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A podcast about IT Issues/Trends in K12 Schools. Current and Past Sponsors: Absolute, Aruba/HPE, ClassLink, Eaton, Extreme Networks, Fortinet, iDoc, Infoblox, INVZBL, Jupiter Education, K12TechPro.com, Managed Methods, MidwestTechTalk, Papercut, PDS, Pondurance, Prey, Rise Vision, Ruckus/Commscope, SHI, StatusGator, SomethingCool.com, Tripp Lite, Vizor

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A podcast about IT Issues/Trends in K12 Schools. Current and Past Sponsors: Absolute, Aruba/HPE, ClassLink, Eaton, Extreme Networks, Fortinet, iDoc, Infoblox, INVZBL, Jupiter Education, K12TechPro.com, Managed Methods, MidwestTechTalk, Papercut, PDS, Pondurance, Prey, Rise Vision, Ruckus/Commscope, SHI, StatusGator, SomethingCool.com, Tripp Lite, Vizor

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English


Episodes

Episode 155 - Outside Looking In

2/22/2024
Josh takes a few minutes to remind everyone to patch your systems, firewalls, servers, Veeam, VPNs, etc. He also talks about the importance of looking at your logs, especially those public facing devices. Finally, he brags that he submitted four 471s to E-Rate and all four of them went to "Wave Ready" status in less than six hours after upload. The majority of this episode is spent talking with Eric the Intern from K12TechPro. He left the K12 world recently and went to private industry. A few weeks ago, he wrote an article for K12TechPro with his observations about K12 technology now that he is on the outside looking in. Article - https://k12techpro.com/the-k-12-tech-landscape-an-outsiders-inside-perspective/ https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! Absolute Managed Methods HPE/Aruba - Email jeff.cobb@hpe.com NTP Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:51:48

Episode 154 - Virtual Snow Days, SIS Woes, and Bathroom Breaks

2/15/2024
In this episode, the guys discuss various news stories including a CISA alert about a former employee account compromise and Greenwich CT's request for $600k to fix poor cell service at a high school. They also address listener emails regarding their dislike of Teams and feedback on the Principal's Episode. The main topic of the episode centers around preparing for a virtual snow day, prompted by the recent blizzard in New York City that resulted in login issues for remote students. Josh also brags about some killer Tweets he made recently while Chris vents about his SIS implementation, which does not include scheduled bathroom breaks. Fortinet music video https://twitter.com/i/status/1611450152509739008 Articles Discussed on this episode: https://www.cisa.gov/news-events/alerts/2024/02/15/cisa-and-ms-isac-release-advisory-compromised-account-used-access-state-government-organization https://www.govtech.com/education/k-12/greenwich-high-school-wants-631k-to-fix-poor-cell-service https://apnews.com/article/school-snow-day-remote-learning-2ef89fedcd4caefc3d6b6c483188e888 And don't forget Canva's onboarding hub: https://public.canva.site/canva-edu-district-resources https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! Absolute VIZOR Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:50:49

Episode 153 - Clever MFA, Rise Vision, and Conspiracy Theories

2/8/2024
In this episode, we dive into the latest news in the K-12 technology world. We discuss who hacked into Fulton County, Georgia schools' computer systems, we touch on the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program, and we trade thoughts on a Maine school that will begin biometric scanning for student attendance. We debrief the Clever MFA roadmap and how a student-friendly MFA could work. The main topic of the episode is an interview with the CEO of Rise Vision, Brian Loosbrock, where we discuss their digital displays and how they are revolutionizing the education industry. News stories mentioned in the episode: - New Fortinet RCE flaw in SSL VPN likely exploited in attacks - Student hacks Fulton County Georgia schools' computer systems - FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program consumer FAQ - Maine school will begin biometric scanning data collection for students - FTC order will require Blackbaud to delete unnecessary data, boost safeguards, settle charges of lax security https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! Rise Vision Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:01:17:52

Episode 152 - The Principal Episode

2/1/2024
This is a special episode where we talk to principals and share our advice, or the advice we received from the K12 tech community, for how principals can better understand and work with their IT staff. Our tips and tricks were compiled based on feedback from /r/K12sysadmin and K12TechPro along with a few emails from listeners. We all recognize the importance of our school principals and we hope this episode will help improve the lives of both techs and principals by sharing four important ways that we can collaborate. https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! Rise Vision Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com VIZOR Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:01:01:49

