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Innovative Technologies are Changing Education But What Impact do They Have on Infosec?

by Jenna Sindle

There’s a seemingly endless parade of innovative technologies being adopted in American schools, colleges, and universities. While there’s no doubt that most of these technologies will bring benefits to these learning communities, they bring with them the potential for some degree of harm as well. From data breaches that siphon student information to ransomware attacks that threaten to bankrupt school districts, educational institutions are some of the highest profile targets for cyber attackers these days. With so much change happening in EdTech we took a look at some of the best innovations and also looked for some guidance on how to combat the challenges these technologies bring with them.

Read on to learn more…

AI Adoption at Colleges and Universities Reveals Skills Gaps

From chatbots to help streamline service from the IT help desk to providing answers to students’ most common questions, AI has been embraced by many colleges and universities. However, as Dave Doucette, shared in a recent EdTech Magazine story, this next-gen technology brings some challenges along with all the benefits. Most notably, there’s a skills gap on campus when it comes to the ability to put AI to work. You can learn about two approaches that will help close the gap and help colleges and universities put the power of AI to work more quickly in the article.

K-12 Schools are Struggling with Information Security

Cyber expert, Matt LeMiere, is excited about advances in EdTech, but also cautious about the risks that more technology on campus brings with it. In a conversation with Ryan Schradin of GovCyberHub, LeMiere outlines the challenges faced by K-12 schools and discusses strategies for combatting ransomware and other common attacks.

Said LeMiere in the conversation educational institutions “need to educate the staff, the faculty and the students. They need to learn about phishing scams and spear phishing attacks. They need to be educated on how to identify them and the damage they can do.”

Ready to learn more about how to mitigate cyber attacks against schools? You can do that here.

5G: Coming to a School Near You

The long-talked about 5G revolution is really underway. While 5G is being rolled out to select cities, we found a story about one school system that has made the jump to 5G and how this has impacted curriculum and learning opportunities available to students. Entrepreneurship Prep (Cliffs Campus), in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of 100 schools that is part of Verizon’s Innovative Learning Schools that will receive free access and technology in the next few years.

As well as providing fast Internet to many devices at once, 5G also enables the students to visualize the solar systems with VR headsets and collaborate on projects with students a world away in India. “[S]tudents using AR/VR can also collaborate from different locations (say Cleveland and India) in real-time, and what one student does in Cleveland will be experienced by the rest of the group. This isn’t possible with traditional Wi-Fi or 4G,” shared the article’s author, Taiia Smart Young.

Want to read more about how 5G is changing the student learning? Here’s the story for you.

 

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