Several major ransomware incidents that impacted our daily lives occurred in 2021. In early May, Colonial Pipeline, the largest refined petroleum pipeline in the United States, was infected by DarkSide ransomware.
"The infection forced the company to shut down their pipeline as a precautionary measure while assessments were being made, leading to long lines of cars at gas stations along the East Coast. Later that same month, the REvil ransomware attacked JBS, the world's largest meat processor, and disrupted the company's meat productions. In July, REvil struck again, affecting customers of the managed services provider Kaseya. Attackers exploited an authentication bypass vulnerability in the Kaseya VSA (Virtual System Administrator) software, allowing attackers to distribute a malicious payload to downstream customers through hosts managed by the software..."
The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges and opportunities for the education technology industry, which has had to cope with an unprecedented volume of students needing online courses and distance learning
"The field of education technology has many different players, with a mission to facilitate student learning through online and computer-based training," writes
Sarah Schmidt in marketresearch.com
"These companies serve different market segments including public and private schools, corporations, and government organizations. They provide products and solutions related to virtual classrooms, e-learning materials, learning management systems, computer-aided assessment systems, and much more..."
We've heard a lot about the role of technology in pandemic education, and for good reason: Digital solutions enabled school communities to maintain learning through uncertainty and interruption none of us could have imagined
"However," notes Jack Lynch in TechCrunch
"the triumphs of edtech have been paired with critical challenges. Since the pandemic closed schools in March 2020, school districts have invested in getting students access to computing devices and the internet.
Technology-hesitant teachers became technology-proficient as they learned to navigate remote teaching and learning in impromptu virtual classrooms. Still, with all of the progress we made in digital learning, the interruption of the face-to-face social aspects of the classroom experience resulted in the students finishing the 2020-2021 school year four to five months behind in reading and math on average, according to a recent study from McKinsey & Company..."
In 2015, the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a 'blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future' by 2030.
"These 17 goals address the global challenges we face - from poverty to climate change to inequality (United Nations).
While some progress has been made since 2015, the UN has more recently launched the Decade of Action to call for more urgent, ambitious action to meet these goals by 2030 (United Nations).
These 17 global goals are deeply connected, as are the systems attached to these goals.
For this reason, in my classroom, I like to teach about the Sustainable Development Goals through a Systems Thinking lens..." - EdTEch Classroom
Zoom on why the investment in edtech will outlast Covid, as hybrid models are here to stay in corporate and higher education. Giacomo Lee reports.
The 'Zoom Boom' of the last 18 months has seen more of us work and play in video calls, leading to a much-discussed sea change in employment and entertainment. But the impact of virtual conferencing on the future of education will be just as great as on the future of work, and there's growing investment in edtech as a result. Edtech isn't just for schools, either: it's also a new way to train staff in areas such as cybersecurity - an increasing workplace danger - and another reason to invest in the virtual sphere even after Covid. Hybrid models, in other words, aren't going away anytime soon.
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