Switching from an in-person school environment to classrooms on the cloud drastically changes how teachers must frame the concept of student privacy. Not only is most learning occurring online, so are all communications with parents, school administration, and students. Additionally, all learning and teaching is happening from everyone’s respective home–an environment outside of the control of school and district IT staff. Securing the online classroom is just as important as securing the in-person class, and the following security resources provide teachers with clear steps on how to secure their remote teaching environment, online accounts, and more:
- Easy Tips for Keeping Student Data Safe When Taking Your Work Home breaks down basic security steps for securing your “classroom on the cloud.”
- 3 Easy Ways for Educators to Keep Online Accounts Secure discusses the importance of enabling two-factor authentication and passphrases.
- 3 Easy Steps for Educators to Make a Secure Passphrase underscores the importance of using passphrases rather than passwords and provides easy to follow tips on creating memorable passphrases.
- Sniffers and Snoopers and Hackers, Oh My! Protecting Yourself from the Risks of Public Wi-Fi provides teachers with quick tips on how to safely connect to public Wi-Fi.
- Wisconson’s Student Data Privacy Training provides teachers with a “Student Privacy 101.”
- Fordham’s CLIP developed an easy-to-follow Technology Security Checklist for Teachers.
- Teaching Security to Your Students, a module in our “Privacy and Pandemics” professional development series, unpacks how teachers can communicate key security strategies to students that are learning remotely.