Learn About the Trends and Technology Impacting K-12 IT



Identity Automation will be hosting a webinar with Carahsoft to examine the trends in identity management technology that will be impacting the K-12 space over the next 1-2 years. We’ll be discussing the challenges and opportunities of security management tools and educational technologies and how they can be used to advance student education and privacy.

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Secrets to a Strong Password and Why We Still Need Them in Schools

I recently spoke with the IT director of a school district, and he shared with me some concerns school administrators had about our password management solution and whether it could actually make them less secure. I am rarely at a loss for words in my line of work, but in this instance, I was close.

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3 Tips on Selecting Educational Apps to Maximize Learning and Minimize Data Privacy Concerns

As educators around the country look toward mobile and internet applications to enhance student learning, new privacy concerns are beginning to surface. These student information security woes are often beyond the reach of the IT administrators, and instead put into the hands of teachers who may unintentionally cause sensitive data to be released with as little as a simple app sign-up. Unlike many of the historic applications used by school systems in the past, today’s apps circumvent federal privacy regulations by providing educational tools to teachers from third-party platforms that are often notvetted by IT administrators in advance.

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Doing More with Less: IDM in EDU at CoSN Texas CTO Clinic

We are headed to Austin, Texas next week for the 2015 Texas CTO Cliniccovering the key issues facing ed tech leaders in Texas and beyond. 

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Student Privacy in Education: Part 2 - The Student Privacy Pledge and Implications for IT Vendors and Schools

Student privacy is an extremely delicate topic, important to parents, teachers, administrators, researchers, and students themselves. When we explored the history of student privacy legislation last week, we found a great deal of tension between the legal definition of student privacy and public perceptions of what privacy should be.

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Student Privacy in Education: Part 1 - The History of Student Privacy

In February, we announced that we joined over 100 organizations, including Apple, Google, the Khan Academy and Microsoft in supporting the Student Privacy Pledge. Then in March, at both the Brainstorm 16.0 Conference and CoSN Annual Conference, student privacy surfaced as a leading topic of discussion.

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Preview: CoSN 2015 New York CTO Clinic

 As I was preparing for tomorrow’s CoSN 2015 New York CTO Clinic on Long Island, I came across somearticles from the other side of the country, in Colorado, debating topics like protecting student data, protecting student privacy, and bolstering FERPA.

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Is Your School District Ready for an IT Advisory Committee?

Peek inside any K-12 classroom and you may find students taking a test on a desktop computer or a teacher connecting with a satellite school via video conferencing. Technology has transformed the regular classrooms of today to the learning centers of tomorrow.

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Supporting a Modern Ed Tech Program in ESEA

Digital tools are as critical to student learning today as pen and paper ​have been in the past. We at Identity Automation support the addition of the Enhancing Education Through Technology ​bill ​to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act​ (ESEA)​.​ This bill would ensure a dedicated and well-funded tech program would be part of the revised ESEA.​ The​ effort ​to make this revision ​is currently led by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and is up for a vote later this afternoon. 

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Student Privacy at the Forefront of CoSN Annual Conference

I’ve attended the CoSN Annual Conference for the past seven years and in each of those years, I’ve run into more and more people who are customers of Identity Automation. It’s been an interesting transition going from being a vendor no one’s heard of who’s providing a solution to a challenge schools don’t know much about to becoming a leader in a space that’s absolutely pivotal to education technology. It’s also been very satisfying to see the company mature and grow over these past seven years.

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