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

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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.

  • 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.

  • CA District Turns to Drones for Campus Safety

    A California school system is using eyes in the sky for extra security. According to local reporting, the Delhi Unified School District, in the state's central valley, has added three drones to its safety operations. District safety officers have been trained on how to use them as well as their on-board high-resolution cameras, which can capture video and photography.

  • District Adding GPS Bus Tracking

    The $140,000 bus tracking service, Versatrans My Stop from Tyler Technologies, will let administrators and track where their children's buses are located via a console or app.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PowerSchool Completes Acquisition of Schoology

    As of today, one of the country's largest education systems just got much bigger. PowerSchool has finalized its purchase of Schoology, making the learning management system the newest component in its "Unified Classroom" suite for K-12.


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