As a favor to powerful industry lobbyists, ESSA mandates the teaching of the ‘harms of copyright piracy’ in schools.
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This week, education reporters from across the nation are gathering at the 2017 Education Writers Association National Seminar (#EWA17) in Washington, DC. Among the topics they will focus on is technology in education (AKA “digital learning”). To that end, I suggest five story ideas for reporters interested in the topic, as well as an admonition to go easy on the edtech jargon.
The Obama administration championed Future Ready, #GoOpen, and ConnectED (among other edtech-related campaigns). Who will set the agenda for edtech leadership for the foreseeable future? With more cuts in the federal education budget potentially looming in the fall, and the Trump administration clearly signaling its general preference for market-based solutions, it could be that private-sector technology companies will seize the opportunity to step into the vacuum.
Hackers will target anyone and anything, be that hospitals, the police, or other hackers. Even though the year is just getting started, schools have already faced a wave of phishing attacks designed to steal sensitive employee tax information. The IRS has called this “one of the most dangerous email phishing scams” they have seen.
The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), perhaps the signature 1:1 laptop program in the nation, has generated controversy and struggled with results. It is now at risk of being brought to an end. One contributing factor: despite a 10+ year statewide track record of implementation, there is a lack of high-quality research on the program’s effectiveness in contributing to student learning. It’s a missed opportunity.
Select state government audits of school district IT security procedures find a concerning state of affairs. State departments of education should adopt and promulgate digital security expectations and best practices for schools, provide technical assistance and resources to districts to support implementation, and conduct regular audits to ensure compliance.