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6 things schools can do to ensure student data privacy

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Student data privacy is quite a different topic from the headlines most people read concerning data breaches. Student data privacy concerns, specifically, center on the misuse of personally identifiable information, known by its acronym PII. Student privacy laws in Colorado and California currently stand out as models or standards for others.

Google Joins Ed Tech Giants in Signing Student-Data Privacy Pledge

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith President Obama is taking student-data privacy seriously, and companies are taking notice. Big Data Business Intelligence Classroom Internet Online Learning

Digital Promise Supports Efforts to Protect Student Data Privacy

Digital Promise

Today the White House announced a new legislative proposal to protect student data privacy. Digital Promise issued the following statement on these new measures: Digital Promise supports the efforts announced today by the White House to protect student data privacy while ensuring all teachers and students have access to the best technologies for improving the opportunity to learn. We look forward to learning more about the president's proposals. For all media inquiries, please contact Jason Tomassini, Director of Communications

Communicating Student Data Privacy

Tom Murray

In recent years, student data privacy has emerged as a major education issue at federal, state and local levels. Recent news coverage and social media conversations about student data access, especially as it relates to outside service providers, have heightened the public’s overall interest in the use and security of student data. Murray.

Four Student Data Privacy Issues Adults Should Be Aware Of

MindShift

Several efforts in Washington are converging on the sensitive question of how best to safeguard the information software programs are gathering on students. proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is circulating in draft form. Or all the interactions a student has with a Khan Academy math program. LA Johnson/NPR. By Anya Kamenetz, NPR. Jared S.

The ABCs of Student Data Privacy for Administrators

District Administration

Publication Date: December 8, 2016 Student Data Privacy for Administrators By Andrew Bloom & Linnette Attai. mhe1208.pdf Teaching & Learning Technology. Sponsor Logo: Relevant Date: 12/08/2016

Blackbaud signs pledge to respect student data privacy

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National pledge outlines expectations to safeguard student data and privacy. Blackbaud has signed the Student Privacy Pledge created by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). Enforce time limits on retention of student data. Data IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

SXSWedu Buzz: School Districts Wield Major Influence Over K-12 Marketplace

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Whether it''s about student-data-privacy concerns or diversity among developers of ed-tech products, experts say schools have the power to change how businesses operate. Ed-tech Privacy consumer dallasdance districtpurchasing marketplace sxswedu

Student Data Privacy – It’s a Big Deal

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This week I head to DC for the Student Privacy Boot Camp for Edtech Companies. This event, co-hosted by Rethink Education and the Future of Privacy Forum is timely. Over the past several weeks, student data privacy has again been in the news as a software engineer and dad from the Silicon Valley took some… EdTech

Student Data Privacy – It’s a Big Deal

jackcwest

This week I head to DC for the Student Privacy Boot Camp for Edtech Companies. This event, co-hosted by Rethink Education and the Future of Privacy Forum is timely. Over the past several weeks, student data privacy has again been in the news as a software engineer and dad from the Silicon Valley took some… EdTech

Student-Data-Privacy Laws Take Effect in California and New Hampshire

Graphite Blog

Student-data-privacy laws take will take effect across the country in 2016, allowing for the most comprehensive industry-targeted student-data-privacy legislation in the country. million students will be covered by the protections laid out within SOPIPA (Student Online Personal Information Protection Act), with California and New Hampshire being the first of four states to implement the law this year. An estimated 7.2 Read more about SOPIPA

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. also revealed that school IT leaders are spending more time and devoting more resources to student data privacy and security. Privacy and security of student data is an increasing concern for IT leaders.

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How Librarians Hold the Key to Future Ready Schools

Digital Promise

Digital citizenship, content curation, making and coding, student data privacy, blended learning, open educational resources. Do you see librarians as part of the future? Courtesy Mark Ray Mark Ray is the Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools. In my district , across the League, and across the U.S., the answer is coming back: “Heck Yeah!”.

Report: More states are taking steps to protect student privacy

eSchool News

A new analysis from the Data Quality Campaign shows more and more states are taking steps to ensure student privacy through legislation. During the past three years, every state but Vermont has introduced at least one bill and 36 states now have at least one new student privacy law. In 2016, 14 states passed 16 laws.

