Business & Technology
Educators across the country are facing a major shift in how they approach the day to day functions of their jobs, as innovative technology continues to pervade the space. The ultimate goal of educating students and preparing them for success remains the same, however, the ways educators do this are changing as new applications and devices become available.
This changing technology landscape and what it means for the education space moving forward is the focus of the CoSN 2018 Annual Conference: Designing Learning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The conference will be held from March 12th-15th at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. This event promises to bring together K-12 chief technology officers, instructional technology directors, superintendents, school district teams, as well as government and nonprofit representatives to network, collaborate, and attend sessions on how to navigate the technical advancements happening across the industry.
This is an especially important conversation to have now, as schools undergo digital transformation. Today, K-12 schools are increasing their use of the cloud, web applications, and connected IoT devices. Applications and connected devices, often student owned through BYOD policies, give students greater access to educational resources. Furthermore, IoT devices are also being leveraged to build connected classrooms, making operations more efficient throughout the school. Currently, 46 percent of educators anticipating IoT to make a major impact in the next two years, especially in student engagement and measuring student success.
In addition to the increased use of web applications and IoT devices, schools are also incorporating artificial intelligence. As applications and devices collect information on student engagement and success, this data can be analyzed to give teachers a better understanding of where their students are having a difficult time understanding the material. Artificial intelligence can then be leveraged to provide specific students with the additional attention they need.
While each of these uses of technology is largely beneficial in education, they also present some new challenges surrounding compliance and security.
Due to the cybersecurity skills gaps, these challenges are also exacerbated by shorthanded IT teams, and limited resources.
Fortinet will be hosting two sessions at the conference, specifically focused on helping educational institutions remain compliant and secure as they adapt to changing technical demands.
When: Tuesday, March 13th from 3:15 – 3:45
When: Wednesday, March 14th from 10:30-11:30
Room: Gunston East
While modern technology can offer huge benefits to the education space, it cannot come at the expense of compliance and security. At CoSN 2018, Fortinet will help educators and IT teams to embrace these changes while continuing to ensure privacy and compliance.