K-12 Technology News

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District Pays Cyber Ransom as Business Decision

A New York school district superintendent has gone public with some of the details of a ransom his school system paid earlier this summer to regain access to school systems. Rockville Schools and its insurance company paid $88,000 in bitcoin through a third-party negotiator. The original ransomware demand was for $176,000, according to Superintendent William Johnson.

Salesforce Invests in Bay Area School Districts, Nonprofits

The company is giving $18.2 million in grants to the San Francisco and Oakland school districts and two nonprofits to improve student outcomes and opportunities.

Oracle Debuts Computer Science Education Resources

The Oracle Academy Cloud Program will give students, schools and higher education institutions access to workshops, product discounts and other resources focused on computer science.

Downey Unified Adds Energy Storage

Efforts are underway to install and deploy battery energy storage systems at the schools in Downey Unified School District. The California school system will be working with ENGIE Storage to install 3.5 megawatts of energy storage at seven campus sites to capture power generated by the district's solar installation

Florida Panhandle Schools Add Telehealth Portals

Sixty-three public schools in Florida's Panhandle are delivering mental health and other services to students via telehealth portals.

Optoma Updates Laser Projector Series with New Ultra-Short-Throw Models

Optoma has added new models to its laser and lamp projector series, all designed for education.

After Ransomware Attack, District Hopes to Mandate Security Awareness

An Illinois school district is working "around the clock" to bring its network back up after a ransomware attack. The problems struck Rockford Public School District 205 on Sept. 6, 2019, during the same week its 28,000 students returned to the classroom.

Khan Academy Debuts School Districts Offering

The new solution gives school district leaders insights on how to help teachers maximize the learning potential of each student.

Online Student Monitoring Platform Prevents Suicides

Thirteen school districts are utilizing Gaggle’s safety solutions to track and respond to safety issues and threats by monitoring online learning collaboration tools utilized by students.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of September 16, 2019)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

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