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- IT Management Schools Are Flush With Stimulus Money. Will They Waste It on Unproven Technology?Districts are throwing billions of dollars at ed tech that could be ineffective, underutilized, and come with hidden long-term costs.SponsorThis content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.The pandemic has forever changed the way we live, work, and learn. Since the spring, students and educators of all levels have adapted to remote learning and hybrid learning models. The shift hasn’t come without growing painsIT Management 4 Big Cybersecurity Priorities for Schools: Training, Purchasing, Monitoring, and BudgetingA survey of 513 K-12 technology leaders on how they are dealing with the latest cybersecurity challenges showed that 63 percent are working on training end users.IT Management Leader To Learn From Making Technology Work for SchoolsAs the technology director in the Vail School District in Vail, Ariz., Mark Breen’s tech savvy and deep understanding of what principals need has simplified the technology educators need to do their jobs and freed up time for them to focus on students. He is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.IT Management Austin CTO Kevin Schwartz Speaks: 5 Ed-Tech Problems and SolutionsThe school district tech chief talks about helping educators avoid common mistakes, pumping up usage levels for ed-tech tools, getting tech and curriculum folks to talk to each other, and more.IT Management Quiz Quiz Yourself: What Are the Biggest Challenges for Ed-Tech Leaders?Quiz Yourself: What are some of the responsibilities of K-12 Chief Technology Officers? And what are some of their biggest challenges?IT Management Q&A: How to Bolster Cybersecurity in Your SchoolsMelissa Tebbenkamp, the director of instructional technology for the Raytown Quality Schools near Kansas City, says her district's biggest cybersecurity risk is "ourselves." She outlines what it takes to teach educators how to help protect schools and districts against cyberattacks.IT Management Even for Districts Leading Interoperability Push, Journey Is Just BeginningThe Highline Public school system, outside Seattle, is at the forefront of an effort to integrate multiple K-12 data systems. But even in the forward-thinking Washington state district, big questions lie ahead.IT Management Lack of Clear Standards, and Money, Trips Up District Tech Leaders on InteroperabilityConfusion about standards, budget constraints, and poor tagging of digital content scuttles K-12 efforts to move toward data interoperability, according to a survey of K-12 chief technology officers by the Consortium for School Networking, in partnership with the Education Week Research Center.IT Management Interoperability: Tips to Consider, Mistakes to AvoidDistrict tech leaders offer practical advice to their K-12 peers on how to implement interoperability—and how to bring tech staff, administrators, and teachers on board.IT Management Opinion 6 Things Schools Need to Know About InteroperabilityTechnologist and privacy advocate Bill Fitzgerald argues that school districts and education companies need to better understand the problems interoperability can solve and those that it can’t.