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> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 17:52:55 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42531 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 3 Ways to Overcome High Student-Teacher Ratios and Improve Personalized Learning https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/07/3-ways-overcome-high-student-teacher-ratios-and-improve-personalized-learning <span>3 Ways to Overcome High Student-Teacher Ratios and Improve Personalized Learning</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/10/2019 - 12:53</span> <div><p>According to the most recent data, student-teacher ratios in public schools <a href="https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_208.20.asp" target="_blank">currently average 16 to 1</a> — with some <a href="https://www.publicschoolreview.com/average-student-teacher-ratio-stats/national-data" target="_blank">states as high as 24 to 1</a> — meaning regularly adjusting lessons on an individual basis is, for most teachers, aspirational at best. </p> <p>Here are three ways schools can <strong>overcome the challenges of large classes to implement a more personalized approach </strong>to education.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/media/video/k-12-educators-emphasize-personalized-learning-class-2030" target="_blank"><em><strong>VIDEO:</strong> See how K–12 educators are emphasizing personalized learning for the class of 2030.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Use Classroom Technology to Fill the Gaps</h2> <p>While innovation in learning technology can provide significant relief for oversaturated classrooms, it does not automatically fix the problem. Even if <strong>35 students are equipped with personal devices</strong> in order to learn at their own pace, often a lone teacher bears the responsibility of ensuring everyone is on track and engaged. </p> <p>When a teacher is able to check in with individual students, he or she usually will not have the bandwidth to stay very long.</p> <p>Where classroom technology can shine, however, is making a teacher’s time more malleable. </p> <p>Personalized <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/02/tcea-2019-texas-district-tackles-11-chromebooks-junior-high-schools">learning tools such as Chromebooks </a>or online learning modules are well <strong>positioned to make productive use of students’ time</strong>, allowing teachers to utilize their time for meetings with small groups and individuals. This boost in efficiency can make all the difference for a student. </p> <p>Online tools can foster mastery of basic skills; for instance, a refresher lesson in algebra. More complex issues, such as a student’s lack of confidence in their learning ability, are better suited to face-to-face interactions with a teacher.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Increase Cross-Curriculum Communication with Standardized Exams</h2> <p>Personalized education <strong>requires cross-curriculum communication</strong>. For students who do poorly on math word problems, a teacher may need to address not only their algebra skills but also their reading comprehension. </p> <p>In supplemental education, it is common practice to conduct comprehensive testing to <strong>assess new students upon intake and design a personalized plan</strong> using that information. </p> <p>While some educators agree that approaching education holistically is necessary for true personalized learning, several schools do not have the processes to assist educators in executing this philosophy.</p> <p>Schools across the nation already do annual assessments through standardized testing. These end-of-year exams currently help administrators gauge how the general student population is doing on average. <a href="https://www.sri.com/sites/default/files/publications/using-technology-personalize-learning-k-12-schools.pdf" target="_blank">Studies have found</a> that, when used as a baseline, standardized tests hold untapped power to personalize learning year over year for individual students. </p> <p>Many test providers offer reports on performance at both the class and the student levels. School districts should ensure these reports are provided to teachers, along with <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/08/data-analytics-key-skill-administrators-k-12">data analytics training</a> so they can effectively use the information. Armed with these data skills, educators new to the profession and veterans alike can gain a better understanding of <strong>where their students excel or are challenged</strong> heading into the new school year. </p> <p><em><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/10/data-driven-instruction-how-student-data-guides-formative-assessments-perfcon" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how teachers can use summative and formative assessments to improve personalized learning initiatives in the classroom.</a></em></p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Offer Personalized Incentives for Students to Help Them Learn</h2> <p>What motivates one child to stay quietly seated may discourage a classmate. </p> <p>At Sylvan Learning, teachers are encouraged to reinforce positive behavior by giving tokens to students. Using this approach, students have improved their math and reading scores by <a href="https://www.sylvanlearning.com/our-results" target="_blank">151 and 198 percent respectively</a>. </p> <p>Note that this system doesn’t reward academic performance: We i<strong>ncentivize individuals based on their personal histories</strong> and what motivates them best. </p> <p>For example, we give tokens to teens who are struggling with a certain topic but refuse to give up, or to younger students who are having an exceptionally focused day. </p> <p>Tokens are redeemable at the <strong>end of each session or can be saved up for bigger items</strong>. The prizes available appeal to all ages, from gas station and Amazon gift cards for the teenagers to candy and toys for younger students.</p> <p>Motivational systems are not about giving everyone a trophy. They are about inspiring day-to-day success through attainable incentives and rewarding behaviors that will set students up for long-term academic success. Teachers can reward individual students or the entire class for the same purpose. </p> <p>Using these three steps, teachers can extend their reach in the classroom and <strong>give each student the attention they need to flourish academically</strong>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/12131"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Emily%20Levitt.jpeg.jpg?itok=IToD3GZT" width="58" height="58" alt="Emily Levitt" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/taxonomy/term/12131"> <div>Emily Levitt</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Emily is a vice president of education at Sylvan Learning.