Episode 151 - National Education Tech Plan

1/25/2024
In this episode, Josh, Chris, and Mark discuss the recent discovery of the largest data breach in history, with 26 billion records compromised. They also review Clever's newly released cyber security report, which includes information on student multi-factor authentication. They address listener emails regarding IT documentation software. The main topic of the episode is the National Education Tech Plan, which focuses on the digital access divide, digital design divide, and digital use divide within schools. Key takeaways include the importance of universal design for learning, the distinction between active and passive technology use among students, and the report's role as a roadmap for district leadership. Hyperlinked news stories: - The mother of all breaches - Clever released a cyber security report - Chicago Public Schools lost electronics - Best IT documentation software - National Ed-Tech Plan https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! Rise Vision Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:53:36

Episode 150 - Data Breach Blame Game?

1/19/2024
In this episode, hosts Josh, Chris, and Mark discuss recent exploited vulnerabilities with Citrix, Google Chrome, and Sonicwall. They also delve into a proposed bill in the Federal government that could fund AI education in K-12 districts. They discuss a Reddit post about the dangers of shadow IT. The main topic of conversation revolves around the recent Raptor Technologies data breach and the role of school districts in reducing the risk of data breaches. News Links: CISA Pushes Federal Agencies to Patch Citrix RCE Within a WeekFirst New Google Hack Attack Warning for 2024: Update Chrome Now78K Sonicwall Firewalls Vulnerable to DoS, RCE AttacksBill to Fund AI Training in Schools, Nonprofits, Libraries Listener Email Link: Reddit Post about the Dangers of Shadow IT Main Topic Link: Raptor Technologies School Safety Data Leak https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! VIZOR Rise Vision Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:42:29

Episode 149 - New Tab, No Cap

1/12/2024
In the this episode of the K12 Tech Talk Podcast, hosts Josh, Chris, and Mark discuss a range of news stories related to technology in education. They delve into the efforts made by Meta (Facebook) to make it harder for teens to access harmful content and the FTC's proposed strengthening of children's privacy rules. The hosts also address a staff member falling victim to a smishing attack. In the main topic of the episode, they explore a Reddit thread on budgeting for expensive but infrequent projects in schools. https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! Rise Vision Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:54:08

Episode 148 - This Isn’t Dateline

1/5/2024
In this episode of the K12 Tech Talk Podcast, co-hosts Josh, Chris, and Mark discuss their return to school after the holiday break and share updates on their winter vacation projects. Mark presents a news story about a Minot woman charged with poisoning her boyfriend and they also discuss the "State of Ransomware" report from Emsisoft. They address listener emails, focusing on teachers who are tired of multifactor authentication (MFA) and offer strategies for dealing with complaints. The main topic of discussion revolves around district communications, including the management of the district website and branding guide. News stories mentioned in the episode: 1. Minot woman charged with poisoning boyfriend 2. The “State of Ransomware” report from Emsisoft https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! VIZOR Rise Vision Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:01:02:54

Episode 147 - Top Stories of 2023?

12/15/2023
In the latest episode of the K12 Tech Talk Podcast, co-hosts Josh, Chris, and Mark dive into various topics. They start with a listener email about a teacher using nickel-based paint to block cell and WiFi signals in their classroom (as posted on the K12TechPro Community). They also discuss a Reddit thread about allowing a Nintendo Switch on the school network. They highlight the top stories of 2023, including artificial intelligence usage and readiness, cybersecurity concerns and the shift to data exfiltration in ransomware attacks, and the burnout experienced by tech directors and CIOs in a post-pandemic world. The episode features an interview with David Wren, CEO of NTP, who discusses their sponsorship (and partnership!) of the podcast. Learning Technology Center’s SecurED Schools (virtual conference) is on January 16 & 17, 2024. We’re presenting. If you want a discounted ticket, use code K12TechTalkPodcast and go to ltc.site/secured Links mentioned in this episode: Oklahoma Scholastic eSports: https://www.okse.org/53877 PlayVS Technical Requirements: https://help.playvs.com/en/articles/4919231-hardware-network-specifications-inclusion-lists CoSN AI Readiness Checklist: https://www.cosn.org/leveraging-the-k-12-gen-ai-readiness-checklist-a-guide-for-district-leadership/ https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:01:12:58