FTC Would Get New Enforcement Powers Over Ed Tech in Data-Privacy Bill

Marketplace K-12

Bipartisan federal student data-privacy legislation likely to be introduced this week would give the Federal Trade Commission new authority to regulate educational technology vendors. Ed-tech Federal Policy For-Profit Education Lobbying mobile devices data federalpolicy privacy

How do parents really feel about student data?

eSchool News

Ask many public school parents about student data use and privacy, and you’ll likely end up with a heated debate about protecting sensitive, personal information. But what do parents really understand about school technology use and student data privacy? Next page: Student data recommendations for educators and policymakers).

How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

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Every few months in Raytown, there’s a new silly video with the serious purpose of safeguarding student information. That’s a problem, because it suggests that recent efforts to bolster student data protection have largely neglected one of the biggest risks to any school information network—its users. Bill Fitzgerald, director of the privacy initiative, Common Sense Education.

Educators Discuss Keeping Student Data Safe

Gaggle Speaks

There’s perhaps no other edtech topic discussed more these days than student data privacy. Because keeping your studentsdata safe is important to everyone here at Gaggle, we decided that our next webcast should focus on what school leaders and edtech companies can do to protect student data. ” Student Safety Success Stories

Meet Our New Partners: iKeepSafe & the Internet Watch Foundation

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iKeepsafe has also awarded us the California Privacy Badge.   We are the first web filtering company to receive this distinction.  . About iKeepSafe & the California Privacy Badge. iKeepSafe’s California Privacy Badge is the first independent assessment program specifically tailored to student data privacy legislation, including the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA ) among others.  To achieve this badge, companies must meet all requirements outlined in primary federal and California laws.

Experts: All departments districtwide should engage in protecting data

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily®  School leaders don’t have to ban innovative pedagogy and technology-rich learning in order to safeguard student information, according to Robert Dillon, director of innovation and learning for the School District of University City in Missouri. Instead, he said, they should balance technology and learning goals with privacy and security responsibilities by tasking a team of stakeholders across departments to generate ongoing dialogue about policies and procedures.

Group advises SEAs, LEAs on emerging student data policies

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily ®  In the course of developing new laws governing student data privacy, states and districts have experienced some common “pitfalls” — some of which, along with lessons learned, were documented in a recent policy brief authored by Amelia Vance, director of education data and technology for the National Association of State Boards of Education. Meanwhile, significant action on student data privacy has taken place at the state level in recent years, according to Vance.

The art of procurement: Balancing price and performance

FETC Converge

Uncategorized education technology learning program prescriptive language school technology student data privacyThe learning environment is changing in our schools, and technology is playing a big role. How schools are acquiring their resources can be as affecting as the changes in instructional practices used by teachers. Better prices mean savings, and those dollars can be used to support a school’s other needs. But price isn’t the only factor to consider. Read more at The Journal.

New system measures apps for data privacy

eSchool News

Rubric could help districts gauge how to rate apps based on how they handle data privacy. rating system for educational apps has the potential to fill in a student data privacy gap between what school districts can control and what teachers can download. Data McClatchy News Top NewsNext page: The challenge in today’s districts.

?Student Data and Privacy, From Inside Cambridge Public Schools

Edsurge

In order to educate our students and prepare them for the world we live in, education must keep up with current and ever evolving technology. But not all educational technology is good, of high quality, or even worth a student’s time. But how do they know if these new tools are secure for our students to use? Most applications collect some form of data from users and when it comes to children, we must be cautious as to what happens with that information. We aim to set the standard for student data and privacy at Cambridge, which serves 6,961 students.

5 goals, 5 barriers of digital curriculum

eSchool News

Survey reveals how school and districts leaders aim to use the digital curriculum transition to better serve students and teachers. Eighty-eight percent of those surveyed said they have a student data privacy policy in place to accompany the increased use of digital curriculum and resources. Providing technology training for students. Teacher device use training.

How do parents really feel about data?

eSchool News

New survey reveals parents’ thoughts on student data use, privacy, protection. New data from the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) reveals a majority of parents participating in a survey said they support using student data to inform educational practices, but they remain concerned about student data privacy and security issues in schools.

