Keeping Cybersecurity at the Forefront of Remote Learning
- Dana Castine, Director for Math, Science, and Technology, Florida Union Free School District (NY) (@DanaCastine)
- Adam Phyall, Director of Technology and Media Services, Newton County School System (GA) (@AskAdam3)
- Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready SchoolsⓇ, Alliance for Excellent Education (moderator) (@thomascmurray)
Seemingly overnight, the COVID-19 global pandemic forced schools to adapt to the reality of teaching remotely. The stay-at-home orders from governors turned students’ homes into their classrooms, amplifying preexisting equity issues while scaling additional privacy concerns. At the height of the pandemic, educational technology companies began rapidly launching free services to support teaching and learning, while simultaneously raising additional privacy questions and concerns about access to student information.
With remote learning being a critical component to the majority of return-to-school plans in the fall, it’s imperative that school districts have detailed plans and provide the proper training to support educators to start the coming school year. Regardless of the details of each district’s plan, remote learning must be conducted in a manner that respects students’ personal information and complies with the many privacy and data security laws and regulations that impact how education technology should be utilized in the teaching and learning process, both while at school and while at home.
In this video, guests shared
- ways in which their technology departments are preparing for remote learning this fall;
- recommendations for ways to keep cybersecurity a priority as part of the remote learning plan;
- tools and resources to support districts in this area; and
- training staff on district policies and procedures.
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