Administrative/Business Tools


16 Products Achieve 1EdTech OneRoster 1.2 Standard That Makes Tracking Student Progress Simpler

A collaboration of ed tech providers led by nonprofit 1EdTech Consortium has resulted in an updated open standard for interoperability that allows K–12 school districts to automatically combine assessment results and grades from districts’ various platforms and tools, enabling teachers and administrators to see all their students’ results data in one place.

DMARC Study of Education Domains Warns of Widespread Vulnerabilities due to Email Security Settings

New research shows that an overwhelming majority of education institutions in the United States have incorrectly configured email security settings and as a result are more susceptible to phishing and spoofing threats.

AI Writing Detection Tool Uses 'Forensic Linguistic' Techniques to Check Authorship

FLINT Systems has released what it describes as the "first linguistic tool designed to detect whether a document was authored by its attributed author." The system is designed not simply to detect whether a piece of writing was authored by an AI, but whether it was written by the person claiming authorship at all.

New Leadership Roles Announced for Carrera, Ball, Sherrod, Hedrick, Branch, Rougeux, Powers, and Faktor

Ed tech providers announcing new executive roles include the CEO position at Newsela, president and COO at Instructure, five leadership positions at Discovery Education, and a new board of directors member at DreamBox Learning.

Going Digital with Student Records

When it comes to records management, many K–12 school districts are still using microfiche, paper, and PDFs. For districts still managing and processing student records in a paper-based format, it might be time to look toward technology to help efficiently and securely manage student records. Check out how digital student records can make administrators' (and families') lives easier.

Report Details Increasingly Sophisticated Phishing Attacks and Proxies Targeting Students

In a monthlong study of one U.S. school district with newly implemented PhishID security software, Identity Automation uncovered detailed markers of increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks and dangerous proxy services targeting students, according to a new report out from Identity Automation.

Lenovo Rolls Out New Edu Laptops and Chromebooks, Introduces Devices-as-a-Service Solution

Lenovo has revamped its education technology portfolio, recently introducing new Windows 11 and ChromeOS laptops, new features for its VR Classroom and LanSchool solutions, and a new device-as-a-service option for K–12 schools.

The Best Ed Tech Innovations Will Be Emergent – If We Do This Right

Without minimizing the need to honor students’ privacy rights, we as an ed tech community should also not miss the opportunity to search for the new emergent patterns that will no doubt appear when we look at how students, teachers, and their data all interact. It’s these new patterns, like ripples in the sand, that will likely offer insights into the heretofore most intractable questions in education.

Got Chromebooks? First Steps to Securely and Sustainably Reusing and Recycling School Devices

An expert offers tips for K-12 administrators and their IT teams on how to make the most out of their investment in Chromebooks with security and sustainability in mind, and recommends schools revise their IT equipment policies to address used and end-of-life devices, including Chromebooks.

Tutoring Triumphs in Texas: Ector County ISD's Unique Approach is Yielding Remarkable Results

Over the three years since Ector County ISD launched its tutoring program, the district has achieved remarkable growth, and superintendent Scott Muri recently joined THE Journal Insider podcast host Kristal Kuykendall to share some of the lessons learned during the pilot and implementation, such as its use of outcomes-based tutoring contracts, strictly structured tutoring sessions, and teacher involvement.

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