'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. This is an examination of security issues facing today's schools. It offers recommendations for balancing technology access with school security. It provides real-life anecdotes highlighting perceived threats, responses, and consequences.
LeAnne Robinson, 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 Western Washington University. She received her PhD in education from Washington State University. Abbie Brown is an associate professor specializing in instructional design and technology at East Carolina University. An award-winning teacher, he helps educators in K - 12, college, government, and corporate settings understand and apply the instructional design process. Brown is the editor-in-chief of the journal TechTrends. Timothy D. Green, 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. He was formerly the director of distance education for California State University, Fullerton.