The K-12 Tech Experience Podcast

A Place Where IT Leaders & Admins Share Their Stories

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by ManagedMethods colleagues David Waugh, ManagedMethods chief revenue officer, and Senior Account Executive, Michael Summer. The three discuss the latest report from ManagedMethods, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, based on a survey of district-level administrators by EdWeek Research Center, and the...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined again by David Mendez, the Information Security Lead and Technical Project Manager at Region 10 Education Service Center. Jake and David have a conversation about mental health in K-12 IT and David shares some of his own personal experiences when it comes to...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by Domenica Lee Crognale, a Certified Instructor and Author at SANS Institute. Jake and Domenica discuss SANS Institute’s #SecuretheFamily campaign and how families can be better protected online. Domenica shares more about the classes offered at SANS Institute (03:20); the SANS Institute #SecuretheFamily...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by Chris Johnson, the Director of Technology at Mount Pleasant Community School District in Iowa. Jake and Chris discuss how cybersecurity across K-12 has changed and how mature school district cybersecurity is when it comes to the ability to protect against emerging threats....
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by David Mendez, an Information Security Lead at Region 10 Education Service Center in Texas. Jake and David discuss how K-12 school districts can better embed cybersecurity into their culture to improve their cybersecurity posture. David discusses how his role has changed as...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by Dr. Travis Paakki, the former Senior Director of Technology at Portland Public Schools. Jake and Travis discuss risk management and what is missing in K-12 cybersecurity. Travis discusses how his role as Senior Director of Technology changed over the course of the...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by Kevin Nolten, the Director of Academic Outreach at CYBER.ORG, for another episode. Jake and Kevin discuss CYBER.ORG’s newly launched K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards and how teachers, school districts, state departments of education, and more can better incorporate cybersecurity education into their curriculum....
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Jon Wiederspan, a Network Operations Manager at Northshore School District in Washington state. Jon gives an inside look at the ransomware attack against Northshore School District back in October 2019, and shares more about the recovery process and what the early warning signs are...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Adam Feind, a Customer Solutions Architect at Red River—a ManagedMethods partner. Jake and Adam discuss the challenges K-12 school districts face when dealing with ransomware and explore the cybersecurity needs of schools heading into the 2021-22 school year. Adam shares more about the challenges...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined again by Greg Hogan, the Network & Data Security Coordinator at Bibb County School District in Georgia. Jake and Greg discuss the recent GAMEIS 2021 conference, organized by the Georgia Association of Managers of Educational Information Systems. Greg discusses the cybersecurity initiatives he...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Eileen Belastock, the Director of Technology and Information at Nauset Public Schools in Massachusetts. Jake and Eileen discuss what social and emotional learning (SEL) entails, how district IT teams can better implement it into classroom curriculum, and what Eileen is expecting during the first...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Michael Townsend, the Director of Technology at Tuscaloosa County School Systems in Alabama. Jake and Michael discuss the recent Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC) and Michael shares what he’s focused on, in regards to the future of K-12 cybersecurity in Alabama schools. Michael shares...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Kevin Hogan, Editor-at-Large at eSchool News and Host of EdTech Today. Jake and Kevin discuss the changing technology environment in schools, the topics the education media should be paying attention to, and what’s next for K-12 cybersecurity. Kevin shares how he’s seen the technology...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Vince Humes, the Director of Innovative Technology Solutions at Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 in Pennsylvania. Jake and Vince discuss how K-12 IT leaders can protect school district data within the rapidly growing cloud layer in schools. Vince talks about how the past year...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Jim Frye, the District Technology Coordinator at Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools in Ohio. Jake and Jim discuss the recently announced storage policy for Google Workspace for Education and how to better manage cloud storage limits in schools. Jim shares how the shift between...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Andy Lombardo, the Director of Technology at Maryville City Schools in Tennessee. Jake and Andy discuss creating policies and automating enforcement to help quarantine cyber threats, and help prevent the loss of data in school districts. Andy talks about Maryville City’s shift into remote...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Justin Feltus, a System Specialist at Bremerton School District in Washington. Jake and Justin take a closer look at the technology stack in districts and how Justin helped configure Bremerton’s to build a cost-effective cybersecurity and safety tech stack. Justin shares more about Bremerton’s...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Cody Walker, the Director of Technology at West Rusk CCISD in Texas. Jake and Cody discuss how IT teams have helped teachers manage classrooms remotely since the start of the pandemic, and how to better monitor cybersecurity and student safety risks in a blended...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Neal Richardson, the Director of Technology at Hillsboro-Deering School District in New Hampshire. Jake and Neal talk about cybersecurity and student safety in K-12 schools, and how the two areas have increasingly converged in the past year. Neal shares more about Hillsboro-Deering School District’s...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Rory Peacock, the Deputy Executive Director of Technology at Education Service Center Region 11 in Texas. Jake and Rory discuss what the transition into remote learning was like at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, for ESC Region 11 and the school districts the...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Kevin Nolten, the Director of Academic Outreach at CYBER.ORG, a cybersecurity workforce development organization that targets K-12 students with cyber career awareness, curricular resources, and teacher professional development. Jake and Kevin discuss CYBER.ORG’s previous survey on the state of K-12 cybersecurity education (02:00); the...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Tim Miles, the Director of Technology at Steamboat Springs School District, and a ManagedMethods customer. Jake and Tim discuss looking beyond content filters for cybersecurity and safety in schools, and explore how these tools play an important role in securing remote learning environments and...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Russell Lindenschmidt, a ManagedMethods customer. Russell is the Director of Technology at Burlington School District in Colorado. Jake and Russell discuss how important the K-12 IT department’s role is in ensuring a district remains compliant with laws and regulations at the local, state, and...
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Diana Gill. Diana is the Director of Technology at East Porter County School Corporation in Indiana, and a ManagedMethods customer. Jake and Diana discuss the safety risks inside the K-12 cloud, talk about student data privacy as IT teams monitor for these risks, and...
On the first episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Greg Hogan. Greg is the Network and Data Security Coordinator at Bibb County Schools in Georgia, and a ManagedMethods customer. The conversation takes a look back at the year 2020, how cybersecurity has changed in K12 schools, and speculates a bit on what...

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