he growth of edtech has led to a disconnect between what schools accept and what students need. Tools are often not designed with learners in mind, leading to student fatigue and pain. The comfort gap, which refers to the mismatch between tools and learners, is creating barriers in education. The majority of educators recognize the importance of physical comfort in learning, yet only half say their students are physically comfortable with technology. Districts and schools need to consider the unique needs of students, including their growth and development, ergonomics, and classroom environment when selecting edtech. By doing so, they can fully realize the benefits of edtech and increase student engagement.
Comprehending the Journey to Cybersecurity in K-12 Education
K-12 technology teams face cybersecurity attacks, and while the new toolkit from CISA is helpful, there are no guarantees in cybersecurity. The most common attacks are phishing, followed by ransomware, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), and insider risk. However, there are ways to mitigate the risk of falling prey to cyber-attacks. Leadership and training are critical, with cybersecurity policies and training needed district-wide. The zero-trust security framework and layering cybersecurity technology can help defend against attacks. Additionally, incident response plans are necessary for effective responses to attacks. Collaboration and resources such as MS-ISAC and CISA can create safer learning spaces.