Security vs. Access
Balancing Safety and Productivity in the Digital School
Product code: SECURE
Topics: Digital citizenship, Technology infrastructure
Audience: Educators(K–12), teacher educators, IT staff, administrators, policy makers
Media type: Paper
Length: 132 Pages
$15.95 Non-member price
$11.97 Member price
LeAnne K. Robinson, Abbie H. Brown, and Tim D. Green
"A strongly recommended read for any
school administrator in charge of the school's technology resources, "Security
vs. Access" is a valuable and much needed discussion." —Midwest Book
"Better safe than sorry" isn't always as simple as it sounds. Security
threats from the Internet and other technologies are very real, and schools have
an obligation to keep their students, staff, and property safe, but implementing
drastic security measures can often create an environment of fear and
significantly reduce teachers' ability to provide students with a high-quality
education. Overly cautious security measures often have unintended consequences.
Disabling USB ports may prevent data theft, but it also inhibits collaboration.
Strict copyright guidelines can prevent lawsuits but may also preclude teachers
from legally using digital video that enhances a lesson or helps a student grasp
an otherwise elusive concept.
Security vs. Access emphasizes the importance of balance in creating
school environments that are safe and productive. The book provides educators,
administrators, and IT staff the information they need to have constructive
conversations about security challenges while still making sure students receive
an effective, technology-infused education. The authors examine security issues,
including access to inappropriate content, network security, and identity theft.
They discuss common responses and provide realistic recommendations that address
both safety and access. Educators will find this book invaluable as they engage
in a critical dialogue with all stakeholders, promoting knowledge, education,
and communication over security responses that stifle teaching and learning.
LeAnne K. Robinson (Leanne.
firstname.lastname@example.org), a former classroom and special education teacher, has
authored a number of books and journal articles on educational technology.
Robinson is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and
Program in Instructional Technology at Woodring College of Education, Western
Washington University. She received her PhD in education from Washington State
Brown (email@example.com) is
an associate professor specializing in instructional design and technology at
East Carolina University in the College of Education’s Department of
Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education. An awardwinning
teacher, he helps educators in K–12, college, government, and corporate settings
understand andapply the instructional design process. Dr.Brown is the
editor-in-chief of the journal TechTrends. You are invited to visit
www.ahbrown.com and view a short movie about his Second Life office hours.
Green (timdgreen@gmail. com),
an author of ed tech books and a former elementary and middle school teacher, is
currently an associate professor at California State University, Fullerton.
Green conducts research on online teaching and learning, 1-to-1 computing, and
integrating technology into teaching and learning processes. Dr. Green was
formerly the director of distance education for California State University,
Fullerton. You are welcome to visit www.drtimgreen.com.