5 K–12 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2022 – EdTech Magazine: Focus on K-12

While some IT administrators worry about the safety of moving their data to the cloud, working with a third party on security services can bring confidence to the use of this solution, Miller says.

“We used to store all of our data in-house in file cabinets, and it was easy enough for …….

While some IT administrators worry about the safety of moving their data to the cloud, working with a third party on security services can bring confidence to the use of this solution, Miller says.

“We used to store all of our data in-house in file cabinets, and it was easy enough for someone to take a file and walk out and have that data,” Miller says. “Tech directors are realizing that it might not necessitate someone in-house managing that if they can ensure that the companies they’ve partnered with are adhering to the strictest guidelines.”

3. Cybersecurity Helps Schools Defend Against Growing Threats

Cybersecurity is such a hot topic in K–12 education that it’s garnered federal attention. The K–12 Cybersecurity Act is the first cybersecurity-focused law for K–12 institutions, signed by President Joe Biden in October. Its signing initiated a federal review of cyberthreats against districts, threats that have increased greatly since the shift to remote learning in 2020.

Some of the most popular cybersecurity tools to surface in response to these cyberattacks are next-generation protections powered by AI and ML. These include endpoint security solutions and next-generation firewalls. Security orchestration, automation and response tools specifically use automation to detect and remediate possible cybersecurity breaches. The automated component in SOAR helps make cybersecurity more manageable for understaffed IT teams in K–12 environments.

School districts are also being urged to incorporate multifactor authentication. Compared with other organizations, K–12 districts have been slower to implement this solution, says Doug Levin, national director for K12 SIX. Levin cites leadership hesitation as one of the primary hurdles IT administrators face in implementing MFA, which he notes is strongly recommended by his organization and the FBI.

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“Ultimately, it is the single best protection against the vast majority of phishing and social engineering attacks against school districts,” he says. “School districts are particularly vulnerable to password reuse and password sharing. And, as a result, having another layer of defense there is really critical for them.”

4. Asynchronous Learning Gives Students More Freedom

With the shift to remote learning came the inclination for students to complete lessons and turn in projects on their own time. Asynchronous learning, particularly for older students, allows for more freedom and flexibility in the school day.

Although many students are back in the classroom and remote learning isn’t a necessity for most, some schools still offer asynchronous learning models. Being able to complete schoolwork on their own time, without being held to a 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. schedule, allows …….

Source: https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2021/12/5-k-12-ed-tech-trends-watch-2022

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