Magazine article Technology & Learning


Magazine article Technology & Learning


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Keeping Students and Systems Safer

Anytime anywhere learning provides opportunities to create digital learning environments for new teaching styles and personalized learning. As part of making sure the program is effective, the safety and security of students and assets are essential--and mandated by law.

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) addresses Internet content and requires that schools that receive funds from the federal E-rate program must install protection. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records.

All things are stored digitally today--from a district's records to students' work, and it all lives on the network. Access to information is fast, accurate and useful as a result, but districts must guarantee that everything is protected. Security measures include the provisions made in the district's network infrastructure and policies adopted by the network administrator to protect the network and network-accessible resources from unauthorized access.

Network Security

There are multiple standards-based approaches to ensure network access security can be applied and co-exist. A recent safety index report states that monitoring access to district records and email helps prevent data breaches and deters unauthorized access to the network. 66% of districts are protecting their networks from unauthorized software and viruses by preventing outside devices from accessing the network. In addition, security software can be embedded in the BIOS or firmware of notebook PCs and desktops for hardware security and asset tracking.

Wireless Security

The freedom and mobility of wireless networking is what gives students the opportunity to expand their learning. When districts launch a one-to-one program, they must address new security needs, including the physical security of notebook PCs and tablets being transported from school to home and to other locations. Security needs also include protection against viruses, spyware, and unfiltered Internet access. Student notebook PCs should have updated protection software and prevention against using unsecured networks.

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Ten Tips for Internet Safety

It isn't always easy to find the balance between protecting students from Internet dangers and distractions and reaping its benefits--but it's certainly on every district's tech priority list. Here are suggestions for keeping students safe online.

1. Get technological safeguards such as filters-both hardware and software--in place.

2. Put together a cyberspace safety curriculum for parents.

3. Take advantage of already available Internet-safety education programs.

4, Write an acceptable-use policy for staff and students and adopt discipline strategies for violations.

5. Put an "early-warning system" into effect.

6. Encourage teachers to become part of the virtual world.

7. Use the Internet inside a "walled garden."

8. Install an image library with appropriate materials.

9. Create a repository for information about what works.

10. Encourage parental involvement as a critical element, especially for use of social-networking sites like MySpace.

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