Episode 146 - This Episode is Censored

12/7/2023
In the latest episode of the K12 Tech Talk Podcast, host Josh is joined by Mark and guest host Eric (AKA Eric the Intern). We discuss a cyberattack on a school district in Butte and the recent Google outages. We then discuss a question regarding FERPA and the inclusion of student names in emails. The main topic of discussion is censorship, with the hosts sharing their practices and considerations when deciding to remove or censor content. Chris wasn't able to join because this episode was too spicy, but Eric the Intern joins to share his wisdom and discuss life after K-12 technology! Learning Technology Center’s SecurED Schools (virtual conference) is on January 16 & 17, 2024. We’re presenting. If you want a discounted ticket, use code K12TechTalkPodcast and go to ltc.site/secured https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com VIZOR - vizor.cloud/k12techtalk Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:46:52

Episode 145 - Notes to Younger Self

11/30/2023
In this episode, hosts Josh, Chris, and Mark discuss various topics in the tech world. They start off by sharing news about a former K12 tech being charged with a cyberattack on the high school he worked for. They also talk about the tech they are thankful for. In the listener emails segment, they address a Reddit thread on subscription services and discuss managing the transition to annual subscription-based pricing. They also mention a new cybersecurity focus coming from K12TechPro. The main topic revolves around giving advice to their younger selves when they first started in IT. Learning Technology Center’s SecurED Schools (virtual conference) is on January 16 & 17, 2024. We’re presenting. If you want a discounted ticket, use code K12TechTalkPodcast and go to ltc.site/secured https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:55:16

Episode 144 - Working with a Purpose

11/17/2023
In this episode, hosts Josh, Chris, and Mark dissect the latest in educational tech, covering the CRDC's revealing report on student tech access and the FCC's $200M cybersecurity pilot for K-12 schools. Listener emails bring forward challenges from the K12sysadmin subreddit, exploring the purpose in K-12 tech work. The main topic dives into managing student accounts, discussing GAM tools, password policies, and the delicate timing of suspending vs. deleting accounts post-graduation. CRCD Report on student access to technology FCC releases pilot cyber security pilot Working without a purpose Reddit thread https://haveibeenpwned.com/ https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! StatusGator SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com VIZOR Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:01:07:57

Episode 143 - Tickle Mark’s Fancy...

11/9/2023
We had a really nice agenda worked up for this episode, but right before we hit record, Mark dropped a bomb... Eventually, we got to the following agenda... In the latest episode of the K12 Tech Talk Podcast, Josh, Chris, and Mark discuss various news stories including an update on the recent data breaches in Jefferson County, CO and Clark County. They also mention the Okta breach caused by an employee signing into a personal account on a business device. The hosts address an AI executive order and the appointment of Steve Smith as the new executive director of A4L. In the listener emails segment, they provide insights on Zoom's AI companion and discuss a retirement scam. The main topic revolves around a conversation on the K12SysAdmin subreddit about IT departments being responsible for non-IT tasks. News stories mentioned in the episode: - Databreaches.net: Read about what happened in Jefferson County, CO and Clark County - AI executive order: Biden's focus on AI in schools - Reddit conversation on IT departments handling non-IT tasks: K12SysAdmin subreddit discussion https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk k12techtalk@gmail.com Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com StatusGator Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:46:34

Episode 142 - The Halloween Episode

11/2/2023
In the latest episode of the K12 Tech Talk Podcast, co-hosts Josh, Chris, and Mark discuss their Halloween plans in the intro segment. In the news segment, they highlight two major data breaches, including hackers stealing student data from Clark County and directly emailing parents, as well as a data breach in Philadelphia that went unnoticed for five months. They also address a listener's question about how to handle student teachers and their access. The main topic of the episode is cell phone policies and the use of Yondr. Hyperlinked news stories: - Hackers steal student data from Clark County and email parents directly: Hackers email stolen student data to parents of Nevada school district - Philadelphia suffers data breach but doesn’t notify for 5 months: City of Philadelphia discloses data breach after five months Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe. We plan to post video recordings soon. https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com StatusGator Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:41:03

