This article was originally published in EdTech Magazine on 4/4/23 by Charlie Sander
Schools are now using thousands of ed tech solutions. Here’s how they can protect their networks.
Technology is no longer a complementary tool in the classroom; it’s the primary operational hub for education. Case in point: Ed tech adoption in K—12 grew by 99 percent in 2022. Yet, this rapid development has come with cybersecurity and data privacy concerns that call for better policy compliance and security enforcement from third-party apps and ed tech vendors.
Despite the risks, digital learning software has allowed teachers to create repositories of course content for students to revisit at any time. It has also helped teachers build hyper-individualized education plans for children with special needs and create interactive content to engage students in a richer learning program.
Despite these benefits, improper implementation of e-learning can tarnish its advantages and make it a cumbersome approach to teaching. Consequences range from data breaches to a lack of data interoperability, software misconfigurations and slow adoption by teachers and students.
However, by following a few best practices, districts can avoid the hazards and help everyone reap the benefits of online educational software. Let’s explore four pitfalls to avoid…