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Schoolzilla Security Issue Exposes Data for 1.3 Million Students and Staff

The issue was detected by Chris Vickery, a well known white-hat computer security researcher with MacKeeper who discovered a file configuration error that left the student and staff data vulnerable to cyber threats.

Survey: Augmented and Virtual Reality Yet to Gain Traction in K–12

Despite plenty of media attention and hype, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are technologies still on the outskirts in American classrooms, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit organization Project Tomorrow. Only five percent of teachers said they are using AR or VR in their classrooms, Project Tomorrow found in its annual Speak Up survey of more than 510,000 K–12 students, parents and educators.

Olathe Public Schools Embraces IoT on New Network

The second largest and fastest-growing school district in Kansas, Olathe Public Schools (OPS), has recently deployed an enterprise-grade WiFi solution to support a 1-to-1 initiative for its more than 29,000 students and 4,000 staff across more than 50 schools.

New DDoS Attacks Use Far Fewer Infected Hosts, Target Education

Akamai Technologies has identified a new attack method generating extremely large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against educational institutions and other types of organizations but without the millions of infected hosts typically seen in these scenarios.

Report: PreK–12 PD Market Estimated at $5.3 Billion Through 2021

The PreK–12 professional learning, or development, market is estimated at $5.3 billion through 2020-2021, according to a recent report by market research firm Research and Markets.

Tech Allows Workers, Students to Augment Knowledge in the Real World

New location-aware “knowledge injections” on the cloud-based EON Reality Augmented Virtual Reality platform provide contextual knowledge in real time, helping users to facilitate a manufacturing, maintenance, repair or operation procedure, and more.

NASA and Texas Instruments Launch STEM-Related Virtual Scavenger Hunt

NASA and Texas Instruments (TI) today launched “The Search for STEMnauts,” a virtual scavenger hunt designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each week for the next six weeks, students in sixth through 12th grade will be challenged to solve space-related puzzles for a chance to unlock virtual reward points.

Speak to Go Allows Voice to Direct VR Experiences

A new web program by Google allows users to explore the world in virtual reality (VR) by just speaking the name of a place. Speak to Go is activated by a user’s voice.

PCs Buck Downward Trend, Inch Negligibly Upward in 1Q

While IDC acknowledged that a sub-percentage point increase in traditional PC shipments "was arguably flat," the IT market research firm said it was still noteworthy for being the first sign of expansion for PC sales in five years.

Reinventing the Right Curriculum Is Impossible — But Necessary!

Fixing the curriculum means replacing its current focus on English, math, history, science, etc. with content relevant to a future where 65% of today’s students will have jobs that don’t yet exist! This week’s guest blog by Jonathan Grudin explores making that "impossible" fix … possible.

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