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Scholastic Makes Misleading Privacy, Security Claims in Services Directed to Children

Doug Levin

The Scholastic Corporation was founded in 1920. Across the United States, kids and families regularly come into contact with Scholastic marketing and sales within public schools in the form of book fairs and monthly sales pamphlets distributed by teachers directly to students. In 2017, according to Scholastic’s annual form 10-K (available at [link] ), Scholastic had revenue in excess of $1.7 billion dollars. In surveys of educators, the company is generally held in high regard.

Heading to #ISTE18? Here’s What to Pack

Doug Levin

Be sure and read “ Must-Have Technology Gear to Bring to ISTE 2018 ” at The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center for tips on how to stay (more) private and safe at #ISTE18. Because Rockwell was prescient. Blog Privacy Security #ISTE18 ISTE

In the News: Student Hackings Highlight Weak K-12 Cybersecurity

Doug Levin

Cross-posted on the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center blog: [link]. As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Student Hackings Highlight Weak K-12 Cybersecurity.” Education Week. 12 June 2018. Doug Levin, who tracks K-12 cybersecurity breaches through his consulting firm, EdTech Strategies, said the incident highlights the mixed messages schools are giving students. “We’re telling kids that tech is the future and learning to code is where all the good jobs are ,” Levin said.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition)

Doug Levin

Two news stories this week have turned my attention (again) to the issue of conflict of interest in education, technology, and public policy.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

In the News: Protecting Student And Employee Data In The Cyber Age

Doug Levin

Cross-posted on the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center blog: [link]. As quoted in: Healy, Michelle. Protecting Student And Employee Data In The Cyber Age.” American School Board Journal. June 2018. At least 320 K-12 cybersecurity-related incidents, both intentional and unintentional, have been reported in the media since January 2016, says education technology consultant Douglas Levin.

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IRS Official to Schools: “One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams We’ve Seen”

Doug Levin

“This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time. It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns.

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Three Things to Know about the New Title IV SSAEG Program Guidance

Doug Levin

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program (as authorized by Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act ).

Exploring the Nexus of OER and Educational Technology

Doug Levin

While increased access to the internet and computing devices has been instrumental to the growth and institutionalization of the global movement toward open educational resources (OER), technology choices (often made by educational institutions – and their vendors – on behalf of students) can serve to amplify and/or mute key features of openness.

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Fake News about the Future of Education

Doug Levin

I’ve been at this technology in education thing for a long time – much of it as an analyst and researcher, some of it as a (pretty good) policy advocate. I’ve been funded by industry and provided advice to investors and brands.

Scant Details, Fuzzy Math in $500 Million Public-Private Computer Science Education Push

Doug Levin

[UPDATED]. Yesterday On September 25, the President signed a Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Education focused on access to high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. That memorandum directs ED “to the extent consistent with law, establish a goal of devoting at least $200 million in grant funds per year to the promotion of high‑quality STEM education, including computer science in particular.”

Scant Details, Fuzzy Math in $500 Million Public-Private Computer Science Education Push

Doug Levin

[UPDATED]. Yesterday, the President signed a Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Education focused on access to high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. That memorandum directs ED “to the extent consistent with law, establish a goal of devoting at least $200 million in grant funds per year to the promotion of high‑quality STEM education, including computer science in particular.”

Announcing the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center

Doug Levin

I’m pleased to announce the beta launch of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center at: [link] : The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center website will be the new home of the K-12 Cyber Incident Map and related cybersecurity resources and commentary that has been published on this website. Over the coming days and weeks as cybersecurity resources are migrated to their new home, visitors will be redirected to the new site – and what is now legacy content on this site will be removed.

In the News: Educational Android Apps Improperly Track Children

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Thousands of Android Mobile Apps Improperly Track Children, Study Says.” Education Week. 13 April 2018. “This [“ ‘Won’t Somebody Think of the Children?’ ’ Examining COPPA Compliance at Scale “] is an important study because it sheds light on the invisible background collection of information about users that many people in education are not aware of,” said Douglas A.

Study: One-to-One Laptop Programs Improve Student Learning

Doug Levin

Newly published, peer-reviewed research out of Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine suggests that one-to-one laptop programs improve student academic achievement in K-12 classrooms. The primary author of the study ( Binbin Zheng, Ph.D.

Podcast: Schools prove soft targets for hackers

Doug Levin

As interviewed on the Educate Podcast , a collaboration of American Public Media and The Hechinger Report (“ Schools prove soft targets for hackers “). Blog In the News News cybersecurity K-12 Cyber Incident Map The Hechinger Report

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2017 NAEP: Exploring the “Homework Gap” in Math Performance

Doug Levin

Given the vast amount of data that the US Department of Education released today regarding student academic performance in math and reading , it will take a while for researchers to make sense of all the questions they are interested in exploring. My interests are primarily about the impact of access to and use of computers and the internet on student performance. I also am interested in mode effects (i.e.,

2017 NAEP: Exploring the “Homework Gap” in Math Performance

Doug Levin

Given the vast amount of data that the US Department of Education released today regarding student academic performance in math and reading , it will take a while for researchers to make sense of all the questions they are interested in exploring. My interests are primarily about the impact of access to and use of computers and the internet on student performance. I also am interested in mode effects (i.e.,

How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools?