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 16:53:31 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42526 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Virginia District Gives Its Teachers Their Own Ed Tech Conference https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/media/video/virginia-district-gives-its-teachers-their-own-ed-tech-conference <span>Virginia District Gives Its Teachers Their Own Ed Tech Conference </span> <div><p>Professional development is key to helping teachers succeed, particularly when it comes to providing support to help them effectively integrate new classroom technologies. The Newport News Public Schools district recognized that its teachers often lacked the time and resources to attend professional conferences, so it decided to give them their own. Each year, the NNPS Technology Department hosts the iNNovate Technology Conference, an end-of-summer event organized with teachers' input that pays year-round dividends. </p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/amyburroughs26341" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.burroughs_26341</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/09/2019 - 08:28</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>Insider Exclusive: @nnschools iNNovate conference brings #K12 teachers, tech coaches and instructional coaches together for 100 sessions on #edtech and innovation.</div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1785995987</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>video type</div> <div><a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/7396" hreflang="en">Conference</a></div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT34078</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>K-12</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/media/video/virginia-district-gives-its-teachers-their-own-ed-tech-conference" data-title="Insider Exclusive: @nnschools iNNovate conference brings #K12 teachers, tech coaches and instructional coaches together for 100 sessions on #edtech and innovation." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Jul</span> <span>09</span> <span>2019</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-pinterest cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/media/video/virginia-district-gives-its-teachers-their-own-ed-tech-conference" data-title="Insider Exclusive: @nnschools iNNovate conference brings #K12 teachers, tech coaches and instructional coaches together for 100 sessions on #edtech and innovation." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/media/video/virginia-district-gives-its-teachers-their-own-ed-tech-conference" data-title="Insider Exclusive: @nnschools iNNovate conference brings #K12 teachers, tech coaches and instructional coaches together for 100 sessions on #edtech and innovation." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fcm_sp%3D21CenturyClassroom-_-Resources-_-BYOD%252520Webinar" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-pinterest cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="/k12/media/video/virginia-district-gives-its-teachers-their-own-ed-tech-conference"> &quot;We want to help our teachers to be innovative in their classrooms for themselves and for their students.&quot; </a></p> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-07/Brandie%20Wright.jpeg.jpg?itok=B3VRrhWr" width="60" height="60" alt="Brandie Wright, Technology Coordinator, Newport News Public Schools" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Brandie Wright</span> Technology Coordinator, Newport News Public Schools </p> </div> </div> Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:28:26 +0000 amy.burroughs_26341 42511 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 It's Game On for Esports in Education https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/resources/white-paper/its-game-esports-education <span>It&#039;s Game On for Esports in Education</span> <div><p>Video games have changed immensely over the years, and so have the people who play them. Having been popular among young people for decades, video games are now a legitimate global phenomenon experiencing explosive growth. Studies show that overwhelming majorities of teenagers and young adults play video games, and various projections estimate that the esports industry will become a multibillion-dollar market in the near future.</p> <p>Even that term — “esports” — may be unfamiliar to many midcareer education professionals, and some might be tempted to dismiss the activity as a fad or a waste of time. However, a growing number of high schools and colleges across the country are implementing their own on-campus esports programs to capitalize on student interest, increase students’ engagement and sense of belonging, and (in the case of colleges and universities) entice prospects to enroll.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/08/2019 - 15:10</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/document_images/EsportsWP2019.png" width="560" height="560" alt="Esports white paper student player" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div> <div>Document File</div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/document_files/mkt38244-esports-wp.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=269619">mkt38244-esports-wp.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:10:19 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42506 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Hyperconvergence Goes Mainstream https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/resources/white-paper/hyperconvergence-goes-mainstream <span>Hyperconvergence Goes Mainstream</span> <div><p>In recent years, organizations across industries have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), an approach to IT architecture that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system. Hyperconvergence has been described as “the best of both worlds” by some data center administrators and industry observers, who see the model as offering the elasticity and scalability of public cloud providers, alongside the control and security of an on-premises system.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/08/2019 - 15:05</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/document_images/GettyImages-962404026.jpg" width="5500" height="3000" alt="Hyperconvergence white paper concept art" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div> <div>Document File</div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/document_files/mkt33562-hyperconverged-infrastructure-wp.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=236815">mkt33562-hyperconverged-infrastructure-wp.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:05:45 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42501 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Managing the Hybrid Cloud https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/resources/white-paper/managing-hybrid-cloud <span>Managing the Hybrid Cloud</span> <div><p>Across industries, many organizations have found that they’re able to achieve benefits such as cost savings, enhanced agility and improved business continuity by integrating their private clouds with public cloud resources in a hybrid model. A hybrid approach can provide a best-of-both-worlds experience, allowing organizations to place workloads where they are best suited, or to take advantage of additional capacity in the public cloud during periods of peak resource demand.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/08/2019 - 14:53</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/document_images/HybridCloudWhitepaper2019.png" width="560" height="560" alt="Hybrid Cloud concent art" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div> <div>Document File</div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/document_files/mkt31471-upftf-hybrid-cloud-white-paper.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=220997">mkt31471-upftf-hybrid-cloud-white-paper.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 18:53:54 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42496 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12