K-12 Technology News

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District Loses Dozens of Computers to Malware Attack

An Oklahoma school system was the victim of a malware attack. According to local reporting, between 75 and 100 computers at Bixby Public Schools were brought down, primarily in the middle school and an athletic complex.

Instructure Agrees to VC Buyout

​In 2011, Instructure staked its claim in the LMS market by taking its learning management system open source. Now, the company has agreed in principle to be acquired by a venture capital firm. Instructure recently announced the transaction; Thoma Bravo has offered stockholders $47.60 per share in cash, valuing the company at about $1.79 billion.

ED Simplifies Small, Rural School Grant App Process

The U.S. Department of Education has simplified the application method for applying for small, rural school grants in 2020.

High School Gets Gift of Robotics Kits

An energy company donated eight robotics kits to a Massachusetts high school. Exelon Generation's gift, worth an estimated $12,800, increased the number of kits available for student use in robotics and engineering classes at Everett High School.

Alaska District Faces Parent Concerns about Student Online Monitoring Head-on

When an Alaska school district heard complaints about a new system for monitoring student online behavior, it fine-tuned the settings and reached out to its community to address the concerns. Juneau School District had launched Bark for Schools, a free program for checking high school student accounts on G Suite and Office 365.

Office and Penetration Testing Software Are Increasingly Sources for Malware

Half of all malware that tried to infect computers during the third quarter of 2019 was already known. The other half was "zero-day" malware, which bypassed (and therefore went undetected by) traditional signature-based security software.

Oregon High School/College STEM Agreement Expanded

Two schools in Oregon, one secondary and the other postsecondary, have renewed and expanded a partnership that helps higher schoolers pursue STEM education and careers.

School System Expands Virtual Classroom Champion Program

A school system in British Columbia has expanded a program that pairs groups of students with athlete mentors in virtual sessions to help the kids develop their social-emotional skills.

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.

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