The choice by education leaders to obfuscate and excuse the trading away of our children’s communications and information (about their social lives, emotions, and behaviors) in exchange for discounted school technology is neither a good deal for schools nor the only way that schools can afford technology.
Earlier this week, an unknown person or persons launched a short-lived, but clever cyber attack against Google Docs’ users. While apparently not targeted toward schools, it very quickly found its way to K-12 classrooms nationwide, resulting in alarm and confusion. Based on my investigation of the exploit, here are the three lessons I believe those of us in K-12 education should take from this incident.
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.
Absent an ethical framework to guide our decisions, I am increasingly of the mind that the answers to the important questions about educational technology are ‘turtles all the way down.’ I’m hardly the first to observe it, but perhaps there is some significance to how I have come to the recognition. What do I mean? […]
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.
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.