No commentary this week (not for a lack of things to say, just time), but one quick update:

TV news reports of school cyber incidents are quite telling: sometimes for what they report, sometimes for how they report, sometimes for what they omit. In every case, they tell the story with emotion, which is something that the K-12 Cyber Incident Map does not do well. In an effort to make the Map more user friendly, I moved my curated list of select recent TV news reports of K-12 cyber incidents to their own page. If you haven’t checked it out yet, the dozens of stories are quite something taken all together.

Here’s the latest story…and it’s a doozy:


FYI: this is the 202nd U.S. K-12 cyber incident that I’ve identified since the start of 2016. (And, yes – of course – ransomware is a type of malware, contrary to the district’s claim.) If this doesn’t get you thinking about the security risks of schools collecting and managing sensitive data, I’d submit you may not be paying close enough attention.

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.

Strong opinions may be weakly held.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)


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