Doug Levin

In the News: Schools Should Delete Facebook

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Schwartz, Sarah. Schools Choose Not to Delete Facebook Despite Data-Privacy Worries.” Education Week. 6 April 2018. A school district page or group gives Facebook “another data point” on the users who visit it, said Doug Levin, the founder and president of EdTech Strategies, LLC. “Those profiles are made richer by schools pushing people in there,” he said.

In the News: How Educational Institutions Are Failing to Adequately Protect Student Data

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Kontzer, Tony. “ How Educational Institutions Are Failing to Adequately Protect Student Data.” RSA Conference. 28 February 2018. Cyber criminals’ increased interest in attacking education systems imperils students’ financial futures and privacy, and gives parents a reason to question whether schools are up to the task of protecting their kids’ personal data.

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The New York Times Takes on Conflicts of Interest in K-12, Again

Doug Levin

Natasha Singer—this time with colleague Danielle Ivory—have released another in the New York Times’ series ‘ Education Disrupted.’ ’ The most recent piece, entitled “ Inside Silicon Valley’s Playbook for Wooing School Superintendents ,” is another must read.

Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!

Doug Levin

I’ve established that I am a fan of open educational resources (OER) and think that K-12 educators and policymakers would benefit from thinking more deeply about the ownership of instructional materials.

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A Glitch in the EdReform Matrix: The 2016 EdNext Poll on Blended Learning

Doug Levin

Last year at this time, I had some words about the treatment of technology in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform.

Five EdTech Story Ideas for Education Reporters

Doug Levin

This week, education reporters from across the nation are gathering at the 2017 Education Writers Association National Seminar in Washington, DC. Among the topics they will focus on is technology in education (AKA "digital learning"). To that end, I suggest five story ideas for reporters interested in the topic. Blog In the News Trends #EWA17

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In the News: Potential K-12 Fallout From Facebook’s Crisis of Trust

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Molnar, Michele. Privacy Experts Assess Potential K-12 Fallout From Facebook’s Crisis of Trust.” Education Week. 21 March 2018. “We’ve seen schools and districts use Facebook as a primary method of communication,” said Doug Levin, the founder and president of EdTech Strategies, LLC. They often do this to add interactivity to their websites, and to show their connection to the community, he said.

10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education

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Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition)

Doug Levin

Two news stories this week have turned my attention (again) to the issue of conflict of interest in education, technology, and public policy.

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Introducing the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

Doug Levin

In a post of nearly two years ago (“ OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test “), I argued that the OER community lacked a reliable way to assess new entrants to the OER field, especially for-profit organizations, in terms of their support for openness and OER community values.

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

The Layers of ESSA: Educational Technology in Title IV – 21st Century Schools, Part A.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 21 Edition)

Doug Levin

You are not attentive. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News.

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Why Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School?

Doug Levin

Students in schools implementing personalized learning - by virtue of a receiving a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant - are less likely to reporting feeling safe in school, less likely to report that there is at least one adult in the school that knows them well, and less likely to say they feel like they are an important part of their school community. Blog Personalized Learning Research Insights personalized learning RAND Corporation

In the News: On School Website Security, Privacy Practices

Doug Levin

In the three weeks since “ Tracking: EDU ” officially launched, a growing number of news outlets, associations, and organizations have highlighted the findings and significance of the work, including Boing Boing (which helpfully excerpted some of the study’s recommendations), Dark Reading , DataBreaches.net , EdScoop , EdSurge (with commentary from state officials from Connecticut and Tennessee), Education Week , FERPA|SHERPA , the IAPP , POLITICO , and T.H.E. Journal.

Always Read the Terms

Doug Levin

Always. Terms. That’s the ‘digital citizenship’ lesson that an 8th grade middle school student from New York recently learned (“ How a kid cartoonist avoided Scholastic’s digital sharecropping trap “) when she decided to submit her artwork for a Scholastic Art & Writing Award , the “nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.”

Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches

Doug Levin

A data breach by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) offers a cautionary tale about how K-12 school districts and their vendors should communicate the (bad) news to stakeholders. Blog Privacy Security data breach school data breach TASB teacher data breach Texas Texas Association of School Boards

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Are We On Track? Part 2

Doug Levin

In a previous post, Are We On Track? , I revisited the central prediction of the first edition of Disrupting Class (2008), which was that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes will be taught over the Internet.

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FBI, ED: “Cyber Criminal Group Threatens Schools and Students”

Doug Levin

On January 31, 2018, the FBI (Cyber Division) and the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General issued the following warning about cyber-extortion schemes focused on public schools : FBI-CyberCriminalsSchools. It is imperative that schools take steps to secure their networks and train staff on how to respond to new and emerging cybersecurity threats. Blog Security cybersecurity Federal Bureau of Investigation K-12 Cyber Incident Map ransomware U.S.

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