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Andrew Westrope

Managing Editor, Center for Digital Education

Andrew Westrope is managing editor of the Center for Digital Education. Before that, he was a staff writer for Government Technology and a reporter and editor at community newspapers. He has a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and lives in Northern California.

The 25-year-old education nonprofit Michigan Virtual is launching a multipronged research effort to study use cases, policy proposals, ethics and back-end logistics for artificial intelligence in education.
The different needs of technical operation and pedagogy sometimes put school IT and education-technology departments at odds, but leaders can reduce friction with regular open communication and shared priorities.
Eight months after launching LASAR, a bespoke app for students and community members to send anonymous tips about dangerous or suspicious behavior, Los Angeles Unified School District has logged 591 reports.
As artificial intelligence ushers in a sea change that touches all aspects of education, schools might keep up by convening a council of stakeholders to discuss good ideas and get district-level buy-in.
School IT departments could make progress on backlogs of device repairs by availing themselves of student tech-support teams, like those being piloted at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education through Vivacity Tech.
Some legal questions around generative AI in schools have yet to be resolved, but in general, schools must vet their vendor contracts carefully and get parental permission for students to use the technology.
To prepare students for a future in which various forms of artificial intelligence will be ubiquitous, schools will need to impart foundational knowledge about how the tools work and what they produce.
Joining the Center for Digital Education this fall as a Senior Fellow, Dr. Monica Goldson reflects on her time at Maryland’s second-largest district and stresses the importance of keeping up with AI and cybersecurity.
Education is poised for a new chapter as generative AI is introduced in classrooms, and while that comes with a healthy amount of concern, it also offers new possibilities that we're only just beginning to uncover.
Starting in September, ed-tech companies that handle programs funded by Title IV, such as student recruitment, will be subject to reporting and audit requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education.