Federal officials address ed-tech concerns

Chopra also touched on cloud computing and security concerns during the question-and-answer session.

“The speed with which you can create new applications and they can see the light of day is what really excites me,” he said, noting that “nothing is more frustrating than a school administrator who has a cool idea” and who approaches the district superintendent with the idea, only to have the idea shelved until the next school year.

Implementing changes with cloud computing can happen in days or weeks, Chopra said.

The issue of security in the cloud is twofold, he said: First, creating a secure and trusted online user identity is a key concern. The second is interoperability and what happens when a school selects a vendor, moves its information to the cloud, and then opts for a different vendor—the transfer of information is complicated, Chopra said.

“As we migrate the federal government to the cloud … we’ll be examining those two primary issues,” he said.



Laura Ascione

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