Three Lessons from the Google Docs Phishing Scam: K-12 Education Edition

Doug Levin

Earlier this week, an unknown person or persons launched a short-lived, but clever cyber attack against Google Docs’ users. Here is Google’s description of the incident and their response: “ Protecting you against phishing.” From the time the exploit was launched until it was addressed, users’ Google accounts – including student accounts – could have been fully [h/t Jim Siegel ] accessible by the attacker.

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Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)


If you bucket all instructional materials—core plus a broad view of “supplemental”—you have an estimated $6 billion instructional materials market. Launched in 2000, it developed Study Island, a computer-based test-prep software tied to state standardized tests.

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OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

Absent checks on real and potential biases, errors and omissions, students’ future educational prospects are being shaped by software. . When technology is offered to schools free of charge, it always comes with the promise of improving teaching and learning. It also often comes with a catch.

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How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12


Curriculum and instructional materials live on websites, in the cloud, on paper, in LMS’s, in Google Drive or OneDrive. A stack is simply the set of tech tools, software, and data standards and frameworks that an organization uses to get its daily work done.)

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Ormiboard: an IWB without the IWB (and a lot more interactive goodness_


Your many teachers who have already invested in planning for instruction with interactive whiteboards (IWBs), including legacy systems, can easily import their existing creations into Ormiboard for a far more personalized and more collaborative learner experience.

Most English lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers and other sites are ‘mediocre’ or ‘not worth using,’ study finds

The Hechinger Report

One of the most popular English lessons in the instructional marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers is a unit on how to teach William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” But otherwise, instruction in this Shakespeare unit rarely goes deeper than a surface understanding of the text.

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Donald Trump, Thief in Chief?

The Hechinger Report

The hope in such a desperate move is that by changing the odd word or phrase, the writer can outwit Google searches and plagiarism-detection software. Minutes later, Google and YouTube confirmed his suspicions.

To Succeed, Ed Tech Must Be Easy to Use, Good Fit, Analyst Says

Marketplace K-12

“This will be more true than ever going forward,” Hoverman told more than 125 education business leaders attending the event sponsored by the Education Technology Industry Network of the Software & Information Industry Association. Looking ahead, a long period of tech adoption is coming up as the print-to-digital transition continues because most K-12 instructional materials and assessments are still print-based. Denver.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


Software & Online 3DBEAR AR INNOVATOR PROGRAM ( The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction. Teachers access the system using their regular school Google login account.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Texas , a Prized K–12 Market , Approves Wave of Instructional Materials.” Rather Harvard has outsourced instruction to the for-profit company Trilogy Education. Via e-Literate : “Experience Economy: Enterprise software view into persistence and future of LMS market.” Google has acquired lesson-provider Workbench.

The Business of Education Technology

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The College Board also boasted about its partnership with Khan Academy, which would make SAT test prep materials freely available online. The pressure to move towards digital assessments has fueled schools’ investments in hardware and software more than any other argument about the importance of ed-tech. The learning management system is a piece of “enterprise” software after all. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.