Trends | Technology Security by Design

CREDIT ISTE Securing the Connected ClassroomEducators, lawmakers, and virtually everyone else concerned with young people’s security have wrestled with how to make best use of educational hardware and software while maintaining a safe and secure environment since schools began connecting to the Internet. However, each community is unique and requires a unique solution. A new book, Securing the Connected Classroom: Technology Planning to Keep Students Safe, by Abbie Brown and Tim Green, and published by ISTE, discusses blocks, filters and other imposed security measures — but the focus is on the process of threat assessment, response development and consensus building. Abbie Brown is a professor in the instructional technology program at East Carolina University. Tim Green, a former K-12 teacher, is a professor of educational technology and a teacher educator at California State University, Fullerton. “Throwing up walls does not usually work; we know students are quick to find ways around barriers,” says Brown. “We believe that a school community’s efforts should focus on fostering digital citizenship, awareness and understanding,” Green adds. The key to creating a secure environment for learning with technology is extending the responsibility to all stakeholders in the school community, they say; students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff. “It takes real effort to assess security threats and develop appropriate responses. Making that effort helps to create a safer and more productive learning environment,” Green says. Read more here.

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