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Online Safety Provider Family Zone Announces Agreement to Acquire Qustodio

Australia-based online monitoring and safety provider Family Zone today announced it will acquire competitor Qustodio and its subsidiaries in a deal valued at $52 million, according to a news release.

Ransomware Hit 56% of K-12 Organizations Worldwide in 2021, Sophos Survey Finds

Cybersecurity firm Sophos today released its annual State of Ransomware report showing ransomware attacks nearly doubled in 2021 from the year before, and 56% of K–12 IT professionals responding, representing 320 districts, said they were a victim of ransomware last year.

InnovateEDU Launches Open-Source Blueprint for Inclusive Research and Development in Education [BIRD-E]

Education nonprofit InnovateEDU today launched the Blueprint for Inclusive Research and Development in Education, dubbed BIRD-E, an open source, universal framework designed to generate actionable, high-quality research that ed tech providers, policymakers, researchers, education leaders, and other K-12 stakeholders can easily access, understand, and apply in the classroom.

Safety and Wellness Platform Securly Acquires SEL Provider and Check–In App Rhithm

Securly, provider of student safety solutions and online activity monitoring, today announced it has acquired Rhithm, the mental health check-in app that promotes student well-being with social-emotional learning activities and content.

Another School District Says Student Data Breached Within an Illuminate Education Product

Another school district has announced that student data stored on Illuminate Education software has been breached and said Illuminate is is mailing a letter to parents offering “complimentary” identity monitoring service for a year.

Closing the U.S. Homework Gap Using Unlicensed Spectrum

Almost 17 million students had no access to the internet in their homes at the start of the pandemic, while many more were impeded by unreliable internet connectivity and slow speeds. This divide wasn’t only restricted to rural locations; it was mirrored in towns and cities too.

Clever Unveils Expanded Identity Management Tool with New Active Directory Integration

In response to growing cybersecurity concerns combined with staffing shortages among U.S. K–12 schools, digital learning platform and single sign-on provider Clever today unveiled an expanded identity management solution that adds support for Microsoft Active Directory, the company said in a news release.

IO Classroom Cyberattack in January Compromised Personal Data of Over 800K NYC Students

A January cyberattack targeting Illuminate Education’s digital grading, attendance, and parent-teacher communication platforms used by New York City’s public schools resulted in a data breach affecting about 820,000 current and former students, but the number of students whose data was compromised could be much larger, as the IO Classroom platform targeted in the attack serves about 5 million U.S. students and over 7,000 K–12 districts.

Apple Launches New Learning Coach Program and Features for Educators

Apple today announced the launch of its new Apple Learning Coach professional learning program for educators who coach teachers, to help them get the most out of Apple technology and boost student engagement in the process.

Cybersecurity Experts Call for More Transparency and Immediate Resources for Schools

The nation’s public K–12 schools need immediate, tangible help to address widespread cybersecurity vulnerabilities and a crippling shortage of resources, and policymakers have begun to propose ways to meet those needs, but missing from those debates is the trend of school districts declining to alert their communities when a cyberattack has compromised the private, personal information of students or staff — and cybersecurity experts are calling for transparency and greater oversight.

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