Educational Technology

Security Awareness for IT Staff and Developers

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 21:56

Lance Spitzner is the training director for SANS Securing the Human.

A common misconception, including among security professionals, is that if someone is technical, they must be secure. If someone knows how to code in Python, configure a Unix server, or maintain a network of routers, then they must be secure. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, technical individuals often pose a greater risk to an organization than general users because of their privileged access. They develop the code that faces the Internet, the servers that maintain databases, or the routers that transfer information. Often these individuals not only require security awareness training but advanced security training designed specifically for their roles.

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Security Awareness for IT Staff and Developers

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 21:56

Lance Spitzner is the training director for SANS Securing the Human.

A common misconception, including among security professionals, is that if someone is technical, they must be secure. If someone knows how to code in Python, configure a Unix server, or maintain a network of routers, then they must be secure. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, technical individuals often pose a greater risk to an organization than general users because of their privileged access. They develop the code that faces the Internet, the servers that maintain databases, or the routers that transfer information. Often these individuals not only require security awareness training but advanced security training designed specifically for their roles.

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Online class gives high school students a taste of college

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 00:40

by Valorie Eversole, Daily Union Editor

Windsor High School seniors have a chance to learn what it’s like to take an online college class. This is the first year a college bound English literature course has been offered as an alternative to English 4 at the school. The course also frees students’ schedules so they make take another course. English instructor Shanna House has received training for instructing an online class. She said the students have received the online class well. The course requires independent work and projects and yet get the one-on-one feedback.

http://www.shelbyvilledailyunion.com/community/education/article_0cf8a914-48d2-11e4-a27c-dfbe357cbbca.html

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Are you Ready for Online Learning?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 00:35

by Arthur F. Kirk, Huffington Post

A question that prospective online students often ask us is “how do I know if I’m ready for an online course?” For adult students who may be juggling full-time jobs, families or other obligations the answer almost always involves time commitment. Online classes offer more flexibility, but flexibility does not mean less rigor. In fact, an online degree program can sometimes be more challenging than the traditional classroom. So, how do you know if you are a good candidate for an online class? Consider these 10 tips before enrolling.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-arthur-f-kirk-jr/are-you-ready-for-online-_b_5900886.html

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Online School: Is It Homeschooling?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 00:30

by Kate Patrick, Heartland

Homeschooling has been around for centuries, but online school is a comparatively recent innovation. In the last decade, all kinds of online education options have popped up, providing homeschooling parents with more options than there are curriculum stands at a homeschool convention. From Christian online academies to state online schools to post-secondary classes, the avenues for homeschooling seem infinite. The new question is: Do online classes “count” as homeschooling? Some parents whose kids take online classes consider themselves homeschoolers, but others do not.

http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2014/09/30/online-school-it-homeschooling

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MOOC U: The Revolution Isn’t Over

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 00:39

By Jeffrey Selingo, Chronicle of Higher Ed

These remain the early days of MOOCs. Remember the early days of the web? “No one knew what web search would become in 1998,” Ryan Baker, an associate professor of cognitive studies at Teachers College, Columbia University who has taught a MOOC, told me. “We had Infoseek and AltaVista, and Yahoo tried to do it like a phone book. And then Google came along, and that’s how we remember search today.” It’s during this time, after the phase of the initial and unrealistic hype, that the primary players—Coursera, edX, and their college sponsors—need to answer three fundamental questions about the position of MOOCs in the academic ecosystem if the technology is ever to deliver on some of its promises.

http://chronicle.com/article/MOOC-U-The-Revolution-Isnt/149039/

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Student computer use raises privacy questions

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 00:35

by Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune

School districts moving to “one-to-one” programs, which provide students with computers they can take home, increasingly find their officials navigating new cyber territory, aiming to keep students safe while juggling privacy issues as advances in technology increase their ability to monitor their students’ online work at all hours. In Barrington, District 220 officials field emails sent by “cyber security agents” hired to monitor student activity, alerting them to inappropriate words or suspicious phrases that can indicate such things as sexting or bullying. “There is going to be some difficulty in balancing the rights of student privacy against the legitimate rights of the school to understand how the devices are being used,” said Jacqueline Wernz, a lawyer with the Chicago firm Franczek Radelet. For school districts, she said, “it might be a matter of protecting themselves.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-school-tablets-privacy-met-20140928-story.html#page=1

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Researching And Assessing QualityLow-Cost Online Colleges Dedicated To Student Success

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 00:30

by Affordable Colleges Online

The continued rise in tuition and fees has many students and parents carefully analyzing the cost of college. Does community college make sense for two years? Is the private school worth the extra cash? Finding low-cost opportunities can be the key to more students getting the higher education they deserve. However, every family preparing to take the post-secondary plunge should make sure all college options on the table, especially the most affordable ones, have the proper accreditation. No matter which type of college, accreditation indicates a school has passed certain peer-based assessments and maintains faculty, staff and curricula dedicated to high-quality education. The following page examines low-cost colleges — both traditional and online — and how accreditation ensures that even the least expensive colleges maintain certain quality standards.

