The role of Information Technology (IT) leaders is more complex than ever before, especially when it comes to safety online, cybersecurity, student data privacy, and compliance with data privacy laws. One of the many challenges for K-12 IT leaders is the lack of visibility into the full breadth of edtech applications in use. This can leave a school district vulnerable to security and compliance risks.
Read on to see highlights from the 2022 Edtech App Report and learn national trends that are likely impacting your district’s IT leaders and could be leaving your district vulnerable.
The modern classroom is more than a physical room—it’s also a digital space for learning. Apps are therefore essential for an optimal K-12 learning experience.
The 2022 Edtech App Report found that 300 apps account for the vast majority (99%) of student usage in a district. Due to their popularity, these are usually well-known by district IT leaders. However, further analysis revealed that districts actually have more than 2,000 apps in use across their student population, leaving a remainder of 1,700 apps used infrequently (1% of usage).
District IT leaders are responsible for safeguarding students’ personally identifiable information (PII) on all apps in the district, including the 1,700 infrequently used apps. However, as Jena Draper, CatchOn Founder and the Sr. Product Marketing Manager of Lightspeed Analytics at Lightspeed Systems, pointed out, “IT leaders cannot manage what they cannot see.”
This highlights a true challenge for K-12 IT leaders.
The sheer volume of app usage by students coupled with how often apps change their policies shows that protecting student data privacy is not only one of the most critical responsibilities for K-12 IT teams but also one of the most difficult to maintain. That’s where edtech software can help.
Tools like Lightspeed Analytics– CatchOn Edition have features that show exactly what app policies changed. This saves IT leaders time and removes the guesswork so they can evaluate app policy changes relative to their state and district policies. Leveraging this kind of software is like having a 2022 Edtech App Report custom-made for your district whenever you want it.
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