Learn at Home with MontanaPBS
Beginning Monday March 30, MontanaPBS will dedicate its daytime weekday schedule to Montana state standards-aligned educational programming provided by MontanaPBS and the Office of Public Instruction. The new 6:30am to 5:30pm weekday schedule includes specific blocks of time for pre-K through 8th grade levels and covers subjects, including English language arts, social studies, science and math. MontanaPBS’ regular primetime schedule is not affected by this change.
IMPORTANT! Be mindful of how student information privacy protections are defined by FERPA, HIPPA, COPPA, and Montana Pupil Records--Online Privacy Protections law. The Montana Student Privacy Alliance has additional guidance and resources.
Important Teleconference (Zoom) Privacy and Security Recomendations
On March 30, 2020, the FBI released an article, warning users of teleconferencing sessions being hijacked (also being referred to as “Zoom-bombing”) all over the nation. The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language. In the wake of reports of this activity being reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaints Center (IC3 -ic3.gov), they have published the following recommendations:
- Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
- Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
- Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
- Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.
Important Considerations for Remote and Online Learning Delivery
- Is online learning the best solution to serve the needs of each student to continue learning?
- Does online learning provide equitable and appropriate access to learning for all students?
- Do digital resources have copyright restrictions (many of these may also require account creation)?
- Do ALL students have access to devices and internet service to support remote or online learning?
- What support do parents and caregivers need to help their children learn?