Best Practices for Balancing Technology Use and Safety In A Modern School
Tuesday, March 27 4:15-4:30 PM
With bring your own device, one-to-one, and online assessments initiatives in K-12 schools, a classroom’s dependency on a reliable technology infrastructure continues to be an important topic for educators and technology leaders. Innovative initiatives have increased the importance of high technology performance and security within a modern school. With increased access to network resources from remote locations with technologies such as Google Applications, Microsoft 365, and virtual private networks, schools’ technology systems, teachers, and students are increasingly susceptible to technology vulnerabilities. While educators and technology leaders continuously work to strike the right balance between technology use and safety, maintaining security has become an important activity to keeping essential aspects of a school's technology network safe and operable. This paper explores the balance of effective technology use and security from the perspective of the teacher and network administrator to provide best practices that promote effective technology use in a modern school.