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Strategies & Insights for Technology Leaders in K-12 9/26/2019

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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.

  • Google Adds Analytics Tool to Track G Suite Usage

    Google is introducing a new analytics offering that allows G Suite for Education administrators to get insights into how different Google solutions are being utilized within their organizations.

  • 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.

  • Dumpster Data Breach Drives District to Dissect Disposal Details

    As an elementary school was being closed down in Wisconsin, student records were pitched into a dumpster. The discovery led Oshkosh Area School District to activate its data breach protocol.

  • School Districts Upgrade to WiFi 6

    Hamilton Southeastern Schools and Octorara Area School District are two early adopters of WiFi 6 hardware to improve their wireless network capabilities.


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  • Supporting Early Childhood Data Governance Policies

    A new resource from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative looks into how state policymakers can support efforts to make more educated investments in early childhood programs through solidifying data governance bodies in each state.

  • Students Less Insecure About School Safety Than Their Parents

    A wide-ranging survey on a multitude of education topics among adults and high schoolers found that the students viewed school safety differently from their parents.

  • Grant to Fund More Research into Ed Tech Best Practices

    The Jefferson Education Exchange has received a $400,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to extend the nonprofit’s efforts to find ways for schools to share information about their experiences using education technology tools.

  • States Adopting New Mindset on Assessments

    Even as many states are backing away from high-stakes testing in math and English language arts that take place at the end of the school year, that doesn't necessarily mean they're "backsliding," according to a new report. Rather than "rolling back" advancements in test quality, accessibility and rigor under the weight of political pressures or demands for reductions in time spent on testing, some states are reforming their approach to assessment in innovative ways.


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