Designing Education Networks

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:

Using Leasing to Support your Technology and Budget Strategies

Leasing presents an opportunity for school systems to maintain up-to-date technology equipment and build consistent upgrade and replacement cycles into their technology strategy without significant capital expenses.  
A fixed monthly payment is agreed to for a set time period for devices in a technology lease. Typical leases are 36, 48, and 60 months in duration.  In addition, the equipment company is most often responsible for repairs and replacement of equipment when there is equipment failure, and recovery/disposal of the equipment at the end of the lease term.  

I’ve been thinking about… Data Systems and Our LGBTQ+ Students, Parents and Staff

As Chair of CoSN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and a former Chief Technology and Information Officer, I’ve been thinking about school district student and staff data. In particular, how school districts record student gender and parents/guardians in their student information system and how districts could potentially record preferred names and pronouns in human resource applicant tracking systems in preparation for employee interviews.

Student Connectivity -- There is no one-size-fits all approach!

Reliable broadband connectivity like utilities needs to be a requirement and service that is available to each and every student in today’s world. Addressing the value of quality, broadband connectivity access to any student, educator, or administrator is a perfect example of preaching to the choir. Though the pandemic has made it one of the most important and urgent problems to solve, this has been a necessity and fundamental requirement for a decent educational experience for Pre-K to graduate students.  
 

EdTech Leaders Cite Cybersecurity as No. 1 Priority, Critical IT Infrastructure Updates Needed

CoSN today released a new report, combining the results of the organization’s long-standing IT Leadership and Infrastructure surveys, to give school districts and policymakers a holistic understanding of the K-12 IT landscape.
 

"Predicting" the Future of EdTech

As 2018 starts, I get lots of questions about what are the “most important” technologies and trends that will impact learning.  As head of the Consortium for School Networking, CoSN, it makes sense that our leaders and the media want to know where to focus their attention and budgets to have the most impact. Unfortunately, “predicting” technology is fraught with problems, and accuracy is at the top of the list. This is the moment to bring out spectacularly wrong predictions from brilliant persons:

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