This back-to-school season is unlike any before it. Not only are many students heading back to full in-person learning after more than a year of virtual or hybrid learning, they’re doing it in the middle of COVID-19 surges nationwide.
The pandemic brought with it a renewed focus on glaring equity gaps, the need for strong cybersecurity practices, and social-emotional support for students and educators.
Here, educators share some of their back-to-school predictions, including trends and practices they expect to see as the school year progresses.
1. As schools and districts get ready for a new school year, data protection and security for students and districts will be a top priority. The increased use and reliance on technology in the last 18 months, as well as the increase in ransomware attacks, has put the spotlight on data security in education. With an increase in students bringing their own devices to connect to the school building’s network or other technology in the classroom, such as Epson laser displays, it will be critical to secure our networks and servers and ensure the integrity of our back-end systems.
–Tim Klan, Administrator of Information and Instructional Technology for Livonia Public Schools in Livonia, Michigan