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February 19, 2019

Education Cybersecurity Weekly is a curated weekly news overview for those who are concerned about the Education industry. It provides brief summaries and links to articles and news across a spectrum of student privacy and technology topics that are specific to the industry.

The Department of Education released a 37-point FAQ document, clarifying responsibilities of schools and districts under the FERPA. When I grow up, I will be a doctor. Or an astronaut? Maybe a teacher? President of the U.S. also sounds good. Whoever you wanted to be in your childhood, you definitely would not imagine that your future work may disappoint you.

The gender gap in IT is to be closed, isn’t it?

Campus Technology on February 14, 2019

Every cloud has a silver lining. Although a cybersecurity workforce gap hits 3 million, a recent Educause report revealed the increase in the number of female IT staffers. Nevertheless, it is still hard for women to be promoted into CIO positions.

Some universities have already started taking measures to change this dynamic. For instance, Yale University raised the gender gap issue in 2013 when the leaders of Information Technology services realized the lack of a younger and more diverse workforce. To solve this problem, they began implementing internship programs, including a high school program, college program, and an early career development program.

Moreover, a Big Ten Alliance Women in IT community group was formed to encourage best practices for recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in IT. Recently we have mentioned that Girl Scouts of the US join the ranks of cyberheroes. Thus, the gender gap in IT is to close. Slowly but surely.

Education Department offers guide to clarify FERPA regulations

EdScoop on February 12, 2019

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is the main law, preventing schools from sharing data related to student privacy without parental agreement. But do you know the exceptions to the FERPA that can be made?

To answer this and other frequently asked questions, the Department of Education released a 37-point FAQ document, clarifying responsibilities of schools and districts under the FERPA. The new resource interprets general FERPA requirements, types of students’ information, protected by the law, and describes the exceptions to FERPA’s written consent mandate. Actually, one of the cases when schools can legally share information referring to student privacy with designated personnel or law enforcement officer is a dangerous situation like epidemic disease or a campus shooting.

FERPA is an area where widespread confusion remains, and this clarification will give local school leaders and law enforcement the tools they need to protect student privacy while ensuring the health and safety of students and others in the school community.

Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education

VR helps students to explore career pathways

The Tech Advocate on February 18, 2019

When I grow up, I will be a doctor. Or an astronaut? Maybe a teacher? President of the U.S. also sounds good. Whoever you wanted to be in your childhood, you definitely would not imagine that your future work may disappoint you.

However, nearly 70% of Americans feeling less satisfied with their career choices. We guess you would not want to find yourself in this group. So how can districts help their students to avoid mistakes in their choice of career?

AR and VR technology may become the solution the problem begs. For example, Goggles can be used to find out the features of CTE programs through conducting chemistry experiments or practicing welding techniques. Teachers already take virtual field trips offered by museums, and Google Earth may show students any wonder of the world.

Therefore, schools, implementing AR and VR technology, have more opportunities to improve course content and organize effective career exploration.

The era of AI – the tech basis of personalized learning

Education Technology on February 18, 2019

Jade loves Maths and perfectly understands the teacher’s infographics on the whiteboard. Michael would cancel biology lessons but he is fond of writing essays because he better acquires information through texts.

On average, in a classroom there are nearly 30 students. Each of them with a different background, interests and cognitive abilities. Is it possible for teachers to deliver a tailored lesson that suitable to the learning needs of each individual?

While some doubters would answer “No”, artificial intelligence allows faculty to optimize the educational process, make lessons more effective and students more engaged. The mechanism of this technology is easier than people might think. Trough providing students with a list of questions and exercises, the machine learning fixes the teaching method that generates the best response. Then it can deliver tailored lessons suitable to each learner.

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