Episode 141 - Hey Google

10/27/2023
Sorry for the delay. We had major audio/video issues with our recording platform. Also, due to that issue, only audio again this week. In the latest episode of the K12 Tech Talk Podcast, hosts Josh, Chris, and Mark discuss several news stories related to technology in schools. They start by covering the ban on facial recognition technology in NYC schools, as well as the concerns raised by the ACLU about surveillance technology in K-12 classrooms. The hosts also address a listener email regarding a student SIM card hijacking a teacher's phone. The main topic of discussion revolves around Google and Microsoft, who claim to prioritize secure by design but require paid upgrades for certain security features. For more information on these topics, check out the hyperlinked news stories: NYC bans facial recognition technology and ACLU sounds the alarm on surveillance technology in use in K-12 classrooms. Google Connect Classroom to your SIS Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe. We plan to post video recordings soon. https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com VIZOR - vizor.cloud/k12techtalk Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:40:45

Episode 140 - Ransomware Story with Eric @ OKC Public Schools

10/19/2023
Eric recounts the story of how his district was hit with ransomware in 2019 but narrowly escaped a major cyber attack. He describes the early days of the attack, including the response from his team and district, and then recounts how they recovered with only a very small grazing from the attack. His story is filled with lessons learned from the incident, including things they should have done before the attack as well as how his district handled the incident as a community. Chris was not able to make this week’s episode so we’re also considering Eric for the full-time gig. Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe. We plan to post video recordings soon. https://www.youtube.com/@k12techtalk Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com VIZOR - vizor.cloud/k12techtalk Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:45:46

Episode 139 - Sometimes Chris Makes Mistakes

10/12/2023
In the latest episode of the K12 Tech Talk Podcast, co-host Chris shares an update on his SIS implementation struggles, highlighting some mistakes along the way. In the news segment, they discuss a recent ransomware attack on 14 Pinal County school districts and the shift towards data exfiltration in cyber threats. The main topic revolves around the MORENET conference, where AI was a major focus. They delve into COSN and the Council of Great City Schools' readiness checklist on Generative AI, exploring how districts can translate it into actionable plans. The episode wraps up with an intriguing question about personal printers in classrooms. Advertisers for this episode include Ransomware attack on 14 Pinal County school districts' payroll system COSN and Council of Great City Schools' readiness checklist on Generative AI Listen Here or on all major pod platforms Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:45:55

Episode 138 - The Godfather and Jupiter

10/5/2023
In this episode, Mark and Josh sit down with the Godfather of Student Data Privacy, Steve Smith. Steve tells us how student data privacy became "a thing" for his district 15 years ago due to questions from parents, and it morphed into a national organization. He offers tips and pointers on how to get started if your district has not jumped into the seemingly wild waters of SDPA's. Then, Chris and Josh have a discussion with Stuart from Jupiter about what they can do for you if you are looking to migrate your SIS. Listen Here or on all major pod platforms Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com Jupiter - Email Stuart at stuart.miles@jupitered.com Looking for a new SIS? Here is our general “demo” video: Jupiter Demo And learn more here: Jupiter Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:51:36

In Memory of Pate Hogan

10/3/2023
In this special episode we pay tribute to Pate Hogan, a special friend of the K12 Tech Talk Podcast. Pate appeared on the podcast multiple times over the last few years and we wanted to share some of our favorite moments with Pate. Thank you for the laughs and memories, Pate.

Duration:00:32:48

Episode 137 - Chris Has a Very Bad Day

9/28/2023
Chris starts the episode with a story about his bad day, talks for 10 minutes, then Mark realizes he didn't press the record button. For the remainder of the episode, Chris is mad at Mark and upset with the day he's had. He does attempt to tell the story again. The guys discuss 3 listener emails and the following: Google fixes fifth actively exploited Chrome zero-day of 2023 Cisco patches zero-day vulnerability under attack | TechTarget Google Podcasts to shut down in 2024 with listeners migrated to YouTube Music | TechCrunch Google is shutting down its Jamboard whiteboarding app - The Verge Oops! Google Search caught publicly indexing users' conversations with Bard AI 6 Suggestions IT Teams Should Ask Teachers When Evaluating Unapproved Technology -- THE Journal Listen Here or on all major pod platforms Join the K12TechPro.com Community. Buy our merch!!! SomethingCool.com Extreme Networks - Email dmayer@extremenetworks.com Fortinet - Email fortinetpodcast@fortinet.com NTP - Email dwren@ntp-inc.com Jupiter - Email Stuart at stuart.miles@jupitered.com Looking for a new SIS? Here is our general “demo” video: Jupiter Demo And learn more here: Jupiter Oh, and... Email us at k12techtalk@gmail.com Tweet us err X us @k12techtalkpod Visit our LinkedIn page HERE

Duration:00:44:00