K-12 Technology News

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Report: Some Attacks Are Preventable with Community-Based Threat Intelligence Approach

This approach involves people who are part of those communities detecting "deviations" from the norm — "when something appears dangerous, when a person is acting suspicious, or when a friend or colleague is in crisis."

Free Cybersecurity Training for Girls Opens 2020 Registration

The training partnership with the security-focused SANS Institute helps female higher schoolers explore cybersecurity and learn more about career opportunities in the field. Those who go through the gaming itself may also win scholarships.

5G to Drive Pickup for Smartphones in 2020

Personal computing device (PCD) shipments are looking stronger than expected for 2019, and smartphone deliveries are expected to bump up in 2020, according to two separate analyses.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of December 9, 2019)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

Deadline Looms for $200,000 Follett Challenge

The deadline for the 2019 Follett Challenge is this week. The program will award a total of $200,000 in products and services to 19 winners.

District Placing Robotics Teams into Every School by 2021

The county is familiar with competitive robotics. One of its high schools teams was ranked as the fourth best in the world, based on its performance during the 2019 FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit.

District Adding GPS Bus Tracking

The $140,000 bus tracking service, Versatrans My Stop from Tyler Technologies, will let administrators and track where their children's buses are located via a console or app.

PISA: U.S. Students Flat in Math and Science

The 2018 PISA results are out, and the picture they portray for the United States could only be called fair to middlin'.

CA District Turns to Drones for Campus Safety

A California school system is using eyes in the sky for extra security. According to local reporting, the Delhi Unified School District, in the state's central valley, has added three drones to its safety operations. District safety officers have been trained on how to use them as well as their on-board high-resolution cameras, which can capture video and photography.

Alaska Nears End of First Season with Sanctioned Esports

The Alaska School Activities Association added esports as an activity to its high school roster of sports. The inaugural playing season, which began running in September, will last until next week. Playoffs will take place in January.

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