5 tips for staying on the right side of federal safety regulations

FERPA requires a careful look at everything from software agreements to data collection

In “Securing the Connected Classroom: Technology Planning to Keep Students Safe,authors Abbie H. Brown, Ph.D., and Tim D. Green, Ph.D., outline a process that education leaders can follow to develop a secure environment for learning with technology. According to Brown and Green, “the book guides educators, administrators, and IT staff through a step-by-step process for creating a district-wide blueprint for keeping students safe while maintaining an appropriate level of security.”

Brown, a professor in the instructional technology program at East Carolina University, and Green, a professor of educational technology and a teacher educator at California State University, Fullerton, both worked in the K-12 environment before moving into higher education. Here, the two authors share tips that school technology administrators can use to make their own jobs easier while supporting their institutions with solid, safe IT practices:

School staff is working toward a common goal, but from differing viewpoints. “When it comes to technology usage and student safety, everyone working with a school comes at the issue from a different angle,” says Brown, who explains that there are administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other constituents to consider when developing good technology usage policies. And while everyone generally has the same common goal of keeping students safe, “everyone also has a different perspective on how that will work—or, what actually poses a threat.”

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