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Schools earn national privacy designation

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Butler County (AL) Schools, Cambridge (MA) Public Schools, Denver (CO) Public Schools, Fulton County (GA) Schools, Lewisville (TX) Independent School District, Miami-Dade (FL) County Public Schools, and Raytown (MO) Quality Schools received the TLE Seal for carrying out their commitment to ensure the privacy and security of student data. Data News Safety & Security

Private clouds help schools weather data concerns

eSchool News

Districts are using private clouds to save money and retain control over data. With student data privacy commanding so much attention these days, some K-12 districts are building private clouds to distribute curriculum and IT resources to students and staff over their own networks. Is it right for yours? Next page: how to create a cloud.

5 ways to give teachers and principals more say in ed-tech buying

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They’re charged with considerations like scale, compliance, and student data privacy. But technology is changing — as is the promise of what it can provide for schools, teachers and students. Procurement processes that encourage district leaders to select one-size-fits-all solutions may not take into account individual schools’ infrastructure or student needs.

5 Essential Tools for Protecting Student Privacy Online

Fractus Learning

Protecting student privacy and making sure online environments are safe and secure is a very big deal. We have digital landscapes that are constantly evolving and students who are more and more confident exploring online without instruction or supervision. Adblock Plus is a browser plugin that students can install to hide advertisements from the sites they visit.

One-third of U.S. schools use this data technology

eSchool News

Clever now working with thousands of schools and vendors for data privacy in education. One-­third of K­12 schools in the United States have adopted Clever to secure student data, the company announced. At At a time when schools are rapidly embracing technology, Clever is now empowering 44,000 of them to do so while maintaining student data privacy and security.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Many students cannot afford the heavy data usage required by geofencing apps, for starters. Furthermore, at launch, Pokémon Go demanded users sign over a great deal of personal data and grant permissions to the app that, for a time , gave it access to a user’s entire Google account. Handing over data, often quite thoughtlessly, has become par for the course – in education and in society more generally. Many of us have become quite lackadaisical about the data we share. What will happen to the massive amounts of data that education has collected?

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. To give further context, I’ve sorted them alphabetically, into four categories; (1) those organizations that are instructionally-focused; (2) those that provide supports for technology leadership; (3) those that focus on connectivity and access; and (4)  those that focus on data privacy and security. Data and Privacy and Security. Organization: Data Quality Campaign (DQC).

Pursuing Academic Freedom and Data Privacy Is a Balancing Act

Edsurge

Last week undergraduates at Harvard University raised concerns about the institution handing over their data to an anti-affirmative action group as part of a lawsuit. Students for Fair Admissions, which is suing the university for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants, will have access to “academic, extracurricular, demographic and other information” from all undergrads who applied to Harvard between the fall 2009 and spring 2015, omitting names and Social Security numbers. Too many people have access to too much data too much of the time,” he says.

Sony Vows to Bring “Blockchain” Tech to Education. Will It Take Hold in K-12?

Marketplace K-12

says it has developed a system  to bring “blockchain” technology–meant to serve as a decentralized-yet-secure system for transmitting data–to education, as the concept slowly begins to attract attention in the K-12 space. How would a graduate school in Spain verify the myriad records, in weighing that student’s application? Sony Global Education Inc.

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Practicing Privacy: Insights from Edtech Lawyer Gretchen Shipley

Edsurge

2016 has been a busy year for data privacy advocates. University of California, Berkeley students filed suit against Google for illegally scanning their emails. Pokemon Go launched its wildly popular location-based and data-hungry augmented reality game. And at least 14 states have passed student data privacy laws, so far. We asked Shipley how schools can adopt new technology without running afoul of the many state and federal privacy laws. That’s one area where we’ve put together free resources, like the Data Privacy Guide.

Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed

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However, the questions have largely stayed the same: Do technologies ensure quality learning and positive student outcomes? Do they help or hurt underrepresented students? Do they opens the door for companies to take the lead on how students learn and how their data is used? Predictive analytics have long been used to help meet an institution’s business goals, like strategic enrollment management, but only recently have they been used to improve learning outcomes for students. recommendations for the edtech industry to protect student data privacy.