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/cheap-online-colleges/

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How To Bridge the IT Communication Gap

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 00:40

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

A little finesse goes a long way in communicating with tech-challenged users — and more important, it can bolster IT’s strategic role across the university. Failed communication is just one symptom of the chasm that sometimes exists between IT professionals and the faculty, students and administrators they serve. And while it’s tempting to blame the user, the truth is it’s up to IT to find a way to get the right messages across. “You’ve got to go to where people stand,” exhorted Joanna Young, vice president and CIO at Michigan State University. In other words, put yourself in the user’s shoes; listen as much as you talk or fix; and learn how to speak on his terms.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/25/how-to-bridge-the-it-communication-gap.aspx

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Wikipedia grows up on college campuses

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 00:35

By Bruce Maiman, eCampus News

A trusted bromide in academia is that you become a better student when you become a teacher. Gradually and informally, educators who repeatedly warned students to avoid Wikipedia like the plague began making it part of their course curriculum, assigning students to contribute content, either by writing original Wikipedia articles or editing existing ones. Since the program’s launch in 2010, nearly 10,000 students in some 500 classes have contributed 44,000 printed pages of content, editing thousands of existing articles and creating 1,900 new ones, all of it overseen by academics while students get credit. Participating schools run the gamut from Ivy League to community college. The California contingent includes Berkeley, Davis and San Francisco, the California Maritime Academy and Pomona College.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/wikipedia-grows-college-campuses/

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New tech offers virtual field trip to an aquarium tank

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 00:29

By Cynthia Sewell, eSchool News

A Boise, Idaho, company is taking armchair adventuring and learning to a new level by letting anyone on the internet take command of a remotely operated underwater vehicle. The LiveDiver device from Reach-In is now installed at the Aquarium of Boise. By logging into the aquarium’s website, users can control a small mini-submarine in the shark and fish tank to get a diver’s perspective of the marine life.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/29/virtual-trip-aquarium-090/

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New analytics could help measure content efficacy

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:40

by eSchool News

New analytics tools from uClass aim to give users a better picture of what instructional materials their teachers are using—and whether these resources are effective.  Learning analytics have become a key feature within many school software programs. These tools can help educators understand trends and patterns in student learning, helping them target their instruction more effectively to improve achievement. Most of these tools focus on analyzing student performance—but what if educators had tools that could measure the effectiveness of the instructional resources they’re using as well? That’s the idea behind new analytics tools developed by an ed-tech company called uClass.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/25/analytics-content-efficacy-283/

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School stakeholders urge FCC to adopt net neutrality

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:35

by eSchool News

An overwhelming majority of comments from education stakeholders pushed for stronger net neutrality rules. Letting broadband companies charge more for content providers to stream their services at faster speeds threatens ed-tech innovation, thousands of school stakeholders argue. The Federal Communications Commission’s latest “net neutrality” proposal has stirred controversy because it would allow companies like Google, Netflix, and Skype to pay extra to ensure faster transmission of their content online. But this proposal threatens the existence of smaller companies that can’t afford to pay these higher rates, many critics say—including ed-tech startups that don’t have the resources of larger, more established competitors.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/26/fcc-net-neutrality-534/

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K-12 students find success in virtual school

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:30

by the Democrat

With more school choices than ever and the evolution of technology, students are redefining their own pathway to a successful K-12 education. More families are building complete, harmonious educational experiences for their children by choosing schools that meet their needs at a point in time – whether the school is traditional brick and mortar, private or charter. Over the past decade, families have added fully online and blended schools to their list of options – making online learning one of the fastest growing forms of education in the U.S. today.

http://www.thedemocrat.com/71932/2368/onlinefeature/474656/education-pathways-k12-students-find-success-in-virtual-school

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'Online Security' Need Not Be an Oxymoron

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:09

Raechelle Clemmons is vice president and chief information officer at St. Norbert College.

[Thanks to Raechelle Clemmons and the Green Bay Press Gazette for allowing EDUCAUSE to republish this column for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. —Editor]

October is right around the corner, and with it comes fall (or is fall here already?) and National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about online security.

Now in its 11th year, NCSAM was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to “ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.”

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'Online Security' Need Not Be an Oxymoron

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:09

Raechelle Clemmons is vice president and chief information officer at St. Norbert College.

[Thanks to Raechelle Clemmons and the Green Bay Press Gazette for allowing EDUCAUSE to republish this column for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. —Editor]

October is right around the corner, and with it comes fall (or is fall here already?) and National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about online security.

Now in its 11th year, NCSAM was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to “ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.”

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Control vs. Education: How Should We Change Human Behavior on Privacy and Data Security?

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:11

Daniel J. Solove is the founder of TeachPrivacy and John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School.

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Control vs. Education: How Should We Change Human Behavior on Privacy and Data Security?

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:11

Daniel J. Solove is the founder of TeachPrivacy and John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School.

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Resources for Connected Educator Month 2014

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:41

by Edutopia

Edutopia is one of the many organizations, companies, and communities participating in the third annual Connected Educator Month (CEM), a celebration of online communities of practice originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education with partners. As with previous years, October 2014 is sure to include an array of rich opportunities for informal professional development, both for educators with established professional learning networks (PLNs) and for those just getting started. Explore the resources below as a guide to connecting, sharing, and collaborating with your network during October and all year long.

http://www.edutopia.org/connected-educator-month-resources

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Library offers extra help for students taking online

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:39

by Monique Brand, Cove Herald

I noticed over the last few weeks one particular patron stuck out like a sore thumb whenever we come to the Cove library. This patron always had an overstuffed bookbag, tons of books on the table, and every once in a while, would step outside to take a few sips of coffee. His name was Owen, a Marine veteran who by day was on the computer taking online classes at the library, only to travel to Temple to his job where he worked in a warehouse at night. It sparked my curiosity incredibly. Per Kevin Marsh, the library’s director, the Cove library has aided in patrons who want to continue their education, even those who do not have a personal laptop or computer at home. “Not many people think we have the resources to cater to those patrons but we do,” said Marsh. From special library time limits for students to books that are used inside accredited institutions, patrons who want to continue their education, even if feel they don’t have the resources, can no longer make an excuse.

http://kdhnews.com/copperas_cove_herald/community/library-offers-extra-help-for-students-taking-online-courses/article_13559cf8-445a-11e4-912f-0017a43b2370.html

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