Back from a vacation to the northwestern coast, this week saw a number of enhancements and additions to this site, including the publication of an updated OER FAQ and infographic, the addition of video news clips to the K-12 Cyber Incident Map, and a post pondering the harsh penalties being enacted against students who hack their own schools. As always, I also offer links to news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation that caught my eye – including a little bit about why.
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Since 2016, multiple news reports document that K-12 students are being charged with and convicted of crimes for hacking their schools. In other cases, these incidents have led to students being expelled. Are schools and the police over-reacting to student hacking of schools? Are our current laws and school policies appropriate? It may be time for a hard look at these questions.
This week, I share details of two new additions to the K-12 Cyber Incident Map and ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers. As always, I provide a curated list of links of news, tools, and reports. No endorsements; no sponsored content; no apologies for my eclectic tastes.
Today, I am pleased to introduce and launch the “K-12 Cyber Incident Map.” It is a visualization of cybersecurity-related incidents reported about U.S. K-12 public schools and districts from 2016 to the present. Painstakingly assembled from public reports, it was created to begin to build a data-based awareness of the scope and variety of digital security and privacy threats facing K-12 public schools and districts, as well as to shed a light on the need for uniform standards for disclosing cyber incidents affecting schools, students, and educators.
This week – as an accompaniment to my curated list of links of news, tools, and reports and thanks to significant captive time traveling via airplane – I also share links to a few extended analytical pieces. While not every piece speaks directly to K-12 education issues at present, they all speak to the wider milieu from which our conceptions of public education and consumer technology are derived. I believe they hold important lessons for what the future of education in a digital age may hold.
There are a range of potential cybersecurity threats facing K-12 schools. Thanks to my invited participation in a National Governors Association cybersecurity summit, I’ve documented my current thinking on the cybersecurity in K-12 education, why it is an important issue, and what should be done about it. Ultimately, if we can’t generate the political will to address these issues head on, states and the federal government have no business pursuing school reform and improvement strategies dependent on technology.