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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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.
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.
Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about how the press covers technology in education: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The best antidote to the edtech filter bubble I’ve found is to read widely and critically. Today, I’m pleased to re-launch the ‘reading list’ feature on this site to share some of what I am reading about technology in education that you are unlikely to read elsewhere.
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.
It is inevitable that the education sector will experience data breaches and be subject to cyberattacks. One recent phishing attack has become so widespread and so damaging that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) itself has issued public guidance for schools on how to respond. Please share this information widely, educate yourself, and work with your schools to mitigate the risks of handling personal data of school employees, students, and their families.