The project's initial intent was to "capture the status quo" of how ed tech startups interact with their stakeholders about student data privacy practices and to identify best practices for those companies and others in the industry in formulating communications plans on privacy.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Extreme Networks has updated its network management tool, Extreme Management Center (EMC), with new tools designed to improve onboarding and security.
Smoothwall has unveiled Cloud Filter for Chrome, an off-site filtering tool for the Chrome browser.
Now, more than ever, every school system must be poised to adequately address questions regarding student data privacy to build a lasting trust with the parents. CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) works with school systems to help them understand the maturity level of their privacy and security programs and identify the gaps for growth.
- By Linnette Attai
GoGuardian, a company that provides Chromebook management tools for schools, has updated GoGuardian Admin, its web filtering and analytics tool, with features designed to improve online student behavior and facilitate personalized learning.
Richmond Public Schools are on the defensive when it comes to student safety and transportation. RPS in April installed stop-arm cameras on a fleet of 50 school buses to monitor traffic and plan to roll out cameras to the district’s remaining buses.
The founder and operator of a K–12 Cyber Incident Map is sharing some lessons he has learned after collecting data over the past 17 months on cyber incidents at United States schools. Doug Levin, president of Ed Tech Strategies, says that as K–12 schools increase their use and reliance on digital tools and services, the number of cyber incidents has also been on the rise — exponentially so.
The resources are available through Google’s Be Internet Awesome project, which was evaluated by the International Society for Technology (ISTE) and received the Seal of Alignment for Readiness for its pedagogical value.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union recently examined the privacy policies in place at 22 school districts that offer laptops for home use during the school year. All 22 districts revealed that their policies require parents to acknowledge that there is no expectation of privacy when a school issues a device to a student.
Computer hackers, also known as cybercriminals, are infiltrating our world with ever-increasing sophistication. It is critical that students understand both the benefits and risks of their devices — especially their smartphones. Educators have an important role to play in helping students understand and safely navigate an internet-connected world.
- By Jacob Batchelor