Ed Tech Headlines

Cybersecurity – Offense is Your Best Defense

2020 marked a "record-breaking" year for cyber-attacks against schools and CoSN's 2021 IT leadership surveys found that cybersecurity remains a top concern among chief technology officers across the nation.
I spoke with David, the Director of Information Services in a smaller district (~5000 students) in the Midwest about what his district is doing to prepare for cyber-attacks this school year.

Fall 2021: A Fresh Approach to Data Privacy

Back to school season is in full swing. It’s a time of fresh starts and new beginnings for the entire school district. Of course, past challenges haven’t gone away, but the season serves as a reminder that we can approach old challenges with clear eyes and a new perspective. To help bring the spirit of the season to your student data privacy program in the new school year, CoSN Members are invited to take advantage of these Member Briefs, tackling some of the thorniest student data privacy challenges:

How Value of Investment Can Help Your Decision-Making

In the business sector, costs and benefits are scrutinized before purchasing occurs. As a result, investment decisions are grounded in verifiable methods with quantifiable variables. But that’s not always the case for EdTech leaders.
We make far more impactful decisions focused on providing the best education for students. These decisions are more difficult to quantify. Think about how we measure student engagement or interest in STEM? How do we assess those types of benefits?

K12 Edtech Leaders Visit ASU-GSV

As with most things, the 12th annual ASU+GSV Summit was put on hold with all our worlds being turned upside down by COVID-19. After a year and a half, it was exciting to learn that the conference would happen again and in person. Participant safety, of course, was the priority. That meant COVID testing and mandatory masks unless you were eating, drinking, or outside.

You Can Do It -- How Does the Trusted Learning Environment Seal Application Process Help You Assess Your Privacy Program?

CoSN sat down with Kevin Perkins, Technology Director for TLE Seal recipient Rockingham County Public Schools to learn more about Rockingham’s journey to the TLE and how starting small, but with sustained efforts, can lead to big wins over time.
 CoSN: Kevin, please tell us a bit about yourself and your district.

CoSN Applauds FCC’s Extension of Timeline for Emergency Connectivity Fund Applications

CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement recognizing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) announcement of over $5 billion in Emergency Connectivity Fund Program requests and applauding the Commission’s decision to provide a second application window to enable the submission of additional project applications.