(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. In the absence of the weekly news round-ups, I took the time away to do some further writing and analysis:
- Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches, which details the ham-handed way in which the Texas Association of School Boards has communicated about their breach of personal information about Texas educators. With every news story, new information about the breach seems to become clearer…and it appears to be a doozy: affecting
a small number thousandstens of thousands of Texas educators in a handful hundredsover 800 school districts. (Required reading: Data breach disclosure 101: How to succeed after you’ve failed via Troy Hunt.)
- The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning, which offers my sense of what those interested in K-12 educational technology can and should take away from this annual polling about schools. I have criticized past editions of this poll sharply – and while this edition suffers from some shortfalls and biases – there are some interesting and potentially actionable takeaways (especially for further research).
- K-12 Cyber Incident Map: 8 School Districts Have Experienced Multiple Cyber Incidents Since 2016, which reports on a trend that I’ve seen in tracking K-12 cyber incident reports: school districts suffering repeat cyber incidents, even in the short time I’ve been tracking the issue (since the start of 2016). I’ll be keeping a running list of those districts here.
And speaking of cyber incidents, the month of August so far has seen 14 (!) additions to the K-12 Cyber Incident Map, including a couple of new TV news reports of the same.
Finally, I also recently contributed my views to a story on the copyright propaganda that made its way into ESSA. To be clear, I absolutely support the teaching of intellectual property issues to students and educators (including information about open licensing). Yet, the language in ESSA is decidedly not about that.
ICYMI: Cloudflare relies on the randomness of lava lamps to encrypt communications on the internet. This strikes me as both awesome and terrifying – and a stark reminder of the limits of computing.
Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. No endorsements; no sponsored content; no apologies for my eclectic tastes.
A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)
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