Sending sensitive data over email

A colleague of mine asked me about sending sensitive information (personally identifiable information or PII) over email. As a CIO/CTO for 15 years I often get these types of requests. I like these better than being asked to fix the projector at a board meeting. Instead of just telling him that it needs to be …

Seattle Public Schools has a Tech Plan

Seattle Schools Department of Technology Services (DoTS) Technology Plan 2019-2023┬áis the five-year plan I developed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the management in DoTS, and senior staff members at Seattle Public Schools with engagement from a wide group of stakeholders. This plan is an effort to document planning for Information Technology (IT) projects …

Book Review: The Teacher Wars

The Teacher Wars is an excellent overview of the role of gender and race in the teaching profession that has persisted from the early 1800’s to today. It also is a good overview of how trends in K-12 Education have come and gone and circle back. The book traces the teaching profession from the early …

What the heck is a Cloud Access Security Broker? And why do you need one…

As we move more and more to the cloud, a school district needs to ensure that its internal business rules and board policies and procedures are applied to cloud resources. This applies to both files and applications.  Before cloud, software as a service (SaaS), and the ubiquitous edtech apps, file access and applications could be …

Throwback: How to Upgrade 350 Servers to Windows 2000 in 30 Days

I found this article after former Microsoft coworker posted the picture on Facebook. It was still posted on microsoft.com/china. It was originally published April 1, 2000 as part of the Backstage series on microsoft.com that highlighted behind the scenes work running the website. The translation of the picture is “How to Upgrade 350 Servers to …