Tech & Cybersecurity

This school district empowers parents by giving them direct access to IT

Chris Saxon, IT director at the Cherokee County School District in Georgia, and his team created an IT "call center" for families dedicated for providing troubleshooting assistance for their child's devices and other issues. "For our folks in IT, it's easy to see how they're being helpful when they're in their classroom fixing their panel, printer or laptop," he says. "But they don't understand that when things are going wrong, a lot of folks are working behind the scenes to make it right."

3 ways AI can impact educational outcomes positively and ethically

Cheating aside, let’s employ AI in ethical ways and enable our schools to spend more time on experiential learning, career exploration, skills development and other meaningful activities.

Digital civil rights: 7 ways to protect student privacy as AI expands

Advocates are warning that schools' efforts to detect dangerous online activity increasingly threaten both academic freedom and the privacy of students—particularly those from the LGBTQ+ community, Title I schools and other marginalized groups.

Esports is more than just a hobby for students. Here’s what superintendents need to know

Esports has become one of the most innovative opportunities for students to pursue a passion that ultimately started within the comfort of their own homes. Nowadays, schools can help students take their love for gaming to the next level by establishing an esports program, which may ultimately drive postsecondary success through scholarships and even career opportunities.

Why this superintendent calls himself an ‘edu-tainer’ in K12 communications

Superintendent John B. Gordon III leads Suffolk Public Schools in telling a positive story about students and staff in the face of political antagonism and racism, deploying social media—Facebook and Instagram, in particular—to keep the community informed and engaged in Suffolk Public Schools' achievements and activities.

Here are 4 edtech trends superintendents should be paying attention to now

"The only constant in life is change." A statement nearly 2,500 years old remains true as district leaders grapple with the everchanging landscape that is education technology. Here's what leaders need to know in 2023.

Recruiting tools: Why these states are the best places for teachers to work

Can social media—a source of much consternation in K12 these days—play a crucial role in whether the states your districts call home remain among the best (or worst) for educators? Superintendents and their teams should consider leveraging Instagram, X and other platforms to connect teaching recruits with more experienced educators who can share reasons to come work in the district, advises Ramon Goings, an associate professor in the Language Literacy & Culture Doctoral Program at the University of Maryland.

The big reason students should be using ChatGPT as a study tool instead of cheating

The generative AI chatbot has been proven to generate some form of plagiarized content when asked to write an essay pertaining to a particular subject. In fact, some topics are more at risk than others.

How technology is helping streamline these classroom-related tasks

"I don't see us moving back to publisher provided resources except for specialized classes," said one high school math teacher featured in a new report. Instead, educators are leveraging digital tools and resources to get the job done.

3 FETC sessions for administrators looking to become better champions of technology

This year's Future of Education Technology Conference offers attendees a robust range of professional development opportunities involving some of the most pressing edtech innovations impacting today's K12 sphere, including AI, cybersecurity and more. Here's what you can expect.

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