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10/14/2021

School cybersecurity threats are on the rise, and K-12 administrators can act now to strengthen school network security, according to Doug Levin, national director of K-12 Security Information Exchange. Levin says schools should focus on protecting network traffic, end-user devices and personal information, while conducting regular patches and maintaining offline backups.

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K-12 Dive
10/14/2021

The coronavirus pandemic has increased stress and burnout for educators, but corporate wellness performance coaches Lauren Hodges and Phil Burton say a program they facilitated for teachers, education leaders and superintendents in California led to a 31% increase in self-perceived quality of life. In this blog post, they share insights into how educators can build resilience, including basics such as getting enough sleep as well as taking time to "pause."

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10/13/2021

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will provide K-12 schools with guidelines and a toolkit for protecting student and employee data and safeguarding against ransomware attacks under a bill signed last week by President Joe Biden. The first step will be an evaluation of schools' cybersecurity challenges, which must take 120 days.

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Stateline, StateScoop
10/13/2021

A pair of educators, both members of Black Males in Education St. Louis, have created a mobile application that they say is aimed at helping fill job openings in Missouri schools. The app is already being used by some districts in the state to spread the word about job openings.

10/12/2021

The International Society for Technology in Education is working to build a database of education technology products to help school leaders make more informed technology purchasing decisions. Mindy Frisbee, the senior director of learning partnerships at ISTE, says the goal is to bring consistency to what can be a confusing marketplace.

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Education Week
10/12/2021

Nearly 80% of students said trouble concentrating has been the biggest barrier to successful online learning, and 46.3% said mental health issues impeded their online learning, according to a Cohen Children's Medical Center survey that included 166 universities in 44 states. Students also noted that responsibilities at home and food insecurity were a distractions to online learning.

10/12/2021

Amy Yamner Jenkins, head of schools and distribution for Outschool, shares five ways that teachers can improve remote instruction. In this blog post, Jenkins suggests sprucing up the background for virtual lessons, incorporating movement and building a community.

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SmartBrief/Education
10/12/2021

Duolingo is reporting a 76% rise in new users signing up to learn Korean in Britain and 40% in the United States after the premiere of the hit Netflix series "Squid Game." Some say that interest in Korean language and culture was on the rise even before the series launched, including Milica Martinovic, a Sejong Institute student in Russia, who began learning the language to watch Korean dramas and listen to K-pop without subtitles.

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Reuters
10/7/2021

Rather than focusing on screen time, Lisa Guernsey, a senior fellow and strategic adviser with the Education Policy Program at New America, suggests looking at the "three C's" -- content, context and the individual child. Guernsey and Michael Levine, senior vice president at Noggin, in this interview share the research on screen time and what teachers and parents should know.

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Education Week
10/6/2021

Mississippi has made strides during the coronavirus pandemic to close the digital divide through the Mississippi Connects program. Efforts included investments in student laptops and broadband connectivity, coupled with adoption of digital curricula, teacher professional development and digital programs to support students' physical and socioemotional well-being.

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